National Arboretum eagle cam returns in January

WASHINGTON — The cameras and microphones are being put into place for one of the National Arboretum’s favorite reality shows.

On Jan. 1, the eagle cam will be turned back on, offering a bird’s-eye view of the bald eagle pair named Mr. President and First Lady.

The eagles’ nest is 80 feet high in a tulip poplar tree. Al Cicere, president of the American Eagle Foundation, said last year 60 million people from 100 countries logged on to see in the eagles’ nest as their two eaglets, named Liberty and Freedom, hatched.

“We can see the most intimate things that happen in the nest, including a little pin hole in an egg called a pip. We see them go in size from the size of a fist up to an 8-pound bird,” Cicere said.

This year, two microphones will give fans the ability to also hear the eagles in action, he said.

“We almost lost them to our own ignorance many years ago; we banded together and brought them back,” Cicere said.

The eagle cam will be live at If you want an eagle fix now, the foundation says, a pair of eaglets in Florida are in the hatching process on their own cam.

Jenny Glick

Jenny Glick joined WTOP as a fill-in anchor and reporter in June 2016. She previously worked as an Enterprise Reporter/Midday Anchor on WNEW in Washington.

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