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Bald Eagles Nesting In DC

4:45 PM, Apr 18, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- Here in the newsroom and maybe even your family as well, we have felt an overwhelming weight with the tragic news this week. 

Craving for some good news? We've got one for you.
Two American bald eagles recently hatched in a tree on the grounds of the Metropolitan Police Department's Academy in Southwest.

It's there, 80 feet up in a tree, where you'll find two American Bald eagles perched on the nest feeding their two chicks, all captured on the eagle cam put up by National Geographic.

Barbara Moffet, National Geographic: "it's aimed at the chicks and you can see when they stand up and flap their wings and you can see them do that."

The eaglets hatched sometime in March and are believed to be 6-8 weeks old. They're in the midst of trying out their wings.

"they have all black feathers and are trying out flying. By 11 weeks they'll start flying."

The nest that spans about 5 feet wide made out of sticks, has been there for at least 6 years and it was DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier's idea to put the camera up.

With all the tragic news this week, Chief Cathy Lanier says it's about time for some uplifting and patriotic news.

Lanier, "When I looked at the two birds it was something I needed to see after Boston. I typed a small message on the list serve and it's gone viral."

Thousands now tune in to the eagle cam.

Rodney Stott with Earth Conservation Corps had a hand in saving the once endangered species and helped bring America's National symbol back to DC.

"they're beautiful and it's nice to know I had a part in it."

And what the nest holds now could be some of the descendants of raptors Rodney helped raise.

We don't know the sex of the chicks.
Chief Lanier has named them Justice and Liberty.

"When you are in the nation's capital it's an amazing site."

Scientists say don't worry the eaglets aren't leaving anytime soon. Even though they'll soon learn to fly they don't leave the nest for many years.

The nest is one of two bald eagle nests in DC. National Geographic and Pepco are coordinating putting up a camera at the second site in Southeast.

http://on.natgeo.com/YQQBMT.

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