Keeping up with the Big Bear Bald Eagles

It was a joyous winter for two Bald Eagle parents in the San Bernardino National Forest as they welcomed two new chicks in early February. Thousands of viewers tuned in to the YouTube livestream provided by The Friends of Big Bear Valley and watched the little feathered balls enter the world for the first time.

According to the livestream video description link, the two eggs were laid in early January 2018. A little after a month, two new chicks hatched on February 11 and 12.

The chicks are still living at the nest and will continue to do so for another 10 to 12 weeks before they are able to fly and leave the nest. Right now, the mother is still caring for the newborns.

From the brink of extinction

Bald eagles are some of the most recognizable bird of prey with they striking white head and sleek black body. They are also a national symbol for the United States of America and can be seen on many items from the back of the one dollar to the Great Seal of the United States.

Although they don’t have many predators, bald eagles were once threatened to the brink of local extinction by the pesticide DDT. Because DDT would affect the bird’s calcium metabolism, the eggs they laid were either sterile or were too brittle to survive incubation.

As a result, the bald eagle was placed on the list of endangered species. However, after the United States banned DDT and began conservation efforts, population has recovered and the bald eagles was removed from the list in June 2007.

Bald Eagle live stream

Check it out the live video below and maybe you can catch a peek at the Bald Eagle family and their new chicks!

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