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Bald Eagle Live-Cam Shows Mother Caring For Newborn Chicks On Catalina Island

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Three baby bald eagles were born on Catalina Island, which is great news for the bald eagle population there.

Bald eagles once soared robustly over Catalina, but the population had been decimated in years past by chemical dumping, KPCC reports. The now-defunct Montrose chemical plant dumped DDT into the ocean, which entered the food chain and caused bald eagle eggs to crack prematurely.

Though DDT was outlawed in 1972, the chemical still affects bald eagles’ ability to bounce back on Catalina. But the Catalina Island Conservancy says along with these new chicks, there are several eggs still incubating.

Catalina currently has just eight pairs of adult bald eagles, seven of them with active nests.

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You can watch the live video below of the mother bird with her chicks and feel supremely patriotic.

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