Live Video: Say Hello To Two Fuzzy Bald Eagle Chicks That Just Hatched In The Channel Islands
After years of trying, two bald eagles in Channel Islands National Park are now the proud parents of two chicks.
The first of the two chicks hatched on Saturday in a nest high atop a tree in Sauces Canyon on Santa Cruz Island, while the second peered out of its shell on Monday, park officials told the AP. According to officials, this is the first successful hatch for the two parents in three years of attempts. They're also the first pair to lay eggs this season across the Channel Islands.
As part of an ongoing recovery effort, the 11-year old father of the two chicks was brought to Santa Cruz Island in 2005, and the mother was brought in 2006.
Due to DDT contamination, bald eagles disappeared from the Channel Islands during the 1960s, according to officials. It wasn't until spring 2006 that the first chick hatched on the islands unaided by humans.
You can keep an eye on the happy family with the National Park Service's Live Bald Eagle Webcam: