Saturday, December 22, 2007


New thread. Biggest shopping day of the year, let's be careful out there.

Sunday, December 16, 2007


New thread. Lots of rain here last night.

Yesterday, we turned south onto a road called the Snickersville Turnpike near our house. Up in a tree I saw a bird, likely a hawk I figured, perched 30 feet over the road. As we got closer, we saw it was not hawk, but an adult bald eagle. We stopped the car and watched it for a while. The bird didn't seem the least bit bothered by us...

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Friday, December 07, 2007

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Sunday, November 25, 2007


New thread. Got back from Delware last night, now off to CT for a few days.

Thursday, November 22, 2007


Turkey Day thread.

Steve has been watching our eagles closely and decided to set up the exclusion area around the nest because of all of the nest activity. A good sign.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Thursday Update

Jo Sent Steve W and I a few pics from this AM. Above is one of them.

Steve is pretty convinced now that the bird hanging out yesterday is one of the original fledges from the NCTC nest, probably a male. He will likely set up a territory with 5-10 miles of here, find a mate, and work to build a new nest.


New thread.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


The shot above was captured this AM. Steve W. and I have discussed, and it seems like there are a couple of things that could be going on. First off, it is one of our adult eagles that has been eating carrion of some sort, like a dead deer and has not cleaned up yet.

It could be an adult that has gotten into a scrap with another critter.

Steve's first impression is that it may be a new eagle, and if so, because of the mottling on the head, could be one of the eaglets hatched four years ago in this nest. We'll need to keep a close eye to determine if this is the case. If it is a juvenile, it will be chased off by the adults.

There are other scenarios as well, but these seem the most likely to us.

Update 1:27 pm:

Steve W. just stopped in and said that he is more confident that the bird this AM is a four year old eagle. There's an eagle perched over the nest now, so we'll keep watching.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Thursday, November 01, 2007


I looked at 7:10 and nothing, so I was ten minutes to thread with snapshot from Suzanne.

Monday, October 29, 2007


New thread.


It was quite a scene this morning as major construction was done by the eagles on the nest. It is sure looking good for another nesting season.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Finally some rain thread.


Thanks for continuing to keep our cam at number one on Birdspeak!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Visiting the tree

Jo sent these pictures she took today when she visited the base of the nest tree. John was there installing our fuel cell for the cam system.


Eagles in the nest thread.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Its been an extremely hectic day. The guys are still in the midst of the fuel cell installation, but as you can see the cam is finally back thanks to a fix out in Denver.

We have been working hard on the Open House, scheduled for this weekend here at NCTC. Make sure you all come out. Lots of critters to see, and the Momsters will have a table.

Monday, October 15, 2007


Regarding the FIX, the guys are working on getting the fuel cell installed that will eliminate this problem with the battery that we have been dealing with forever. Keith tells me they are trying to get it done today.

I had FOX on the brain yesterday because the Piedmont Hunt rallied in front of my house Saturday morning. Nobody likes to see any foxes killed, and they rarely are, but the spectacle is really neat.

Saturday, October 06, 2007


New thread.

I know we're all frustrated at the lock up again. I'm guessing this has to do with the fact that we must send the cam signal through another site to get it out to you, and the security issues that swallow up everything we try to do.

We are trying to get a solution that allows for good security while providing a consistent picture. Obviously not there yet...


New thread.

Sunday, September 30, 2007


New thread. Sorry about the lockup...but we should all be outside with this glorious weather anyways...

Saturday, September 29, 2007


New thread.

Chalk up the locked up cam image to our colleagues in Denver...may stay that way until Monday.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Thursday, September 20, 2007


New thread.


You have noticed that the cam continues to struggle in the mornings, getting better as the sun charges things up again. An integral part of the new cam is a fuel cell system, that will ensure constant power, despite the temperature and available light. We do not have that fuel cell yet, but soon.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Fresh thread.

Update: Here's a shot from Last night. Thanks to Vicki for this one and Jo for another shot a few minutes later.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


I pulled this of at lunch:

It really is amazing that the NCTC cam is on the top of both lists when our webcam has been off and is only now getting put back online.

Thanks for all of your support and contributions to our efforts. We all really appreciate it.


New thread.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Friday, September 14, 2007

Friday Update

We have the cam up at on the NCTC closed circuit system. We still have some technical glitches to deal with and some other work to get the picture online, but we're getting close.

The new cam is framing the nest a bit differently, it seems a bit closer than the old cam.

If I can get a frame shot I'll post it.


new thread.

Thursday, September 13, 2007


New thread.

I've been wondering if our activities in the nest had caused any disturbances with the eagle pair. I'm told that they have been back since the work, most recently seen last night at 6:30 PM.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Well we finally got some rain. We're waiting for a couple of cables for the audio hookup, and we should be set to reactivate the cam.

New thread.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Polar Bear Shot

Couldn't resist posting this incredible picture. Click on it for full effect.

A few More Pictures

The truck at the tree.

Long shot of the tree and truck.

Nu in the nest.

Nu pulling up the rope.

and here's a shot of the tree in the winter:


Day after all the excitement thread.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

More shots

View from the nest looking North.

Mike Gurson has a photo site up with more shots from up in the tree. See it here.


You get a whole new perspective standing at the base of the tree. The bucket is fully extended, and up 75 feet.

Here's our talented climber, Nu, in the nest with the new cam.

A closeup of Nu. The new camera is small.

Here's the FWS crew on the ground.

Here's me (l) and Mike Gurson looking at a monitor of the cam signal.

Here's Mike watching the cam.

All of these photos by our resident photog' Todd Harless.


The tree folks were here at 7:00 AM. I was out around 8:30 at the tree, and it was amazing to watch the tree climber up in the nest. We took a bunch of pictures. I'll post some a little later. Our adult eagles have been hanging around, working on the nest, and were there this am before we started work. They are around a fair amount in the evenings.

Also, walking out in our blue lot last night an immature bald eagle flew over us.

more soon.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


New thread.

We are working with a tree service to install the new equipment. Should happen within a week.

Saturday, August 25, 2007


New thread.

We had a good meeting with Bedington VFD. We all determined that getting a fire truck to the tree would result in one significantly stuck firetruck. Thank you for all of your assistance on this. We have move to plan B, the tree service, and we have made progress on that front. Also, the new microwave system is being installed, we don;t need the tree truck for that. Its all very nice new equipment.

Monday, August 20, 2007


New thread.

The equipment is here and we are scheduling tree work, to be done soon.

Friday, August 10, 2007


New thread.

Storms last night killed my internet at home, so blogging from Asheville, NC.

Thursday, August 09, 2007


New thread.

The hot weather continues, yecch.

We are anxiously awaiting the new equipment we have ordered. Should be here very soon.

I will be leaving on travel for the next week and may or may not be around a computer. I'll do what I did last time and set up a few threads for you for the week.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Wednesday, August 01, 2007


New thread. Check out the Channel 25 story on the NCTC Digital Photography Camp.

Sunday, July 29, 2007


New thread.

Got some rain last night, finally. Not enough though...

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Another nice morning thread.

I signed off on the orders for new equipment late last week. It includes a more robust power system (will prevent all of the previous problems), better microwave (less interference), and a new camera with audio.

Install in a few weeks.

Thursday, July 19, 2007


New thread. We are making great progress on new and improved equipment. More on this soon.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Saturday Visit

We are thrilled that there was an eagle waiting for you. Here are a couple of shots I grabbed from your Momster group, photos by Paula


I was meaning to say something about the 500th post, but it slipped right passed me. Thanks to all who continue to congregate on this blog. Hopefully next year will bring new friends, both eagle and human.

new thread.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Cool Pics

Here's a shot from an FWS mailing list I'm on. Not eagles, but fun wildlife shot nonetheless.


Hope the visit to NCTC goes well.

New thread.

Update: Check out this WV Eagle Info Brochure.

Friday, July 06, 2007


New thread.

Cam Update: I just got a call from the tech guys who were out at the tree. About 60 feet of the cable is damaged, thus the lack of signal. We are going to pull down the webcam signal and continue our preparations to go up the tree and work at the end of the month. More on this as they give me info.

Thursday, July 05, 2007


New thread. We have some pictures from the Eagle Delisting ceremony last week. Will try to post a couple today.

Update: Here's the guest eagle flying with Secretary Kempthorne, and a group of scouts watching the delisting order being signed.

Monday, July 02, 2007


New thread. Another cool one here in CT.


I have gotten some questions regarding the status of the cam, the status of upgrades, etc. I'll tell you what I know.

First off, remember that this project is a labor of love for a number of people at NCTC. We all have full time jobs that do not include doing the eagle cam work, so we all do this as an extra. We have even had some comments from NCTC staff questioning why we are even doing the project to begin with. We have always pushed past those types of comments because we do see the great value in the project.

Those involved in the Cam work have met a couple of times recently on the upgrades for the cam. We have targeted the last week in July to try and get these upgrades installed. That assumes that we are able to get everything through the contracting process, which is detailed and time intensive. NCTC is a big place and many procurments are done every day. We can't just call a supplier and buy things, there's more to it than that and deliberate moves around the process can wind up with an Inspector General officer, with a badge, questioning you :>(. We all try to do this right to avoid such a result.

The current status of the cam is still unknown to me, since I am not at work. I suspect that because of the pending repairs and upgrades, we may keep it down until we can get everything right. More on that when I am back in S-Town.

One more thing, we continue to spar with security folks in DOI who consider the cam a threat to network security. We believe their stance is wrong, but have to play the game to ensure that we can continue to work the cam in the future.

So things are happening behind the scenes and I will update you when we know more. We need to hope that we will have a successful clutch next year so all this work pays off.

Sunday, July 01, 2007


It's bright and cool (45F) here in CT after raining all night.

New thread.

Saturday, June 30, 2007


Heading up to CT for a couple days. Will keep checkin in.

New thread.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

More News

Here's the latest on the eagle delisting from the Post.

Also, check out my Children and Nature Journal blog here, and if you like it, please spread the word.


New thread.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

DC Event

Got this email today. This is a public event for all folks interested in bald eagles.

"The Endangered Species Program invites you and your families to attend an event at the Jefferson Memorial on Thursday, June 28, 10 am, announcing the delisting and recovery of the bald eagle.

Secretary Kempthorne will make the announcement, followed by remarks from several key partnering organizations. From 10:30 to 12 noon, booths staffed by WO Service programs and other agencies/organizations including the National Park Service, National Wildlife Federation, Environmental Defense, American Eagle Foundation, and Earth Conservation Corps will offer family activities. In the event of rain, the event will be moved to the Yates Auditorium at Main Interior.

This remarkable achievement is the culmination of many years of hard work and cooperative efforts with private and public landowners, States, Tribes, non-government organizations, and industry. Now, it is time to celebrate."

Also, one our our Shepherdstown eagles is currently on the front page of the US Fish and Wildlife Service website. Check it out here--which one is it? In addition, download the video, which is a compilation of video shot mostly here at NCTC.


New thread. John is still assessing the damage to the cable.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Some more pics

Just got these pictures from my friend Mark. Shows a rather crappy pic of the eagle we saw and a shot of me and my friend Pete looking at eagle perched in a beach tree.