JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tens of thousands of viewers are eagerly watching the American Eagle Foundation’s LIVE video broadcast of nesting bald eagles “Romeo” and “Juliet” on the Northeast Florida (NEFL) Eagle Cam (www.nefleaglecam.org).
Anxious eagle watchers should be sure to tune in this week to catch a glimpse of their two precious eaglets pipping and emerging from their fragile eggs.
Juliet laid the first egg on Nov. 2 and the second on Nov. 5. The average incubation period for an eagle egg is 35 days, so the American Eagle Foundation (www.eagles.org) expects the hatching process to begin for the first eaglet either today or tomorrow — followed by the second eaglet 1-3 days later.
"Eaglets have a sharp ‘egg-tooth’ on the tip of the upper beak, which is used to crack holes in the eggshell from the inside," says AEF President Al Cecere. "The first hole made in the shell is called a ‘pip.’ It sometimes takes up to 24-48 hours for an eaglet to fully emerge from its shell after the first pip."
The eagle pair and their well-constructed stick nest have survived several hurricanes over the years, including Hurricane Irma in September at the beginning of their 2017 nesting season. After laying their eggs in November, the eagles have also faced numerous attacks in their nest by local wild barred owls while incubating and protecting their eggs.
Viewers who think they can guess the exact day and time the eggs will hatch should hashtag #NEFLeaglecam on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The "Name the Eaglets Contest,” which will be announced before Christmas, will be made available only to members of the AEF. Eaglets will be named NE18 & NE19 until official names are determined!
About the American Eagle Foundation: The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) is a non-profit charitable organization established as a citizen’s effort in 1985, and receives no government funding. Its mission is to care for and protect the USA’s living symbol of freedom, the Bald Eagle, and other birds of prey through the four pillars of Education, Re-population, Conservation and Rehabilitation. The Foundation’s headquarters are located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in partnership with the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN. The AEF, in cooperation with the USFWS and PIKSEL, provides 24/7 LIVE streaming video of wild eagle activities. Public education and video cam operation relative to the Northeast Florida Nest are provided by the AEF in cooperation with numerous dedicated staff members and volunteers.