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National Arboretum Eagle Cam
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
DC2 and DC3 hatched at 8:27 a.m. on March 18 and at 3 a.m. on March 20, respectively. And as of March 28, their live-streamed journey from eggs to fledglings had been viewed 18 million times. The 24-7 stream of the National Arboretum nest, hosted by, is not the first in D.C. The Earth Conservation Corps installed a camera fixed on the eagles’ nest outside the Metropolitan Police Department’s academy near Bellevue several years ago; those eagles, Freedom and Justice, are currently incubating two eggs. But the arboretum cam is in HD, meaning you can see Mr. President and the First Lady’s little fluffers with very good clarity, and it comes with an amazing warning: “This is a wild eagle nest and anything can happen. While we hope that two healthy juvenile eagles will end up fledging from the nest this summer, things like sibling rivalry, predators, and natural disaster can affect this eagle family and may be difficult to watch.” My warning: It may be difficult to stop watching.

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