New eagle nest at Norfolk Botanical Garden

New eagle nest at Norfolk Botanical Garden

New eagle nest at Norfolk Botanical Garden

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Posted on January 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 18 at 4:27 PM

NORFOLK – The eagle pair at Norfolk Botanical Garden is busy building a nest for the eighth season. 

 Not even the snow is stopping their efforts.

Photos of them nesting in the tree near Renaissance Court and Statuary Vista at the Garden show the male and female hard at work.  The nest is about 125 feet northwest of the previous site near NATO Tower.

 “It is normal for eagles to maintain multiple nests within the same territory and to periodically switch between them,” said Stephen Living, wildlife biologist for the Va. Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Protective barriers have been installed around the nest to protect the integrity of the eagle breeding ground.

The pair had three babies in 2010 and has successfully raised 15 eaglets in their time at the Garden..

Eagle Cam viewers across the country and in 27 countries are anxious to see what happens in the next in 2011.

Visitors to Norfolk Botanical Garden can see the nest from several locations at Norfolk Botanical Garden and soon you'll be able to watch the nest at your computer any time on WVEC.com.

The Eagle Cam, when it turns on in mid- to late January, will be operating 24/7 because of an infrared light above the nest.

Eagle Cam is a collaborative project of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Norfolk Botanical Garden and WVEC.com.

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