How exciting! On January 8th, at about 5:30 at night, Jackie, the bald Eagle laid her first egg. Generally, a second egg will be laid about 3 days later, so we wait in exciting anticipation for this to happen. Jackie, is the female of the Big Bear nesting pair of bald eagles. If you would like to see exciting video of the egg laying, the first of 2020, you can view that process HERE: and learn more about these beautiful creatures!
Photo Courtesy of Friends of Big Bear Valley and Big Bear Eagle Nest Cam
Now, incubation will actually start after the second egg has been laid. In total this period will be about 35 days and both Jackie and her mate Shadow will be diligent in keeping the eggs warm and protected. Over the last two nesting seasons, video has shown that Jackie does most of the nesting and she has never allowed Shadow to nest over night or during big storms. Her momma instincts have surely kicked in and she knows exactly what to do and how to protect your babies! Shadow will, however provide Jackie with lots of meals and breaks!
The first chick will be expected to hatch around Valentine's Day! How cool, exciting and romantic is that?! For all of the nature lovers out there, this is exciting all around, especially for such a specie that was at one time protected and of course our US National Emblem!
Did you know that the bald eagle was chosen on June 20, 1782 as the emblem of the United States of America, because of its great strength, long life and its majestic looks? Another reason was because at that time it was believed that the bald eagle only existed on this
Based on most recent population figures of the bald eagle, it has been determined that there are only an estimated 9,789 nesting pairs of bald eagles in the contiguous United States. Their strength has shown remarkable in their way of rebounding their population where they no longer need the protection of the Endangered Species Act!
To date Alaska is home to the highest population of Bald Eagles and Minnesota and Florida follow in numbers of nesting Bald Eagles.
If you love nature, love eagles and want to learn more or see more about Jackie and Shadow you can view the live streams provided by Friends of Big Bear Valley and Big Bear Eagle Nest Cam HERE