HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Technical difficulties with the Duke Farms Eagle cam will prevent millions of fans from watching the two Bald Eagle hatchlings continue to grow and spread their wings.
A notice was posted on the Duke Farms website explaining the problem:
"After several days of troubleshooting with various team members, we now have confirmation that there is a hardware issue within the nest tree itself. We are unable to enter the area until the end of the nesting season (January 1 through August 1), per NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife guidelines for protecting Bald eagle nests from human disturbance.
"What does this all mean? The cam is down for the remainder of the season, and we will make repairs after August 1."
A heavy rain with strong winds on April 30 knocked down power lines, including one that provided power for the camera.
In 2008, Duke Farms installed a webcam on a tree adjacent to the Bald Eagle nest to provide a live look at the daily lives of the eagles. In partnership with The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, lesson plans were created to facilitate place-based educational opportunities for students. Between the general public and classrooms up and down the east coast, the Duke Farms Eagle Cam has many fans – over 10 million viewers and growing.
The eggs first appeared in the nest, which sits 80 feet off the ground atop a Sycamore tree, on Jan. 20 and Jan. 24. The first egg hatched Feb. 26, the second on March 1.
Viewers have been able to watch in real time the daily activities of the hatchlings and the adult Eagles on the Duke Farms website.
Duke Farms remains closed to the public until further notice because of the COVID-19 pandemic.