Libby Dam Bald Eagle Nest Cam, Montana  - www.libbyeaglecam.com  

CURRENT IMAGE - 2014 Nesting Season
This webcam is offline at present. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Libby Dam has no ETA on when
or if it will be back online. Some images from the internal video feed into the
Libby Dam Visitor Center monitor are being posted on the Libby Dam Facebook page. Go there or scroll down for some images showing nesting and eggs for spring 2014.

When operational. the picture updates approx. every 2 minutes. Do a Shift or CTRL Refresh for most current view.
Scroll down for images from the 2014 and 2012 nesting seasons.
There are no webcam images for the 2013 nesting season.

Libby Dam Web Cam

Pictures below are from last 24 hours:
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The public webcam is offline for the 2014 nesting season, however Libby Dam has posted some screen capture images from their internal video feed into the Libby Dam Visitor Center and uploaded them to their Libby Dam Facebook page.

     
Libby Eagle Cam
April 4, 2014
Sitting on nest, waiting for eggs to hatch
Libby Eagle Cam
March 25, 2014
2nd egg observed in nest
Libby Eagle Cam
March 24, 2014
One egg in nest, laid March 17th
Libby Eagle Cam
March 5, 2014
Sitting on the nest waiting to lay eggs
Libby Eagle Cam
Feb. 24, 2014
Eagle flying near Libby Dam
Libby Eagle Cam
Feb. 7, 2014
Eagle flying

2012 nesting season highlights:

Images for the first portion of the 2012 nesting season. The webcam was not operational for the latter part of the 2012 nesting season. There are no images for the 2013 nesting season. Libby Eagle Cam
June 7, 2012
Chick on the nest
Libby Eagle Cam
May 28, 2012
Chick on the nest
Libby Eagle Cam
May 20, 2012
Chick on the nest
Libby Eagle Cam
May 13, 2012
Chick on the nest
Libby Eagle Cam
May 9, 2012
Chick on the nest
Libby Eagle Cam
May 8, 2012
Chick on the nest
Libby Eagle Cam
May 8, 2012
Chick on the nest
Libby Eagle Cam
May 8, 2012
Chick on the nest
Libby Eagle Cam
May 2, 2012
Chick on the nest
Libby Eagle Cam
March 13, 2012
Sitting on an egg
Libby Eagle Cam
March 13, 2012
Sitting on an egg

Libby Eagle Cam
March 9, 2012
Nest tending

Libby Eagle Cam
March 8, 2012
Nest tending
Libby Eagle Cam
February 29, 2012
2 eagles in nest
Libby Eagle Cam
February 22, 2012
Eagle observed in nest

2011 nesting activity photos

YouTube video of nesting activity from March 1-5, 2011:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyCcdyMhkS4

YouTube video of laying of 1st egg, March 18, 2011:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hDjpZOtziQ

Click here for 2010 nesting activity photos

Click here for 2009-2008 nesting activity photos

Editor's Note: This webpage is by LibbyMT.com and is not an official webpage of Libby Dam or for the Libby Dam Bald Eagle Cam. Click here to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers' Libby Dam web page for this bald eagle cam. This page has been created by LibbyMT.com and pictures used with permission of the US Army Corps of Engineers/Libby Dam. This webcam page has been online since 2008.

Nesting Season Overview: Nest tending activity usually starts in January and February, depending on the weather. Snowstorms tend to delay the nest tending and repair activity. The first eggs usually are observed in the nest about mid-March, often followed by a second egg within a couple days. The eagles sit on the eggs almost constantly until they hatch about a month later. The eaglets spend about two months growing before they are big and strong enough to fly. The young typically fledge (leave) the nest around the end of July. Bald eagles are believed to mate for life and can live up to 25 years. Both adults take turns tending the nest.

Libby Dam Eagle Cam: The Libby Dam eagle cam is located near Souse Gulch on the Kootenai River. This nest began in 1996 and has been active annually.

This image is updated every 2 minutes. (You may need to refresh your browser page to view the latest image). Scroll down this page for technical information about the camera set up. Look at the column to the right for historical information about the nest, eaglets and how many fledglings since 1996. In general, the nest becomes active in March and eaglets fledge in late July or early August. A breeding adult pair produces 1-2 young eaglets each year.

To go to the Libby Dam website, click on this link: http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/LocksandDams/LibbyDam.aspx

This webcam is sponsored and maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers Libby Dam Project. For more information about the nest, contact Susan James Park Ranger, Libby Dam Visitor Center, 17877 Hwy 37, Libby, MT 59923, (406) 293-7751 x 253, Susan.j.james@usace.army.mil.

Camera Equipment:
Camera: Pelco Color Surveillance Camera Windows Media Encoder: COE-COMPUTER " Osprey 100 PCI video capture card " Belkin F5U204 USB video dongle " Windows Media Encoder 9.00.00.2800 Windows Media Server: COE-COMPUTER " Windows Media Services 9.00.00.3380.

Camera Setup:
The camera is a Pelco color surveillance camera with a 2-10 mm zoom lens. It is zoomed in at about 4 mm to include the entire nest bowl. The camera and lens are housed in a Pelco sealed, weatherproof, camo painted, outdoor enclosure with heated interior. The small heater inside the enclosure keeps the lens from fogging up.

The enclosure is attached to the branch with lag bolts and is approximately 100' above the ground. The camera and heater run on 24 volts ac. There is a 120:24 volt transformer in the enclosure in which 120 vac supplies the equipment.

One power and one signal (coax) cable go down the tree to the ground. From there they go 600' underground to the Libby Dam weather station which overlooks Lake Koocanusa. At the weather station the eaglecam picture signal goes to a microwave transmitter and is transmitted about a mile, at a baud rate of 115,200 kbps, to a receiver on top of the Libby Dam Visitor Center. From that receiver a coax cable goes down into the Visitor Center ceiling. In the Visitor Center ceiling the signal is split two ways. One goes to a monitor in the Visitor Center display area where the public can view the live broadcast on a television monitor. The other way goes to the Visitor Center basement where there is a computer that broadcast it over the local area network and to the internet.

More technicall details from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Eagle Cam Camera setup

More info:
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Threatened & Endangered Species: Bald Eagles
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Midwest Region) Bald Eagle Links

 

Live cam at the Libby Dam Visitor Center. Photo by LibbyMT.com.
Libby Dam. Photo by LibbyMT.com.


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Nest History:

2014:
March 25: 2nd egg observed
March 17: 1st egg laid

2013:
This webcam is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Libby Dam. There are no images for the 2013 nesting season.

2012:
No photos available for the latter part of the 2012 nesting season.
May 9: 2 Chicks clearly visible in nest.
May 2:
Chick in nest.
March 13:
Eagle sitting on at least one egg in nest.
March 9:
Continued nest tending - 2 eagles have been observed in nest this month
Feb. 22:
Adult eagle observed in nest
This webcam has beeen experiencing technical transmission difficulties with only intermittant pictures available for viewing for this nesting season.

2011:
May 1: 2 Chicks observed in nest
Apr. 25: Chick observed in nest
Mar. 20: 2nd egg observed in nest
Mar. 18: 1st egg in nest
Mar. 3: Webcam and radio repaired, replaced and operational. A pair of eagles observed in nest this afternoon.
Feb. 28: No nesting activity observed to date. Recent snowstorms may have delayed activity.

2010:
April 22: Still 2 eggs in the nest
March 22: 2nd egg spotted in nest
March 19: 1 egg in nest
February/March 18: Nest tending...
February 24: Adult eagle observed on nest.
View pictures

2009:
July ??: Chick expected to fledge the nest and go out on its own
May 16: One of the chicks died from unknown causes.
April 24: 2 eaglets observed in nest.
March 25: 2 eggs observed in snowy nest.
March 18: 1 egg observed in nest.
March 17: Eagle appears to be sitting on an egg. Weather is cold and snowy.
March 16: Adults have been tending nest and adding branches and moss for several weeks.
View pictures

2008:
July 27: Chicks flying in and out of nest
May 5: 2 chicks in nest
March 24: 2nd egg observed in nest
March 19: 1 egg observed in nest

2007:
April 30: 2 eaglets in nest
July 13: 2 fledged,

2006::
March 27, 2006:
2 eaglets in nest
0 fledged

2005:
July 20, 2005:
1 eaglet fledged
March 27, 2005:
One of the eaglets died from unknown causes.*
March 22, 2005:
2 eaglets in nest

2004:
July 23, 2004:
1 eaglet fledged
March 31, 2004:
2 eaglets in nest

2003:
August 2, 2003:
1 eaglet fledged
April 21, 2003:
1 eaglet in nest

2002:
July 11, 2002:
2 eaglets fledged
March 12, 2002:
2 eaglets in nest

2001:
July 18, 2001:
2 eaglets fledged
March 21, 2001:
2 eaglets in nest

2000:
July 16, 2000:
2 eaglets fledged
March 21, 2000:
2 eaglets in nest

1999:
July 11, 1999:
2 eaglets fledged
March 21, 1999:
2 eaglets in nest

1998:
July 27, 1998:
2 eaglets fledged
April 18, 1998:
2 eaglets in nest

1997:
July 14, 1997:
2 eaglets fledged
April 3 , 1997:
2 eaglets in nest

1996:
June 23, 1996:
Nest started

*Note: It is not uncommon for eaglets to die in the early stages of development.  Death may occur from natural causes, predators, competition for food, or even Fratricide (killing of one's sibling).

Nest History
Bald Eagle Facts
(Libby Dam pages)


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Libby Dam Visitor Center
Kootenai River Drainage
Kootenai River Flows

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Libby Dam
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Kootenai River

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