Libby Dam Bald Eagle Nest Cam, Montana  -  

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YouTube video of laying of 1st egg, March 18, 2011:
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Libby Dam Web Cam

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2011 nesting season highlights:

YouTube video of nesting activity from March 1-5, 2011:
Nest-tending.... March 6, 2011

YouTube video of laying of 1st egg, March 18, 2011:

Libby Eagle Cam
May 1, 2011
Chicks visible

Libby Eagle Cam
March 20, 2011

Is she turning something beside the first egg?
Libby Eagle Cam
March 20, 2011

2 eggs observed in nest
Libby Eagle Cam
March 19, 2011

Still one egg
Libby Eagle Cam
March 19, 2011

Noon Snowstorm
Libby Eagle Cam
March 19, 2011

Snowstorm letting up, egg still there
Libby Eagle Cam
March 19, 2011

Off egg after the snowstorm
Libby Eagle Cam
March 18, 2011

Sitting on new egg
Libby Eagle Cam
March 18, 2011

Both eagles look at egg

Click here for 2010 nesting activity photos

Click here for 2009-2008 nesting activity photos

Editor's Note: This webpage is by 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 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 see the current image from the Libby Dam Eagle Cam, which updates every 10 seconds, click on this link:

This webcam is sponsored and maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers Libby Dam Project. For more information about the nest, contact Alana Mesenbrink, Park Ranger/Interpretive Specialist, US Army Corps of Engineers, Phone: 406-293-7751 ext 252 or e-mail


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 Windows Media Server: COE-COMPUTER " Windows Media Services

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
Libby Dam. Photo by

Nest History:

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.

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.
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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.
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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

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

March 27, 2006:
2 eaglets in nest
0 fledged

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

Libby Dam Project
Libby Dam Visitor Center
Kootenai River Drainage
Kootenai River Flows
info pages:

Libby Dam
Lake Koocanusa
Kootenai River • • 406-293-3608
Webcam photos by the US Army Corps of Engineers, Libby Dam.
Other photos by unless otherwise credited. Copyright 2011. All rights reserved.