In the spring of 2015, two bald eagles took over an existing red-tailed hawk nest at the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF) at St. Patrick's County Park and fledged one eaglet, the first fledged eaglet in the recorded history of St. Joseph County. This spring we installed a long range camera so everyone could enjoy these amazing birds. Given the overwhelming success of the eagle cam (45k views in just 2 months), we'd like to upgrade to an "in-nest camera" that will give viewers a much better view into the nest.
Donations will be used to purchase and install a new in-nest camera. The project will involve running network cable across the ND-LEEF site and up the tree to the eagle nest. A camouflaged camera will be installed this fall when the eagles have left the area. Any surplus funds will be used to cover fees to bring local children to ND-LEEF for Bald Eagle educational programs.
There are currently no funds for this project. We believe an in-nest camera will be a benefit to our community as it will raise awareness of the natural world all around us and the need to protect it.