Bald Eagle Nests on the California Channel Islands

The nests that can be viewed on-line are part of the Channel Islands Bald Eagle Restoration Project conducted by the Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS) and funded by the Montrose Settlements Restoration Program and generous donations from viewers like you.

West End Nest

First established in 1991, the West End nest, is rare in that there were three eagles (two females and a male) cooperatively breeding here from 1992 through 2006. The original male disappeared before the 2006 breeding season at the age of 25 years old. He was replaced by a 6-year-old male (#01) in 2006. The two females were hacked onto the island in 1986. One female (K-69) disappeared at the beginning of the 2008 breeding season. The nest, located on a rock pinnacle at a remote location on Santa Catalina Island, California, has been monitored since 1991 by IWS biologists using closed-circuit camera systems. The birds at this nest have successfully raised and fledged 21 fostered chicks and 5 chicks that hatched in the nest (starting in 2008).

 

Two Harbors Nest

This pair began breeding near the town of Two Harbors in 2003. The male (#81) was produced by captive eagles at the San Francisco Zoo in 1998 and was fostered into the West End nest (one of our other live eagle cams). The female (#82) hatched from an egg removed from the West End nest in 1998 and was fostered into the Pinnacle Rock nest. They raised foster chicks in 2003 (Eagle K-36), 2004 (Eagle K-46), 2005 (Eagle K-55, hatched from one of their own eggs), 2006 (Eagle K-63, hatched from one of their own eggs), 2007 (Eagles K-78 and K-79, both hatched from their own eggs), and 2008 (Eagle K-83, hatched from one of their own eggs). In 2009, they were allowed to keep their own eggs and hatched and fledged two chicks on their own (Eagles K-87 and K-91). In 2010 they also hatched and fledged two chicks (K-04 and K-06).

Pelican Harbor Nest (no camera in 2011)

This camera was brought to you with the cooperation of the Ventura County Office of Education, the Channel Islands National Park and The Nature Conservancy. First established in 2006, this nest was the first successful breeding attempt by bald eagles on the Channel Islands in almost 50 years. The male, K-10, was fostered into the Twin Rocks nest on Santa Catalina Island in 2001. The female, K-26, was fostered into the West End nest on Santa Catalina Island in 2002. They successfully raised their own chicks in 2006 (Eagle A-49) and 2007 (Eagle A-63). They raised two chicks in 2008 until they were attacked by another eagle and had to be rehabilitated and released (Eagles A-64 and A-65). They hatched two chicks in 2009, but both died at about 3 days of age from unknown causes. In 2010, they successfully fledged two chicks (A-68 and A-69).


If you have questions or comments, please e-mail Dr. Peter Sharpe at psharpe@iws.org