[Update 8:45 a.m. Eastern time, March 18: One of the two eggs has hatched, live webcam footage shows.]
Mr. President and The First Lady have a new spawn – no, not in the White House but at the US National Arboretum.
A pair of bald eagles, fondly named after the executive couple, will soon see their second eaglet hatched, as experts at the American Eagle Foundation noted a small crack on one of their eggs – the first sign of hatching – Wednesday night. It’ll be another 12 to 48 hours until the eaglet fully emerges from its shell.
The American public can join the parent eagles as they await the arrival of their second and potential third baby by checking out “the most patriotic” Bald Eagle Nest Cam, live 24/7.
Mr. President and The First Lady National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., since 2014, choosing the top of a tulip poplar tree. They are the first bald eagles to nest in this location since 1947, and last summer, they raised their first eaglet there
The American Eagle Foundation, supported by the US Agriculture Department, launched the live streaming nest cam after the couple laid two eggs last month – the first on Feb. 10 and the second just for days later on Valentine's Day. According to US Fish and Wildlife Services, eagles mate for life.
As of 2007, bald eagles are no longer classified as under the threat of extinction under the Endangered Species Act, thanks to successful legislation.
Their nest measures approximately five feet wide by six feet deep. Bald eagle nests can be as large as 10 feet wide and weigh half a ton. Breeding bald eagles, like Mr. President and The First Lady, lay up to three eggs once a year. Within four months of hatching, eaglets are able to fly and live on their own.
For the past month, the eagles have enjoyed a view of the Anacostia River and downtown D.C. as they have taken turns incubating their eggs.