Even before launch of this new eagle cam page, it had become apparent that the eagles eggs are most likely not viable. Eagle incubation typically takes about 35 days, but with the first egg laid on March 5, as of today it has been about 49 days. Says refuge staffer Talina Richards: “We are not sure why the eggs are not viable: could be the eggs were not fertilized, could be environmental factors, we’re not really sure.” However, when an initial attempt fails, eagles will sometimes try for a second brood. “If it’s inexperienced parents, they may not try again and even if they did, there is no guarantee they will use the same nest,” said Richards.

Currently the eagles are leaving the eggs unattended for longer periods each day. At this point, eagle watchers can only wait and see if they will attempt a second brood.