Environment & Science

2 bald eagle chicks hatch on California's Santa Cruz Island

A mother bald eagle tends to the second of two chicks to hatch in recent days on California's Santa Cruz Island.
A mother bald eagle tends to the second of two chicks to hatch in recent days on California's Santa Cruz Island.
Institute for Wildlife Studies
A mother bald eagle tends to the second of two chicks to hatch in recent days on California's Santa Cruz Island.
The Sauces pair of bald eagles is seen checking on their chick on California's Santa Cruz Island.
Institute for Wildlife Studies
A mother bald eagle tends to the second of two chicks to hatch in recent days on California's Santa Cruz Island.
The Sauces family of bald eagles is seen watching over an egg shortly before it hatches on California's Santa Cruz Island.
Institute for Wildlife Studies


Two bald eagle chicks have hatched in a nest high in a tree in California's Channel Islands National Park.

Park officials say the first egg hatched Saturday and the second bird poked its head out of its shell Monday in Sauces Canyon on Santa Cruz Island.

Officials say it's the first successful hatch after three years of attempts for the parents.

The 11-year old male was brought to the island in 2005 and the female arrived in 2006 as part of an ongoing recovery effort.

Bald eagles disappeared from the Channel Islands by the 1960s because of DDT contamination. Since 2006, the birds have re-established territories on most of the eight islands.

The Sauces Canyon bald eagle pair is the first to lay eggs this season across the Channel Islands.

You can watch a live stream from the nest courtesy of the Institute of Wildlife Studies below:

Watch: Bald eagle cam