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  • Location: Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park, California, United States
  • Source: Explore Birds Bats Bees
  • Info: Live Santa Cruz Island bald eagle webcam in California. The bald eagle nest shown, is in Sauces Canyon in the Channel Islands National Park and is home to Audacity and Jak.
    The first egg of 2024 was laid in February 2nd.

More info: In spring 2006, the first bald eagle chick to hatch unaided by humans on the Channel Islands in over 50 years, made headlines across the country. Thrilled with the public interest in this historic event, the National Park Service and its partners established webcams to live stream images of the bald eagle nests.

The Channel Islands National Park, close to the California mainland, encompasses five of the eight California Channel Islands : Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara Island. The national park designation protects not only each island, but also six nautical miles around the isles, protecting giant kelp forests, fish, plants, and other species of the sea.

The Channel Islands are home to over 2,000 plant and animal species, of which 145 are found nowhere else in the world. Flora on the Channel Islands include a unique subspecies of pine, oak, and the island tree mallow and endangered species of plants, include the island barberry, the island rushrose, and the Santa Cruz Island lace pod. Marine life ranges from microscopic plankton to the blue whale, the largest animal to live on Earth.