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May 13, 2021 Updates from Standley Lake Regional Park Facebook Page

We are very sad and devastated to report that our remaining bald eagle nest collapsed sometime this afternoon. Park Rangers responded immediately to the nesting site and confirmed SL1 did not make it. SL1 had to be removed from the nesting site because of federal protection and is now being taken to the National Eagle Repository at Rocky Mountain Arsenal.

Our hearts are heavy after today’s events. From what we observed on site, the cottonwood supporting the nest split down the middle. There were not high winds at the time, but the tree was old, mostly dead and decayed which may have led to the split. 

Staff was instructed to take SL1 to the National Eagle Repository. The eaglet will be cremated and buried with a sacred ceremony in a blessed burial site located in Rocky Mountain Arsenal and National Wildlife Refuge. This site was created specifically for eagle burial by Tribal representatives from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, Oglala Lakota, and Southern Ute. 

Staff is formulating a plan to restore a safe and secure home for the adult eagles that remain in the area. Updates will follow in the weeks and months ahead. We mourn with all of you today and understand how painful it has been to watch the tragic events transpire at this nest over the last year. 

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"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle.

  • Eagles are wild birds and anything can happen. The Eagle Cam does not interfere or intervene and allows nature to take its course.
  • This live stream is intended to educate the viewers by showing nature in an unguarded fashion. You will see nature at its best, and possibly its worst. You will see life being started, and sustained, in very natural ways. It is nature at her finest.
  • The Standley Lake Eagle cam was installed in winter 2017 by a team of City of Westminster Open Space staff, the company View Into The Blue and United Power, who donated all of their time and manpower to make this project a reality.
  • In 2019, a new and improved camera (sound and night vision added) was installed and HDonTap was chosen to provide streaming services.
  • Pursuant to state and federal law it is illegal to "take, feed, disturb, possess, sell, purchase or barter, or attempt to engage in any such conduct, any bald eagle or parts thereof, or their nests or eggs. All violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
  • The positioning of the camera is determined by park staff only, and adjustments are made infrequently as to not disturb the eagles.

Bald Eagle History:

Since January of 1993, Bald Eagles have nested on the northwest side of Standley Lake. When the eagles were first observed building a nest, Standley Lake officials closed off access to the area so the eagles would be undisturbed in their attempt to nest. Bald eagles usually mate for life and reuse nest sites. Because they are sensitive to human disturbance, it is imperative that the area remains closed to protect the nesting habitat. In the unfortunate circumstance one eagle perishes, the other will find a new mate shortly after. Over the last 26 years, it is probable that numerous pairs have called the nest at Standley Lake home, and the eagles today likely are not the same pair from 1993.

In 1996, the eagles successfully produced their first pair of offspring. That success has continued for the last 23 consecutive years, with two eaglets hatching each of those years, except in 2015 and 2017 when they were successful in raising three eaglets! 

They usually lay their eggs in the last weeks of February. Incubation lasts for a period of approximately 35 days, at which time one to two nestlings will hatch. These nestlings will first leave the nest in late June to early June to early July, approximately 72 days after hatching. Both parents take care of the young eagles even after they leave the nest. The young will leave the area sometime before October or November, either on their own or when the parents force them out. The parents remain at Standley Lake year round and spend the Fall and Winter preparing their nest for the next clutch of eggs.

The chart below shows the chronology of the nesting bald eagles at Standley Lake.

Chronology of nesting bald eagles