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North Texas Bald Eagles Prepare to Welcome Eaglets

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    People from the around the world are tuning in to a web cam to watch two bald eagles tending a nest with two eggs that are about to hatch in Seagoville. (Published Wednesday, March 1, 2017)

    A couple of bald eagles that have a nest in Seagoville are expecting.

    The John Bunker Sands Wetland Center says the first egg was laid on January 25, the second on January 28. 

    You can watch the live stream of the eagles, CLICK HERE to visit the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center website.

    John DeFillipo says the eagles are quite draw for visitors to the 2,000 acre Kaufman County conservation center.

    "People don't walk in that front door and say 'John tell me everything you know about water conservation,' which my board would like to hear, but they want to see the eagles, where are the American bald eagles?"

    You may remember when the eagles built their nest on a transmission tower that was dangerously close to high-voltage electricity. So crews built a replica tower and moved the nest 1,200 feet from the power lines. 

    Now people around the world can watch the eagles movements on a 24-hour webcam.

    You can watch the live stream of the eagles, CLICK HERE to visit the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center website.

    "I think it's a wonderful window into wildlife observation," DeFillipo said. "I call them arm chair conservationists."

    The cameras caught their return to North Texas in the fall.

    "They arrive in September and go through a mating ritual of bringing sticks to the nest to the female and if she likes the sticks, she puts it in the nest," DeFillipo said.

    In January, two eggs were spotted in the nest.

    The Wetland Eagles website says it takes about 35 days for the egg to hatch, so anticipation is mounting for their pending arrival.

    "Right now they're eggs. Once they hatch, and they are nest-bound, we call them eaglets and once they fledge, once they take that first flight then they're juveniles," DeFillipo said. "I call them juvys for short, because it looks like they're in jail sometimes."

    This is not their first egg since moving, NBC 5 reported when an eaglet was seen five months after the move.

    The center believes their offspring may very well be the eagles often spotted in the area along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River in Irving, or near the Lake Lewisville Dam or the pair who've made their home north of Lake Ray Roberts.

    "We believe that pair that's breeding is causing that population to increase more in Texas," DeFillipo said.

    The hope of many watching is that the latest offspring also return to call North Texas home.

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