This Live Cam of Bald Eagles in Their Snow-Covered Nest Is the Winter Storm Calm We All Need
This Big Bear Valley live cam of a bad eagles’ nest is the best thing you’ll watch all day.
Snow is dumping in the West. And with news reporters completely freaking out over the massive winter storm, it’s easy to get swept up in the frenzy. Thousands of flights have been canceled around the country as of last night, and Angelenos are experiencing snowfall at low elevations that haven’t been seen in years. But one thing that’s always constant and sure to keep its center is nature, and this live stream of two bald eagles nesting above Big Bear is the most beautiful proof.
Set up by the non-profit Friends of Big Bear Valley, the video stream has been running since 2021, but this is by far one of the most spectacular times to see the two bald eagles named Jackie and Shadow warming eggs in their nest while overlooking a true winter wonderland. The region, located just two and a half hours from Los Angeles, has already received about a foot of snow, and there’s potential that might triple by Saturday. But that doesn’t seem to be bothering the bald eagles one bit.
One may wonder how these beautiful birds could be so cozy nestled in the snow. Bald eagles have over 7,000 feathers and an average core body temperature of around 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Their feathers allow for pockets of air in between the down underneath, making for an ultra-cozy, built-in winter coat. And as the Audubon Society points out, the snow in the eagles’ nest is actually an excellent form of insulation. While snow is cold, the air itself is colder; in between snowflakes are trapped air pockets, which stay at about 32 degrees Fahrenheit (usually much warmer than the outside air temp) and act like a big, warm, fluffy blanket.
The two recently received two hatchlings, and their fans are eagerly watching to see if the remainder of the eggs in their nest will hatch. No matter the outcome, we just love seeing these magnificent creatures at peace in their habitats, especially when things seem to be going completely sideways in our human world. Friends of Big Bear Valley so eloquently said, “We are observers of nature. It teaches all of us eyes-wide-open observation skills and patience, appreciation and curiosity, all good traits to carry to every aspect of our lives.”
If you’d like to contribute to the work that Friends of Big Bear Valley does for conservation in the area, be sure to check out their site here.
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