The Golden Eagle Habitat

Background & Purpose

The unique climate, terrain, and vegetation within the open space area of the eastern portion of Dublin has created an optimum physical environment for a breeding pair of golden eagles since 1990.  In 1994, the City established a golden eagle view shed buffer zone between private open space and development land to preserve the habitat of the species.

As an enhancement to the golden eagles' habitat in eastern Dublin in November 2004, the City's consulting biologist, Grainger Hunt - an expert in the study and research of the species - recommended certain measures be instituted to further ensure the continued protection of the golden eagle pair, given their proximity to several approved residential subdivisions near their habitat. During that time, the female bird (known as Bella) has successfully fledged one to three young almost every year.

What the Eagle Cam Provides

The City of Dublin has implemented the consulting biologist's recommendations and has established this web link to a video camera focusing on the nesting pair of golden eagles in their habitat during the breeding season. City Staff routinely monitor and maintain the video camera and the resulting views. The use of this camera does not disturb the birds but provides:

  • A better understanding of the nature of the golden eagle and its life during the annual nesting season (January 1 to July 1)
  • Educational information on the eagles' sensitive habitat
In addition, the camera is also consistent with the City of Dublin's continual effort to promote renewable resources. All of the transmitting and camera devices are powered by solar energy.

Maintaining the Eagle Habitat

The City requests that viewers of this video do not physically trespass or intrude into the preservation area and the golden eagles' habitat, which is on private property. However, anyone may enjoy the view from the City's website through the lens of the golden eagle camera. 

Update, February 7, 2020:

While Bella has returned to the nest, the view of the nest is currently being blocked by large branches.  After Bella departs the nest in the late summer, ecologists can get to the nest and trim the surrounding branches.  At this time, the camera is also being serviced for better viewing.  Once the camera is repaired, we will again link it on our website.