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
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, January 2021:
It's a new year and time for another breeding season for the resident Dublin Golden Eagles!
The Diablo Range population, of which the Dublin eagles are a part of, are currently courting and defending their breeding territories. During January, eagle pairs are busy building or refurbishing nests. Some Golden eagles lay eggs as early as late January, but most pairs lay between February to mid-March. Golden eagles incubate eggs for approximately six weeks, then tend to nestlings for another 10 weeks.
From mid-May to mid-June, young eagles fledge from the nest, taking their first short flight gliding to the ground. For another two weeks, newly fledged young walk uphill then glide down repeatedly, gaining experience in the air like a novice hang glider. Flight practice continues through June and Dublin’s young eagles are usually soaring safely by July 1. Golden eagle parents continue to protect and feed juveniles throughout the summer, but gradually the young birds begin to explore farther afield, becoming independent of parental care.
At this time, the camera is being serviced for better viewing. Once the camera is repaired, we will again link it on our website.