Liberty and Justice are a pair of bald eagles who have raised young for eleven years in a nest
one hundred ten feet up an oak tree at the Metropolitan Police Academy in SE, Washington, DC.
On February 18th, Liberty laid her first egg at 4:30pm. A second egg followed at 8:10am on
February 20th. The eaglets are expected to hatch between March 23rd - 28th.
Liberty, the female, has primary responsibility for incubating her eggs and caring for the young
chicks (once they hatch!). Justice, the male, has the crucial job of catching fish and bringing them
for his mate and hatchlings.
The eagles are an urban wildlife success story. Pollution forced bald eagles to abandon their last
DC nest in 1946. In 1994, the teenage volunteers of the Earth Conservation Corps launched a
bold experiment to try to spur the return of the bald eagle as a nesting resident of our Nation's
Capital. Under U.S. Fish and Wildlife permits, the Corps translocated 16 eaglets from nests in
Wisconsin to an artificial "hack box" at the U.S. National Arboretum. After being raised for six
weeks at the Arboretum the juvenile eagles were released into the skies over Washington. Four
eaglets were released every spring from 1994 to 1998. Between the eagle restoration efforts the
youth of the Earth Conservation Corps galvanized the entire city in their mission to restore the
eagles' Anacostia River habitat.
Watch the story on 60 minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKToFR5yl2I
In the spring of 1999, right on schedule, five years after the first release,
Bald eagles, Monique and Tink (named after fallen corps members) established
the first bald eagle nest in Washington in over half a century. In 2005, Liberty and Justice
(named by Chief Cathy Lanier) built their nest at the Police Academy. In 2015, a third pair finally
picked a nest site where it all began at the National Arboretum.
In 2013, Washington’s first eagle cam went live. The eagle cam and osprey camera as well as
a satellite tracking research project are part of Earth Conservation Corps’ citizen science program,
Anacostia Raptor Watch. This program would not be possible without the partnership and support
of MPD, National Park Service, Pepco, DDOE, National Geographic, Americorps, National
Arboretum and the thousands of volunteers who have contributed over a million hours in the
restoration of the Anacostia.