On Feb. 18 and then on Feb. 20, Liberty — the female bird — laid eggs. Eaglets have a roughly 35-day incubation period.
Their anticipated hatchings come on the heels of two baby bald eagles that were recently born at the U.S. National Arboretum. The parents, known as Mr. President and The First Lady, created a nest at the arboretum in 2014. They raised a baby eaglet, known as DC1, successfully at the property in 2015. And in March they welcomed two more eaglets, named DC2 and DC3, into the world.
For the arboretum, it is the first time since the 1940s that bald eagles have set up a nest at the 400-acre property.
A public contest is expected to be held to figure out names for DC2 and DC3.
A non-scientific pool done by The Washington Post showed some more of the popular names. Among the 2,100 responses were the names “Goose and Maverick,” which got 21 percent of respondents votes. Tied for second place with 15 percent each were “Stars and Stripes” and “Malia and Sasha.”
At the police academy in Southwest, the two adult bald eagles were named by D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.
Bald eagles have gradually been making a comeback across the country and in the D.C. area. In 1994, teenage volunteers from the Earth Conservation Corps helped move 16 baby eagles from nests in Wisconsin to a “hatch box” at the national arboretum. Those eaglets were released every spring for several years and some of them have set up nests in the region.