The Wetland Eagles

JBS14 Eaglet passed away due to unknown causes on Saturday, January 23, 2021. We are saddened by this unfortunate turn of events. The camera will stay live as we look for signs of the adults returning for a second clutch.
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Exciting news! Our American Bald Eagles are still on the wetland property and have built a new nest about 500 feet from the Eagle Tower. We have been observing them since the passing of JBS14. A new nest was constructed, bedding is being added, and the eagle pair is possibly preparing for a second clutch. Currently, we have no confirmation of egg(s) in the new nest. We will respect their privacy and decision to relocate and will not be installing a camera for this new location.

We welcome you to visit the Wetland Center to watch the eagles in their new nesting territory. We have increased the protected zone to a 1,500-foot radius. Please observe and respect our “no entry” signs for the protected zone and enjoy the eagles at a safe distance. Updates will be posted periodically as new observations are made. The Eagle Tower Camera is now live on our YouTube channel.

While the new nest is not visible from the camera, please enjoy the view as there will be other wildlife activity happening on the tower.

Back In Business:
   The Wetland Staff began to see our eagles involved in nesting/incubation behavior. Director John DeFillipo and Wetland Steward/photographer Tom Fleming spent a couple of hours observing the new nest site on March 22, 2021.  Around 10AM Mom showed up and took over incubation duties from Dad. It's hard to get a firm date for when the eggs were laid but likely between the 10th and 15th of March. This would put the hatch date in the latter half of April. Image: Tom Fleming

CLICK HERE to Enjoy the sights and sounds of our NEW Eagle Tower Camera!

After 1 ½ years of planning and design, our new eagle camera is available to view sights from the wetland. Tune into our youtube channel to observe the wetland from the tower. Our 2021 eagle pair relocated with a new nest close by and we hope to see baby eaglets before too long!

Funded by the generous donation of Katherine D.

Eagle Tower Camera Design, Fabrication, and Installation by:

Good Faith Energy, Aaron Bell, Michael Solano

Mica Steelworks, David Smid

North Texas Renewable Energy Engineering, Dan Lepinski P.E.


Click Here for our 2019 Eagle Story:
Thank you to our Volunteer Tom Fleming.

2019 Nesting Record
Eagles Return: October 3 and 6, 2018
Egg#1:December 16, 2018 @ 5:54pm
Egg#2:December 19, 2018 @ 4:30pm

Observation of the eagle’s nest on Jan 24, 2019 showed typical adult activity, with no signs yet of eaglets. Dad was standing watch at the guard post (top of tower) and Mom was keeping the eggs warm. Due to the high crib rails, Mom herself was barely visible. Once the eggs hatch, it will probably be 2-3 weeks before the newly hatched become big enough and active enough to be seen. We are working to resolve the technical issues with the camera system.

2018 Nesting Record
Eagles Return: October 7, 2017
Egg#1: January 30, 2018 @ 3:15pm
JBS10 Hatch: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

2017 Nesting Record
Egg#1: January 25, 2017 @ 3:08pm
Video (egg arrives 6 minutes into video)
Egg#2: January 28, 2017 @ 6:55pm
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JBS8 Hatch: March 2, 2017 JBS8 Fledge: May 15, 2017
JBS9 Hatch: March 5, 2017 JBS9 Fledge: May 27, 2017

On September 28, 2016 the Wetland Eagles returned safely to the East Fork Wetland and began their courtship for the 2017 breeding season. With the tireless efforts and commitment by Falcon Steel America, we now have a brand new camera system to view the eagle's activity from your home, office, or cell phone.
David Smid, IT Specialist with Falcon Steel America and Jeffry Carrillo, a professional tree climber with "Just Cut It," completed the camera system upgrade. Jeffry bravely climbed the tower and installed a brand new camera and transmitter while David worked from the ground to upgrade the relay switch and secure a new ground wire to direct any future lightning strikes to earth.

Follow us on Facebook (@johnbunkersandswetlandcenter) and Instagram @jbswetlandcenter for updates!

For more Bald Eagle information check out these links:


Our Bald Eagles began nesting at the Wetland in 2011. Follow their journey, along with the relocation of the nest to the new ONCOR/Falcon Steel Tower.

WFAA Channel 8 Video Link on Successful Relocation November 5, 2014

WFAA Channel 8 Story on Successful Relocation Novemver 5, 2014

NBCDFW Channel 5 Story & Video November 6, 2014
Dallas Morning News April 17, 2015



Eagle Nest Relocation Video from ONCOR - October 1, 2014

ONCOR, Falcon Steel, and Chapman Group successfully moved the 200 pound bald eagle's nest that was sitting dangerously close to a high-voltage line on July 12-13, 2014. The existing tower arm was re-attached to a new and higher tower built and donated by Falcon Steel, providing a safe nesting area for the eagles. We would like to thank the following partners in this amazing project.

Oncor Electric Delivery, Falcon Steel Company, Chapman Group Contractors, Rosewood Ranches, The Rosewood Corporation, The Hunt/Sands Family, North Texas Municipal Water District, Volunteers & Staff of the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

View NBCDFW News Video July 13, 2014



2008-2014 Timeline.pdf

Journaled by Wetland Director John DeFillipo

Wetland Eagle Roost.pdf February 24, 2015



Changing of the Guard
An amazing sequence of photographs by Bill Nance, Wetland Steward, including male and femail switching out incubation duties.

Click here to view the actual time lapse video from September 20, 2015 showing the moment of arrival when the eagles returned to their nest! Photo: 1-4-2016

On Friday, January 29, 2016, ground observations by volunteer Tom Fleming indicated that the female was incubating egg(s) in the nest. This is welcomed news as staff and volunteers have continually monitored the nest since the electric storm damaged the camera the day after Christmas. When we compare these observations with previous years, this should yield a hatch date in late February or early March. The success of the relocation effort two years ago has definitely paid off as we anticipate our fourth season of eaglets from the Wetland Eagles.