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Photo of the Week: The Eagle Has Landed

July 3, 2013 - 9:50am

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While our National Laboratories and other research centers across the U.S. house some of the nation's most advanced technology and research facilities, the Department of Energy is also working to preserve the wildlife and ecosystems surrounding these locations.
 
This image from 1992 is from another remarkable science and innovation center, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. This photo is in a <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/news/eagles.html" target="_blank">series of remarkable shots</a> documenting the daily lives of two of the most famous residents: the southern bald eagles that inhabit an enormous nest on the Kennedy Parkway North. Each fall, eagles take up residence in the nest to breed a new generation. That year, a rare and unique event was captured by a camera hidden in the tree -- a second clutch of eggs was laid, even though a healthy eaglet was born just one month earlier. While it is impossible to determine if it is the same eagles returning each year, the continued tolerance shown by this pair to the human presence seems to indicate that they are the same couple.
 
If you love wildlife photos, be sure to check out our <a href="http://pinterest.com/energy/wildlife-of-the-national-labs/" target="_blank">Pinterest board dedicated to wildlife surrounding the 17 National Laboratories</a> and photos of the bald eagle chicks that hatched at the Energy Department's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151427284621330&set=a.10151427284456330.1073741838.273203686329&type=1">Hanford Site</a>. | Photo courtesy of NASA.

While our National Laboratories and other research centers across the U.S. house some of the nation's most advanced technology and research facilities, the Department of Energy is also working to preserve the wildlife and ecosystems surrounding these locations. This image from 1992 is from another remarkable science and innovation center, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. This photo is in a series of remarkable shots documenting the daily lives of two of the most famous residents: the southern bald eagles that inhabit an enormous nest on the Kennedy Parkway North. Each fall, eagles take up residence in the nest to breed a new generation. That year, a rare and unique event was captured by a camera hidden in the tree -- a second clutch of eggs was laid, even though a healthy eaglet was born just one month earlier. While it is impossible to determine if it is the same eagles returning each year, the continued tolerance shown by this pair to the human presence seems to indicate that they are the same couple. If you love wildlife photos, be sure to check out our Pinterest board dedicated to wildlife surrounding the 17 National Laboratories and photos of the bald eagle chicks that hatched at the Energy Department's Hanford Site. | Photo courtesy of NASA.

Every week, we'll feature our favorite energy-related photo here on Energy.gov, at Facebook.com/Energygov, on Twitter via @ENERGY and on our Flickr photostream. For other photos of the week, view our gallery. If you have ideas for Photo of the Week, send us an email at NewMedia@hq.doe.gov.

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