Eagle Cam Installed at Illinois Coffeen Lake
A recent discovery of a family of eagles nesting at Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife area – near Ameren Energy Generating Company's Coffeen Power Station – has prompted the installation of a live camera to monitor the nest and allow anyone with web access to watch the action.
This is the second straight year that the bald eagles have nested at the site. Last year, they successfully fledged two eaglets. This year, they are currently raising two eaglets that should fledge within the next few weeks.
The Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area (SFWA) is home to a number of native wildlife species, including the nesting pair of bald eagles. The 3,145-acre site is located in Montgomery County, Illinois. The site is comprised of lands owned by the Ameren Energy Generating Company and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The centerpiece of the site is the 1,100-acre cooling lake for the Ameren's coal fired Coffeen Power Station.
A donation from Ameren provided for installation of an "eagle cam" to share the eagles' nesting activity with the public. The eagle cam can be viewed daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. by visiting Ameren's website at http://www.ameren.com and following the links to the live eagle cam.
Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area is open to the public for hunting, fishing, picnicking and other activities. For more information on recreational activities at the site, contact the site office at 217-537-3351 or visit the IDNR web site at www.dnr.state.il.us