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DC Pushes Social Media Campaign For Naming Baby Bald Eagles

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Steve Birr Vice Reporter

The American Eagle Foundation is asking for help naming two baby bald eagles that recently hatched inside a nest at the U.S. National Arboretum.

The baby eagles are the progeny of parent bald eagles Mr. President and The First Lady, and have taken the Internet by storm over the past month. The American Eagle Foundation set up a live cam to track their activity in the nest and the hatching process of the eaglets. Millions of people viewed the D.C. Eagle Cam’s live stream of the baby eagles hatching, reports WTOP.

The American Eagle Foundation launched a social media campaign Monday called “Name the Nestlings,” encouraging fans of the live stream to participate in naming the new bald eagle babies. Participants on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook can submit a name for each baby eagle using the hashtag #dceaglecam and #namethenestlings. The winning names will be announced at an event April 26 at the National Arboretum.

Currently the eaglets are simply called “DC2” and “DC3.” Submissions from followers of the live cam are wide ranging, from the patriotic to the bizarre.

Anthem and Spangle #namethenestlings

A photo posted by Karen Sweigart (@dingyzesty) on

Baldy mcbaldhead and birdy mcbirdface! #dceaglecam #namethenestlings

A photo posted by Michael Robinson (@efil4frus) on

Officials want participants to suggest “creative and symbolic names that live up to the names of their parents.” The American Eagle Foundation also suggests submissions which are gender neutral. Julia Cecere, a spokeswoman for the American Eagle Foundation said they need names which can be, “cleverly altered to fit either a male or female,” as their genders will not be known for several weeks, reports The Washington Post.

Mr President and The First Lady built their nest in 2014 and hatched eaglet “DC1” in 2015. “DC2” and “DC3” hatched on March 16 and March 20 respectively.  They are the first bald eagles born at the National Arboretum since the 1940s.

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