Find someone who will fly quietly and help you carry a big stick.
The The US Fish and Wildlife Service tweeted video Thursday showing two resident eagles working together to build a nest at the National Conservation Education Center in West Virginia. NCTC provides education and training for natural resource managers. The pair of eagles lives on the grounds (high above them).
The clip features one of the eagles arriving at the nest with a long branch, followed by a sweet teamwork sequence as the eagles place the stick on the nest using the combined grip of their beaks. “This family of bald eagles needs you to stop scrolling and watch them perform their branch manager duties,” USFWS quipped.
According to the USFWS, bald eagles mate for life. The couple at NCTC is known as Bella and Smithy. They have laid two eggs this season and the pair take turns incubating them.
If you’ve never seen a golden eagle nest in person, you may have a hard time understanding how big they are. Eagles often use ambitiously heavy branches during construction. The largest recorded golden eagle nest spanned 10 feet (3 meters) and weighed over 2 tons. This means that Bella and Smithy have little room to develop their home.
If you enjoyed this budding eagle moment, you can follow their future exploits via the EagleCam live stream hosted by the Outdoor Channel in partnership with the USFWS and Friends of the National Conservation Training Center. Recently, there was drama with an intruder eagle that disturbed the established couple. As far as glitzy viewing goes, it’s way better than The Kardashians.