About Eaglecrest: Founded in 1992, Eaglecrest is a 200-acre private estate named for the Bald and Golden Eagles that live there. Eaglecrest provides a home for many different kinds of wildlife, including owls, deer, coyotes, mountain lions, racoons, opposums, skunks, rattlesnakes, gopher snakes, king snakes, water snakes, leopard lizards, blue-belly lizards, and skinks.
David McDonald, Eaglecrest's founder, has a deep and abiding interest in wildlife. In addition to preserving ponds and wild spaces on his estate, he and his staff work with Fresno Wildlife Rehabilitation to treat, rehabilitate and return injured and ill birds of prey to the wild. To date, Eaglecrest has rehabilitated Red-Tailed Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, Red-Shouldered Hawks, Swainson's Hawks, Great Horned Owls, and a Golden Eagle. The Eaglecrest rehabilation center includes a 20x30 flight cage and mews. A local hatchery provides day-old chicks, augmented with squirrels caught by the estate's Black Lab and White German Shepherd.
For the public's education and enjoyment, Eaglecrest Estate in 2011 partnered with the world renowned Raptor Resource Project of Decorah, Iowa, and with Ustream, to install several live, 24/7 streaming video cameras at a Red-Tailed Hawk nest. The first event-filled season saw the nest nearly destroyed by a windstorm; only to be later taken over by a fascinating pair of Canada Geese. The camera site became a popular sensation in its first season with over 1.3 million visitors from around the world. For 2013, the Eaglecrest Wildlife Site has been expanded to thirteen cameras which now cover the Home Nest (Canada Geese), a Barn Owl nest, two Red-Tailed Hawk nests, and the entire area . . . around the clock, every day.