Cameron Park Zoo employee Austin Turner helps install the eagle nest “bowl” to the top of a pole at Lake Waco.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo

Workers this week completed installing a 6-foot-wide metal eagle’s nest atop a concrete pole erected last month at Lake Waco’s Lacy Point.

The $35,000 project, a collaboration between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Cameron Park Zoo and community partners, is meant to be a safe nesting spot for pairs of bald eagles who return to the site annually to raise their offspring.

The eagles lost their chicks in 2011 when the dead cottonwood tree they built their nest in collapsed and fell into the water.

The zoo plans to begin broadcasting a live camera feed of the nest in December when the eagles return for their nesting season.