Monthly Archives: January 2016

Videos and a long read!

Mom (female Decorah eagle) demonstrating the flexibility of 14 cervical veterbrae

Videos and a long read! We don’t have anything from Fort St. Vrain right now, but the eagles there are also busy and have been spotted copulating. While Mom is clearly interested in Dad, as a couple of these videos show, we haven’t been able to verify anything yet. I found prairiefirewind’s video of Mom’s stick work quite fascinating. I couldn’t help but wonder what Mom was thinking as she worked to trim and debark the stick – and even

Lead poisoned Eagle

Lead Poisoned Eagle

We got a call on Sunday from Reg Sampson, owner of Sampson Springs Campground (http://bit.ly/1ZSYr2Q) near Decorah Iowa, about a downed eagle. Reg and RRP Board member Dave Kester were both able to get the eagle, which Dave described as ‘feisty’, into a kennel for transport to SOAR on Monday. Despite a long drive in very bad weather, she got to SOAR safely and is currently being treated for lead exposure. According to SOAR, ‘Sampson’s’ blood lead level registered at

Philippine Eagle Benefit!

The Raptor Resource Project is holding a Philippine Eagle benefit at the Celtic Junction in St. Paul on Friday, February 26th, starting at 7:00pm. The Philippine Eagle is one of the three largest and most powerful eagles in the world. Unfortunately, it is also among the world’s most critically endangered species, with just 400 pairs of eagles remaining in a rapidly dwindling wild. The Raptor Resource Project is partnering with the Philippine Eagle Foundation and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Xcel Energy’s cams are back!

Fort St. Vrain Eagles

Hello, Fort St. Vrain Eagles! Great to see you! Xcel Energy’s cams are back and can now be viewed on phones and devices in addition to standard computers! While most of the falcons we watch are gone, the Fort St. Vrain eagles are busy working on their nest. They have tended to follow the same schedule as Decorah, which means we are hoping for eggs in mid-February. Xcel Energy’s cams can be watched in a few places: Xcel’s website: http://birdcam.xcelenergy.com/ Our

Videos from N2B

Dad on N2B

It’s all about the Decorah Eagles! Mom and Dad appear to be paying more attention to nestbowl construction as both bring in cornstalks and Dad spends time working on the bowl – digging, scraping, rolling, and pulling soft materials in next to his body as the eagles get ready for eggs. In addition to some great nestwork videos, Mom demonstrates one of the way eagles keep warm in eaglewhisperer’s video and Sherri Elliott captures Super Eagle on a high speed

Owls Again!

Great Horned Owls at N2B

January 16, 2016: https://youtu.be/GY2V98GU3V4 January 18, 2016: http://bit.ly/1WsoEVW Owls again? Great horned owls have been seen in and heard near N2B. This time of the year, many of them are pairing off and choosing nest sites. Just like last year, we are seeing clear signs of nest shopping – the owl in the nest hoots to make its presence known, seems to call back and forth with an owl in the darkness, and scrapes and rolls in N2B. I think

Tech Note: Facebook issues, streaming problems, and other things that go bump on your device!

Image of Facebook popup screen

Since the Decorah eagles seem to be spending most of their time hunkering down during a cold spell, we thought it would be a good time to blog about tech issues. I’m going to lead with a Facebook problem, but I encourage everyone to click through and read the blog, which covers a range of issues: http://bit.ly/1RygKLI We have been hearing that some Facebook fans are not seeing our posts in their newsfeeds, even though they liked our page. Make

Message from the Director

RRP Director John Howe and rope

As we open the door to 2016, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you on behalf of our Board of Directors, staff, and dedicated volunteers! You have witnessed a successful year of raptor conservation, education, and research. We are fulfilling our mission in a year filled with challenges and change. Who could have imagined the challenges that we would face this year; first the loss of the Decorah Eagles Nest and then an even bigger