The Raptor
Resource Project

P.O. Box 16
Decorah, IA 52101

Bob Anderson

Amy Ries



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To contact the Raptor Resource Project regarding a talk, information, or assistance with a nest box project, please email Amy Ries, RRP webmaster, at

About Us
Established in 1988, the non-profit Raptor Resource Project specializes in the preservation of falcons, eagles, ospreys, hawks, and owls. We create, improve, and directly maintain over 40 nests and nest sites, provide training in nest site creation and management, and develop innovations in nest site management and viewing that bring people closer to the natural world. Our mission is to preserve and strengthen raptor populations, expand participation in raptor preservation, and help foster the next generation of preservationists.

Our Programs

The Utility-Peregrine Program (UPP)
A unique marriage between conservation and industry, UPP began at Xcel Energy's Alan S. King Plant in 1990, when we provided a nest box for a Peregrine falcon named Mae. In 1998 and again in 2003, we partnered with the Electrical Power Research Institute to complete a blood-metals study on peregrine falcons and produce a nest-site development and management manual for electrical utilities. Currently, we provide training, consultation, and resources for power plants who want to begin their own raptor program.

The Mississippi-Peregrine Program
In 1998, the Raptor Resource Project began releasing young peregrines from Effigy Mounds National Monument along the Mississippi river in Northeast Iowa. The culmination of years of hard work and research, the controversial set of releases produced the first peregrine to return to and breed on a Mississippi river cliff - a nameless young female who settled on Queen's Bluff in Minnesota in 2000. Although the cliff population has fallen in recent years, by 2011 falcons had bred on a minimum of 19 cliffs on the upper Mississippi river and its tributaries, and been spotted at many more. We continue to manage this population and evaluate its overall sustainability.

Bird Cams
Our first birdcam began as a collaboration between the Raptor Resource Project and staff at Xcel Energy's Alan S. King plant, who thought it would be neat to connect an existing monitor to the internet. It was 1998 and 'Mae's Internest', the internet's first birdcam, quickly became the busiest corporate site in the world.

For several years, we worked with utility partners Xcel Energy and Dairyland Power to upgrade and improve their video equipment. However, in 2009, we decided to start our own cam program at a Bald eagle nest in Decorah, Iowa. Xcel provided streaming video in 2009 and Luther College provided streaming video in 2010. In 2011, we made the decision to stream via UStream and the rest is history. Over 200 million people from 184 countries worldwide watched the eagle family as they built a nest, laid eggs, struggled with bad weather and other animals, and cared for their young, who grew from downy babies to juvenile predators on the wing. It was an amazing experience. By giving ordinary people intimate access to the lives of wild animals, our work deepens the connection between people and the natural world, bringing benefits to both.

The Travels of D1
Working with an eagle biologist, we trapped young female eagle 'D1' shortly after she started flying and attached a satellite transmitter to her. This transmitter allows viewers to follow her journey now that she has left the nest. The travels of D1 can be viewed on our website at or on facebook at

Board of Directors

Our founding director Bob Anderson passed away on July 27, 2015. Our board met on August 1st to choose a new director, add new board members, and discuss how best to carry Bob's legacy forward. Read more about that here:

Executive Director: John Howe
Secretary/Treasurer: Amy Ries

Board of Directors
President: Randy Christman 
John Dingley
Jim Robison 
Ken Mueller
Brett Mandernack
Laura Johnson
Neil Rettig
Dave Kester

Project Friends
The Raptor Resource Project would like to thank the following people and organizations for assistance and encouragement. You have made a difference!

Mary Allen
Jim and Judy Brandenburg
Bob Chapman
Milly Churbuck
Darryl Councilman
Trevor Davies
John Dingley
Jim Fowler
Chris Gormley
Bob and Susan Hartzell
Pam Heidenrich
Eric Hennen
Dave Kester
Chuck Kjos
Jim Hill
Orlan Love
Mike Miser
Dennis Money
Dr. Mike Myer
Ken Mueller
Dan Orr
Amy Ries
Rodney Rolvang
Pat Schlarbaum
John Thiel
Tom Thompson
John Tradewell
Dave Wistead
Alliant Energy
Anoka Electric Cooperative
Coleman Foundation
Dairyland Power Electric Cooperative
DeadBroke Saddle Club
Decorah Audobon Society
Decorah Building Supply Company
Decorah High School
Decorah Izaak Walton League
Decorah Middle School
Effigy Mounds National Monument
Electric Power Research Institute
Friends of the Decorah Hatchery
Gannet Foundation
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Iowa Peregrine Recovery Team
Iowa Public Television
Iowa Raptor Foundation
Kingfisher Fund
Lansing Middle School
Luther College
Minnesota Power
National Audubon Society
Rochester Gas & Electric
Turner Foundation
USFWS Upper Fish & Wildlife Refuge
Wisconsin Electric Power Company
Xcel Energy