It has been a busy couple of weeks for us in Decorah! We started camera work at 9:00am on September 13th and finished up at roughly 7:00pm on the evening of September 22nd. The crew had moments of joy, a little hand-wringing, and no small amount of sweating in the unusual 90+ degree heat that prevailed almost the entire time we were there. We saw Mom and Dad Decorah sitting in a maple tree, fishing in the pond, and perched in a few favorite spots between N1 and N2B, and Mom and Dad North across the field and (briefly) by the nest. Equipment installers, troubleshooters, and all-arounders John Howe, Kike (Kee-Kay) Arnal, Richard Meredith, Amy Ries, and Dave Kester removed old equipment, installed new equipment, cleaned things up, and got everything cabled just in time for Kike’s last day with us. Thanks to the trout hatchery for providing fishy treats to the eagles at both nests!
Looking forward to watching the eagles? Prepare your snacks and get the housework done now, because we plan to turn the cameras back on on October 7th! Read the list below for more details on what we got done over the last couple of weeks, or browse the photo gallery!
N1 tree and former nest:
We replaced the microphone on the 30x PTZ camera installed in 2016, added a high quality microphone up in the tree near the Y-branch that will serve as a backup, and cleaned the lenses on both the PTZ camera and the variable zoom bullet cam.
N2B tree & active nest:
We cleaned the lens and adjusted the microphone on the 30x PTZ camera installed in 2016, replaced the original 12x zoom PTZ camera installed in 2015 with a 30x zoom PTZ and new microphone, and replaced the original variable zoom bullet cam installed in 2015 with a 4K variable zoom bullet cam and new microphone. We also installed 2 high quality directional microphones to add audio options at N2B and serve as the primary audio source, and placed new camera and microphone cabling in conduit. It might sound funny to add that, but the cabling takes an enormous amount of work to place correctly!
Decorah North Nest
DN nest tree and active nest:
We cleaned the lenses on both the PTZ camera and the variable zoom bullet cams installed in 2015, removed the higher PTZ camera and microphone installed in 2016 that were not working correctly, re-positioned the IR light source, installed 2 high quality directional microphones to add audio options at DN, installed a new 30x PTZ camera to the right of the original camera view and about 8 feet closer to the nest, and placed the new camera and microphone cabling in conduit.
We installed a 32x PTZ camera on a tree along the north side of the pasture to allow better views of the eagles perched in the trees along the creek. This cam will allow year-round unobstructed views of the eagles after vegetation fills in around the nest. We also removed a tree that was obstructing views of the eagle perch areas from this new location, and placed new camera and microphone cabling in conduit.