Memory Lane 2021: D37, D38, and D39

Glogdog Decorah and Robin Brumm gave us this favorite 2021 memory. In the fall of 2020, Mom and DM2 built a nest behind the Decorah Walmart. For the first time since 2003, we didn’t have eagles nesting near the trout hatchery. How would we watch them? Thanks to Robin’s day trips, we knew on April 18 that D37, D38, and D39 had hatched and were doing well! I was surprised by how much I missed Mom and DM2. But I really appreciated Robin’s Day Trip reports and I loved knowing that Mom and DM2 were raising a family, even though we couldn’t watch them in the nest.

April 18, 2021: Robin's Day Trip - Mom with three eaglets

April 18, 2021: Robin’s Day Trip – Mom with three eaglets

Why does long-term observation matter? After over ten years of watching eagles, we know that eagles are individuals. They have internal lives. They organize in social multi-age groups, follow consistent migration paths between winter and summer grounds, select and retain mates, build large, complex nests, incubate and brood young in challenging conditions, teach their young, learn from life events, and recognize and remember things on their territories. We’ve learned a whole lot that will help us build a better world for eagles and people and we’re looking forward to 2022!

Thanks to Benny and Sue Bruhling for sharing the nest location with us!