Are you ready for eagle chat? The egg clock is ticking ever louder as we count the days until HM and DNF lay their first eggs! If you have a chatroll account, you are good to go! If you don’t, register for a free account here: https://chatroll-cloud-1.com/signup. Here’s what our chat schedule looks like!
Decorah Eagles Chat
The Decorah Eagles regularly scheduled chat will begin after HM lays her first egg. From the first egg to the first hatch, we’ll be chatting from 8-11AM and 5-8PM. After the first egg hatches, we’ll be chatting from 8-10am, 1-3pm, and 6-8pm. West coasters and night owls can join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays, when we’ll be chatting from 6-9pm. Join us at https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-eagles/.
Our moderators sometimes open flash chat when the eagles are active, so keep your eyes and ears on the page!
Decorah North Eagle Chat
The Decorah North Eagles regularly scheduled chat will begin after DNF lays her first egg. From the first egg to hatch watch, we’ll be chatting on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 8:00am-9:30am, and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm. After the first egg hatches – or just a tiny bit before – we’ll be chatting from 8:00am to 10:00am and 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Join us at https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-north-nest/.
DNF usually lays her first egg around February 14th. Fingers crossed for Valentine’s Day!
Mississippi Flyway Chat
The Mississippi Flyway is open for chat from 11:00am-2:00pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Join us at https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/flyway-cam/.
Eagle Educational Classroom
The Raptor Resource Project’s eagle educational chat will begin on Monday, February 6th. RRP’s eagle educators will be online from 9:30AM to 11:30AM and 12:30PM to 2:30PM. We welcome teachers and students to learn, watch, or simply enjoy the eagles in their world in an educational setting. Our classroom is reserved for teachers, which means you’ll need an account to join us. If you don’t have one, apply for one here: https://www.raptorresource.org/register/.
Are HM and HD chatting? Research by the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology found that the brains of weaver birds synchronize when they sing duets: i.e., vocal control areas fire in time when they sing together. Eagles aren’t songbirds and HM and HD’s song wasn’t as complex as that of songbirds, but it was a song and mutual vocalizations are an important part of eagle bonding. The next tim that someone calls an eagle’s vocalizations ‘weak’, ‘shrill’, or ‘silly’, let them know that eagle songs are more complicated than we give them credit for. More on eagle vocals here: https://www.raptorresource.org/2022/12/09/eagle-vocalizations-hd-hm-and-morning-song/.