March 20, 2023: What are we looking forward to this week?

What are we looking forward to this week? On Friday, we’ll be hosting a movie night at Convergence Ciderworks in Decorah! Come watch EaglePower with John, Dave, and Amy, meet Dave’s Red-tailed Hawk Jewel, learn more about our programs, and drink delicious cider. Doors open at 5:30 and the program starts at 6pm. More here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1404200043743501.

We’re in what Bob used to call the incubation doldrums at our Decorah Hatchery and Xcel Energy Fort St. Vrain eagle nests. But we’re enjoying lovely views of HM and HD especially. The two of them have hit their incubation stride, although neither one always wants to give up their comfy seat on the Bark-a-Lounger. Enjoy your rest now, eagles: eaglets are only about 15 days away!¬†How about the

March 20. 2023: HM glows in the bright, warm sunlight.

March 20. 2023: HM glows in the bright, warm sunlight

Canada Geese? Love them or not so much, it appears that they will be nesting in N2B again this year. We are working with explore.org to give them their own channel and will announce something later this week!

March 19, 2023: A Canada Goose at N2B

March 19, 2023: A Canada Goose at N2B

When will falcons start laying eggs? Newman and Savanna have been copulating like crazy and falcons are back at almost all of our sites. It’s a little hard to predict, especially since we have a new female falcon at GSB, but egg laying usually starts in late March. Tune into GSB and the Flyway for a lot of falcon copulation, melting ice, and migratory birds. We saw hooded mergansers just this morning!

March 19, 2023: Newman and Savanna.

March 19, 2023: Newman and Savanna

Will the North’s reclutch? It’s hard to say. Mr. North needs to start showering DNF with food gifts and copulation, which means he needs to stop incubating their lone egg. While we wait to see what happens, we’re watching deer, rabbits, a kestrel, and of course Mr. North. We’ll let everyone know immediately if the two begin laying eggs again.

We’re starting to see turkey vultures at the loft in Missouri. Last year, they laid eggs on April 23rd. We’re curious to see whether they will advance their schedule this year, since they came back on March 1 and Chuck H and John C told us that this was the earliest that they’ve ever seen them. You can watch them here: https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/missouri-turkey-vultures/.

March 20, 2023: Mr. North at the North nest.

March 20, 2023: Mr. North at the North nest

Thanks so much for watching, sharing, learning, and especially for caring! We hope to see some of you on Friday!