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Welcome to the Flyway! We’ll be chatting here from 11-2pm CT Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We often use the solar powered cam in November and December. If the cam isn’t live, we’ll talk about the highlights!
The Raptor Resource Project has established a new bird cam on an island in the heart of the Mississippi River’s Driftless area. Located in the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge on Lake Onalaska, the camera offers an unparalleled look at migrating birds and river wildlife, including Bald Eagles, American White Pelicans, Sandhill Cranes, Caspian Terns, Cormorants, and many species of ducks, gulls, and other waterfowl. More than 325 bird species make the round-trip each year along the Mississippi Flyway, from their breeding grounds in Canada and the northern United States to their wintering grounds along the Gulf of Mexico and in Central and South America, and many of them will pass by this camera.
The camera project was completed with help from the Brice Prairie Conservation Association, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Riverland Energy Co-Op, and Explore.org. Volunteers helped ferry people and supplies to and from the island, erect two donated poles, and install solar panels, a power supply, and the camera assembly and radios. From start to finish, the project took a total of eight long days.
Volunteers from the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, the Raptor Resource Project, and Explore.org will operate the camera. Please join us as we look and listen to one of America’s greatest migration flyways!