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Announcing: Our first egg fundraiser!

February 27, 2021: First Egg Fundraiser

Please join the Raptor Resource Project on Saturday, February 27th, for our first egg fundraiser! We’ll celebrate two eggs for the Decorah North eagles and talk about both eagle families! DNF and Mr. North will be there. Will Mom and DM2 show up? We can only hope! The fundraiser will go from 8am to 8pm on our Decorah North page: and from 8 am to 12 noon and 4 pm to 8 pm on the Decorah Eagles page¬†We

Peek inside a bald eagle egg: 4 days!

An embryonic bird at 33 hours

As of this writing, we’re still waiting for eggs at Fort St. Vrain. The second Decorah North egg is three days and 22 hours old. What do embyronic eagles look they look like as they develop and grow inside their eggs? Dr. Peter Sharpe from the Institute for Wildlife Studies developed a table of bald eagle embryonic development based on work done by Hamburger and Hamilton (1951). While not all bald eagle eggs hatch in 35 days, the stages of development

Nine inches of snow at the North nest!

February 22, 2021: Nine inches of snow at the North Nest

Decorah North Eagles How much snow did we get at the North nest during Sunday’s storm? According to one of the landowners, we got nine inches! DNF expertly incubated the eggs throughout, trading places with Mr. North this morning for a well-deserved wing stretch! In the first minute of this video, we get a nice look at just how deep the snow was when the storm stopped yesterday evening. DNF has shaken it off several times, but her head is

Snow, snow, go away!

February 21, 2021: DNF protects her eggs.

Snow, snow, go away! But as awful as the weather looks, our eagles are ready for it. At Decorah North, DNF incubates her eggs through a snowstorm. Her tightly-lapped feathers act like shingles, keeping her (and her eggs!) protected from ice, snow, and cold drizzle. Their oh-so-carefully constructed egg cup – think of all the materials that Mr. North and DNF brought in, and all the work they did to mold, conform, and tweak them! – traps heat from their

DNF lays her second egg!

February 19, 2021: DNF's second egg

Congratulations to DNF and Mr. North on egg #2, which arrived at 1:05 PM CT on Friday afternoon! DNF laid two eggs in 2019 and two eggs in 2020. She shifted her schedule a lot earlier this year. Will we see a third egg? We’ll be watching! Videos DNF lays the second egg of the season: DNF’s second egg: DNF laid her SECOND EGG!! + quick close up:

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