Decorah North Eagles and Blogs

Join us on November 30th for our Giving Tuesday fundraiser!

Giving Tuesday: DN13 and DN14

Join us for our Giving Tuesday fundraiser on Tuesday, November 30th! We’ll be celebrating with chats on our Decorah North, Decorah Eagles, and Flyway channels, and John and Amy will make special appearances on each channel to talk over the year and answer your questions. Thank so much for your care and support: every gift to RRP in any amount powers the streams we bring you every day! Mississippi Flyway Giving Tuesday Chat: 10:30am to 2:00pm @ Updates and

Your Friday night nestflix: Decorah North, Decorah, the Flyway, and GSB!

November 18, 2021: Eagles on the Flyway. It is a great time to watch them - we are seeing so many eagles and swans right now!

Happy Fri-yay, everyone! Grab your snacks and drinks and get ready for the weekend with our Friday night raptor mega-roll. At Decorah North, DNF and Mr. North respond to an influx of visitors and work on this year’s penthouse addition, while white-footed mice throw a rocking harvest party in the after-dark nest! In Decorah, Mom keeps us crossing our talons with repeated sightings in and around the hatchery. C’mon Mom and DM2 – N2B and the new starter nest at

Monday at the movies: Decorah North and the Mississippi River Flyway!

November 15, 2021: North Nestorations!

We have your Monday raptor movie matinee! At Decorah North, DNF and Mr. North work the wind, chase off visitors, and copulate! We also get a nice look at some North nest neighbors, including an intrepid foraging skunk and two bucks locking horns over a doe. On the Flyway, two adult eagles lock talons and whirl, separating just before they hit the water. I liked all of these videos, but I especially enjoyed DNF tacking into her nest with a

November 9, 2021: NestFlix and News!

November 9, 2021: The trees of Eagle Island looked like Christmas trees...if bald eagles were Christmas ornaments!

We have your night-time NestFlix! At Decorah North, DNF and Mr. North are busy with nestorations. Nest-building is a big part of pair bonding, but Mr. North wasn’t quite ready to give up his fish to DNF this morning – or welcome visitors to the North nest. On the Flyway, two American white pelicans photobomb five adult bald eagles! Look for bufflehead ducks in the background. Thank you so much for watching, sharing, learning, and especially for caring! I hope

Getting ready: Fall nestorations!

Annual Daylight Length, Decorah IA

Why are eagle couples in Decorah working on their nests right now? Among non-tropical birds, many activities (reproduction, molt, migration) are linked to daylight length. We’ve primarily discussed the photosensitive period of bird life here, when daylight lengthens, gonads start swelling, and human watchers start counting the days until eggs are laid. However, birds also have a photorefractory period that in many northern birds begins slightly prior to summer solstice in mid-June. Gonads start shrinking, a new hormonal regime takes

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