Category Archives: Fort St. Vrain Eagles

Live from the Fort St. Vrain Bald Eagle nest!

Back in late August, John and I traveled to Platteville, Colorado, to work with Xcel Energy employees Bill Heston, Tina Lopez, and Naresh Dagahama on an upgrade to the Fort St. Vrain Eagle cam. Over three days, we took down and re-positioned the existing cam, added a new PTZ cam, cleaned up the solar panel area, added two radios and a couple of networked video recorders so plant staff could watch their eagles from the lunchroom again, threw in a

What’s on the Menu at Fort St. Vrain?

So what’s on the menu at Fort St. Vrain? While we were up in the nest, I decided to collect prey remains. We don’t have the necessary permits to take feathers (of which I found only two, both belonging to prey), but there were plenty of skulls and a few turtle shells. I got them home, laid them out on a table, and started ID’ing them. Some Moms bring home t-shirts and postcards. I bring home skulls and photos of

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father's Day!

If you’re celebrating Father’s Day this weekend, we’d like to wish you a very wonderful day! We also want to salute all of our “Wildlife Dads” on Father’s Day and give a shout out to Dad Decorah, Mr. North and Pa FSV for their dedicated partnership incubating eggs, brooding eaglets, procuring a passel of provisions, and all that they do to protect and raise their young. Watching them has enlightened all of us seeing their incredible love, devotion and dedication

Eaglet Growth and Development, Week Two

D26 asleep on the nest

It is April 10 as I write this, and our eaglets are growing rapidly! In Decorah, D26 is 10 days old, D27 is 9 days old and D28 is 6 days old. At Decorah North, DN4 and DN5 are 12 and 11 days old. And at Fort St. Vrain, FSV34 and FSV35 are 15 and 13 days old. D26. See the earhole? In their second week of development, the eaglets will gain roughly two pounds between their 7th and 14th day

Hatches and Eggs: A Round-up!

Decorah North PIP

So where are we with eggs and hatches now? As of 8:05 CT on March 28, 2017: We have two eaglets at Fort St. Vrain We have a hatch window but no hatch yet at Decorah North We are still waiting in Decorah The Fort St. Vrain great horned owls had their first hatch on March 27! At our nests, peregrine falcons have begun laying eggs at Great River Energy (Mary Ellen laid number two today) and Great Spirit Bluff

1st Hatch for Xcel Energy Fort St. Vrain!

FSV36 at Xcel Energy Fort St. Vrain

Congratulations to Xcel Energy’s Fort St. Vrain eagles! FSV 36 was spotted by sharp-eyed Fort St. Vrain fans this morning during nest changeover at 6:57am mountain time. The eaglet looked dry and we saw no signs of an eggshell, which means it had been out of the egg for a while. Based on that and a capture that appears to show a large zip in one of the eggs yesterday at around 6:44pm, we believe the eaglet hatched last night.

Announcing: Hatch Watch!

Hatch Watch at our bald eagle nests!

It’s almost time for hatch watch! We will start hatch watch at Fort St. Vrain on Saturday, March 25; at Decorah North on Sunday, March 26; and at Decorah on Monday, March 27. As many of you already know, hatch begins before pip! We’ll be looking for egg movements and listening for vocalizations between parents and hatching eaglets as we wait for eaglets to arrive. Watch and chat at Decorah: http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles Watch and chat at the North Nest: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/MbgzN2Kpajp Watch

Silent Auction

Celtic Junction Benefit

Our benefit at the Celtic Junction tonight includes an online silent auction. You will need an account at 32 Auctions if you want to bid on anything. To see our auction items, follow this link: https://www.32auctions.com/RRPWinterBenefit. To register for a free 32 Auctions account, go here: https://www.32auctions.com/users/new. For more information about the benefit, follow this link: http://www.raptorresource.org/event/benefit-for-birds-of-prey/

When will egg-laying begin?

Mom and Dad at N2B

So when will Mom Decorah, Mom North, and Mom FSV begin laying eggs? We don’t have a timetable, but past years can help determine what to expect at each nest. February may be about flowers and chocolate for some of you, but it is all about eggs for us! Decorah Eagles For the past two years, Mom has laid her first egg on February 18. Her earliest laying date occurred on February 17, 2012: an uncommonly mild winter. Her latest

Bird of Prey Benefit

Benefit for Birds of Prey

The Raptor Resource Project is holding a benefit for birds of prey on Saturday, February 18, at the Celtic Junction in Saint Paul, MN. The benefit will start at 7:00pm. Featured guests include: Emmy award-winning producers George Howe and Tim Jacobsen on their new project: Decoding the Driftless Vanessa Green on Osprey surveys in the Twin Cities. John Howe on the reboot of our kestrel nestbox program Entertainment will be provided by: The Brian Boru Pipe Band John Sjogren Sistertree

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