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Nestflix: Videos and news from Decorah, Decorah North, the Flyway, and GSB!

January 21,2022: Mr. North gleams in the bright winter sunlight

Grab something warm, wrap yourself in a blanket, and get ready for some wonderful videos from Decorah North, Decorah, and the Mississippi Flyway. I love all of these videos, but don’t miss the North fish chase, the beautiful subadult eagle, or the stunning video of Mr. North! We’re still seeing short-eared owls on the Flyway and I hope to write a little bit more about them tomorrow. Eagles and falcons and owls, oh my! Decorah North January 24, 2022: Mr.

Falcons at Great Spirit Bluff: reading and reporting peregrine falcon band numbers

January 22: Unknown falcon at Great Spirit Bluff

We saw two falcons at Great Spirit Bluff over the weekend: an unbanded female and a banded black/red male. We don’t know who they were, although the black/red male wasn’t Newman. Did they originate north of Great Spirit Bluff or wander up from La Crosse, a little over five miles downstream? Without band numbers, we can’t know for sure, but eBird can help us explore wintering peregrines in La Crosse! Ebird Reports Between 2002 and 2021, bird watchers reported fifteen

Memory Lane 2021: The Bachelor, Great Spirit Bluff edition

Amhran 92/X, a 2018 hatch from Skidmore Bluff in Hagar, Wisconsin. Newman invited her into his nest box, offered her a food gift, and tried to copulate with her.

We’re used to a little falcon flirting. Despite the species’ reputation for monogamy, we’ve seen and heard males display, chup at, and solicit passing females before their mates show up to chase off interlopers. But Newman was in a league of his own this year as falcon after falcon showed up to flirt and accept his food gifts. While he wasn’t really a bachelor, he seemed to enjoy the attention. Picture dead birds instead of roses, bare-knuckle brawling in place

#GivingTuesday: 2021 Budget

John Howe and friend on Xcel Energy's Monticello stack in Monticello, MN.

To help kick-off Giving Tuesday on Tuesday, November 30, we wanted to talk about what we did this year. Here are the things that your donations got done. Please donate to the Raptor Resource Project to help us continue our work in 2021 and beyond! New Projects Despite the ongoing disruption of Covid-19, we added streams at Red Wing Grain and US Bank, got the Eagle Valley camera online, improved our streaming and recording capabilities, built a new starter nest

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

2021 Falcon Banding Report!

John Howe and friend on Xcel Energy's Monticello stack in Monticello, MN.

This year, we banded 80 falcons at 29 sites in four states: a record for us! 11 sites were on cliffs, nine were at power plants, four were at grain mills, four were on buildings in the cities of Duluth, MN; La Crosse, WI; Dubuque, IA; and Peoria, IL and one was on a water tower at 3M! Want to learn more about our falcon banding work? Follow the link to our 2021 Banding Report: https://raptorresource.org/raptorresource/pdf/2021BandingReport.pdf

2021 GSB Wrap-Up

July 26, 2021: Chance at Great Spirit Bluff

By Smitha Pisharam As fall colors get vibrant on Great Spirit bluff and flyway, Newman and Zooey are getting ready to migrate south or may already have left the area (both were last seen on cam on the 2nd of October). Wishing Newman and Zooey safe travels! We hope you enjoy this lovely GSB 2021 wrap-up, walk down the memory lane video! https://youtu.be/BzaVFKIjaEA #RaptorResourceProject #RRP #GreatSpiritBluff #GSB #ExploreOrg #PeregrineFalcons #falcons

Flyway and GSB Dreaming

September 11, 2021: A turkey vulture at Great Spirit Bluff.

Happy Sunday, everyone! While we ramp up to turning on our eagle cams (if you missed the announcement, we’ll be turning on the Decorah North and Decorah Eagle cams on Saturday, October 9, at 12:00 central time), we’re watching the Mississippi Flyway and Cornell’s migration forecasts. Today, we’ve got bald eagles, sandhill cranes, a quick kickbox, and Newman and a turkey vulture at Great Spirit Bluff. We hope you enjoy these videos as much as we do! Mississippi Flyway October

Friday Flyway: Nestflix from the Mississippi Flyway and GSB!

September 2, 2021: An eagle interaction on the Mississippi Flyway.

Happy Flyway Fri-yay! We have videos from the Flyway and GSB, plus a few interesting odds and ends for everyone to enjoy. Thanks so much for watching, sharing, learning, and especially for caring! While our eagle cams will be down until early October, our Flyway and GSB cams are live and catching some lovely and fascinating interactions. We hope to see you at Eagle College! https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/flyway-cam/ and https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/eagle-valley/. Mississippi Flyway September 2, 2021: GBH Upright and Spread Wing Display –

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