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Persistence Pays Off – a post by Brett Mandernack about the fitting of D27’s transmitter.

D27's transmitter fitting

It is early August and I have one satellite transmitter (or PTT) yet to deploy on a young eagle. Dave and Ann Lynch spent two solid weeks in late June/early July perfecting their craft of artful presentation of fish to the Decorah fledglings, yet the “kids” instead chose to food-beg loud and often and insist Mom or Dad bring them food at the nest. There was no evidence of any of the fledglings ever picking up a fish during that

Announcing: The Robert Anderson Memorial Scholarship Fund!

Bob and Peregrine Falcon

We are pleased to present the Robert Anderson Memorial Scholarship Fund! Our Board established the scholarship to pay forward Bob’s incredible legacy of passion, dedication, and commitment to making a difference. Scholarships will be awarded to selected Luther College students in Decorah, Iowa who demonstrate a concern for the environment through positive environmental activism and community involvement or independent studies related to environmentalism. The endowment is designed to receive gifts through contributions, bequests, charitable trust remainders, and other gifts directed to the Fund. To make

Hamilton and Burr-D spotted at Great Spirit Bluff!

Peregrine falcon fledglings Hamilton and Burr-D

Both fledglings were spotted at Great Spirit Bluff today! John was operating the camera when he found Hamilton and Burr-D on a ledge. The ledge provides a great base for flight school, with a nice combination of cover and height for the two fledglings. While black flies might still be a little bothersome, their fledgling feathers, more robust immune systems, and ability to fly away will help protect them from bites. Good luck, Hamilton and Burr-D. It was great to

Announcing – the final fledge!

D27 fledges!

Last night we announced that D27 hadn’t fledged yet. And it hadn’t – at least, not at 1:15pm. But I missed D27’s flight from the nest at 2:16pm. It wasn’t an especially long flight given that D27 returned fairly quickly, and we didn’t have boots on the ground to verify that no one was in the nest…at least, not at 2:16pm! However, after a great deal of discussion with moderators and a thorough review of footage from the time period,

D27…not fledged yet!

After what appeared to be an alarming accidental fledge by D27 in Decorah, Dave Kester went over to the hatchery to check things out. He reports that all three eaglets are accounted for in the nest tree. Two are on one branch and one is much lower, but on a branch in the same tree (D27, perhaps?). An adult is perched near the eaglet on the lowest branch: https://youtu.be/qJQNAhrxTKY. The calls that watchers are hearing are not distress calls, but food

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

DN6 at Decorah North

The Decorah North Nest

We are sorry to announce the death of youngest North eaglet DN6. We believe that DN6 died of hypothermia, which weakened it to the point that it could no longer feed and eventually killed it. The cold, wet weather shortened feeding times and created a need for more calories. While Mom and Dad North provide a high level of care for their young, they don’t single out eaglets that can’t compete with siblings for additional care and feeding – something

Welcome, D28!

Welcome to the world, D28! D28 hatched at 6:57AM nest time (central) this morning, completing hatch at the three bald eagle nests we are watching this year. We have two at Xcel Energy’s Fort St. Vrain nest, three at Decorah, and three at Decorah North! It’s hard to catch a glimpse of the eaglets with the Seattle-style rain Decorah is getting this week, but this video from Blossem Holland gives us a nice look at the new hatchling and a

Hip pip hooray!

External pip in Decorah

We have an external pip in Decorah! Thanks to Prairiefirewind and the Decorah mods for their hard work getting this very brief moment. D26 is on the way! Video: https://youtu.be/BN5Var9p8ys It has been 37 days, 21 hours, and 36 minutes since Mom laid egg number one in Decorah this year.

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