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Cam on date: October 7th!

It has been a busy couple of weeks for us in Decorah! We started camera work at 9:00am on September 13th and finished up at roughly 7:00pm on the evening of September 22nd. The crew had moments of joy, a little hand-wringing, and no small amount of sweating in the unusual 90+ degree heat that prevailed almost the entire time we were there. We saw Mom and Dad Decorah sitting in a maple tree, fishing in the pond, and perched

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 Dahagama 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

Raptor Banding and Trapping Station

The Raptor Resource Project and Luther College have launched a trapping station project to collect data on birds of prey, provide field-based research opportunities, and deliver environmental education to youth. The project was funded via a Resource Enhancement and Protection/Conservation Education Program (REAP/CEP) through Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources. To learn more about REAP/CEP, including some of the really cool projects they have funded over the years, follow this link: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Conservation/REAP. While we know a fair amount about cameras and

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,

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