Brrrrrrrr! The thermometer reads -1F right now in Decorah, and the cold has our eagles hunkered down. They deal with frigid subzero temperatures by using the least amount of energy to get the most amount of food. Ben Franklin famously called bald eagles lazy, but Ben wasn’t living outside through an Iowa winter. I’d call them pretty smart! We’ve shared this information before, but if you haven’t read it and would like to know more about how eagles cope with
Who was the intruder in Decorah today? Here’s what we know (and it isn’t much): an intruder visited N2B. She (we think it was a ‘she’ based on facial features) gobbled down frozen nestovers that she dug from the snow and ice at the bottom of the nest. After about twelve minutes, Mom or DM2 chased her away. Intruder at N2B Watchers are concerned about Mom and DM2’s late response to the intruder. Are they serious about defending their territory?
By RRP Director John Howe Conservation and education are key components of the Raptor Resource Project’s mission and I’ve been reminded of both this past week during a family trip to England and Wales. I was accompanied by RRP president and tour guide John Dingley, my brother George Howe and his son Ryan, and later in the trip by Tim Jacobson. For me, the visit was twofold – a chance to learn about our family roots in mid-Wales and attend
Wonderful news! D27 and sibling-from-another-year D24 sent us maps this week! A quick refresher: D24 hatched at N2B in Decorah on March 29, 2016, making him 3.5 years old. D27 hatched at N2B on April 4 of 2017, making her 2.5 years old. Both eaglets are spending time in and around the Decorah area. Although we haven’t yet seen them both together, D24’s transmitter doesn’t check in very often. It’s entirely possible the two could have spent time together: perhaps eating
Winter is back! We have videos from Decorah and Decorah North. Mom and DM2 took the day off, but Mr. North and DNF got busy removing the snow. I especially loved the two videos from Decorah North. If you missed Sherri’s post yesterday, be sure to check out the subadult video. This is a beautiful eagle! I also enjoyed seeing Mr. North slingshot past the North nest as he tore off a branch for delivery to the nest. It isn’t