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July 12, 2023: A synchronized fly-in – NestFlix and news from Decorah!

July 11, 2023: DH2 on the Y-Branch

How is DH2 doing? We have a NestFlix round-up from Decorah with videos that show all the rewards and pitfalls of being a fledgling eaglet: synchronized fly-ins, perching pitfalls, food chase breakfish delivery, and warm sunny days! We hope you enjoy these videos as much as we did! Before the round-up: we’ve had some questions regarding DH2’s eventual dispersal. Brett’s research found that eaglets from the Decorah nest dispersed in early September on average, although some individuals dispersed earlier and

Announcing: Our 2023 After The Fledge Auction!

Our 2023 After The Fledge Auction has begun! We’re still getting things online (look for GSB and Decorah Eagle wineglasses and two puzzles tomorrow!) but here’s a peak at some of the items we have up for auction this year! It’s not too late to donate an item, so please give me an email if you have something for the auction! It runs through 5pm Saturday, July 22nd. If you’d like to come join us for After the Fledge, follow

2023 After The Fledge

After The Fledge 2023

Coming to our 2023 After The Fledge party? We’ve got a hike, kayaking, bicycling, two meet-a-raptor events (one with Mr. Soar!), AMA talks about what we do, a great celebration dinner, and an awesome boat ride on the Mississippi River! Join RRP staff, volunteers, and other raptor fans for a great weekend of fun and frolic in beautiful Decorah, Iowa! Here’s our schedule of events with map links: If you haven’t registered or signed up for anything yet, follow this

First Fledge Fundraiser!

June 20, 2023: Beautiful HM

Today is the Raptor Resource Project’s first fledge fundraiser! Join us for chat here: and help us protect birds of prey by donating to our work: You have seen the beauty, grace, and strength of bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and the myriad birds of the Mississippi Flyway. We’ve been working to ensure their survival and health for over two decades and we couldn’t do what we do without your support. Here’s how your donations make a difference: Education

Happy Independence Day!

Celebrating the 4th of July:

On July 4th of 1776, the Declaration of Independence was ratified by Congress. We remember and celebrate that day today. From every mountaintop, river bottom, prairie vista, city park, rooftop, picnic, suburb, garden, balcony, from every cliff, from every phone, from every computer, from where ever you are watching, learning, caring, and sharing, let freedom ring! The bald eagle’s role as a national symbol is linked to its 1782 landing on the Great Seal of the United States. The First

DH2 – Out and About!

July 3, 2023: As if learning to fly wasn't enough, I've got a red-winged blackbird on my head! Photo by Glenn and Darlene Miller.

– By Glenn and Darlene Miller Yesterday’s discovery of DH2 was so exciting that we could hardly ask for more. By mid-afternoon it was pretty hot and we didn’t really expect much activity. But you can never be sure when or where the eagles will make an appearance. We spotted one of the parents flying northeasterly from the nest area and over the bridge. It made several lazy circles over the corn field north of N2B before disappearing from sight.

July 2, 2023 – DH2 Found … Safe and Sound

July 2, 2023: DH2! Photo by Glenn and Darlene Miller.

By Darlene and Glenn Miller Any faithful Decorah Eagle follower would probably agree that fledge time can be one of the most worrisome times for us humans. After watching for the last 86 days or so we have seen this fledgling hatch, grow, thrive, and survive the challenges of everyday Eagle life to get to the point where she is now … ready to take wing and explore beyond the confines of her nest tree. (We’re not sure of the

DH2 has fledged!

June 30, 2023: DH2 fledged at 6:08PM!

After a lengthy discussion with volunteers and camera operators, we concluded that DH2 fledged yesterday evening at 6:08pm! Robin Brumm said: “I was watching on rewind when I heard some leaves rustle, saw her fly off coming from behind/above the camera and fly to the northwest, toward the tree area back by that house with the solar panels.” I’ve included Robin’s screenshot and we’re keeping an eye out for her online and on the ground! We’ll post when we have

June 29, 2023: NestFlix!

June 29, 2023: DH2 considers fledging.

It’s time for NestFlix, so put your feet up on the bark-a-lounger, grab the popcorn, fix yourself a cold beverage, and get ready for videos from Decorah, Great Spirit Bluff, and the Flyway! In Decorah, DH2 is taking her sweet time to fledge and building skills and confidence as she hops, hovers, and branches ever higher in the tree. Great Spirit Bluff has been tough, but Jaycie P/60 survived last night’s attempted owl predation and it was wonderful to see

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