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2018 Banding Report

Falcon Linnea from GSB

You know us because of the Decorah Eagles, or the Decorah North Eagles, or the Flyway Cam, but do you know about our peregrine falcon program or Hawk Hill banding station? Click the link below to download our 2018 Banding Report. It has all the information! https://www.raptorresource.org/pdf/2018RaptorResourceProjectBandingReport.pdf

Another pip in Decorah, falcon eggs, first-egg fundraiser!

2018: Pip in egg #2 in Decorah!

Our sharp-eyed mods and watchers spotted a pip in the second egg at Decorah this morning! Video here (and don’t miss D29 biting Mom’s feathers): https://youtu.be/vWGr_DJdhws The spring egg flood is here, with eggs at Great Spirit Bluff, Dairyland Power Genoa, US Bank La Crosse (this nest can be watched from a monitor in the bank’s lobby), Great River Energy, and Bay State Milling! We’re still waiting for first eggs at Xcel Energy’s King plant and we hope to have Xcel

Nest news! Eggs, falcons, and more!

Mom Decorah in Snow

Decorah and Fort St. Vrain As of 5:48PM CT last night, we had two eggs in Decorah! Mom laid her 31st egg on this territory in a cold, drizzly rained that turned to snow as she slept. This makes three eggs at Fort St. Vrain and two in Decorah. If Mom lays another egg (she tends to lay three eggs), it will most likely come on February 28. Her first and second eggs tend to be two to three days

What a year!

What a year it has been! Our banding season stretched from late May to early July this year, although a combination of black flies, hippoboscids, extreme weather, and reduced productivity caused our numbers to fall. In 2017, we banded 58 falcons at 22 sites as compared to 77 falcons at 25 sites in 2016. We also replaced cameras and microphones at many of our nests, started a new partnership with Explore to provide an ads-free stream of the Decorah Eagles,

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

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