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August 25, 2023: Good luck, DH2!

August 19, 2023: DH2 in the pine by the visitors center at the hatchery.

Happy Fri-yay, everyone! Our eagle-eyed eagle watchers haven’t seen or heard DH2 since the morning of August 19th. It looks like our little eaglet has flown the coop! Will it come back to say goodbye before it leaves for good? Here’s what we’ve learned from the Decorah eagles we’ve tracked so far. We don’t have satellite tracking data, but six days is a very long time not to see DH2, especially given that we saw and heard the eaglet almost

July 30, 2023: Where are Golden Eagles 733 and 834?

Golden Eagle 834

Where are Golden Eagles 733 and 834? While we are sweltering through another hot bald eagle summer, the two are staying cool up in Canada and Nunavut! Golden Eagle 834 is spending time on the Melville Peninsula, a steep rocky landscape with colorful flowers and numerous summering birds, including loons, geese, eider ducks, jaegers, plovers, snow buntings, snowy owls, and of course golden eagles. As 834 drifts through the sky, he might look out to sea and glimpse migrating beluga

Where are golden Eagles 733 and 834?

Where are Golden Eagles 733 and 834? The Raptor Resource Project is researching wintering Golden Eagles in the Driftless Area to learn more about their movement on their winter and summer ranges, including potential nest locations, seasonal migration patterns and timing, and route fidelity. The sun reached 23.5 degrees north – its northernmost location – on the solstice yesterday. It was still 1,366 miles south of Decorah, which enjoyed 15.24 hours of daylight and 8.76 hours of night, including civil

Who’s that eagle with a transmitter?

March 15, 2023: D27 eating roadkill. Based on its striped tail, this was a raccoon. Raccoons aren't true hibernators, but at this latitude, they spend a lot of winter holed up in their dens. They tend to be eager to get out, explore, and eat come spring. Note the dark head streaks. Some eagles retain minimal dark streaking past their fifth year. D27 turns six in about a month.

Who’s that eagle with a transmitter? Photographer Seth Vreeman just sent us these photos. He wrote: “I photographed a Bald Eagle just south of Canton, MN tonight. I was surprised when I got home and saw that it had a transmitter on its back. I was far enough away that I didn’t even notice it. The lighting wasn’t great and, like I said, I was a pretty good distance away. Not my best shots, but pretty cool nevertheless!” Thanks to

Where are our eagles? D36, 733, and 834 check in!

January 26, 2023: Golden Eagles belong to the 'true' eagle genus, while Bald Eagles belong to the 'sea eagle' genus. Both are classified as eagles, but Bald Eagles are more closely related to kites.

Thanks for the airmail, eagles! Once again, our inboxes were stuffed with postcards this week as D36 and Golden Eagles 732, 733, 832, and 834 all checked in. Click each image to see a full-sized postcard and click the right arrow to see each eagle’s map! Bald Eagle D36 | Three-Year Old Subadult Male Eagle D36 has moved! Brett wrote: “D36 has begun a flyabout, heading generally SW and west of where he has spent the past several months. What

Where are D36 and our Golden Eagles?

February 15, 2023: BE D36 and GOEA 732, 733, 832, and 834

Thanks for the airmail, eagles! Our inboxes were stuffed with postcards this week as D36 and Golden Eagles 732, 733, 832, and 834 all checked in. Click each image to see a full-sized postcard and click the right arrow to advance it! Bald Eagle D36 D36 is wandering the Festina, IA area, spreading his wings over farmland, rolling forested hills, the Otter River, and a broad valley just east of Highway 150. Although I didn’t see him the last time

Is that subadult eagle a Decorah Eaglet?

February 1, 2023: Another look at the subadult eagle.

Several persistent subadult eagles at the Decorah trout hatchery have watchers wondering if they are Decorah eaglets. One appears to be roughly 2-1/2 years old, which means it hatched in 2020: the last year that Mom and DM2 nested in N2B. We know it isn’t D35 or D36. Could it be D34?  Natal dispersal in birds is defined as the movement between hatching location and first breeding or potential breeding location. Juvenile bald eagles usually disperse from their natal nests

January 18, 2023: D36 takes a fishing trip!

January 18, 2023: D36's Map.

Where is D36? Our little homebuddy is taking a fishing trip on the Turkey River in NE Iowa, moving from Spillville down through Fort Atkinson, Festina, St. Lucas, Eldorado, and back up to Douglas, Iowa. Brett told us that the Turkey River is wide open, which means plenty of fishing opportunities and – most likely – plenty of eagles! Good luck, stay warm, and don’t forget to write! I got curious about eagles in NE Iowa during the winter, so

2022 Memory Lane Moments: Postcards from our Eagles!

D36 on August 17, 2020. We didn't see him until John found him on July 17, 2022. He looks wonderful: strong, healthy, and a master of the skies!

Who else was thrilled to get postcards from D36, D27, and Golden Eagles 731 and 733? I loved opening my mailbox (well, email inbox) and getting letters from Brett and Ryan with all of the latest details on our eagles. Let’s take a look back at their year! Bald Eagle D36 | Parents: Mom and DM2 | Age: Two | Age Classification: Subadult D36 took an Iowa staycation this year! He wandered down to Tama, Iowa, roughly 100 miles SW

Who is that eagle with a transmitter?

D27? This was the only look we got at the eagle's face. D27 turned five years old in April.

Our sharp-eyed camera operators found an eagle with a transmitter on near N1 this morning! While we couldn’t get a band or transmitter number, Brett thinks this was most likely D27 based on the eagle’s location and age. We haven’t heard from D27’s transmitter since late November, but we know that she was in Decorah and tends to spend time in an area between the hatchery and Highway 52. She is looking great and we’ll keep searching for potential nests

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