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Watching Bald Eagles

November 7, 2017: Dad Decorah

This is a flashback post first published on April 26 of 2012. I repost it every year when the eagles begin bringing suckerfish into the nest. For new followers: Bob (Anderson) founded the Raptor Resource Project and was its first director. You can learn more about him here: https://www.raptorresource.org/about-us/remembering-bob-anderson/ Bob took a turn operating the controls at the bald eagle camera this morning. He was fascinated by Dad, who brought in three suckers in one hour. Suckerfish are ‘rough’ fish:

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

2022 Memory Lane Moments: The Leap of Faith!

April 28, 2022: The goslings about 36 hours after hatch.

Memory Lane Moment #4 comes from mod IrisCats, who wrote: “How could we ever forget the goslings’ heart pumping leap of faith as they jumped from N2B?!” This was far and away our most watched moment of the year. While Canada Geese remain a controversial subject – some of you love them and some of you don’t! – it was fun to learn about and watch a new species. Mother Goose laid seven eggs. Five eggs hatched, four geese survived

2022 Memory Lane Moments: A Feeding and a Pip!

March 27, 2022: A feeding and a pip at the North nest!

Memory Lane Moment #3 comes from me! There was a lot to love at the North nest this year. The Norths have a strong bond, their valley is beautiful, and DN15 and DN16 were wonderful from hatch to fledge! The North nest felt like a tiny slice of paradise in the rolling hills of NE Iowa: a place to relax and dream under blue skies, rippling water, and lush greenery. DN15 completed hatch sometime in the late evening of March

2022 Memory Lane Moments: Snowy Owls on the Mississippi Flyway

February 16, 2022: A Snowy Owl on the Mississippi River Flyway.

Memory Lane Moment #2 comes from Lori Carnes! She wrote: “My favorite thing this past year was watching and learning about the snowy owls with our Mississippi Flyway chatters!” Watchers might remember the incredible Snowy Owl irruption on the Flyway in January and February of this year. What were they doing so far from their arctic home? Some species are normally resident on their territories year-round (like Great Horned Owls and Barred Owls), some species are more or less migratory

2022 Memory Lane Moments: Nestorations at N1

Besties or Beakersons? HD and HM place the furniture at N1.

We asked our volunteers to give us their favorite moments from 2022. While we miss Mom and DM2, Glogdog is so happy to see nestorations at N1 again! We’re curious about what 2023 holds in store and crossing our talons for eggs and eaglets at Decorah North and in Decorah. To see the full video, follow this link: https://youtu.be/anJ4Q0AAYdY. To learn a little bit more about nest building and bonding, click here: https://www.raptorresource.org/2022/12/13/birds-and-nest-building/.

Giving Tuesday Recap

Left to right: DN15 and DN16, a Snowy Owl on the Flyway, HM and HD

Thank you so much for joining us on Giving Tuesday and for donating to our Giving Tuesday fundraiser, and another thanks to our moderators and camera operators for making the day special with chats and wonderful views! We’ve got a recap and some links from our 1:00pm talk/recap/chat session. First of all – the talk itself! Thanks to Tulsa for recording it: You asked about buying calendars and merchandise, and getting up to date news on our nests! 2023 calendars

Happy Cottonwood (well, Oak) Graduation!

2022 Cottonwood Certificate

The season isn’t quite over, but the amount of time that DN15 and DN16 spent in our viewfinder has come to an end. We haven’t seen DN15 since August 9th, or DN16 since August 15th. Our eaglets have graduated to Eagle College and new adventures in the wild blue yonder! We invite everyone to join us for celebratory chats and a fundraiser on our Decorah North and Decorah Eagle pages! This year marked some firsts, happy and otherwise, for all

Countdown to Shutdown #4: DN15 and DN16

Eaglets DN15 and DN16 at Decorah North, April 2, 2022.

DN15 and DN16 hatched on March 25 and March 27 respectively. We were enthralled as they grew from fluffy bobbleheads into sleek young predators and loved watching them reach important milestones: the first feeding, the first nestploration, bonking battles and food steals, wingercizing, stick play, self-feeding, pin feathers, standing, jumping, hovering, branching, and finally fledging. DN15 was 77 days old when he fledged on June 11. DN16 gave our eagle-watching Dads a nice Father’s Day present when she fledged at

Countdown to Shutdown #2: The Confusion Couch Becomes a Tilt-a-Whirl

March 31, 2022: A nice look at the new eagle couple.

I looked back through our notes and relived the wild cottonwood ride all over again! Mom and DM2, the appearance of two new eagles at N1, and the Canada goose takeover at N2B kept us enthralled, concerned, thrilled, and clinging to the Confusion Couch.  February at the hatchery: Mom, DM2, and a few eagles we don’t recognize! Back in early February of 2022, we were seeing a little bit of Mom and DM2 around our hatchery nests: enough to give

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