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April 1, 2020: Eaglet feeding

Kick off the Decorah Eagles hatch watch with RRP Director John Howe!

We’re starting hatch watch at the Decorah Eagles nest on Friday, April 3rd! Join us here: https://explore.org/livecams/raptor-resource-project/decorah-eagles or on our website: https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-eagles/ at 1:30 PM CDT for a talk with RRP Director John Howe and eggs, hatch, and nestling life. We hope to see you there!

Mom surveying her realm

#Musings: Place, stories, and animal intelligence

I’m reading “Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction.” The first three chapters inspired some afternoon #musing. Place, as writer Thom Van Dooren points out, can be understood as an embodied, lived, and meaningful environment. Bald eagles clearly have a sense of place. Their territories are woven with layers of attention, meaning, and

February 26, 2020: Mom's First Egg

First Egg in Decorah!

We have our first egg in Decorah! Mom arrived on the nest at right around 5:00PM and began hovering over the egg cup. DM2 arrived with a fish for her not long afterwards, but she didn’t try to take it from him – a sure sign that something was up! DM2 remained in the nest

February 12, 2020: DM2 with a very large stick

How much weight can a Bald Eagle carry?

On February 12 of 2020, DM2 pole-vaulted into the nest with a stick that looked more like a small tree! On November 6 of 2019, Mr. North dropped a stick of unknown weight, although it was clearly more than he could lift from the ground: https://youtu.be/x0Cb6S79Kz4. And on November 4th of 2015, photographer Alex Lamine

February 5, 2020: Mom and DM2 stand wing to wing in the nest. These brief moments occur with increasing frequency as courtship deepens.

Courtship, copulation, and other things romantic!

This is a traditional Valentines Day post for us, but we decided not to wait this year…just in case one of our eagle pairs lays eggs early! Bald eagle courtship Bald eagles are famous for their whirling nuptial flight, but eagle courtship includes any activities that establish a new pair bond or renew an existing

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