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By: MaryF (online) on Thursday, October 30 2014 @ 02:34 PM EDT (Read 26215 times)  
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Welcome to year 3 of our coverage of the Minnesota DNR Bald Eagle Cam ~~


Link to the cam---- http://www.webcams.dnr.state.mn.us/eagle/

Facebook link ~~ https://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaNonga ... ifeProgram

DNR group FB page -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/227557260721558/


Click on image to download -- Mom (in front) and Dad---teamwork


HWF would like to thank the Minnesota DNR, Floyd Security and Xcel Energy for setting up this Bald Eagle Cam for our entertainment, enjoyment and education!.

This eagle camera is brought to you by the Minnesota DNR's Nongame Wildlife Program, which helps over 700 species of Minnesota wildlife thrive. We are watching live video of a Twin Cities eagle nest. This pair of eagles has nested in the same area since about 2010, fledging at least one chick in that time.

The camera was installed above the nest in late 2012 with help from an Xcel Energy crew with a boom truck, and Floyd Security. The nest is in an undisclosed Twin Cities (Minneapolis--St. Paul) metro area location

(From the Minnesota DNR) -- The nest is very high in the tree and a bucket truck was needed to install the camera. This work was done early in the winter, before the birds were displaying courtship behavior or even frequenting the nest. The eagles are not fed by humans, nor does anyone physically visit this nest. They are completely on their own, in their natural environment with no assistance from humans. This is the way nature intended and this is also why we keep the location of this nest discreet. Any disturbance could threaten the nest, or habituate the birds which could turn out to be deadly for the new family. We do not want that to happen! We are very grateful to be able to witness this fascinating and amazing process. Our generation is very fortunate to have this opportunity. We hope that you are also enjoying every minute of spying on the natural world and learning from these beautiful and majestic birds.


Click on image to download -- the nest and the cam

http://www.twincities.com/minnesota/ci_ ... ost_viewed ~~ a short article about this cam


Note to viewers: This is live video of wild birds in the natural process of raising their young. Life and death struggles occur all the time in the natural world. DNR staff will monitor this camera and will evaluate incidents as they occur, but we do not plan to, nor do we condone, any interference with this nest or its occupants

To our #EagleCam followers, the purpose of the #EagleCam is to allow researchers and the public to witness the natural processes of Bald Eagle courtship, egg laying and incubation, hatching, eaglet care, prey selection, and fledging. It is important to remember that in addition to observing successes, it is also valuable to observe and document failures, including eaglet fighting and potentially the causes of eaglet mortality (sibling rivalry, starvation, exposure, predation, etc.). We do NOT plan to cut the live feed to censor these natural processes. NOTICE- You have to decide for yourself if/when you need to turn off the feed in the event that difficult-to-view events transpire.

NOTE: We will not be naming the #EagleCam Bald Eagles. These are wild birds, not pets, and we want to avoid the personification of wild animals.





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By: MaryF (online) on Thursday, October 30 2014 @ 02:34 PM EDT  
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We don't have too much history on this nest.

The first year of the cam, 2013, this pair had laid their eggs during a very snowy and cold January. There were several factors in 2013: they laid their eggs in the first week of January while it was very cold out. The parents left the nest for periods of time that were probably far too long for the eggs to have been kept warm. Particularly on one day in early February when both of them were gone for more than 20 minutes when the outside temperature was well below zero. Unfortunately, the birds incubated for a very long time, until all three eggs eventually broke, empty. Both parents did their best but there were no eaglets that year.

Click on image to download -- the 2014 eaglets


Last season, 2013/2014, was much more successful. Last year there were three eggs laid and three hatches. *** Beautiful eaglet #1 who was somehow injured, was euthanized on the morning of May 5th at the The Raptor Center at the U of Minnesota after being rescued from the nest. Both eaglets #2 and #3 fledged sometime on July 3rd!! #2 went first followed by #3 who was not going to be left behind!!


One of the parents appeared to be banded on the left leg. It turned out that it was Mom who had the band. She was injured as a very young eagle and spent time at the Raptor Center at the U of Minnesota. She had been brought into the center unable to fly or even stand. She had an abscess in her right foot and had a large number of intestinal parasites. The doctors at the Raptor Center determined that she was hatched in 2009. She was later banded and released. This is the same place that eaglet #1 was taken after being rescued from the nest and later euthanized.

Click on image to download -- the eaglets a little older

Information from Mom's band---she is still a very young eagle! --

MNDNR: Female band information --

Bald Eagle update! This week we were finally able to get a view of all the band numbers on the banded EagleCam eagle. Here is what we learned:

- The banded eagle is confirmed to be the female.
- She was hatched in 2009
- She was banded near Bloomington, Minnesota.
- She was banded 11/20/2010. (at the Raptor Center)

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An article about "Mom" from the Raptor Center -- http://theraptorcenternews.blogspot.com ... r-trc.html




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LINK TO THE 2014 THREAD -- forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=571255



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By: MaryF (online) on Thursday, October 30 2014 @ 02:35 PM EDT  
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#3 eating with an audience--4-13-14

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Stats for the 2015 nesting season ~~


* Cam on -- November 7, 2014

* Eggs laid -- Egg #1 - Jan 20th, Egg #2 - Jan 22nd, Egg #3 - Jan 25th

* Eggs hatched -- Egg #1 - Feb 25, 2015 (36 days) -- Egg #2 AND Egg #3 March 2, 2015

* Named -- #1--Eggbert (Eggie) Wink -- #2--Skylar

* Branching -- #1(Eggie) - May 11, 2015 -- #2 (Skylar)-May 15, 2015

* Fledged -- #1 (Eggie) - May 20, 2015 -- #2 (Skylar) - May 26, 2015

* Last seen -- #1 (Eggie) - May 21, 2015 -- #2 (Skylar) -



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By: MaryF (online) on Monday, November 10 2014 @ 12:23 PM EST  
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From the Minnesota DNR --


Happy Fall Everyone!

We hope that you have had an enjoyable and memorable summer season. We want you to know that after some maintenance and technical issues - the eagle cam is NOW BACK UP AND LIVE!

We will be updating more often when the eagle pair spends more time at the nest, but we just wanted you to be aware that we and they are preparing for another nesting season! The birds have been bringing in sticks and rearranging the nest to prepare



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