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By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, December 10 2015 @ 12:57 AM EST (Read 11399 times)  
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Welcome to the Decorah, Iowa bald eagle cam's 2015/16 season! HWF would like to thank the RRP/Raptor Resource Project for bringing us this extraordinary look into the life of this pair of bald eagles.


It can be found on USTREAM at this link -- http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles

This is another link to the cam -- http://www.farmyou.com/falcon_cams/deco ... _xcel.html

The cam may also be watched through HWF at this link -- staticpages/index.php/DecorahEagle1-Camera

RRP blog -- http://raptorresource.blogspot.com/

Facebook page -- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raptor-R ... 6266324668

IF YOU WANT TO PEEK AT THE DECORAH NORTH NEST-- http://www.ustream.tv/channel/MbgzN2Kpajp


Click on image to download -- Beautiful Mom Decorah



The Decorah Bald Eagle cam was set up and is maintained by the Raptor Resource Project, a non-profit organization for the preservation of falcons, eagles, ospreys, hawks, and owls. The cam first went live in 2008 when it was broadcast by Luther College. Ustream picked it up in 2010 after which it became wildly popular all over the world. The cam is viewable 24/7 during the nesting season with the help of an infra-red camera. The eagles don't see the light and are not disturbed

About this nest - This nest is in Decorah, Iowa and is in the Central Time Zone. It's exact location is not given out to protect the eagles but it is located near a fish hatchery providing this family with an almost unlimited source for fish although we see many different types of prey come in to the nest to feed the eaglets.

The first nest N1, is about 6ft long/wide and about 6ft deep. It is located about 80ft up in a cottonwood tree. Eagles have been observed in this tree since 2002 but the first female was a different one than the Mom Decorah that we all know from the cam.

In early 2013 the eagles were seen to be building a new nest--the "yonder nest"-- not far from the first one. They nested in the new or yonder nest, which will be known as N2 (nest 2) for the 2013, 14, and 15 seasons. N2 was about 500 feet east of N1 (nest 1), by the side of Trout Creek. It was 60-70 feet up in the center fork or crotch of a cottonwood tree. This nest was about 4 feet across and about 3.5 feet deep--the diameter was enlarged with the new material added to the nest during the seasons that it was in use.

We are now watching this pair in a third nest this season as the N2 nest and it's tree collapsed after the 2015 season. Scroll down a few posts to read more about the loss of the N2 nest.

Based past experience for this pair, look for eggs in late February or early March, chicks in early to mid-April, and fledging in late June or early July.


Click on image to download -- Handsome Dad Decorah

Stats for the 2016 season ~~~


* Egg(s) laid -- Egg #1 - Feb 19th ~~ Egg #2 - Feb 21st ~~ Egg #3 - Feb 25th

* Eggs hatched -- Egg#1 (D24) - March 29th ~~ Egg #2 (D25) - March 31st ~~ Egg #3 -

* Branched -- D24 - June 1st ~~ D25 - June4th

* Fledged -- D24 - June 10th ~~

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Click on image to download -- The Decorahs in the new nest (N3 or N2.2??)



Link to the 2015 thread -- forum/viewtopic.php?topic=703063#703063





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By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, December 10 2015 @ 12:57 AM EST  
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Interesting facts about the Decorah nest --


In 2008, PBS's Nature released a documentary called American Eagle, which featured the now famous nest. The documentary includes the death of the male's first mate, who disappeared during a snowstorm, and the subsequent courtship, nest-building and mating with "Mom". She was very young...maybe even between 4 and 5 years old when the nest became "hers". She still had dark brown feathers in her head and tail. After fledging two eaglets in 2008 this pair has successfully fledged three eaglets--triplets--in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, AND again in 2015---an AMAZING 7 years in a row!!

Here is present day Mom Decorah as she looked when I first saw her as a 4 year old female in the nest!!

Click on image to download Mom and Dad Decorah in 2008


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There are two cams on N3-- one PTZ and one fixed cam. The PTZ is a mini PTZ and the fixed cam is also quite small. They are about four feet above the nest. The cams themselves are small and painted drably to minimize reflections or anything else that might disturb the eagles. The cameras are still on the original nest but unless the eagles are seen frequently like they were last year after the eaglets fledged only the new cams on N3 will be on.

The cams on N1 remain on that nest for viewing of eagle and/or fledgling visits to that nest.


Click on image to download -- !,2,3 eggs in the nest 2015


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This interesting historical note was found and posted by member CAL04----

Decorah, Iowa, history note: Decorah is named for a prominent Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Family. Decorah is the Native American name for the French Descaris or DeCarrie Family. Chieftess Hopokoekau, known as “Glory of the Morning” or “Coming of the Dawn”, married French military officer, Joseph Sabrevoir Descaris about 1729 during the Fur Trade Era. Many descendants of this union were later removed from Wisconsin to Iowa and beyond. The Decorah Family is Thunderbird Clan.

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Click on image to download -- Mom and the 2015 eaglets






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By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, December 10 2015 @ 12:57 AM EST  
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HOW TO IDENTIFY MOM AND DAD DECORAH

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Bob Anderson, the man who was responsible for founding RRP and setting up the Decorah eagle, cam did a video that makes it easy to identify Mom and Dad Decorah. They both have very distinctive characteristics. Take a look at his tutorial....and enjoy!!!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lARYcL5A50


Click on image to download -- Mom Decorah at her "eagly" best

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By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, December 10 2015 @ 12:58 AM EST  
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This is an excellent Google picture showing the relationship distance wise between N1 and N2 (the nest that fell last season) and the nest area with the fish hatchery at the bottom of the picture. ~~ (I will try to find a map with the newest nest on it)


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WHAT HAPPENED TO N2?


7-18-15 ~ Decorah Bald Eagles Nest 2 Tree Downed In Severe Thunder Storm

The N2 tree took a direct hit and has toppled. We had the following information from Bob.

“Greetings all, As if things could not get any worse, early this AM we had a severe thunder cell roll through Decorah and lightning/wind broke off the eagle nest about twenty feet below the nest. All three young eaglets are accounted for and we have one adult eagle being seen regularly. There are many other trees in the surrounding area that have been damaged. We are all glad that all three eaglets are accounted for and once again survived heavy lightning and/winds. Lots of damage to the wood surrounding the nest tree which is now just a stump.”

RRP would like to say, first and foremost, the eagles are fine!
As to other questions: What will happen now? Where will the eagles build a new nest? Is the camera equipment and infrastructure ruined? The answer is, we simply don’t know what next. But we know that the eagles endure all hardships and will build again. We’ll just have to be patient and see what happens as the months continue.

Two views of the fallen nest tree, nest and cams

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By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, December 10 2015 @ 12:58 AM EST  
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The Decorah family and RRP had another very large loss after the 2015 season. RRP founder and the brains behind the Decorah nest passed away. Bob made the Decorah Eagles famous, but more importantly, he opened our eyes and introduced us into a world many of us had never seen. Thank you for an incredible journey! Cry

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By: MaryF (offline) on Tuesday, February 16 2016 @ 10:13 AM EST  
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Here's Mom with ice on her feathers. She is obviously tracking something--I'm betting Dad! Looking this way------

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AND that way!

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Yep---Here's dad with a new stick

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By: MaryF (offline) on Tuesday, February 16 2016 @ 10:15 AM EST  
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The beautiful pair stood side by side for a few minutes before Mom flew off and Dad put the new stick where he wanted it. Grin

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