The famous Decorah eagles have built a new nest and will be offline for much of the year.
A family of bald eagles put Decorah, Iowa on the map for millions of people around the world. The online Decorah eagle live stream has captured and broadcast intimate moments of the birds' lives over the past four years.
However, the birds built their new nest just about 400 feet from their old one, just paces away from the Decorah Fish Hatchery.
Bob Anderson is executive director of the Raptor Resource Project, which operates the camera. He said the eagles' move shouldn't come as a surprise.
"Bald eagles build multiple nests. They're doing what they normally do. In fact, we thought right up until just a few days ago that they were going to nest in the old nest because this one's very small, but because they're not bringing straw now, that leads up to believe that they're probably going to lay eggs in this nest," Anderson said. "Sometimes they'll have up to four different nests in their area and they'll bounce back and forth, so next year they could be back in this nest."
The Decorah eagle cam is just one of more than 30 live streams his organization operates.
"We're working on one right now in the Philippines," he said.
The Philippine eagle is on the brink of extinction. It's one of the largest eagles on planet Earth, and we're hoping to utilize everything we've learned with the viral bird cam like the Decorah eagle cam to help save the species."
Ronald Dehning lives in Decorah and said the birds draw in many tourists.
"You see license plates from all over the states," he said, looking at the eagles' new nest Monday. "All the counties in Iowa for sure and Wisconsin and Minnesota. They come from a long ways off."
With the completion of Decorah's Trout Run Trail, which runs right past the new nest, Anderson and Dehning both predicted thousands of people will still come see the eagles - even without the camera for now.
Anderson said now is too late to add a camera to the eagles' nest, so he hopes to have one up their by late summer or early fall if he secures all the consents needed from landowners.
To see the more than 30 other live streams of large birds offered by the Raptor Resource Project, click HERE.
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