DECORAH, Iowa (WXOW) - The Decorah eagles are laying eggs.
The Raptor Resource Project announced that the first egg was laid by the eagles at 4:55 p.m. on February 23. Based on past experiences, the group expects that the eagles could lay two more eggs during the next week.
According to the statement from the group, both eagles will take turns incubating the eggs. Eagle eggs begin hatching between 35-39 days after being laid.
"There's something that takes place psychologically with bird cams and something as popular as the Decorah Eagle Cam. Somewhere between 50 and 500 hours of watching it, it becomes your eagles. I see that. It becomes their birds and they have to come here to see their birds," said Anderson.
Visitors from around the world come to Winneshiek County to see the eagles in their natural habitat. Now, last year, the eagles decided not to be in a nest that was videotaped so the numbers dropped slightly. This year, that's not expected to be the case.
That's because last year's nest is now surrounded by cameras, too.
It's about 300 feet from the other nest with cameras.
The nests are now the top destination in Decorah.
"Last year, when the camera was not on them, the numbers dropped drastically. 2 years ago, we were much busier than we were last year," said Bill Kalishek, a fisheries biologist at the nearby Decorah Fish Hatchery.
The eagles activity can be entertaining, soothing, but most of all a learning opportunity.
"Because we have infrared cameras, we've learned bald eagles come and go during the night. We didn't know that," said Anderson.
"We know this pair brings in trout and squirrels, a lot of squirrels. The pair on the Mississippi River brings in fish and ducks so I do see a little change in what they bring in for chow," said Anderson.
Anderson expects eggs to be laid in the next two to three weeks.
Then, the world will watch.
The cameras are running now, if you'd like to watch the eagles continue to build their nest to anticipate their new arrivals.
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