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Decorah Eagle Cam

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(News Release) - The Decorah Eagles laid egg number one at 4:55pm on February 23rd, 2014. This marks egg #18 for our eagle couple. If past years are a guide, we can expect two more eggs to be laid over the next seven or eight days. Both eagles will take turns incubating the eggs, which should begin hatching 35-39 days after the first egg was laid.

The Decorah pair became international stars in 2011, when their nest went viral. To date, over 280 million people from 84 countries have followed the eagle family from eggs to fledgling birds, watching every aspect of life in a wild nest. We've seen the adults protect eggs and eaglets in raging snowstorms, stand guard against marauding animals, and feed their ever-growing and always hungry young. Thanks to satellite technology, we're still following a bird who fledged in 2011. Bald eagle D1 has logged well over 2,000 miles, flying from northeast Iowa to Hudson's Bay twice. We can hardly wait to see where she goes next!

The eagles can be watched live at http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles. The current camera set-up includes a remotely operated PTZ camera, a fixed infra-red cam for night viewing, and audio. Moderated chat is available on ustream from 8 AM – 8 PM, Central Standard Time, seven days weekly. We also have a facebook page and forum. Go to http://www.raptorresource.org for links.

We hope everyone enjoys watching the family this year!

About The Raptor Resource Project
Established in 1988, the non-profit Raptor Resource Project specializes in the preservation of falcons, eagles, ospreys, hawks, and owls. We create, improve, and directly maintain over 40 nests and nest sites, provide training in nest site creation and management, and develop innovations in nest site management and viewing that bring people closer to the natural world. Our mission is to preserve and strengthen raptor populations, expand participation in raptor preservation, and help foster the next generation of preservationists.

About Ustream

Ustream is the world's most scalable and social live video platform. Originally created to connect remote military servicemen to significant personal and cultural events, the company has evolved into a socially-fueled vehicle enabling anyone to reach global audiences and share experiences in real-time. Whether it's a press conference, product launch, educational class, or an act of citizen journalism – Ustream's Cloud Platform offers users high-quality streaming capabilities, deep social networking integration, and the scalability to reach millions of viewers concurrently. Our mission is to empower businesses and societies to be more transparent, more productive, and build deeper relationships through the power of video.

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WINNESHIEK COUNTY (KWWL) - After a year away from the spotlight, the Decorah eagles are getting ready to lay their eggs.

And this year, the world will be watching once again. The Eagle Cam is making Decorah a destination..

The Decorah Eagle Cams have become a worldwide phenomenon thanks to the internet.

Many times, Bob Anderson is at the controls.

He's the director of the Raptor Resource Project.

"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.

Besides cameras on the other nest, also new this year are cameras on a nest along the Mississippi River near Glen Haven, Wisconsin in Grant County.

People can watch both at the same time.

"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 few weeks.

Then, the world will watch.

The cameras are running now, so you can watch the eagles continue to build their nest to anticipate their new arrivals.

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