EAGLE CAM: Project Head Talks Of Eagles

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With more eaglets hatching in Decorah’s most famous nest, season two of the ultimate reality show is underway.

Bob Anderson of the Raptor Resource Project says watching eagles is nothing new for the RRP, “We’ve been filming eagles like this for five years now to gather footage for a documentary.”

D13 hatched Wednesday morning, just a day after the first eaglet, D12. One egg remains incubating the nest, cared for lovingly by the parent eagles.

Anderson says that having so many viewers around the world watching the nest has an upside and a downside.  The upside, Anderson says, is “After watching eagles for 50 hours on the internet people take ownership. The downside is that we have many more bosses now, they all think they know what needs to be done.”

The website Ustream has been instrumental in making the eagle camera a world-wide sensation.  Anderson says the camera was on another server, but once it got to 500 visitors, it would crash. “The video with all the visitors sucks up a lot of bandwidth. There is no way we could afford that with all the visitors to the site. Ustream provides that to us, in exchange they sell ads to cover the cost,” says Anderson.

The success of the Decorah Eagles has caused other raptor cams to be added in Missouri and Minnesota.

Anderson is proud of another eagle project, D1. This eagle is from the Decorah eagles’ brood in 2011. She was fitted with a solar powered satellite tracking device.  The bird was in northern Wisconsin, the Boundary Waters, and returned to Decorah last December 29th.  “As of last night D1 was south of Spillville, Iowa on the Turkey River,” said Anderson. You can track D1 here.