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Jun 17, 2011


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Melissa Schmidt

I have watched this Eagle family since E2( I call her Etew) has hatched. From then on, I was hooked and now am formally an Eagleholic.
I have been on an emotional roller coaster ride from being meh- to being totally in tears to meh again. I have often wondered where they went to. I have heard stories that Mom took E2 aka D1 but she will always be Etew to me. I have heard that Mom brought her a bird into the nest and Etew came to the nest, she looked around and (again giving human emotions to our dear friends) she looked around and put her head down and let out a soft cry as if this was going to be her last time in the nest. You could then hear Mom call out to her. Then from what I understand she took Etew and circled around the area with her sibs watching then soon followed and they all headed north. The last map point was that Etew was in Wisconsin. Any others hear of simular stories like this? Please let me know via my wall on Facebook.... I have just gots to know.

Nancy Toms

Don't believe that I have enjoyed anything as much as watching these eagles the past few months. Watching them branching back and forth to nest and finally flying away. Looking forward to next year. nacy

kiyo romero

It is now so clear and evident how our brains work. I learnead about this aspect watching the Charlie Rose episodes on The Brain.
I told my 98-year old mother about the Eaglets, the nest, the parents, she has asked me about it all, for the last 4 months.
Nobody in our family had any interest in this, even though I had asked them to show my mother all about the nest. Nobody has time, nobody was interested.
My mother tells me she was the only one of her 7 sisters to have had a tiny bench in the back yard of their house, and she says she would spend hours watching swallows and other birds while nesting and feeding. She tells me she was 4, 5 years old and did so until she no longer had enough time because she started her school. I keep telling her about the immense, the enormous amount of knowledge I have gained watching the Eaglets, the parents, their nest. ALL.
I am a teacher my students are adults, teenAgers and children. I told the parents, my adult students. NOBODY had any interest.
The children kept asking me where and how to have access to the nest. Regardless of all I told them, they told me their parents said: There was not enough time to be sitting watching a nest. I am deeply flabbergasted, this tells me about the future of our lives. The nothingness of the nothingness prevails.
I am a different person, I am no longer whom I used to be. Needless to say, I have always observed, studied life and my curiosity has little limits.
I think this experience should have been made more public. The politicians should have sat night and day watching and learning how we humans behave and how the wisdom of father Eagle and mother Eagle, DISCARDS babysitters, day care centers, nannies, aunts, grandmothers, mothers in-law and neighbors and EVEN strangers. NO, SIR. Father Eagle and Mother Eagle use logic, reason, common sense and responsibility all with dedication and love.
Such is human life. ;->


Perhaps the reason so many of us are in awe and captivated is because nature has somehow managed to figure out what we humans cannot. how to stay together as a couple, as parents, and raised our children, nurture them and send them off with the tools necessary to live full productive lives.
This set of parents have shown us all what each of us needs to do a little bit more of.


Mr. Anderson, when a dear friend of mine sent me the link to your webcam view of the baby eaglets and parents, I was delighted. Over the last three months, I watched regularly usually checking in a few times a day. I consider this a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity to have seen in real time the development of these majestic birds in their natural habitat. The gorgeous bucolic setting, complete with barn and horses, made viewing even more enjoyable. While I am very sad that the eaglets are fledging, I am relieved that all three survived. Thank you and everyone at the Raptor Research Project very much for providing such a remarkable experience.


Thank-you so much for the wonderful learning experience. All of us~ from teachers, aides and especially students have gained so much over these last few months. Projected on our Smart Board daily it was as if we were really there. Questions, discussions and respect for our
national and school symbols. (Eaglets) Can't wait to see the next journey. A huge thank-you once again! Galway, NY

Michael Rowe

Watching the eagles throughout from hatching to fletching made me more aware of myself and surroundings as well. It gave me a vision of my own life past, present and future. For the last 20 years of my life, I placed it into the shaking arms of drug addiction. Thanks to a wonderful god of my understanding and my wife, I overcome the obsticles and finally gave life a new perspective. Now, after 2 years of being clean and watching those eagles for the past 4 months, appreciation and understanding of life itself came into full zoom. Thank you very much


A thousand thanks for allowing so many of us to view this amazing hatching and development of the eagles. It has been a marvelous experience and one that I won't soon forget.

Martha Dever

What a treat it has been to be so intimate with these eagles. They are such beautiful creatures, and I am looking forward to seeing them again next year!


I'M so sad to see them go, it's like being the parent. I enjoyed this wonderful experience, and will tune in next year. Thank you


Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity to watch these babies grow up.


Really enjoying watching the webcam but would like more comments, if any of the Eagles can be seen out of view of the webcam. Currently I can see one on a branch. Can the others be seen in the vicinity?


thanks raptor...you guys have done an amazing job. I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed watching the Deocrah Eaglets....what a treasure to be able to view. Though I am so happy for the babies and their time to leave the nest....I can't help but feel so sad to see them go....I feel like they are all by babies! I truly will be an "empty nester" ....God be with them all....thanks Raptor great job..

donatella d.

it was, it is, and hopefully will be next year, a wonderful experience.I saw my first bald eagle in Nanaimo 21 year ago and now for me is really amazing seeing every day these wonderful birds.


with a smartly locate webcam, many people have come to learn and love Decorah's Bald Eagles, Same love should be granted to all animals in the wild even if we are not so lucky to see them as much and close as we've seen the Eagles.
Mind, that if we loose the top predators, we're gonna loose a lot more in the aftermath. It takes simple actions to induce respect for land and water environment. Let us all do something, starting with "Respect what mother nature is still giving us"

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