UPDATES

Update Feb. 2, 2016

Three eggs have arrived

As of Sunday, Jan. 31, three eggs have been laid in the EagleCam nest. Videos of the 1st and 3rd egg being laid are posted online (video1, video2). Bald Eagles typically lay between one and three eggs, rarely four. Eggs are incubated for approximately 35 days. Because Bald Eagle eggs are laid several days apart, eggs also hatch over multiple days (in the order they were laid).

Minnesnooowta

As residents of Minnesota are likely aware, the Twin Cities area of Minnesota is expecting between 4-8 inches of snow this afternoon and tonight. This, however, is not a cause for alarm. Bald Eagles will shelter their nest during storms, and this pair has successfully done so in years past.

Where's the food?

Some have expressed concern about the lack of food in the nest. Please remember that it is still early in the egg laying and incubation process.  The adults are taking turns leaving the nest, incubating and foraging on their own (and feeding away from the nest). Occasional meals may be brought to the nest during this time. As hatching approaches toward the end of Feb. we will start to see the adults stockpiling food in their nest.

Think wildlife at tax time

The DNR eagle camera is paid for by the Minnesota Nongame Wildlife Program, which is almost completely funded by people like you who make voluntary donations, usually at tax time. Some folks are "sustaining" donors, who donate a small amount monthly.  If you choose to donate at tax time, look for the Loon on Line 21 of the Minnesota Income Tax form (if you do your own taxes), or tell your tax preparer that you want to contribute to the Nongame Wildlife Fund, also referred to as the “Chickadee Checkoff.” Donations can also be made using online tax-preparing software. Donations are tax deductible and matched dollar for dollar. These donations are NOT limited to one dollar!  Any amount helps, but $10 or more would help us pay for this camera as well as other projects!

More information for tax preparers. Donate anytime online at: www.mndnr.gov/nongame/donate

Important Links:

Watch the MNDNR EagleCam live at: mndnr.gov/eaglecam

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaNongameWildlifeProgram (You DO NOT need to have a Facebook account to view posts and photos).

Do not forget to checkout past EagleCam Updates

 

 

Update Jan. 26, 2016

 

Eggciting – The first EagleCam egg has arrived!

We suspect that many of you are already aware, but if not, the first DNR EagleCam egg arrived at approximately 2:17 pm on Monday,Jan. 25.  Eagles typically lay between one and three eggs, and they do so asynchronously (the eggs are laid between one and four days apart – not all at once). Because eggs are laid over several days, they also hatch several days apart in the order they were laid. Incubation lasts about 35 days. In case you missed it, you can watch the video of the first egg being laid.

 

Too early to lay?

This pair is now known to be early birds when it comes to laying their eggs. Before the camera was installed in 2012, biologists suspected that eagles using this nest laid their eggs earlier than most, but the live video stream has provided confirmation and valuable insight into the variability of nesting in Minnesota’s Bald Eagle population. Below is a table showing egg laying dates by year.

Year

First Egg Laid Number of Eaglets Fledged

2013

 First wk of Jan. 0

2014

Feb. 14 2

2015

Jan. 19 2

2016

Jan. 25 --

 

It’s not easy…

Several noticed that after egg laying, the adult female eagle appeared exhausted. Egg laying is a laborious task, but this exhaustion and resting with eyes closed is to be expected – not a cause for alarm.

 

How to stay connected?

As eagle activity increases we will start sending out more frequent GovDelivery updates, so keep an eye on your inbox. Also, be sure to check out our Nongame Wildlife Program Facebook page (You DO NOT need to have a Facebook account to view posts and photos). We also post EagleCam updates on the new Minnesota Department of Natural Resources page and via Twitter, be sure to follow @mndnr. Know someone that may be interested in EagleCam updates? They can sign up by following this link: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNDNR/subscriber/new?topic_id=MNDNR_107

 

Help support eagles, loons, pollinators, and more…

The DNR eagle camera is paid for by the Minnesota Nongame Wildlife Program, which is almost completely funded by people like you who make a voluntary donation, usually at tax time. Look for the Loon on Line 21 of the Minnesota Income Tax form (if you do your own taxes), or tell your tax preparer that you want to contribute to the Nongame Wildlife Fund, also referred to as the “Chickadee Checkoff.” Donations can also be made using online tax-preparing software. Donations are tax deductible and matched dollar for dollar.

More information for tax preparers. Donate anytime online at: www.mndnr.gov/nongame/donate

 

Important Links:

Watch the MNDNR EagleCam live at: mndnr.gov/eaglecam

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaNongameWildlifeProgram (You DO NOT need to have a Facebook account to view posts and photos).

Do not forget to checkout past EagleCam Updates

 


January 19, 2016 – The New Year

The MNDNR EagleCam is streaming live, and eagle activity at this nest is beginning to increase. MN.IT Services has replaced hardware to improve signal quality and connectivity which has helped a great deal.

Egg Laying

This pair of Bald Eagles has a track record of laying their eggs earlier than we typically think of as normal for this species. However, the last two seasons have shown that they are able to successfully fledged eaglets despite their early-bird tendencies. We are relatively sure the two birds tending the nest are the same pair as the last several years. The female is the same (determined via leg band), but male lacks a leg band so we cannot be certain. Below is a table with the date of their first egg and number of offspring successfully fledged. We are excited to see what 2016 will bring!

 

Year

First Egg Laid

Number of Eaglets Fledged

2013

 First wk of Jan.

0

2014

Feb. 14

2

2015

Jan. 19

2

2016

Jan. 25

--

 

How to stay connected?

As eagle activity increases we will start sending out more frequent GovDelivery updates, so keep an eye on your inbox. Also, be sure to check out our Nongame Wildlife Program Facebook page (You DO NOT need to have a Facebook account to view posts and photos). We also tweet EagleCam updates on Twitter, be sure to follow @mndnr. Know someone that may be interested in EagleCam updates? They can sign up by following this link: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNDNR/subscriber/new?topic_id=MNDNR_107

 

Help support eagles, loons, pollinators, and more…

The DNR eagle camera is paid for by the Minnesota Nongame Wildlife Program, which is almost completely funded by people like you who make a voluntary donation, usually at tax time. Look for the Loon on Line 21 of the Minnesota Income Tax form (if you do your own taxes), or tell your tax preparer that you want to contribute to the Nongame Wildlife Fund, also referred to as the “Chickadee Checkoff. Donations can also be made using online tax-preparing software. Donations are tax deductible and matched dollar for dollar.

More information for tax preparers.
Donate anytime online at: www.mndnr.gov/nongame/donate


Important Links:

Watch the MNDNR EagleCam live at: mndnr.gov/eaglecam

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaNongameWildlifeProgram (You DO NOT need to have a Facebook account to view posts and photos).

Do not forget to checkout past EagleCam Updates

 

 

 

 

November 12, 2015 – EagleCam Goes Live on Give to the Max Day

 

Ready, set, go!

The MNDNR EagleCam is now streaming live. Please note that we are experiencing some technical difficulties but are working diligently to get these resolved before activity picks up. Thank you for your continued patience.

Same pair?

Biologist have been able to get a good look at the leg band on the female Bald Eagle visiting the nest and have confirmed that it is the same female from the past years. Learn more about this eagle’s story. This is the fourth year DNR’s Nongame Wildlife program has streamed live video from a Bald Eagle nest in the Twin Cities metro area. Last year the first egg was laid on 19th or 20th of January, with all three being laid by the 25th of January. Stay tuned!

Give to the Max.

Minnesotans are a generous bunch, so much so that a special Give to the Max Day was created over six years ago to help not-for-profit organizations raise as much money as possible in a 24-hour day. Today is that day! Though not currently listed on the Give to the Max Day website, the Minnesota Nongame Wildlife Program is dependent on donations (funded ~ 80% by donations, and 20% by competitive grants that our staff compete for). Despite being part of the Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR), we do NOT receive general fund (tax dollars) or fees from hunting / fishing license sales.

Please take a moment to make a contribution today. If able to do so, consider setting up a recurring contribution to provide a gift that keeps on giving. Donation can be made by visiting: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/nongame/donate/index_eagle.html Donations are tax deductible and matched dollar for dollar!

Important Links:

Watch the MNDNR EagleCam live at: mndnr.gov/eaglecam

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaNongameWildlifeProgram (You DO NOT need to have a Facebook account to view posts and photos).

Do not forget to checkout past EagleCam Updates

 

 

 

 

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