This eagle camera is brought to you by the MNDNR's Nongame Wildlife Program, which helps over 700 species of Minnesota wildlife thrive. The program is largely supported by donations from people like you. This year, we celebrate forty years of effective conservation.
Some good news and some bad about the eagle cam.
First, the good news:
All three chicks are large, healthy and will thrive to fledging. None of them appear to have any disadvantages that might keep them from leaving the nest. All are exercising their wings, trying to lift off and feel what flight will be like in another month or so. Each has made our hearts skip a beat or two when they get close to the edge while practicing flight.
Now, the bad news: The camera itself has failed.
As you may have noticed, the live camera feed was very choppy for some time. It turns out the camera had been failing and has now failed completely. Repairing or replacing it at this stage of the chicks' development would be too dangerous for them. Since their wings are not strong enough for flight, they would not be able to fly or even glide to the ground if they jumped. The welfare of the chicks is more important than fixing the hardware problem now, so the camera and live feed will be down for the remainder of the season.
The camera will be replaced, thanks to the generous donations we have received! We have the funding to buy a new camera for next year's nesting season. With additional donations, we may be able to add a second camera with sound to improve your viewing experience. Donate here. In the meantime, we will be watching from afar and hope to post photos from time to time.
You can also watch for chicks on the Peregrine Cam! Soon, you will see four little, white fluff balls hatch, receive their first feedings and grow to fledging from the top of a building. The camera at that nest is new and the angle is new, so you can see them up-close and personal! Watch them here.
Thank you to all who have been watching, donating and working behind the scenes to make these live streams possible. We sincerely appreciate our fans.
The DNR EagleCam team.
Once pushed to the brink of extinction, the Bald Eagle has made a powerful comeback since the pesticide DDT was banned in the early 1970s. Minnesota has more Bald Eagles than any other state in the lower 48 states.
The only visible physical difference between adult male and female American Bald eagles is their size. Females are about 1/3 larger than the males - the females have especially larger feet and beaks. Both parents incubate the eggs and switch several times a day. With this pair, the female appears to have a brighter, whiter head than the male.
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An eagle camera is a great way of getting a close-up view of nature without even leaving home. But if you live in the Twin Cities or elsewhere in Minnesota, there are lots of places outdoors such as state parks where you can watch eagles and other wildlife, and do fun things like catch fish, paddle a canoe, and more.
We'd like to thank our partners in this webcam adventure: Floyd Security and Xcel Energy.