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This eagle camera is brought to you by the Minnesota DNR Nongame Wildlife Program, which helps over 700 species of Minnesota wildlife thrive. The program is largely supported by donations from people like you.

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2022 EagleCam Season

January 20, 2023 - Microphone replacement

The microphone has been replaced at the nest. The microphone is working well with no clicking sound!  Tune in to hear the sounds of our eagle pair’s territory.  You will hear traffic noise, the natural sounds of the birds and critters in the area and hopefully, eagle chicks in the near future!

December 22, 2022

Where are the eagles?  The nest has not seen much eagle activity and is covered in snow.  While you might miss seeing them, they have visited the nest tree briefly at least once (usually two or three times) every day.  The pair tends to spend their time perched on nearby branches keeping a watch on their territory or fishing at the nearby river. This week’s bitter cold temperatures and windchill will likely cause them and most Minnesota critters to hunker down to keep their energy reserves up.  We don’t know what the time schedule will be with nest rejuvenation and egg laying, but we are grateful they don’t have eggs to keep warm right now.  Stay tuned, watch the cam at dawn and dusk and you might catch a glimpse of the pair visiting.
Happy Holidays to all and thank you for your support!

Happy Tenth Anniversary, EagleCam

Welcome back! This fall marks ten years since the EagleCam was installed.  We will be celebrating the past seasons throughout the year, so watch for upcoming social media and Newsletters.  If you have not signed up to receive our newsletter, you can do so by clicking the green envelope button below.  

As you may remember, last year, the male disappeared from the nest.  We suspect he succumbed to HPAI (highly pathogenic avian influenza), but it was never confirmed.  Over the summer, another male began visiting the territory and the past few months, our female has accepted his presence and it appears she has a new mate.  We are excited to see how the EagleCam season plays out and watch the male and female bond over the next couple of months before mating begins.

Audio/Sound:
Technical issues are always challenging.  When it became apparent the audio was not working properly at the nest, we purchased a new microphone which will be installed as soon as possible.  The supply chain problems during the pandemic slowed down the arrival of the microphone, and by the time it and the new camera arrived, the software to make the two devices talk to each other had become obsolete.  However, the new mic will work with the current camera.   

Video/camera:
We have been discussing and trouble-shooting the viewing experience for the DNR EagleCam.  The camera in place is an excellent model, providing a high-quality view to camera operators when not being compressed by a streaming process. Replacing it will not improve the streaming video. The pixilated image happens during times of high tree motion. The camera is on a branch that sways in the wind, and the nest is between separate branches that also sway in the wind in an opposing motion, creating a sort of motion sickness and causes the stream to appear out of focus and pixelated. The poor image quality during windy conditions is streaming software related due to high motion levels and settings of our streaming software. Large numbers of small moving Poplar leaves in the summer do not help the situation. As time allows, our tech team will be looking at the settings in the streaming software to see if those settings can be adjusted to improve the quality of the stream. A new/different camera would have the same issues during periods of high motion.

There is also a new branch growing between the camera and the nest that is impeding the quality of the viewing experience.  When the new microphone is installed, that branch will be assessed and dealt with in a way that does not harm the tree.

 

NOTE TO CAM WATCHERS - clicking noise:

The microphone at the nest is faulty. The eagles cannot hear the clicking noise, but it can be bothersome to hear when watching. We suggest muting your sound until next season.

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    The Nongame Wildlife Program helps protect and preserve thousands of Minnesota’s wildlife species. In addition to our conservation work, we also engage in outreach and education so that Minnesotans can learn about their wildlife. The EagleCam is one of our best tools for brining Minnesota’s wildlife to everyone. And your donations help keep it running!

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    We thank you again for all of your generous contributions to the Nongame Wildlife Program so we can continue to bring this amazing view into the lives of Minnesota bald eagles. 

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    Note to viewers: This is live video of wild bald eagles living in nature. Natural struggles will occur and some of the feeding or other wild bird behaviors may be difficult to watch. Please use discretion when watching this cam. DNR staff monitor this camera and nest.

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    Are the adult eagles male or female?

    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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    See How They Grow!

    adult buidling nest

    Adult building nest

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    Laying the eggs

    adult buidling nest

    Just hatched!

    adult buidling nest

    Week one

    adult buidling nest

    Week two

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    Week three

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    Week four

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    Week five

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    Week six

    adult buidling nest

    Week seven - full size

    adult buidling nest

    Week nine - learning to fly!

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    Week thirteen - ready to leave!

    All photos courtesy of © 2015 American Eagle Foundation, www.eagles.org.

    EagleCam Photo and Video Gallery

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    Video Clips

    View happenings that we have captured in the nest this season.

    2022

    First egg of 2022

    Nest delivery of a valentine day's treat

    Second egg of 2022

    Male repels a raccoon climbing into the nest

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    2020

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    2018 and 2019

    View the extras YouTube playlist from 2018 and 2019

    About Bald eagles

    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.

    Places to see Bald eagles in Minnesota

    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.

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