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home : columns : columns July 26, 2017

3/15/2017 2:45:00 PM
Decorah Eagle Cam

Rick Frederickson
Computer Technician

We usually have some video streaming on our large monitor at the Citizen office. Sometimes it's a kid's movie, sometimes it's a science documentary and sometimes it's a sporting event.
Last week we started streaming the Decorah eagles. Believe me when I say it's a real eye catcher. I can't remember when we've had so many comments and interest from customers on anything we stream. It seems just about everyone who walks in the door is fascinated by the eagles. One of the reasons is the quality. We are receiving the stream on high definition and it is stunning.
Of course, the subjects themselves are the stars of the show. Last week the eagles were basking in the sun. Monday morning when I tuned in the eagle on the nest was surrounded by heaps of snow. Oh the sacrifices that parents make to protect their young! I can hardly wait for the eggs to hatch.
We've been watching the eagles at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2q89jtvEq8.
The Decorah Eagle Cam began its live stream in 2007. In 2011 it averaged roughly 2.4 million views a day. However, in 2013 the cam was not operable. "Mom and Dad Eagle" as they are known, decided to move to a new home that year. However, beginning in 2014 the stream was back up.
Now I'm hoping the Minnesota Bound Loon cam will be back up this season. The male loon was killed in the summer of 2015 so the nest wasn't used in 2016. If you want to see if the loons come back you can check the site at http://mnbound.com/live-loon-cam/. It's a little too early yet but here's hoping for an active nest this spring.

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