EagleCam Update - A Full Nest

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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).


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:

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Do not forget to checkout past EagleCam Updates