EagleCam Update - March 22, 2020

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minnesota department of natural resources

EagleCam Update

March 22, 2020

First new chick 3-17-2020

Three new baby eagles

First Brood Since 2017 - There are good things happening in the world

With so much uncertainty in the world, it is important to focus on the positive things that happen every day.  Nature is a place where we can still depend on finding beauty, serenity and joy.  Getting out in nature is healing if you are fortunate enough to have the ability to do so.  If you are not able to get out, you can still see nature in all of its wonder and beauty - from where ever you are!


All of the fascinating courtship behavior we've been watching since November finally came to fruition this week - the eggs hatched!  This is the first brood of eaglets to successfully hatch on our EagleCam nest since 2017!  The first egg hatched on March 15, the second hatched on March 17 and the third hatched on March 19. 

Dedicated Parents

new chick

Our nervous and dedicated parents are learning the ropes.  While we can't be sure this is their first brood, these two adult eagles appear to be just getting the hang of this parenting thing.  Almost 40 days of diligence in incubating the eggs paid off in the best way when all three eggs hatched.  The pair seem to communicate well and even sleep in the nest together.  They've been seen feeding the chicks together on multiple occasions and even feed each other from time to time. If you haven't tuned in lately to watch the cam, now is the time!  The eagle family is a great human family experience while we all socially distance due to Covid19.  The chicks are brand new and they grow amazingly fast.  Can you identify the prey items they bring to the nest?  This might give you a clue about the habitat that is near the nest. This is a wonderful learning experience for kids and adults.  Tune in now - see link below.

Visit the DNR EagleCam: mndnr.gov/eaglecam

Minnesota Nongame Wildlife Program

DNR’s Nongame Wildlife Program helps preserve and protect thousands of Minnesota wildlife species, some of them threatened or endangered.  The program is supported largely through voluntary donations, either directly or by designating an amount to donate on your Minnesota individual income tax form (look for the loon). Donations help us restore habitats, conduct crucial surveys and monitoring, engage in outreach and education (like our Eagle and Falcon cams), and complete other important projects.  Visit mndnr.gov/nongame to learn more.