Born a star: Eaglets arrive, and world watches

Published: April 5 2010 | 6:41 pm - Updated: 30 March 2014 | 10:25 pm in
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Viewers are flocking to a Luther College Web site to watch eagle chicks break out of their shells.

Daily page views at the site have soared from 17,600 on Thursday to 73,795 on Sunday, said Greg Vanney, publications director at Luther College, whose Web site has the popular eagle nest camera.

The first of three eggs in the nest hatched Saturday, and the second was expected to hatch Monday.

“The second egg is tipped on its side, a prelude to hatching, and the shell is starting to break up,” Bob Anderson of Decorah, director of the sponsoring Raptor Resource Project, said Monday morning.

A pair of video cameras mounted above the nest, 80 feet above the Decorah Fish Hatchery, provide an uninterrupted video and audio feed of nest activity.

The Raptor Resource Project installed its first camera in 2007 to gather footage for a documentary film, and the system has since been upgraded to accommodate thousands of curious eagle fans, many of whom log in several times a day.

Anderson, who led the successful effort to reintroduce peregrine falcons to the Mississippi River Bluffs, said he has lately become more of a computer man than a bird man.

“Helping to keep the system running and responding to inquiries has become a full-time job,” he said.

Not that he minds. “It’s thrilling to hear from so many people who share our appreciation of raptors,” Anderson said.

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