Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bob Anderson

He gave us a gift from being able to watch the eagles at Decorah that is truly priceless.  He will be missed by people all over the world.  He can now be with the raptors that went before him.

From Raptor Resource Project:

Bob's Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at the Trout Hatchery in Decorah at 1:00pm (link: Bob's celebration is public and all are welcome to attend. His obituary can be found here:
Bob's passions were his work with falcons and the Decorah Eagles cam. Bob loved the role the eagles played in education, and keenly felt the surcease they gave others towards the end of his own life. Although we are still working out... the details of a way forward, Bob's work and legacy will go on. We have more projects planned for this fall, including a Decorah North project, work on a possible catalyst for nest building in the area of the now-defunct N2, ongoing activities in the Philippines, and replacement of several nest boxes.
If you would like to make a donation to support Bob's legacy, please follow this link to paypal:…. If you prefer to send a check, please send it to:
The Raptor Resource Project
PO Box 16
Decorah, IA 52101
The Raptor Resource Project is a non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. We respectfully ask that you not send flowers, although cards to the PO Box are welcome. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the hatchery as we celebrate Bob's life and legacy. Please feel welcome to share this post.
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National Night Out

Tuesday Aug 4th marks the 32nd annual Night Out Against Crime. Its a grass roots organization that started as a simple gesture of leaving your porch light on in an effort to cement neighborhood unity against crime. Now is a perfect time within your own neighborhood to get out and gel with your family, friends and neighbors in regard to issues that affect your neighborhood. Leaving that porch light on just after dark and well into the night is a symbol of unity and you might be surprised how much brighter and safer the block seems. Why lights and the front porch? Lighting is still the most cost efficent crime fighting tool we have and human interaction is a great deterent. Decades ago it was common for houses to be built with porches and it was not uncommn for folks to retreat to thier porches after dinner for socializing and enjoying the evening air, We have long since moved away from that, Back then that was "neighborhood watch" though nobody really called it that, it just happned. Now with our hectic schedules it not always easy to pal with the neighbors. But with a little effort and a common goal like National Night Out, your neighborhood will feel the difference, give it a try. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

RIP Bob Anderson

All the postings I do about the Decorah Eagles are because of Bob Anderson.  He is Mr Raptor Resource Project.  Thank you Bob for all you gave us and I know you are now soaring with the eagles.

Raptor Resource Project's photo.
I am deeply sorry to confirm that Bob Anderson passed away this morning. Out of respect for Bob and his family, we are asking that everyone respect their privac...y. Official announcements will be made here and on Ustream in the days to come. Our deepest condolences to Bob's family.
Although Bob was very proud of his work with the Decorah Eagles, his heart was truly in his peregrine falcon recovery work. This video tells the story of his cliff work and was a special favorite:
The photo shows him on Great Spirit Bluff. It was one of his very favorites - he loved to be on rope - and is how many of us will remember him. Fly on, friend and mentor. We will never forget you.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Decorah Nest Information

Camp Loopy Yarn July

This month we were to use 600 yards of yarn and make something we had spied somewhere.  I kept seeing this cowl on the front page when I went searching for patterns for various projects.  I like cowls as I don't like hats or scarves. SO in keeping with the safari theme and decided to do a zebra colorway and I have a black winter coat, I decided to make this.  I cut the cast on stitches in half and just knitted until it was as tall as I like. I used 656 yards.  Since some of the stitches are slipped in each row it is almost as if it is self-lined. 

Camp Loopy Fabric July

For this month of Camp Loopy we were to choose 1/2 yard of 6 fabrics and make something and have an embroidered or appliqued square in the item.  I am painting my bathroom a light turquoise and decided I wanted a wall hanging.  My tub is in an alcove by the window (seriously who puts the tub under the huge sliding window).  I have a wall at the front of the tub that needs something so I sat down and decided to do a wall hanging with a fairy garden theme. 

This is the fabric I chose.
I did not think it would be so busy and should have got some plain fabric.  Also the fabric is so busy the embroidered panel is kind of lost.  I originally intended to only have a 12x12 panel with the mushroom house on the left.  After I washed and ironed the fabric I realized they had shrank and quite a bit so I had to redo all my math and recalculate.
I then had to increase the embroidered panel to a 24x12 panel.  So here is my wall hanging and as soon as I paint it will get hung.

There is a reason I don't quilt and this proves it.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

All the Eagles Are Safe

This morning it's all about Dad Decorah, and we can think of no better way to sing his praises than to share these extraordinary photos from Allen G. Johnson taken last month, doing what Dad does best ... providing!
David Lynch reports, "Early this morning we found Mom perched in the cottonwood tree in the horse pasture, D22 in the maple tree, D21 and D23 at the horse barn, and Dad perched in his favorite pine tree up in the bluffs behind the hatchery. The entire family is no...w safe and accounted for."
Dad wondered what all the fuss was about ... He never considered any of the fans missing ... he simply had a hectic Dad Day at the Nest Insurance Adjuster's office filing the downed tree claim, and a nice long Fly About!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Decorah Nest is Gone

At least the 3 juvies had fledged and one adult along with the juvies have been spotted today.  Hopefully the other adult is fine as well.  No viewing of the nest next year.

7-18-15 ~ Decorah Bald Eagles Nest 2 Tree Downed In Severe Thunder Storm
As you can see from the photo, our N2 tree took a direct hit and has toppled. We have t...he following information from Bob this morning, and with RRP folks and volunteers on site for the busy After The Fledge weekend we hope to be able to bring you more information as it is available.
“Greetings all, As if things could not get any worse, early this AM we had a severe thunder cell roll through Decorah and lightning/wind broke off the eagle nest about twenty feet below the nest. All three young eaglets are accounted for and we have one adult eagle being seen regularly. There are many other trees in the surrounding area that have been damaged. We are all glad that all three eaglets are accounted for and once again survived heavy lightning and/winds. Lots of damage to the wood surrounding the nest tree which is now just a stump.”
RRP would like to say, first and foremost, the eagles are fine!
As to other questions: What will happen now? Where will the eagles build a new nest? Is the camera equipment and infrastructure ruined? The answer is, we simply don’t know what next. But we know that the eagles endure all hardships and will build again. We’ll just have to be patient and see what happens as the months continue.
For right now, N2 was not really being used. The Juveniles are using other trees to perch, learning their lessons on how to fish and hunt, as well as flight and chase lessons, and it would only be a few more weeks before they will eventually disperse and head off to follow their own destinies. We’ll continue to bring you those ‘summer stories’ of our family, and update regularly here as we have more news.

Friday, July 17, 2015

D20 Update

first molt**6/14 Update - Now is the time for birds of many species to be molting out old feathers and growing in new feathers. Raptors molt one or two feathers at a time so that they can still fly and hunt. This is different from many waterfowl that drop all the flight feathers shortly after nesting, this keeps the adults on the ground to protect their young (waterfowl and shorebird young are termed precocial, meaning they stay on the ground and when hatched are able to move about and forage with the adults almost immediately).
Well, our boy Decorah is molting! Which again, is totally normal. This is correct photo-period that stimulates hormonal activity that says, "molt!" However, with Decorah and his tail feathers, this is a very important juncture in his growth. If you're like many of us, you've lost count of the number of times you've read that he's dropped tail feathers.
Given the situation with his tail feathers, we want to give Decorah every opportunity to have a no-stress period to grow in new feathers. This also means, for now, his training is on hiatus. Training can be stressful. He is not going to be moved from the 20x20 ICU room as moving can be stressful. He still gets daily interaction with Kay and interns, but no stress.
**7/17 Update - Several have asked about tail feather progress... Kay is maintaining Decorah's low-stress conditions to give his tail feathers the best opportunity to grow in all the way. Kay reports that none of the feathers have pinched off, but in an effort to keep his stress low she has not checked on tail feather growth. In order to properly check his tail feather growth, Kay would have to physically handle him. Handling raptors can be stressful for the bird.