Sunday, October 09, 2016
Today they turned on the new cameras for the Decorah nests. The picture is so clear and I can't wait to see the eaglets up close and personal like never before. I checked in today and no building up on the nest yet, but soon, so soon. Check out the new cameras. See you at the nest.
Monday, October 03, 2016
The Raptor Resource has written up a summary of what to do if you find a dead or injured bird of prey such an eagle, hawk, etc. I am going to keep the phone numbers in my phone and hope I never need them.
Saturday, October 01, 2016
The is the second year for our knit group. Every time we meet we get a pattern that was used to knit for the soldiers. Today we saw some actual garments and many were 100 years old. I love the short grey vest and the gloves. The socks looked brand new.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
9/27 post per RRP: D25 passed away yesterday due to car accident. D24 is ok.
We are sorry to let everyone know that Brett and his assistants found D25 yesterday dead alongside a road between Maynard and Westgate, IA. He was likely scavenging a raccoon carcass when he was struck and killed by a vehicle. His body will be sent to the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, WI for a necropsy. All of us find it heartbreaking to lose another eagle. It is one thing to know that first-year bald eagles have high mortality rates and another to see it reflected in the lives of eagles we have come to know and love.
We have tracked six eagles to date: D1, D14, Four, Indy, D24, and D25. All six grew up in a world heavily impacted by human beings. The fish hatchery provided an excellent source of food, shredded cornstalks provided insulation for the nest, and light and electrical poles provided perches for fledgling eagles just learning their wings. But poles also present electrocution hazards; powerlines, cars, and buildings present collision hazards, and everything from gutpiles to landfills to confined feedlots present a route for potential toxins that can maim or kill scavengers. I want to believe that we are making headway in reducing electrocution, poisoning, and collision deaths. Certainly, bald eagles as a species are thriving. But it still hurts to lose an eagle we know.
How did Brett know there was a problem? Sensor data was static, D25's location hadn't changed significantly, and the area was not one in which Brett expected an eagle to stay for an extended period of time. After finding D25's body, which he was able to locate because the transmitter was still working, Brett decided to check on D24, who was about 40 minutes away near New Delhi, Iowa. We are pleased to report that D24 is doing well.
As one of our Decorah Mods, Pyrmum1 said, "May D25 fly high with the other offspring from Mom & Dad Decorah taken too soon".
The photo of D25 making early morning takeoff was taken by David Lynch at 5:40AM on June 28, 2016. Thank you to David Lynch for sharing his lovely photo and to Brett Mandernack and his staff for sharing their data. Through Brett's study, we have learned that power infrastructure, agriculture practices, collisions, and habitat change/loss all contribute directly to deaths of Bald Eagles. These lessons can be terribly painful, but they also enable us to preserve and protect raptors. Whether it is by driving slowly, picking up trash, reporting collisions and electrocutions, advocating for safeguards on power lines and poles, using lead-free ammo and tackle, preserving habitat, or sharing information with family and friends, thank you for doing what you can for birds of prey.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Fall or Autumn starts later today. It means the days get shorter, flowers and garden starts to slow production. The migrating birds are fueling up to leave, the leaves are slowly turning colors and falling from the trees. The grass has slowed down a bit in needing to be mowed. I am not a fan of Fall because I have allergies to ragweed and mold. I don't like the shorter days, I don't like losing my hummingbirds, and I don't like my flowers dying. I do enjoy the vibrant red colors on some of my trees (btw the pictures are from a past year), Halloween, and I enjoy my winter birds coming back such as the Juncos. I am a Spring and Summer person. So those of you are Fall fans enjoy it for me as well. I will be counting the days til Spring arrives.