Admittedly, I'm not the biggest fan of birds. An incident as a child left me scared of their beaks and talons, and I've never fully gotten over it. I don't scream when I see a bird, and one time I wrapped a sweater over my hands to try and help a seagull get free of a porch, but my eyes well up with tears while looking at them, and it's never pleasant.
You may be asking what this has to do with Iowa. Or blogging at all. There's a purpose though, I promise.
While dipping in and out of links through Facebook, I found out there's a camera placed inside of an eagle's nest in the area of Decorah, my beloved home. I think it's an adorable project and wanted to shed some light on it for all of you!
This is a live stream, meaning the camera is working 24/7 to bring you every moment of life in this nest! You can watch the baby birds grow, and the parents bringing them home food or just resting in the nest.
The Decorah eagles are nesting near the Decorah Trout Hatchery, located at 2325 Siewers Spring Rd in Decorah, IA. In general, they begin courtship in October, productive mating in late January or early February, and egg-laying in mid to late February. Hatching usually begins in late March to early April, and the eaglets fledge in mid-to-late June. While young usually disperse between August and October, the adults remain on territory year round. They eat live and dead fish, squirrels, other birds, rabbit, muskrat, deer, possum and anything else they can catch or find.
You can find more information on this page. The team behind this project is incredibly thorough with information and even open up the chat to let fans of the stream ask questions and the like.
And I find that watching something so relatable (they look so chilly sometimes! Same feel, eagles!) helps me with my own fear. I certainly ended up watching them for far longer than I expected to, and once I'm done writing this sentence I'll be clicking back over to the stream....
The photo is a screencap I took from the stream itself.