Viewers from around the world watched the first Decorah eaglet hatch Wednesday, thanks to an "eagle cam" perched above the nest in Iowa.
Bob Anderson, director of the Raptor Resource Project, uses the streaming video to monitor the nest
, and this year the world was watching to see if the brutal winter would deter a healthy litter of three eaglets.
The Raptor Resource Project is a nonprofit that specializes in the preservation of falcons, eagles, ospreys, hawks, and owls. The project maintains more than 40 nests and nest sites, provides training in nest-site creation and management, and develops innovations in nest-site management, according to its website.
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Between 5,000 to 7,000 viewers peek in on the eagle nest every day, the Des Moines Register reported.
Anderson told the Register that the eggs normally require temperatures of about 100 degrees, which proved a difficult feat with this winter's steady sub-zero temperatures. But thanks to Anderson, who often brought road kill to the Decorah eagles' nest site so the parents wouldn’t have to go far to hunt, the eaglets began hatching Wednesday.
Anderson told the Register that the streaming video of the eagles has developed its own following. He's even received letters from teachers who say the eagle cam helped students with attention disabilities focus, and also from residents at a nursing home who pass the time by watching the little birds.
"That's a moving situation," Anderson told the Register.
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