Biologists believe the pair of birds nesting on camera is the same one that used the nest last year. Sadly, their eggs failed to hatch, probably because they were laid too early and froze.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - With another snowstorm chugging towards Minnesota, it seems to some that spring will never arrive in Minnesota.
Never fear: a bit of news from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provides hope.
The DNR announced Wednesday that eagle cam is live online and streaming video.
DNR biologists believe the pair of birds nesting on camera is the same one that used the nest last year. Sadly, their eggs failed to hatch, probably because they were laid too early and froze.
This year, the birds have laid two eggs in the last five days.
"We're excited they came back, and grateful that they've waited until a little later in the season to lay their eggs," said Lori Naumann, DNR nongame specialist. "With the thaw this week, we're really hoping the birds will be more successful this year."
The exact location of the nest and the associated camera is being withheld to prevent it from drawing crowds that might disrupt the eagles.
Once pushed to the brink of extinction, the American bald eagle has made a remarkable comeback with help from endangered species laws and a ban on the pesticide DDT. While less than 300 breeding pairs could be found in Minnesota in the 1980s, there now are about 1,300 active nests – more than any other state in the U.S. except Alaska. With three major rivers and an abundance of wooded areas, lakes and wetlands, the Twin Cities metro region is home to many bald eagles that find the habitat perfect for them.
"We're lucky to live in a major metropolitan area that has such awesome natural areas and outdoor recreational opportunities," said Erica Hoaglund, DNR nongame wildlife biologist. "We're hoping people will get excited watching this eagle family and get out to one of our many state, county or city parks to experience nature first-hand."
In addition to live video on the DNR's website, information on the eagles' activities will be regularly updated on the nongame wildlife program's Facebook page. People also can subscribe to the DNR's Twitter feed for regular updates. If people would like regular updates to their in-box, they can sign up for eagle cam email updates.