The DNR eagle cam – set up by Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources – has become a popular viewing spot for nature enthusiasts. A camera located above the eagle's nest gives us a “bird’s eye” view of a mother and father eagle and their three baby eaglets.
On Friday, viewers watching the eagle cam were upset by the fact that one of the eaglets got its wing stuck in the nest. The chick’s wing appeared to be lodged in the mud and twigs in the nest after heavy rains pounded the eagle’s home.
Officials with the DNR originally said they would not intervene, but after receiving multiple messages from concerned viewers, took the camera off line while they sent a wildlife official up to the nest to remove and treat the eaglet. While those who logged in could not access the camera, viewers who already had it up were able to see the rescue take place.
The DNR recently posted a video to YouTube about the purpose of the eagle cam and what they are learning from it. In the video, Lori Naumann from the Nongame Wildlife Program said at the time that they would not some to the baby eaglet's rescue, because they do not want to interfere with nature – despite the fact it may be difficult to watch the eaglet suffering on camera.
But after seeing the eaglet take a turn for the worse, the executive director of the University of Minnesota Raptor Center said the eaglet was delivered to them for emergency care over the weekend. Saturday, the baby was returned to its nest. The initial diagnosis was that the eaglet had a severely-injured elbow, hock and signs of an infection.
The video above showed us the beautiful soaring of an adult bald eagle, along with some interesting facts about the once endangered bird. Here is some more information about the eagle family from DNR’s web site:
This is the second year broadcasting a live feed from a Bald Eagle nest in the Twin Cities metro area. We believe this is the same pair or eagles that have been using this nest for several years. This year there are again a total of three eggs in the nest. The first egg was laid on Friday, Feb. 14th and the following two over about the next six days.
Eagles typically incubate their eggs for about 35 days. Although the nest has at times looked chilly this year, even covered in a blanket of snow for a while! Bald Eagles in Minnesota have adapted to laying and caring for eggs in these conditions. These diligent parents have kept their eggs warm and dry in a deep pocket in the middle of the nest throughout the snow and cold of our February this year.
Please check back often to see how the nest is doing, observe great behaviors like parents switching off incubation duties, feeding, and protecting the eggs from the elements.