Decorah Eagles Online

Perhaps this won’t offer a lot of news to you, because you are online right now. ūüôā

The current kiosk display gives kiosk viewers access to the online world of the Decorah Eagles, other RRP projects, and the hatchery.

We also included a survey for kiosk visitors. Please do NOT complete the survey here … it is intended to get an idea of how the kiosk is used in the physical world. But thanks for visiting us here in virtuality! We hope to see you at the hatchery sometime too.

Tracking the Decorah Eagles

title&kohler&logosThe new kiosk display installed September 16 is about tracking our eagles. Full credit to RRP and Eagle Valley Nature Preserve for this one. All I had to do was print stuff out and hang it up. Special thanks to Brett Mandernack for quick and detailed responses and diligent proofreading! Thanks also to the photographers who contributed to Eagle Valley’s presentation. Please remember that their work is protected by copyright. Photos are reproduced here only to give you a remote view of this display. I also should note that I don’t know how WordPress compresses files for this blog, so your view might not have the same quality as the kiosk itself, and might not represent the extraordinary quality that we have come to expect from these photographers.





Bald Eagle Fatherhood

The current display in the eagle information kiosk at the hatchery is about eagle fatherhood, in light of the disappearance of Dad Decorah and apparent transition this year at the hatchery nest.

A number of viewers caught and corrected two mistakes in the display:

  1. A large picture of an eagle fishing was implied to be Dad Decorah, and indeed this was our belief and intent. The eagle shown was the new Decorah male, and this was known to the photographer Darlene Miller, and this was clearly indicated when RRP posted that photograph. We regret the error, and a different picture of Decorah Dad fishing has been substituted. Thanks for the new one, Darlene!
  2. The Dad timeline erroneously stated that N2 was destroyed and N2B rebuilt in 2016. The storm that destroyed N2 was in the summer of 2015, and N2B was rebuilt starting in fall 2015 and was first used by the 2016 family. The error has been corrected.

Sorry … no photo of the full display layout. It was corrected at 5:00 A.M. with car headlights! Here are the contents of the display, as they are arranged there. You can see the sections a little better, and read the text more easily, by clicking anywhere on the graphics below.

Visitors From All Over

The current display in the kiosk emphasizes how the Decorah Eagles have attracted visitors to the hatchery. Thanks to all of you who submitted your photos. All of us who call Oneota home look forward to your return! And as noted in the title frame of the display, thanks again to all whose donations made the kiosk possible.

kioskselfyfullThe space on the right side of the display will show nest updates. Egg news goes up in the next day or two.

Most of the display photos were in the preview on this blog (and on Facebook), but there are a few new ones and a few others were changed slightly.

(I don’t know what my cellphone camera did to Grandma Pat. Be assured she does not have a Groucho mustache in the display.)


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Decorah Eagles “Go to School”

The new display at the Decorah Fish Hatchery eagle information kiosk contains art submissions from some Iowa schools. Bob Anderson (the former director of RRP who died last summer) often emphasized that outreach to schools was one of the primary objectives of the Decorah Eagles webcam. That objective has been¬†a great success. A display of thank-you notes and artwork from dozens of schools was kept in DE Webcam Central (i.e. the garage). At RRP’s second annual After the Fledge gathering, Bob was presented with a collection of the books produced by Team Carnes, one of the school groups featured in the current display. The Decorah Fish Hatchery is pleased to acknowledge the efforts of RRP and schools across the country in fostering the next generation of naturalists.

And it should be noted that the Decorah Fish Hatchery is happy to work with schools studying fisheries and riparian management. Contact our biologist Brian Malaise if you are interested.

Click on any individual picture below for a full-screen view.

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