Decorah Area Bald Eagle Territories

The current display looks at bald eagle nesting territories in Winneshiek and neighboring Allamakee counties.

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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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As always, we welcome your ideas and feedback. Contact us at DecorahEaglesKiosk@gmail.com.

 

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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Bob Anderson Memorial Display

This is the current display in the kiosk. Your comments and corrections are welcome! Please write to DecorahEaglesKiosk@gmail.net. You can be my proofreaders!

Upcoming display: Selfies at the Hatchery, by people from all over. Send us yours! DecorahEaglesKiosk@gmail.net.

I should restate our gratitude for all the Decorah Difference Makers who gave so generously to construct the kiosk in memory of D12 and D14. Thanks also to the Decorah Fish Hatchery and Iowa DNR for including the eagle education kiosk as part of their hatchery education plan, and to RRP for their continuing assistance on kiosk displays.

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Kiosk permanent side now installed

(Old business first: We apologize for a lack of recent updates on kiosk contents. We’ve been hopping trying to keep it current with news from the nest. There is nothing there that has not been on RRP coverage of the nest. During nesting and fledging season, we essentially make that display serve physical visitors in the way the online sources serve virtual ones.)

 

We received the nearly-finalized panel designs for the kiosk’s permanent side, so we put it up July 2. Here are a couple of quick cellphone pictures:

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This looks essentially like the final display will look. The panels there now are laminated paper. The final ones will  the durable outdoor signs that are used throughout the hatchery.

These are in final review stage. Mostly typos and style questions now. But you can make any comments  to decoraheagleskiosk@gmail.com.

These were printed not only for content review but also to make sure the whole thing came together … that the steel parent, trout, hatchling, egg, and nest did not obscure vital stuff on the signs. That took some doing from the start! It was a little worrisome when we printed these and laid them on our working template, but the real kiosk had an extra inch that helped, and we had the ability to rotate the eagle for best fit.

It must be emphasized that the steel art was designed and created by students at Decorah High. We gave them the basic idea of eagle landing with trout, hatchling and egg awaiting, and we gave them dimensions for full-size. They then made the items. The trout is especially noteworthy, with grinder textures across it for fin rays, scales, gills, and face. We hated to cover it with a talon!

The actual panels for you to take a close look are below. Remember, they can and will be changed before manufacturing!  Send us your comments. The 3 links are pdf files and are quite large. The other little one asks for comments and is at the top right of the display. In the final display, this spot might have a reminder for folks to go look at the other side.

Thanks and credit to all of you who donated to make this kiosk (and a bench, and power pole protection perches) possible.

 

 

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