Decorah Eagles First Egg Pip and Hatch
Thanks to the Raptor Resource Project, we can watch the first slow hatch of a pair of nesting American bald eagles, our national bird, in Decorah, Iowa, which occurred Friday and Saturday. The baby eagle first appears, through a tiny hole in the shell, at the 4:40 mark. It’s is seen out of the shell at 8:03.
Status of the bald eagle, according to Bald Eagle Info: On June 28, 2007 the Interior Department took the American bald eagle off the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants. Final rule announcing the de-listing of the bald eagle.
The number of nesting pairs in the lower 48 United States increased 10-fold, from less than 450 in the early 1960s, to more than 4,500 adult bald eagle nesting pairs in the 1990s. In the Southeast, for example, there were about 980 breeding pairs in 1993, up from about 400 in 1981. The largest concentrations were in the states of Florida and Louisiana. Today, there are an estimated 9,789 nesting pairs of bald eagles.
You can watch the bird cams at Raptor Resource.