The World is Watching the wonder of Bald Eagles mating
With all the choices on network, broadcast and satellite TV and the Web these days, you might find it hard to belief that the hit break-out show of the spring just may be Bald Eagles mating via The Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Eagle Cam.
Yes, coming to you live from the eagle’s nest it’s daddy, mama and their fledglings. I must confess once you start viewing these eagles mating, it’s tough to walk away! And I’m not alone. Over 100,000 from 100 countries have also been hooked. Move over Kardashians!
Our eagle pair’s heartbreaking drama continues
Last season our two host eagle’s eggs failed to hatch. DNR experts monitoring speculate that they were probably laid too early and froze. While that story was a sad ending, this year, the birds laid three eggs. One on February 14 how romantic and the other two within six days. This resulted in three fuzzy fledglings that have been growing daily.
Sibling rivalry part of the storyline
It will interest you to watch these two adults as they parent their offspring this spring. The female generally incubates and broods the young, but both sexes participate in feeding. Just like with humans, sibling competition exists among nestlings, with the first to hatch having the advantage. So we may see some feathers flying!
In early May one of the young eagles became injured and was removed from the nest by DNR experts. Unfortunately the young eagle did not recover and died. While sad to witness and seemingly cruel, these are the realities that reveal the intricate workings of nature.
An amazing comeback story
Once pushed to the brink of extinction, the Bald Eagle has made a powerful comeback. The decline of the bald eagle over its entire range in the contiguous 48 states has been well documented. Environmental contamination by DDT (Dichloro Diphenyl Trichloroethane) was the primary cause of the decline, and the mechanism was the accumulation of DDT residues in fish, the major food of bald eagles. Since the banning of DDT in the United States in 1972, the bald eagle population has increased nationwide. Now Minnesota is home to more bald eagles than any other state in the lower 48!
Big numbers…for a nature show
Last year more than 137,000 people from about 100 countries were captivated by the live video footage from an eagle’s nest in a tall tree near downtown St. Paul. It’s a reality show that reveals the raw and telling stories of these amazing creatures displaying the laws of nature.