Courtship usually starts sometime in November every year. Followed by an extended period of nestorations, including building up “crib rails” using sticks to help prevent an eaglet from falling out. Then once egg laying time gets closer a soft nest bowl will appear in the middle of the nest consisting of grasses such as swamp moss, corn husks and pine straw. Historically the first egg has been laid sometime in mid February.
2022 marks the 10th year of the MN DNR Eagle cam. Egg laying timeline from previous years: 2019 laid 2/19, 22 & 25 – none hatched 2020 laid 2/6, 9 & 12 – hatched 3/15, 17 & 19 – 2 fledged 6/16 & 20 2021 laid 2/16 & 20 – hatched 3/26 & 28 – “fludged” 6/7 & 13. MN DNR Eagle Cam 2022 1st egg laid 2/12/22, 2nd egg laid 2/16/22.
About the program:
This live cam is a part of the MN DNR non-game wildlife program. Its mission is to manage, protect and research animals that are not hunted. The program has helped to increase the population of bald eagles, common loons and trumpeter swans in the state of Minnesota.
Fun fact: In the past there have been raccoons that are persistent in climbing up the nest tree and bugging this eagle pair on a regular basis at night. This makes both the male and female eagle become very vocal. The raccoons, however have not yet pushed their luck too far.
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