It appears Decorah's D-1 eagle will be summering in Canada again.
D-1 is one of the three eaglets that hatched at the famous Decorah Fish Hatchery eagles' nest in the spring of 2011 and the only one fitted with a satellite transmitter.
"The Decorah eagle has just returned to Polar Bear Provincial Park on Hudson Bay. It took her 15 days once she left Decorah. It took her about 30 days last year to make the same trip," Raptor Resource Project (RRP) Director Bob Anderson said. "Who would have ever guessed that a Northeast Iowa bald eagle would spend her summers in the high arctic?"
After spending most of the winter in Northeast Iowa and Southeast Minnesota, D-1 recently began moving north.
RRP was responsible for the eagle cam, which has provided live video of the eagles' nest to millions of viewers around the world since 2009. Last fall, the eagles moved their nest to a new location about 400 feet from their old nest. The new nest lacks a camera and other video-streaming equipment, so the nest has been "offline" this year. Anderson said camera equipment would be relocated to the new nest this fall.
According to Anderson, D-1 spent her first summer in Northern Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin, and then returned to Northeast Iowa by January of the next year. Last summer she spent three months in Polar Bear Provincial Park on the Hudson Bay, and then returned to the Decorah area by late fall, Anderson said.