The Decorah Fish Hatchery’s first bald eagle egg of the season has hatched, according to the Raptor Resource Project’s (RRP) Facebook page. 

Eaglet “D18” brings the number of eagles hatched at the famous Hatchery nest to 18. 

According to Bob Anderson, director of RRP, “Given the extreme cold and heavy snow, we weren’t sure any of the eggs would hatch. However, the eagles persevered through minus 40 degree wind chills, direct temperatures of minus 20 degrees, multiple snowfalls and drenching rain.” 

Anderson said the adults “diligently cared for their eggs, taking brief breaks from incubation only when the weather allowed and working almost continuously to bring fresh material in for the nest … We are thrilled their skill and perseverance paid off. We’ll be watching to see if and when the other two eggs hatch.” 

Since 2010, millions of views from around the world have watched eagles hatch at the Decorah nests, which have a live Internet feed from a remote-controlled camera set up by RRP. To view the eagles, visit ustream.tv/decoraheagles.