All three of the Decorah eagle eggs have hatched.
The last one began hatching around 9 a.m. Monday and was free of the shell by about 10:30 a.m., according to Bob Anderson, director of the Raptor Resource Project.
“I am completely amazed that this pair of eagles hatched all three eggs due to extreme low temperatures and heavy snows. Once again lots of schools are using the live feed in the class room,” Anderson said.
Since 2010, millions of viewers from around the world have watched eagles hatch at the Decorah Fish Hatchery nest, which has a live Internet feed from a remote-controlled camera set up by RRP. To view the eagles, visit ustream.tv/decoraheagles.
The first bald eagle hatched at the Fish Hatchery next last Wednesday and the second hatched Thursday at about 11:30 p.m.
“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 adult eagles “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.”