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  • Location: Decorah, Iowa, United States
  • Source: Explore Live Nature Cams
  • Info: Live Decorah bald eagle webcam in Iowa, United States. The nest is located close to the Decorah Trout Hatchery.
    Bald eagles nest in Iowa from January through August, with most of the activity taking place from February to July.
    Video of Bald Eagle Chicks at the Dorah North Nest

More info: Generally, bald eagle egg laying takes place mid to late February with hatching usually in late March to early April, and fledging in mid-to-late June. While young usually disperse between August and October, the adults remain on territory year round.

The bald eagle nest is located near the Decorah Trout Hatchery, near the town of Decorah in Iowa. The female is known as M for Mom and the male is known as D for Dad. The first live webcam was installed in 2007 and in 2011 the Decorah Eagles became an Internet sensation and the most viewed live-stream of all time when the website reached 250 million views on Ustream.

Winter is the best time of the year to observe bald eagles in Iowa. During the winter months, numerous eagles from northern states and Canada migrate south to find food. The birds begin arriving in Iowa during September and become more numerous through January. The highest concentration of eagles in the Midwest is along the Mississippi River.

Each year 4,000 to 7,000 bald eagles winter along the Mississippi, from Minneapolis St. Paul to 50 miles south of St. Louis. The river is a popular wintering area providing abundant food and open water, particularly at locks and dams and power plants which keep the river from freezing. This provides the eagles with an area to hunt their primary food source which is fish.