DNR: Likely No Chicks In EagleCam Nest’s Eggs
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Approximately 15,000 people logging into a live video stream of an eagle’s nest every day will probably not get the happy ending they’re seeking.
According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the eggs in the nest shown on their live-streaming EagleCam contained no chicks.
For months, the camera showed a set of eagles tending to three eggs.
Two of those eggs cracked and broke apart. The mother eagle is still sitting on the third egg, but the DNR believes there is no bird inside that egg.
According to the DNR website, “eggs are incubated about 35 days.” The live stream has shown the eggs for many weeks beyond that benchmark.
The DNR says the eggs were laid about the first week in January, but because temperatures dipped below zero during the 35-day incubation period, it became apparent the eggs were going to fail.
The eagle camera is part of the Minnesota DNR’s Nongame Wildlife Program, “which helps over 700 species of Minnesota wildlife thrive.” The program is largely supported by donations.
The DNR says Minnesota has more bald eagles than any other lower-48 state. The majestic bird has made a dramatic comeback after once facing extinction.
To watch the eagle nest live, click here.
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