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      Reasons to Preen: Minnesota's EagleCam

      Posted on March 11, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      An EagleCam still from the MNDNR website

      An EagleCam still from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource's website

      Minnesota’s winter has ruffled a few feathers over the past few months for Minnesotans, but the Bald Eagles featured on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource’s EagleCam are taking the cold weather in stride. For the second year the EagleCam project features a live feed of a Bald Eagle nest in the Twin cities metro area. It is a great opportunity to see Minnesota’s thriving wildlife up-close without a trek through the ice and snow. 

      Despite the frigid weather, these Bald Eagles continue to soar in internet hits and views. EagleCam received 21,771 visits from 50 states and 54 countries on its first day broadcasting. These eagles don’t just preen for the camera though—viewers watch the Bald Eagle couple work hard together, switching between incubating the eggs, feeding, and protecting the nest. 

      These two eagles aren’t the only team featured in this project. EagleCam is a collaborative project between the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, their information technology staff, and the Minnesota Information Technology Central staff. This year their teamwork has brought the addition of mobile support to viewers. People from all over can enjoy a glimpse into the life of some of Minnesota’s finest residents.

      Minnesota presently has more Bald Eagles than any other state of the lower 48 states. The Bald Eagle nearly went extinct in the 1970s due to human activities, but thanks to both state and federal conservation efforts, their population has steadily increased in Minnesota. Through efforts like the Nongame Wildlife Program, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources works hard to ensure that these birds and other Minnesota wildlife continue to succeed with Minnesota as their home. Projects like the EagleCam encourage Minnesotans to experience Minnesota’s wildlife and other natural resources and engage with state efforts to protect and maintain the state’s natural beauty. 

      Visit this link to see the Bald Eagles and for more information on the project.