Eggs in featured nest expected to hatch soon
Once pushed to the brink of extinction, the American bald eagle has become a poster child for the value of endangered species laws, and now a pair of the iconic birds will be playing a part in Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) efforts to get more young people and families excited about the great outdoors.
Starting Feb. 5, live video from a nesting pair of bald eagles will be featured on the DNR’s website at www.eaglecam.dnr.state.mn.us. A video camera was installed above the nest late last year in the Twin Cities metro region. (The DNR is not disclosing the exact location of the nest to prevent it from drawing crowds that might disrupt the eagles.)
The nest already contains three eggs that are expected to hatch at any time.
The eagle camera was paid for by DNR’s Nongame Wildlife program, which works to protect and preserve more than 800 species of animals that are not traditionally hunted or harvested.
Citizens can personally help Minnesota wildlife by donating on their tax forms, or directly online at www.mndnr.gov/nongame/checkoff.