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Title: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: mrsfalcon on January 12, 2019, 11:01:37 AM
We don't have a lot of details, but there will be an After The Fledge 2019 from Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21 (with hopefully another boat ride on Sunday, July 21. Watch this space for details and mark your calendar now!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: pelmomma on March 07, 2019, 05:37:52 PM
We don't have a lot of details, but there will be an After The Fledge 2019 from Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21 (with hopefully another boat ride on Sunday, July 21. Watch this space for details and mark your calendar now!
How exciting!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on March 12, 2019, 12:51:23 AM
Hiya Everybody!
I'll be posting more details as the season progresses, but I thought I'd give you all some information about our After the Fledge Celebration!

On Thursday, July 18th we will have our Meet and Greet, at the Hatchery.  Come meet the mods and chatters, enjoy some pizza under the tent near the waterfall!

Friday, July 19th is a day filled with fun!  There will be a canoe/kayak trip down the scenic Upper Iowa River-join Iverburl, TulsaDucati and others for a beautiful morning float trip!  We almost always see eagles, herons, and lots of other wildlife!!! That is also the day that we will be Paying it Forward at the Decorah Fish Hatchery!  We will be weeding those butterfly gardens, and assembling monofilament recycling stations, to be placed along the sides of creeks in NE Iowa.  Stay tuned for more interesting and fun activities for Friday...

Saturday, July 20th is a big day!  We have the bike ride in the morning-a great chance to get some exercise, and see some of the magical Decorah area!  In the afternoon we will have our presentations at Valders Hall in Luther College, including an airing of the film "Decoding the Driftless".  More information coming very, very soon!  And Saturday night is our dinner under the tent at the Hatchery-always tasty and fun!!!

On Sunday, July 21st we are planning another trip to the Mississippi River, to check out the wildlife, and spend a little more time together before we all sadly depart what is truly the Happiest Place on Earth ;D

Throughout the weekend there will be short demonstrations at the hatchery on various subjects. There will be a merchandise table, for all the eagle swag you just can't resist buying, with all the proceeds going to RRP.  And everybody better study hard, because the eagle quiz this year promises to be as challenging as ever!

Please be sure to check back here for more information about our event, and for lodging information from Puff and I! I will be posting the registration form here, as well as the reservation form for those who would like to stay at the Luther dormitories...

I hope y'all can join us, it's going to be a blast!!!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Puff on March 12, 2019, 07:23:53 AM
                                              AFTER THE FLEDGE 2019


OK, are you ready to rumble?  On the horizon is our 7th annual (?) ATF.  This year we will have an opportunity to witness the new cast members and new responsibilities of all.  Let's cheer them on to victory.

Our main days this year are July 18, 19, and 20.  Thursday, July 18, would be our evening get-together with pizza; Friday, July 19, is our planned activities day, all fun and fullfilling; Saturday, July 20, has some formal planned presentations at the college, followed by our late afternoon fun-under-the-tent picnic.  On checkout date, July 21, there is a bonus activity that usually follows.   Of course there are hours and hours of chit chatting, meeting some of the faceless posters in our media channels, and the pure joy of watching the eagles soar!   Specifics will follow later, as the people in charge of those finalize their schedules.

For my part I will again be handling the accommodations.  Reservations must be made through me, only because all the rooms are contracted and held to my credit card.  As you will see from the below listing, there are 5 different locations that I have on hold.  They are on hold until the beginning of June.  You should make your choice and then contact me with the usual information:  your full name, address, phone number, room type and hotel, your credit card number, expiration date, and security code.  The credit information is only to hold the room to you.  Nothing is charged until you check out on July 21.  Some of the properties are willing to work with anyone coming early or staying later than July 21.  There are no penalty fees if you need to cancel.  I can give a list of B & B places in Decorah and their contact info.  I do not do the reservations for them however.  Please be careful with any commitments they have.

Here are the local properties and what they are offering this year:

Hotel Winneshiek       3 rooms       $ 119 - $ 159 per night

Quality Inn Suites      10 rooms      $ 172 - $ 182 per night

Country Inn & Suites  10 rooms     $ 110 - $ 150 per night

Fairfield Marriott       10 rooms      $ 139 - $149 per night

Super 8 Decorah        15 rooms      $ 129 per night

*Taxes are in addition to the above amounts

Contact me for any further information and any questions

Puff/LaNora                 630-852-2108              [email protected]
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on March 12, 2019, 10:50:50 AM
Thank you Puff! I hope the chatters take advantage of all you have to offer them!

Okay, so this is already kind of out there, but I wanted to make a formal announcement, so here goes:

On Saturday, July 20th we will be showing the film "Decoding the Driftless" at Valders Hall, in Luther College. But we will also have another presentation.....

You know him, you love him-We will be seeing our very own favorite Ambassador Decorah, replete with his adult plumage!  I just can't wait!!!  Woohooo! ;D
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Ginger52 on March 12, 2019, 11:11:22 AM
Puff -- what is the meaning of ?

 "This year we will have an opportunity to witness the new cast members and new responsibilities of all. "
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: pelmomma on March 12, 2019, 11:13:07 AM
Wow!  Time to make the airplane reservations. 
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: tulsaducati on March 12, 2019, 11:50:03 AM
Puff -- what is the meaning of ?

 "This year we will have an opportunity to witness the new cast members and new responsibilities of all. "




I'm curious about that too, Ginger
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Puff on March 12, 2019, 01:27:21 PM
???  Means who knows? 

My first trip to the big D was in 2012.  That was just Ton and me.  But there was no organized ATF until 2015?  My first group aid was given in 2013, but that was a small group of about 12.  Your 2015 could very well be the official founding of ATF.  That makes 2019 the 5th annual. . . . or 6th annual if you take 2014 as the start.  I'm easy.  You all decide and that's what we'll call it.   LOL

P
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on March 12, 2019, 09:08:13 PM
I started visiting the nest in 2007 after my friend Rick (retired head of Decorah Parks and Recreation) told me about a guy from National Geographic filming a couple eagles nesting at the Decorah Hatchery.  After showing me where the hatchery was, I (and sometimes Rick) visited every time I came over to quaff a beer at Toppling Goliath.
Rick and Bob Anderson were both original "Mug Club" members, and Rick often talked "eagles" with Bob, but I always missed his presence when I was there.  (But Rick heard some stories, and he relayed them to me, and after I began chatting in 2011, I'd steer some of Rick's inquiries, and learned some "inside skinny" about RRP.
All this is beside the point, but I'd like to add....although the first ATF picnic was in 2014, in 2011 there was a gathering organized by chatters (naimo, tsk, Ais4, auntfish, and others).  In 2012 we met again....and there was a Moderator Meet-Up (remember the picture with the Mods holding name tags covering there faces) where anonymity was the Prime Directive!  Then there was the picnic at Phelps Park, (I drove by but didn't stop) and then the next year ATF came into existence. (I think)  I've been to all but only participated in a few.  Bob's last ATF and his Remembrance Ceremony were my high points, but meeting all my fellow eagle lovers at the one's I registered are pretty great too.  Highly recommend the experience!!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Puff on March 13, 2019, 06:51:41 AM
For Jorie Nelson and others who may have missed posting 12 March. . .

                                              AFTER THE FLEDGE 2019


OK, are you ready to rumble?  On the horizon is our 7th annual (?) ATF.  This year we will have an opportunity to witness the new cast members and new responsibilities of all.  Let's cheer them on to victory.

Our main days this year are July 18, 19, and 20.  Thursday, July 18, would be our evening get-together with pizza; Friday, July 19, is our planned activities day, all fun and fullfilling; Saturday, July 20, has some formal planned presentations at the college, followed by our late afternoon fun-under-the-tent picnic.  On checkout date, July 21, there is a bonus activity that usually follows.   Of course there are hours and hours of chit chatting, meeting some of the faceless posters in our media channels, and the pure joy of watching the eagles soar!   Specifics will follow later, as the people in charge of those finalize their schedules.

For my part I will again be handling the accommodations.  Reservations must be made through me, only because all the rooms are contracted and held to my credit card.  As you will see from the below listing, there are 5 different locations that I have on hold.  They are on hold until the beginning of June.  You should make your choice and then contact me with the usual information:  your full name, address, phone number, room type and hotel, your credit card number, expiration date, and security code.  The credit information is only to hold the room to you.  Nothing is charged until you check out on July 21.  Some of the properties are willing to work with anyone coming early or staying later than July 21.  There are no penalty fees if you need to cancel.  I can give a list of B & B places in Decorah and their contact info.  I do not do the reservations for them however.  Please be careful with any commitments they have.

Here are the local properties and what they are offering this year:

Hotel Winneshiek       3 rooms       $ 119 - $ 159 per night

Quality Inn Suites      10 rooms      $ 172 - $ 182 per night

Country Inn & Suites  10 rooms     $ 110 - $ 150 per night

Fairfield Marriott       10 rooms      $ 139 - $149 per night

Super 8 Decorah        15 rooms      $ 129 per night

*Taxes are in addition to the above amounts

Contact me for any further information and any questions

Puff/LaNora                 630-852-2108              [email protected]
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on March 14, 2019, 11:26:10 AM
Puff, I think I know exactly what you mean ;)  And Eburg, seeing you at After the Fledge is always one of the highlights for me!  Maybe this year we can actually get to the Whippy Dip together! :)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Puff on May 02, 2019, 05:05:52 PM
Let me remind all the N2b/Mom/DM2/D32/D33 fans that there are rooms on hold for After The Fledge.  I will have them available until the beginning of thru middle of June.  The three main activity days are July 18, 19, and 20. 

For reservations you can contact me until May 9.  I will then be available again on May 21.  I will be out of the country and unable to take calls.  Don't get caught procrastinating.


Here is the original accommodation listing:


                                              AFTER THE FLEDGE 2019


OK, are you ready to rumble?  On the horizon is our 7th annual (?) ATF.  This year we will have an opportunity to witness the new cast members and new responsibilities of all.  Let's cheer them on to victory.

Our main days this year are July 18, 19, and 20.  Thursday, July 18, would be our evening get-together with pizza; Friday, July 19, is our planned activities day, all fun and fullfilling; Saturday, July 20, has some formal planned presentations at the college, followed by our late afternoon fun-under-the-tent picnic.  On checkout date, July 21, there is a bonus activity that usually follows.   Of course there are hours and hours of chit chatting, meeting some of the faceless posters in our media channels, and the pure joy of watching the eagles soar!   Specifics will follow later, as the people in charge of those finalize their schedules.

For my part I will again be handling the accommodations.  Reservations must be made through me, only because all the rooms are contracted and held to my credit card.  As you will see from the below listing, there are 5 different locations that I have on hold.  They are on hold until the beginning of June.  You should make your choice and then contact me with the usual information:  your full name, address, phone number, room type and hotel, your credit card number, expiration date, and security code.  The credit information is only to hold the room to you.  Nothing is charged until you check out on July 21.  Some of the properties are willing to work with anyone coming early or staying later than July 21.  There are no penalty fees if you need to cancel.  I can give a list of B & B places in Decorah and their contact info.  I do not do the reservations for them however.  Please be careful with any commitments they have.

Here are the local properties and what they are offering this year:

Hotel Winneshiek       3 rooms       $ 119 - $ 159 per night

Quality Inn Suites      10 rooms      $ 172 - $ 182 per night

Country Inn & Suites  10 rooms     $ 110 - $ 150 per night

Fairfield Marriott       10 rooms      $ 139 - $149 per night

Super 8 Decorah        15 rooms      $ 129 per night

*Taxes are in addition to the above amounts

Contact me for any further information and any questions

Puff/LaNora                 630-852-2108              [email protected]
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: NWargo01 on May 20, 2019, 03:12:09 PM
Do you know when the forms will be available for the ATF?  Last year I had to fill out a form saying when I would be there, what activities I'd be doing, etc.  And I had to send in the fee for the Saturday dinner.  I will be doing the bike trip again, but I think I paid that directly to the bike shop the day of.
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Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on May 21, 2019, 04:31:03 PM
Do you know when the forms will be available for the ATF?  Last year I had to fill out a form saying when I would be there, what activities I'd be doing, etc.  And I had to send in the fee for the Saturday dinner.  I will be doing the bike trip again, but I think I paid that directly to the bike shop the day of.

Hiya NWargo,

The forms will be ready soon luv, stay tuned!  You can pay for the dinner and the registration when we are in Decorah, and you are right, the fees for bike rental will be taken at the bike shop.

~Izzy

Title: Re: I
Post by: NWargo01 on May 21, 2019, 04:38:25 PM
Do you know when the forms will be available for the ATF?  Last year I had to fill out a form saying when I would be there, what activities I'd be doing, etc.  And I had to send in the fee for the Saturday dinner.  I will be doing the bike trip again, but I think I paid that directly to the bike shop the day of.

Hiya NWargo,

The forms will be ready soon luv, stay tuned!  You can pay for the dinner and the registration when we are in Decorah, and you are right, the fees for bike rental will be taken at the bike shop.

~Izzy

Thanks izzy!  And you can call me NW  :)

I am so looking forward to this year's ATF!  Hope we have a good turnout.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: mom-mom on May 28, 2019, 02:28:40 PM
Will the forms have a link in the banner like last year? I don't want to miss filling them out.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on May 30, 2019, 01:28:07 PM
Will the forms have a link in the banner like last year? I don't want to miss filling them out.

I will have the registration form here, as well as the Luther College dorm room reservation form, they should be out very soon! :)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on June 02, 2019, 12:18:07 PM
                        ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D LUTHER COLLEGE RESERVATION FORM NEWS ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;

After several years worth of attempts, we are now able to announce that, should you like to stay in Decorah through Sunday night, you can now stay in the dorms and check out Monday!!!  Thank you so much Mr. Leschansky and Luther College!

Here are the links, and some instructions:

  The first link will take you to the registration page for
> booking a single room.  The second link will take you to the registration
> page for booking a double room.  The number of single occupancy rooms in
> Farwell Hall is limited and reserved on a first come first serve basis.
>
> For people wishing to book a *single occupancy room* ($50 per night) in
> Farwell Hall:
> https://luthercollege.campmanagement.com/individual-register
>
> For people wishing to book a *double occupancy room* ($43 per person per
> night) in Farwell Hall.
> https://luthercollege.campmanagement.com/group-register
>
> *Housing Registration Notes*
>
>
>    - Farwell Hall has either single or double occupancy rooms.
>    - Our registration system accepts credit card (VISA, MasterCard,
>    Discover) or ACH (e-check) payments.  Guests may either pay for their room
>    in full or make a $50 deposit with the remaining balance due on the last
>    day of your school.  Our room registration system will confirm your
>    reservation and payment via email.  Our staff will assign rooms prior to
>    your event and will have rooms assignments and keys ready upon your
>    arrival.  Keys may be picked up at the Summer Conferences, Camps, and
>    Events Office in the Dahl Centennial Union.  Check-in time is 3 p.m. and
>    check-out is 10 a.m.
>    - Please note that Luther College is not a hotel, but a residential
>    liberal arts college.  You will be staying in a dorm room and sharing a
>    common bathroom (with showers) with other guests on your floor.  We provide
>    a linen packet (2 sheets, pillowcase, towel, and washcloth) and each room
>    has pillows and blankets.  If you have mobility issues you may wish to book
>    a room at a local hotel which can better serve your needs.  We do not have
>    handicap accessible rooms.
>    - Children (2 maximum per room) under the age of 16 years old may
>    sleep on the floor of their parent?s double occupancy room in a sleeping
>    bag.  There is a $25 per child facility charge.
>    - Parking for all Farwell Hall Guests will be in the Farwell Hall
>    Parking Lot on lower campus.  The parking lot is adjacent to the residence
>    hall.  Guests may enter the residence hall from the first floor entrance to
>    get to their rooms, or to get to upper campus via a skywalk.
>    - Questions:  Please email us anytime at [email protected]
>    Please include the name of your event, your last name and the topic of your
>    message in the subject line of your email message.  After June 1 you may
>    call our summer office at 563-382-1418.
>
Stay tuned for the After the Fledge registration, that will be coming out in the next few days!

I'm getting really excited, hope all y'all are too!!!

~Izzy

 :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Puff on June 04, 2019, 01:29:30 PM
FYI

Rooms under contract at the Fairfield Decorah are no longer available through our special arrangement.  You can, however, try the direct approach with them.  Prices are no longer guaranteed at the rates we previously were quoted.  I still have rooms on hold and available at the Hotel Winneshiek (through June 20), Quality Suites, Country Inn, and Super 8.

Puff

Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: nhjane on June 08, 2019, 11:15:21 AM
Are there plans for an auction of eagle items as in previous yrs? I haven't seen anything mentioned.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: sunset_dreamer2 on June 08, 2019, 04:50:55 PM
NHJane,

I hope so.  I have 3 items to donate if they do have the auction.  2 canvas collages (RRP and Decorah Eagles 2019) and a King size Eagle Quilt.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on June 09, 2019, 11:04:09 AM
We are planning an auction, I'll have more details soon! ;D
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Nora in IA on June 12, 2019, 11:40:49 PM
If people run out of room in Decorah, Cresco is 20-23 miles away from hachery, but there is:

The Cresco Motel, older, clean, has free WIFI and haven't heard complaints from people that have stayed there.  Microwave and frig.  Around $60/night.
http://www.crescomotel.com/

Super 8 by Wyndham - about the same price range, free WiFi, and breakfast.
https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/super-8/cresco-iowa/super-8-cresco-ia/overview

Connie's B&B 
https://www.conniescentury.com/
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: dskyyksd on June 13, 2019, 05:09:11 AM
If people run out of room in Decorah, Cresco is 20-23 miles away from hachery, but there is:

The Cresco Motel, older, clean, has free WIFI and haven't heard complaints from people that have stayed there.  Microwave and frig.  Around $60/night.
http://www.crescomotel.com/

Super 8 by Wyndham - about the same price range, free WiFi, and breakfast.
https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/super-8/cresco-iowa/super-8-cresco-ia/overview

Connie's B&B 
https://www.conniescentury.com/

Be sure to inquire about pets if you are taking any with you.  Some accept them, some don't.  When I stayed there last year, the Cresco Motel didn't take pets.  The Super 8 in Cresco took pets, but the Super 8 in Decorah did not, or at least didn't take cats.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: iverburl on June 13, 2019, 10:26:33 AM
I will be coming to the ATF for the first time. Can you please tell me approximately what time the Meet and Greet is Thursday evening? I am trying to incorporate this stop into my vacation plans.
From other posts it looks like we will have to register in advance as well. Is that correct?
Something like 4pm to 7pm ... Pizza, salad and beverages at the Hatchery is typical. Advance registration lets the organizers set up events in advance, e.g. ordering food. Check this thread regularly for Izzy to link to the imminent registration. Welcome in advance to Decorah!
- Scott
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on June 13, 2019, 02:10:11 PM
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                        HERE IT IS FOLKS!!!!

Here is the link to our registration form for our After the Fledge Celebration!!!!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeYmsu1PEBBjDZyULV7nJFq2d605SKnJWq60bKMg_bcM0QNvg/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

There will be information regarding the schedules and lodging when you fill out the form!

Can't wait to see y'all there y'all!!!!

 :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on June 14, 2019, 10:55:04 AM
 ;D ;D ;D  Hiya everyone!!! :D :D :D

Just a reminder that Puff still has rooms on hold at  Country Inn, Quality Inn, Winneshiek, and Super 8!  These are the best motel rates you will find around!

Here are the local properties and what they are offering this year:

Hotel Winneshiek       3 rooms       $ 119 - $ 159 per night

Quality Inn Suites      10 rooms      $ 172 - $ 182 per night

Country Inn & Suites  10 rooms     $ 110 - $ 150 per night

Super 8 Decorah        15 rooms      $ 129 per night

*Taxes are in addition to the above amounts

Contact Puff for any further information and any questions

Puff/LaNora                 630-852-2108              [email protected]


These rooms won't be held for too much longer, so reserve yours today!!


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Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Puff on June 14, 2019, 10:56:28 AM
Below follows the original posting for accommodations as printed here on March 12.  Except for the Fairfield, all rooms are still available at the negotiated rates.  Each property does have contractual rules specific to them.  They each come with a "valid until" date:  Quality Inn, June 18; Hotel Winneshiek, June 20, Country Inn, July 11; and Super 8, as long as available.  (Fairfield, as previously posted, became void as of June 4.  Contracted rates were $149 and $159.  A few current reservations are now to be found through hotel directly and are now being offered at $277 and  $314.)       


Our main days this year are July 17, 18, 19, and 20.  Thursday, July 18, would be our first get-together with pizza; Friday, July 19, is our planned activities day, all fun and fullfilling; Saturday, July 20, has some formal planned presentations at the college, followed by our late afternoon fun-under-the-tent picnic.  On checkout date, July 21, there is a bonus activity that usually follows.   Of course there are hours and hours of chit chatting, meeting some of the faceless posters in our media channels, and the pure joy of watching the eagles soar!   Specifics will follow later, as the people in charge of those finalize their schedules.

For my part I will again be handling the accommodations.  Reservations must be made through me, only because all the rooms are contracted and held to my credit card.  As you will see from the below listing, there are 5 different locations that I have on hold.  They are on hold until the beginning of June.  You should make your choice and then contact me with the usual information:  your full name, address, phone number, room type and hotel, your credit card number, expiration date, and security code.  The credit information is only to hold the room to you.  Nothing is charged until you check out on July 21.  Some of the properties are willing to work with anyone coming early or staying later than July 21.  There are no penalty fees if you need to cancel.  I can give a list of B & B places in Decorah and their contact info.  I do not do the reservations for them however.  Please be careful with any commitments they have.

Here are the local properties and what they are offering this year:

Hotel Winneshiek       3 rooms       $ 119 - $ 159 per night

Quality Inn Suites      10 rooms      $ 172 - $ 182 per night

Country Inn & Suites  10 rooms     $ 110 - $ 150 per night

Fairfield Marriott       10 rooms      $ 139 - $149 per night

Super 8 Decorah        15 rooms      $ 129 per night

*Taxes are in addition to the above amounts

Contact me for any further information and any questions

Puff/LaNora                 630-852-2108              [email protected]
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: glogdog on June 16, 2019, 06:08:23 AM
For those of you interested or planning on doing the Bike ride on beautiful Trout Run Trail at After The Fledge, here's a little information.  It is scheduled for Saturday morning, July 20.  We'll meet at Decorah Bicycles when they open at 9:00 AM.  The entire trail is an 11-mile loop around the Decorah area (Map attached).  We'll be doing the easier half which is about 4.5 miles long, one way.  There is one big hill and 1 or 2 smaller ones along the mostly flat parts, so I encourage all to get some bike riding in to get leg muscles in shape.  Our half-way point is the Hatchery were we'll stop and take a break before returning back to the Decorah Bike shop. So all total it's about a 9-mile bike trip.  The trail runs right past N2B too.  Here's a "Handlebar view" video to enjoy.  More details to come.  My fellow Moderator, Gardengirl, and I look forward to seeing you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eG0XGs7Nrw
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: tulsaducati on June 21, 2019, 10:45:57 AM
From SmokeyinHarlem:

This might help others at ATF in need of a ride. Monday - Friday anybody may use Northeast Iowa Community Action Corp - Transit services from 7am - 5pm for just $2/ride to go anywhere within city limits. This service is open to anybody for any purpose. Transit buses are handicapped accessible. 866.382.4259

thanks Smokey!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: NWargo01 on June 21, 2019, 11:00:18 AM
For those of you interested or planning on doing the Bike ride on beautiful Trout Run Trail at After The Fledge, here's a little information.  It is scheduled for Saturday morning, July 20.  We'll meet at Decorah Bicycles when they open at 9:00 AM.  The entire trail is an 11-mile loop around the Decorah area (Map attached).  We'll be doing the easier half which is about 4.5 miles long, one way.  There is one big hill and 1 or 2 smaller ones along the mostly flat parts, so I encourage all to get some bike riding in to get leg muscles in shape.  Our half-way point is the Hatchery were we'll stop and take a break before returning back to the Decorah Bike shop. So all total it's about a 9-mile bike trip.  The trail runs right past N2B too.  Here's a "Handlebar view" video to enjoy.  More details to come.  My fellow Moderator, Gardengirl, and I look forward to seeing you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eG0XGs7Nrw

I did the bike ride last year and don't remember any architectural statues or the archway shown in the video.  That must be on the other half of the trail that we don't do.  Maybe one year they'll do the entire trail, or if feasible, do the half we don't currently do.  I'll be doing it again this year, but will probably rent a hybrid bike this time due to back issues.  Do I need to let anyone know in advance that I'll need a hybrid?  I didn't know if they only have so many available.  I know when I inquired last year they said they don't reserve bikes, but I don't know if that applies to the hybrids also.

Hope to see you this year Glog!  I think last year you couldn't make the bide ride if I'm remembering correctly. 
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: iverburl on June 21, 2019, 12:17:51 PM
I did the bike ride last year and don't remember any architectural statues or the archway shown in the video.  That must be on the other half of the trail that we don't do.  Maybe one year they'll do the entire trail, or if feasible, do the half we don't currently do.  I'll be doing it again this year, but will probably rent a hybrid bike this time due to back issues.  Do I need to let anyone know in advance that I'll need a hybrid?  I didn't know if they only have so many available.  I know when I inquired last year they said they don't reserve bikes, but I don't know if that applies to the hybrids also.

Hope to see you this year Glog!  I think last year you couldn't make the bide ride if I'm remembering correctly.
I'll step in for glog and gg, cuz I'm not sure how familiar they are with the entire trail.

The ride has always passed beneath that arch, which depicts a leaping trout. It is right where the trail goes beneath the highway bridges, where Trout Run from the hatchery meets the river. It is across the stream from the big car lot at the hatchery turn. You can see it at the edge of the woods from the highway.

I didn't rewatch the video, but I believe it shows the statue called Walking With Birds. It is not on a portion the AtF ride visited last year, but it is very close. Where we first get on the trail, go the other direction, away from town and bridge. This section, called the Dug Road Trail, is perhaps the prettiest as it hovers right above the river. It is very popular for walkers with dogs and children. (We paddled right under it in some of our previous river trips.) It is all level until it reaches the spot you might have seen where it cuts through the hill to the highway near the city campground and the new hotel. Then from the highway cut to the hatchery are major hills ... probably too much for the generic AtF ride. I recommend anyone who is not pooped after their AtF ride continue upriver a mile or so before returning bikes.
-Scott
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: NWargo01 on June 21, 2019, 01:20:05 PM
I did the bike ride last year and don't remember any architectural statues or the archway shown in the video.  That must be on the other half of the trail that we don't do.  Maybe one year they'll do the entire trail, or if feasible, do the half we don't currently do.  I'll be doing it again this year, but will probably rent a hybrid bike this time due to back issues.  Do I need to let anyone know in advance that I'll need a hybrid?  I didn't know if they only have so many available.  I know when I inquired last year they said they don't reserve bikes, but I don't know if that applies to the hybrids also.

Hope to see you this year Glog!  I think last year you couldn't make the bide ride if I'm remembering correctly.
I'll step in for glog and gg, cuz I'm not sure how familiar they are with the entire trail.

The ride has always passed beneath that arch, which depicts a leaping trout. It is right where the trail goes beneath the highway bridges, where Trout Run from the hatchery meets the river. It is across the stream from the big car lot at the hatchery turn. You can see it at the edge of the woods from the highway.

I didn't rewatch the video, but I believe it shows the statue called Walking With Birds. It is not on a portion the AtF ride visited last year, but it is very close. Where we first get on the trail, go the other direction, away from town and bridge. This section, called the Dug Road Trail, is perhaps the prettiest as it hovers right above the river. It is very popular for walkers with dogs and children. (We paddled right under it in some of our previous river trips.) It is all level until it reaches the spot you might have seen where it cuts through the hill to the highway near the city campground and the new hotel. Then from the highway cut to the hatchery are major hills ... probably too much for the generic AtF ride. I recommend anyone who is not pooped after their AtF ride continue upriver a mile or so before returning bikes.
-Scott

Thanks Scott!  Were you one of the people who helped me figure out how to shift on the small hill last year?  About killed me until you guys showed me the right way to do it. LOL  I'll pay more attention to the scenery this time.  I think I was so focused on keeping up with everyone last year that I didn't look around as much as I should have.  But I will this year!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: iverburl on June 21, 2019, 11:57:10 PM
Perhaps ... I don't recall. I stepped in to help when both glogdog and gardengirl could not attend.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: glogdog on June 23, 2019, 01:41:04 PM
Iverburl has been a lifesaver more than once. Thank you!

NWargo - Yes, I was not able to attend last year's event but plan on it next month. We always do the easier half of Trout Run Trail for our After The Fledge Bike Ride.  The archway trout sculpture is something we go through.  The other statues are on the harder, more difficult half that we don't do.  We get on Trout Run Trail right behind Decorah Bicycles.  If you go left, that's the harder route.  We'll be turning right onto the trail.  By harder I mean switchback turns and more hills.  You need to be a pretty avid bicyclist to do the harder one.  They do not allow reservations of any bikes but you can call and explain what you're needing.  That's why we get there at 9:00 AM when the door opens on Saturday.  One thing I wanted to add is that it's almost always windy in Decorah and riding a bike against the wind can add more challenges so it's good to do some bike riding ahead of time.  Here's their webpage for more information.

https://www.decorahbicycles.com/articles/rentals-pg235.htm.



Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019 - bike ride
Post by: tulsaducati on June 23, 2019, 07:27:01 PM
Hi Glo - although Mark and I can't ride the bike trip this year, (both of us have knees that just won't do it anymore) we can be there to help everyone get started, make sure they know how to shift, etc. if you need us.  Just let us know and we'll be there before the bike shop opens.
Can't wait for the fun!
Mark & Brenda (tulsa and mr. tulsa)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: tulsaducati on June 23, 2019, 07:29:56 PM
Iverburl has been a lifesaver more than once. Thank you!

NWargo - Yes, I was not able to attend last year's event but plan on it next month. We always do the easier half of Trout Run Trail for our After The Fledge Bike Ride.  The archway trout sculpture is something we go through.  The other statues are on the harder, more difficult half that we don't do.  We get on Trout Run Trail right behind Decorah Bicycles.  If you go left, that's the harder route.  We'll be turning right onto the trail.  By harder I mean switchback turns and more hills.  You need to be a pretty avid bicyclist to do the harder one.  They do not allow reservations of any bikes but you can call and explain what you're needing.  That's why we get there at 9:00 AM when the door opens on Saturday.  One thing I wanted to add is that it's almost always windy in Decorah and riding a bike against the wind can add more challenges so it's good to do some bike riding ahead of time.  Here's their webpage for more information.

https://www.decorahbicycles.com/articles/rentals-pg235.htm (https://www.decorahbicycles.com/articles/rentals-pg235.htm).


Just an idea, if you want to do the more difficult part of the trail, Decorah Bicycles now has some electric-assist bikes that are great, one of our participants last year rented one for the ride and ended up buying one! Just something to keep in mind.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: iverburl on June 23, 2019, 11:47:28 PM
Here is a trail map.

http://winneshiekwild.com/images/pdfs/troutrun_aug2012.pdf

The ride goes from Mile Zero (which also is Mile Eleven on the map) clockwise up to Mile Five at the hatchery, then backwards on the same path to return.

The archway sculpture is at about Mile 3.2.

The Walking With Birds sculpture is at about Mile 10.7. Everything between the parking at Mile 11 and the parking near Mile 10, and also the extension up past Will Baker Park, is flat. Everything from the switchbacks at Mile 10 back to the hatchery is hills.

By the way, the canoe icon by Will Baker Park is where the paddlers get their boats and finish on Friday.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019 - bike ride
Post by: glogdog on June 24, 2019, 07:09:17 AM
Hi Glo - although Mark and I can't ride the bike trip this year, (both of us have knees that just won't do it anymore) we can be there to help everyone get started, make sure they know how to shift, etc. if you need us.  Just let us know and we'll be there before the bike shop opens.
Can't wait for the fun!
Mark & Brenda (tulsa and mr. tulsa)

Appreciate this, tul, of you and Mark to offer assistance.  I'll get a "head count" from Izzy as we get closer.  Also thanks for mentioning the electric bike.  I will call to see how many they have of those. 
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: glogdog on June 24, 2019, 07:11:09 AM
Here is a trail map.

http://winneshiekwild.com/images/pdfs/troutrun_aug2012.pdf

The ride goes from Mile Zero (which also is Mile Eleven on the map) clockwise up to Mile Five at the hatchery, then backwards on the same path to return.

The archway sculpture is at about Mile 3.2.

The Walking With Birds sculpture is at about Mile 10.7. Everything between the parking at Mile 11 and the parking near Mile 10, and also the extension up past Will Baker Park, is flat. Everything from the switchbacks at Mile 10 back to the hatchery is hills.

By the way, the canoe icon by Will Baker Park is where the paddlers get their boats and finish on Friday.

Thanks, Scott, for all of this information.  What I love about our bike ride is we stop at the hatchery for a nice break and to cool off.  Bottled ice water will be provided too.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: NWargo01 on June 24, 2019, 10:39:58 AM
Iverburl has been a lifesaver more than once. Thank you!

NWargo - Yes, I was not able to attend last year's event but plan on it next month. We always do the easier half of Trout Run Trail for our After The Fledge Bike Ride.  The archway trout sculpture is something we go through.  The other statues are on the harder, more difficult half that we don't do.  We get on Trout Run Trail right behind Decorah Bicycles.  If you go left, that's the harder route.  We'll be turning right onto the trail.  By harder I mean switchback turns and more hills.  You need to be a pretty avid bicyclist to do the harder one.  They do not allow reservations of any bikes but you can call and explain what you're needing.  That's why we get there at 9:00 AM when the door opens on Saturday.  One thing I wanted to add is that it's almost always windy in Decorah and riding a bike against the wind can add more challenges so it's good to do some bike riding ahead of time.  Here's their webpage for more information.

https://www.decorahbicycles.com/articles/rentals-pg235.htm (https://www.decorahbicycles.com/articles/rentals-pg235.htm).


Just an idea, if you want to do the more difficult part of the trail, Decorah Bicycles now has some electric-assist bikes that are great, one of our participants last year rented one for the ride and ended up buying one! Just something to keep in mind.

Depending on how my back is by then I may end up renting the hybrid this time.  Either way I'm doing the ride again.  Thanks for the tip!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: NWargo01 on June 24, 2019, 10:45:07 AM
Will there be an itinerary listed showing the times of the Hatchery tour, Luther College presentation, Saturday dinner, etc.? 
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: glogdog on June 24, 2019, 06:17:30 PM
NWargo - The registration form has information about the Luther College Presentation.  It's scheduled for Saturday, July 20, and begins at 1:30 PM.  The Decorah Fish Hatchery Tour times were "yet to be determined" when the registration form was sent out.  I'm sure Izzy will let us know.  The Saturday night dinner time was not posted either yet.  We'll find out.  Seems like in the past it started around 6:00 PM.  :)   

I called Decorah Bicycles today and they have about 20 Electric-assist bikes. They come in various sizes to match the person.  He also said it's a great bike to use on the more difficult part too. 
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on June 24, 2019, 07:38:59 PM
Will there be an itinerary listed showing the times of the Hatchery tour, Luther College presentation, Saturday dinner, etc.?

Hiya NW,

I will have a final itinerary out soon, but here is how it roughly breaks down.

There will be several Hatchery tours throughout the weekend as Brian and the staff have time, so I don't have specific times just yet.  As Glo said, the presentations begin at 1:30 at Luther College, and dinner will start at 6pm that evening.  The Mississippi River Cruise on Sunday sets sail at 12:30pm.  As for the owl pellet demonstration, and the start of the pay it forward project, those times will be set really soon, and I'll have a full schedule not only here, but a hard copy printed out for all once you get to the hatchery.

Hope this helps!

~Izzy 8)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: NWargo01 on June 25, 2019, 08:49:54 AM
Thanks so much Izzy and Glog
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: glogdog on June 25, 2019, 09:53:50 PM
You're welcome, NWargo.  Hybrid bikes cost $20 to rent and that also includes the helmet.  That's for 4 hours.  The Electric Bikes cost $40 for 4 hours.   Here's another video giving you an idea of a good part of the bike trail.  Around the 4:00 minute mark is where we pass by N2B which will be on the left-hand side, then you make a left turn and cross over the bridge on Siewers Springs Road, the one we see in our camera view sometimes during panning.  Then we're at the hatchery, our half-way point.  This video is a "Handlebars View" done in 2011. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBDeUJET3OM
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: NWargo01 on June 26, 2019, 09:30:10 AM
You're welcome, NWargo.  Hybrid bikes cost $20 to rent and that also includes the helmet.  That's for 4 hours.  The Electric Bikes cost $40 for 4 hours.   Here's another video giving you an idea of a good part of the bike trail.  Around the 4:00 minute mark is where we pass by N2B which will be on the left-hand side, then you make a left turn and cross over the bridge on Siewers Springs Road, the one we see in our camera view sometimes during panning.  Then we're at the hatchery, our half-way point.  This video is a "Handlebars View" done in 2011. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBDeUJET3OM

Thanks for the info and video link glog!  I did recognize the areas of the trail we rode on last year.  I'll probably rent the hybrid bike this year due to back issues.  I'm fine with just level surface pedaling, but would probably not do well this time on the inclines.  Really looking forward to seeing everyone!  We may not have fledglings to view, but it's a beautiful place to visit all the same.  :)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: sunset_dreamer2 on June 26, 2019, 02:03:33 PM
Izzy has previously said that there will be an auction this year.  Details yet to come!!!

I am waiting also as I have several items to donate for the auction.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: iverburl on June 28, 2019, 07:12:32 AM
AtF bikers: Here is why Glogdog and Gardengirl go the other way on the bike trail! But a short jaunt up along the river, as far as the bridge you see here and beyond it through the campground to near Luther, is flat.
-S
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: glogdog on June 28, 2019, 07:58:04 PM
Iverburl - what a great photo!  Thank you so much for sharing this with us.  Beautiful too!   
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: mjot on June 29, 2019, 08:56:32 AM
about the Auction: is there a way to be on a list for getting details of how to contribute? I would like to donate some of the classic Three Little Eagles and How They Grew book and the stuffed bald eagle toy that goes with it.
Thanks!  ~Mary Jo
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on June 29, 2019, 11:22:56 AM
 ;D ;D ;D Hiya everyone! ;D ;D ;D  Thank you all so much for your interest in the auction!!!!

                              ~~~~~~INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE ONLINE AUCTION~~~~~~



Please do not send anything to Decorah just yet-here is what I will need from you:

-name, chat name, and how you would like it to appear
-a brief description of the item
-estimated value(anything related to Decorah will be listed as priceless)
-At LEAST one decent photo

You can send this information to me in one of two places-either send me a private message here in the forum, or you can email the information to [email protected]

We don't have much time left, so please send them as soon as possible-Thanks y'all!!!!!!

 8) 8) 8) Izzy 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: alicefitzgerald on July 03, 2019, 06:21:28 PM
Izzy, I sent you an email via RRPAFT email address.  Did you get it?  I would appreciate a response.  I am our of country on vacation July 5-13.  Then in a couple days heading to Decorah.  I would appreciate an answer so I know what to do.  Thanks a bunch!!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: TPABay111 on July 03, 2019, 08:22:11 PM
;D ;D ;D Hiya everyone! ;D ;D ;D  Thank you all so much for your interest in the auction!!!!

Izzy - I don't know how to send a message on the Forum (or how to attach photos) so I sent info to you at the RRPATF gmail email address. Since I had unplanned surgery 3 wks. ago & not yet up to speed, I only have a dozen items to donate this year - sorry.  :-[
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on July 04, 2019, 12:35:33 AM
Afitz and TPA, I got your emails, you should get my reply tomorrow morning-sorry for the slow response, I'm getting up to speed on exactly how to compile all of this info...Thanks for your patience my friends! :)
Title: Explore Decorah and The Driftless
Post by: iverburl on July 06, 2019, 06:30:36 AM
It seems there will not be much eagle-watching at the hatchery. While gathering beneath the trees at beautiful Siewer's Spring is a fine way to spend a summer weekend, perhaps this is a year to explore some of what Decorah and The Driftless Zone have to offer? Here are some of my recommendations. Anyone is welcome to reply with ideas I have missed. Each of my suggestions is likely to leave you with memories and often photos to treasure.

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In and near Decorah ..

Decorah's parks are our crown jewels.
Phelps Park is the largest, with lovely Depression-era stonework and stunning views of the river valley below. Some of you have been here for a SOAR eagle release.  From the blufftop you will see the Decorah Prairie and community gardens along the river below, including the mowed replica of a peregrine falcon effigy in the prairie. If you are at all mobile, walk the trail beyond the pergola and gazebo overlook as far as the first footbridge, which is amazing.
Just below Phelps you can ride or walk the Dug Road Trail along the river, part of the bike trail loop. Access it by following Main Street (not the "main drag" Water Street, but rather one block uphill) toward the river from downtown or behind the Whippy Dip.
Pulpit Rock in Will Baker Park is a short but daunting climb up a series of stairs, including some hewn right through a cliff. Those joining Tulsaducati and I on the river will be right across the road to rent our boats. The trail goes up the hill to the left, near the road.
Dunning's Spring is Siewer's bigger and colder cousin. It is a pleasant refuge on a sweltering summer day. The drive up to the park is narrow and offers limited parking. If you find it crowded, consider parking at the entrance and walking the 100 yards into the park. If you can do the climb, go across the stone bridge on the left and up the wooden trail to the spring. The trail up the hill to the right of the parking area is a rigorous challenge but rises to a nice view of downtown. Amazingly you might encounter some of the area's more intrepid mountain bikers, but most stick to the trails along the river or do their climbing at neighboring Palisades.
Ice Cave is down the road, and I believe the road is closed. Probably not worth the hike. Not much to see, but it is an interesting spot. The cave entrance usually remains icy all summer.
Palisades is mostly a drive-through visit, with plenty of space to park up top.  Worth a visit mostly as another vista. Many of the shots you see of Decorah are taken from up there.
Twin Springs is another nice little water getaway. It used to be the sister facility to the Siewer's Hatchery, and some old raceways still are within the foliage at the upper portion of the park. The trail across the stream into the pines above is nice.

The Vesterheim Museum downtown can be well-covered in a couple of hours. We plan to stop in for a quick look at their new exhibit Tattoo: Identity Through Ink. They are having a free open house for the exhibit, sadly at the same time as Meet and Greet. We hope to get in free just before. On other days the museum is open 9 to 5. Remember that the museum includes not only the big red brick building, but also most of that block and also the village behind it.

The Porter House on Broadway is a classic Victorian home with some striking collections and furnishings. Perhaps most impressive is the stone wall surrounding the grounds, which is the owner's collection of rocks from his travels. They are offering a guided tour of the wall ... as luck would have it at the same time as our main event at Luther on Saturday afternoon. But visit at some other time, and check both the inside and outside of the wall at your leisure. And the Porter House says you are welcome all day Saturday to sit on their porches to imagine a Victorian summer weekend.

While visiting the Porter House, take a stroll or drive through the historic district that extends up the hill on Broadway and around the curve along Upper Broadway ... in total of about half a dozen blocks long.

Give yourself a bit of time before the Saturday event to explore the Luther College grounds and buildings.

Saturday is Ridiculous Day downtown. Some merchants set up street displays and dress goofy. Not necessarily great bargains. but kind of a hoot in a hokey small-town way. Some unusual shops downtown include the Decorah Hatchery (outdoor gear in a former chicken hatchery), Sugar Bowl ice cream parlor, Red Roxy quilting, Blue Heron knitting, the Oneota Cooperative grocery, Broker Leather (smells great too) and Agora Arts. If you never have been inside the Hotel Winneshiek, do walk through. Go upstairs to see the rotunda from above, and when upstairs walk over to the connecting Steyer Opera House.

Coffee! Java John's, the Magpie, and Impact all are coffee houses downtown. My favorite is Impact, which offers brewing styles the others do not. They have just moved to a new location right on the main drag that I have not visited. Try one of their Nitro pours over ice.

Breweries! Toppling Goliath of course is the one that put Decorah in the national brewing spotlight when they were named the nation's best brewery and one of their brews got best beer. But I have heard that many believe Pulpit Rock, which includes one of the TG founders, does even better. (TG has an established history of neglecting their skilled brewcrafters which then go on to create good brews elsewhere.) Also good is Pivo just south in Calmar. Pivo is the only one to include ciders; they are made with my dad's apples! Canoe Cider is named for the area around his farm, but honestly I prefer their Jackson Junction Pear Cider.

For anyone interested in flower and/or vegetable gardening, or simply inspiring bucolic beauty, Seed Savers Exchange on Heritage Farm just north of Decorah is a must-see. I cannot oversell this place. The response from folks I send there is a nearly-unanimous "OMG Iverson, it was so much better than I imagined." As one of the founders of the now-popular heritage seed movement, SSE is a world leader. Heritage Farm is as beautiful a spot as you ever will see. AtF weekend is also their annual conference and campout (many guests camp at the farm). Most events are free, but it can be crowded. If not attending conference events, I suggest you go sometime other than Saturday. They have an excellent website at seedsavers.org.

How about supper on a farm? Luna Valley Farm just north of Decorah serves up excellent wood-fired pizza every Friday night. They serve great gourmet pizzas with local-sourced foods and beers as much as possible. You eat outside on picnic tables beneath a tent, much like at Meet and Greet. Except your neighbors are goats and wildflowers. Luna Valley also is one of the glamping spots mentioned in the current issue of Inspire(d) Magazine, available free all over town.

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Within a short drive of Decorah ... get inspired before or after your viewing of Decoding the Driftless!

County Fairs are the essence of small town midwestern living. Decorah's fair is the week before, but two neighboring counties have their fairs during AtF. The Allamakee County Fair in Waukon is on the way to the Mississippi River for anyone going on the Sunday cruise. For a more scenic drive there, instead of taking Iowa 9, go straight past WalMart from the hatchery, follow the first curve to the right as you approach an industrial area, and follow that road to Waukon. You might see Nora's eagles!
The Fillmore County Fair in Preston MN is at the heart of the sinkhole region featured in Decoding the Driftless. If you turn left off Highway 52 at Burr Oak, and then right again when you reach a stop sign, you will return to Highway 52 in Harmony MN. You will have driven right over the top of Coldwater Cave from the movie.

While in Harmony MN, maybe take a tour of Amish farms? Or just a drive on any county roads there will take you through Amish country, so watch for buggies and wagons.

Interested in the invisible? Niagara Cave near Harmony is cool (literally) but kinda touristy. And lots of stairs down into the cave. Mystery Cave in Forestville MN State Park near Spring Valley is more natural, and is wheelchair-accessible. The park also includes the historic Forestville Village, preserved and staffed as it existed in the 1890s.

Bily Clocks in Spillville just south of Decorah houses a collection of huge hand-carved clocks made by a couple of farmer brothers on long winter nights.

Especially if you go on the river tour Sunday, you will find downtown Macgregor charming. The antique mall in the old Marquette school is a good stop too.

Or just drive. North and east especially take you into the best of the Driftless Iowa. Use GPS to take aim at Bluffton or Highlandville (visit the Highlandville General Store and check the Inspire(d) article on the Highlandville dances) or Dorchester or Marquette. Turn off your route on purpose, take gravel roads and go slow.

Also a stretch from Decorah but recommended is the National Eagle Center in Wabasha MN.

Thanks for visiting us!

-Scott "Iver" Iverson
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: eaglesrock29 on July 06, 2019, 08:31:41 AM
Hi Iver, thank you for that interesting list of things to do.  Now I have to stay for a month lol.  Some of these I have promised to do each year and then I can't pull myself away from the Hatchery  ;).  So many more things to do from your list  :).  I love that info about the wall built from stones collected during travels and the concept of a Ridiculous Day :).   You have given us great detail here.  Thank you to you and Becky for your friendship to RRP and all of us.  You are our Decorah Ambassadors and we are grateful.   8)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Lin-L on July 06, 2019, 08:55:01 AM
Iver, I join eaglesrock in thanking you for sharing this fascinating information!  I also now want to stay for a month and explore!
So grateful that you took the time to share this with the forum.

Lin-L
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: SmokeyinHarlem on July 06, 2019, 01:15:59 PM
Thanks, Iverburl, for that amazing list of things to do. Two more suggestions:

If you go to see the clocks in Spillville (around 12 miles from Decorah), you can also visit the Antonin Dvorak home where he spent the summer of 1893.
The NY Times wrote an article about Dvorak in Spillville: (quote) The two chamber pieces he wrote here -- with their bouncy syncopations, five-note folk scales and open textures -- were subtitled "American" and "Spillville?. The idea for his opera, "Rusalka," came most likely from the Iowan water nymph he encountered by accident as she bathed nude in the Turkey River. (end quote)

And don't forget Effigy Mounds.  You will pass them if you are driving to McGregor. 
I still haven't seen them, nor the Dvorak house, but they are on my bucket list the next time I visit Decorah. Have a great ATF, everyone!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: SmokeyinHarlem on July 06, 2019, 01:20:14 PM
Iver, probably you already knew this but I just learned that the Bily Clock Museum and the Dvorak home in Spillville are in the same building. Two-for-one and just a short drive from Decorah.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: MNLindaBird on July 06, 2019, 01:35:43 PM
I, too, send BIG thanks for the wonderful list of activity ideas.  Am now really glad I scheduled my second trip to the ATF this year with arrival on Wednesday and return the following Monday.  Had been wondering how I might fill the time in case we lacked Eagles to watch.  Problem SOLVED ;)  I better pack some energy bars too  ;D

Although I'm aware that weather could be an influence, is there any sense of when our group should consider gathering at the Hatchery if we are interested in helping with the grounds maintenance tasks for which our extra sets of hands could provide some help?

HAVE ROOM for two riders in my van this year (now that I'm only traveling with one dog and one crate).  One of my brand new, never-used-before comfortable captain chairs with arms and personal beverage holder has been added to the second row in my van and needs an inaugural rider I believe 8)  Thinking we can head in a small group to some of the wonderful places Iverburl has suggested - if we can agree on which directions to head with the multiple choices.  SMOKEY - Know you plan to utilize buses whenever possible, but you are welcome to one of my seats again this year if interested.  And, now a third person won't have to use a lawn chair  ::)  Sure would LOVE to return to the Co-op again for a healthy and delicious lunch too. 

Counting the days...

Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on July 06, 2019, 11:49:03 PM
MNLindabird, I'm counting the days too-it's coming up quickly!!!  We will do our Pay it Forward event on Friday. It is scheduled for the afternoon, but if it is going to be really hot, I'll go ahead and have the maintenance activities at the hatchery start earlier in the day.  We can always build the monofilament recycling containers in the shade of the pavilion or tent, but if folks will be weeding the butterfly gardens, we don't want them out there in extreme heat.  Bottom line is, we will have to play it by ear a little, but the plan is for Friday.  Can't wait to see you there!! :)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: iverburl on July 07, 2019, 09:20:06 AM
Thanks to all for the comments and additions.

As with so many outdoor places here, I should note that a hike to see actual Effigy Mounds is substantial. The trails are excellent and not so steep as some of those in Decorah parks, but they are much longer and with more elevation change. A jaunt to the monument's noteworthy Marching Bears is a challenge. But Effigy Mounds remains a great suggestion that I should have included. To me, a visit to that spiritual site is akin to one to the classic cathedrals or the Holy Land. Even moreso like one to Machu Picchu or other remnants of civilizations lost to time. And like the Egyptian pyramids that were stripped of their marble cladding, or so many other stoneworks raided as ready-cut quarries, I shudder to imagine the thousands of mounds leveled by the Western invasion.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: MNLindaBird on July 07, 2019, 10:37:15 AM
Thanks for the update Izzy :)  Hope to be on the river in morning, but have afternoon wide open.  I will bring my gloves, garden shoes/boots, bug netting if they're nasty.  How about weeding/trimming type tools?  Provided or should we come prepared with those too?
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on July 07, 2019, 12:00:03 PM
The hatchery will provide any tools needed, but if you are comfortable with your own, it never hurts to have extras around.  :) Enjoy the river!!!! :)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: glogdog on July 07, 2019, 01:36:30 PM
Iver, once again, thank you for all of this wonderful "inside scoop" information of what all Decorah has to see and experience.
   
MNLindaBird - The weeding of the Butterfly Garden's most used tool is your hands.  I'll be bringing some extra pairs of garden gloves and the hatchery may also have some.  Brian and his staff always take care of us.  :) 
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: MNLindaBird on July 07, 2019, 02:39:35 PM
Thanks, Glogdog :)  Good to know  :-*
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: MNLindaBird on July 07, 2019, 02:42:38 PM
Thank you too, Izzy  :-*
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on July 07, 2019, 03:47:17 PM
You are very welcome MNLindaBird! ;D
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: iverburl on July 07, 2019, 04:37:07 PM
I'll be bringing some extra pairs of garden gloves and the hatchery may also have some.
I always have extra gloves available for the paddlers; they also are good for gardening. I will send them with Hatchery volunteers.

While on the subject of weeds, perhaps this is a good time for the annual parsnip warning.

https://images.app.goo.gl/3dCCDTTeUS2DYy4f8

Clarification: The graphic comes from an article that says "the sap inside the plant" causes the burns. ANY contact can cause the burns. I have had long rows of tiny blisters clearly caused by a leaf edge. It is worse on wet skin, but only a slight sweat will suffice. It actually is a rapid and severe sunburn but there is enough UV on even a cloudy day to do damage. One thing on the graphic is correct: it is EVERYWHERE. I suggest finding a mature plant with the distinctive yellow umbrella blossoms and use it to recognize the leaves, like parsley, on unblossomed plants.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: bustopbird on July 07, 2019, 05:44:15 PM
thanks Iver for the great list of things to do near Decorah.  Let me add for movie/baseball fans the Field of Dreams in Dyersville IA is 78 miles and an hour and a half drive.  Well worth it-I went in 2014 and had an at bat (lol) and took selfies in the cornfield.
Glog, wasnt there a "littlest church in the world" near Decorah too? Was it worth the trip?
Hoping to see some of you in Decorah!

Bus
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: glogdog on July 07, 2019, 09:23:35 PM
MNLindaBird - you're welcome.

Iver - thanks for the Wild Parsnip warning and it's around the hatchery especially by N2B and the offer about extra gloves. 

Bustop - Yes, the world's smallest church in Festina, IA.  Google Maps says it's about 25 minutes from the hatchery.  Guess who took me there? ;)  Here's the link: https://www.visitdecorah.com/business/worlds-smallest-church

I have another great video to share with you about the Trout Run Bike Trail too.  You'll never guess what gets mentioned in it.  :) https://youtu.be/ayIRtBL0O34
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Nora in IA on July 07, 2019, 11:13:59 PM
HELP!!!!  :)  I should know after having done this before, but how do we know if the form we submitted got there ok?  Is a person supposed to receive a confirmation or ????  Thanks am looking forward to the boat trip among other things! 
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on July 08, 2019, 12:31:35 AM
Nora, I definitely have your registration-and am looking forward to seeing you! :D

~Izzy
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Nora in IA on July 08, 2019, 02:03:40 AM
Super, thanks Izzy!  :)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: iverburl on July 08, 2019, 07:53:03 AM
In honesty, Festina's Chapel of St. Anthony of Padua has not been the world's smallest for quite some time, and it perhaps never was. This in no way diminishes its status as a peaceful refuge in the countryside and a testament to one man's faith and dedication.

"Collecting" tiny churches can be a hobby for travelers. Maybe this is a chance to start by bagging at least two? Highland Lutheran north of Decorah has a tiny replica of itself in its backyard with room for about four. Not on this website yet, though:
https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/36537
Sorry, the chapel that site mentions in Waukon and its host The House of Clocks no longer exist.

And that House of Clocks reminds me of another oddity at the same spot. Want to start a more oddball "collection" of roadside sights? Spot your first Muffler Man on Highway 76 on the south edge of Waukon. I always have wanted to take a big rope and add a leash.
https://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/8868
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on July 08, 2019, 12:39:34 PM
Speaking of things to do in the area...

For all you fans of "Little House on the Prairie", there is a Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Burr Oak, not far away at all. I've always meant to go there...

https://lauraingallswilder.us/

And of  course y'all, there is fishing!!!!  So much fishing!!!  Here's a link to the DNR's fishing report..

https://www.iowadnr.gov/idnr/Fishing/Fishing-Reports?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Just make sure you get back in time for all the fun After the Fledge Festivities!!! ;D

Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: glogdog on July 09, 2019, 08:26:56 PM
In honesty, Festina's Chapel of St. Anthony of Padua has not been the world's smallest for quite some time, and it perhaps never was. This in no way diminishes its status as a peaceful refuge in the countryside and a testament to one man's faith and dedication.

I just happened to remember that I took a few photos of this chapel at the time we visited so here they are.  Thanks again, Iver.  It was really neat to see. My Iphone labeled it Washington, IA.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: iverburl on July 10, 2019, 04:09:51 AM
My Iphone labeled it Washington, IA.
Phones are weird. Washington is way down south of Iowa City, three hours from Decorah.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: JulieB on July 10, 2019, 11:21:08 AM
Hi.  I'm new to the Forum, so forgive me if I'm posting this incorrectly.
I have a question about the After the Fledge next week.
I made a reservation to stay at Luther College.  With the weather forecasts for next week coming in, looks like it may be a hot one.
I never thought about it until today, but are there air conditioners in the rooms at the college?
It's been a lot of years since I lived in a dorm, and I know way back then there were never any air conditioners where I lived.
Thank you.  Julie
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Puff on July 10, 2019, 11:49:25 AM
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Puff
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on July 10, 2019, 02:28:13 PM
Hi.  I'm new to the Forum, so forgive me if I'm posting this incorrectly.
I have a question about the After the Fledge next week.
I made a reservation to stay at Luther College.  With the weather forecasts for next week coming in, looks like it may be a hot one.
I never thought about it until today, but are there air conditioners in the rooms at the college?
It's been a lot of years since I lived in a dorm, and I know way back then there were never any air conditioners where I lived.
Thank you.  Julie

Hiya Julie,

You pose a good question!  I'm told that there is air conditioning, but that it is not all that effective, lol.  A mod who has stayed there in the past told me that if you bring a small fan(say 6-8 inches in diameter), the rooms are much more comfortable...Hope that helps!

I'm getting so excited-can't wait to see you there!!!

rock on,

Izzy

Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: JulieB on July 10, 2019, 10:45:56 PM
Thank you Izzy.  Yes, that answers my question. I'll plan on bringing a couple little fans.
I'm so looking forward to next weekend.  See you there!
JulieB.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: smileawhile on July 11, 2019, 04:15:27 PM
Iverburl, I'd like to add my belated thanks for all your great info re: things to do around Decorah. What fun! And thanks for everyone else's additional tips!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: iverburl on July 12, 2019, 09:40:26 AM
Thanks to Jonelle Davidson for reminding us of the International Owl Center in Houston MN as another worthwhile stop. Not far from Decorah, and right on the way to Wabasha.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on July 13, 2019, 11:37:22 AM
Here is what the mostly official schedule is going to look like...


Welcome to After The Fledge 2019!

All Weekend
Decorah Fish Hatchery Tour: Times to be determined. If you arrive at the hatchery early, you
can enjoy coffee and pastry from the Friends of the Hatchery! Give them a donation if you can!
Thursday, July 18

5PM - 7:30PM: Meet and Greet at the Fish Hatchery. Join us for Mabe's pizza, salad, cookies,
and soft drinks, meet everyone, pay for registration and Saturday's dinner, get your dinner ticket
and name tag, register for the paddling trip, and start the weekend! BYOB allowed.


Friday, July 19
Early: Paddling Trip. If you signed up for the paddling trip, meet us at the Hatchery between
6:00 and 6:45 AM or at Off The Driftless Outfitters at 7:30 AM. They accept cash and local
checks. We recommend bringing bug spray, sunscreen, clothes that can get muddy, a carrier
for belongings and trash, and a ziplock freezer-quality bag for your phone or camera.

9:00ish AM: Pay It Forward at the Hatchery. We'll start with weeding and work on recycling
containers later in the day. Everyone is welcome to help us Pay It Forward for the hatchery and
for our eagles!

2:00 PM: Owl pellet dissection. We'll meet under the tent at the Hatchery to dissect owl
pellets and learn what owls eat!

Saturday, June 20

9:00 AM: Biking. Meet at Decorah Bike Rentals at 9:00 AM with a plan to be on the trail by
9:30 AM and back by 11:00 AM. We?ll be riding the flat portion that goes from Decorah Bike
Rentals to the hatchery and back, which is about 4-5 mi. each way.  Glogdog and
Amy will ride with you.

1:30 PM: Presentations at Luther College, Valders Hall of Science. RRP Director John Howe will
present on the year, followed by a screening of "The Secret Life of Owls", with guest visitors
Laura Johnson and Great Horned Owl Robbie, and a visit from Ambassador Decorah.

6:00 PM: Dinner at the Hatchery. A delicious meal and entertainment guaranteed! Put on your thinking caps for our after dinner eagley quiz!!

Sunday, June 21

12:30 PM: Mississippi River Cruise. Capacity limited to 49 people. The Maiden Voyage departs
from the marina in Marquette, IA, about an hour's drive from Decorah. The cruise takes about
two hours and costs an additional $20 per person. Music and birding provided by John Stravers
and Sophia Landis.

We will have ice, water and bug spray(both Bug Soother and some stronger stuff) available at the hatchery if anyone needs it throughout the weekend.  I'm getting really excited, can't wait to see y'all!!!

~Izzy  8)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: iverburl on July 13, 2019, 05:17:40 PM
Here is a particularly nice presentation of Decorah. It includes many of my suggestions ... but pictures!

http://www.midwestliving.com/travel/iowa/decorah/decorah-iowa-a-mountain-town-without-mountains/
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: NWargo01 on July 14, 2019, 12:34:05 AM
Izzy, your excitement is contagious!  ;D

Counting down the days...
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on July 14, 2019, 04:19:58 AM
Izzy, your excitement is contagious!  ;D

Counting down the days...

They are counting down quickly now!!! ;D ;D Clearly the excitement is keeping me up at night, lol!

I texted both Mom and DM2, hopefully they are on board! You just can't read their texts -those talons make it so tricky for them;)  Their appearance this weekend was a good sign!!!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Puff on July 14, 2019, 08:32:56 AM
I've just been wondering if Mom has given a "heads up" to her new guy about ATF.   He is new to the happening.  It would be interesting to hear what she had to say about the upcoming events and EA members.  LOL

P
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on July 14, 2019, 11:59:04 AM
I've wondered that myself Puff.... :)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: TPABay111 on July 14, 2019, 12:20:50 PM
RRP pinned post about ATFhttps://www.facebook.com/RaptorResourceProject/

"Our After the Fledge auction opens today at 5:00PM CT. We have amazing art, jewelry, memorabilia, and so much more. The talent and dedication of Decorah Eagles followers never fails to amaze me! Thank you so much for your wonderful donations: https://www.32auctions.com/ATF2019

We also have a Before The Fledge Auction with gift certificates donated by Decorah businesses. Coming to Decorah for After The Fledge or any other reason? Check it out: https://www.32auctions.com/BTF2019. Thanks to Hotel Winneshiek, La Rana, Magpie Coffeehouse, Java John's, T-Bock's Sports Bar, The Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor, Decorah Bicycles, Don Jose's Mexican Family Restaurant, Koreana, Kwik Star, Mabe's Pizza, Old Armory BBQ, Oneota Community Co-op, Ruby's, the Driftless Smoothie and Juice Bar, and Pulpit Rock Brewery for their support!

It's not too late to register for After The Fledge! We'll be pulling our final meal tally tomorrow, but if you'd like to register now, follow this link: http://bit.ly/2ILFW0E

Here is a schedule of events: https://www.raptorresource.org/?/12/after-the-fledge-sched?/

And here is a list of things to do in and around Decorah, written by IverBurl (with some help from Robin Brumm and extensive commentary by myself): https://www.raptorresource.org/?/things-to-do-in-and-aroun?/"

(https://scontent.ftpa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/67195953_2309284222441517_7104623571195920384_n.jpg?_nc_cat=101&_nc_oc=AQlJvJzL2n9BJjdcqRbtwMbGzPKylMgF6SRQhcbz6XIca3a8f2XlqdCbZlXu48CX3f7K_ZGKSNL-im6SO-klUUuc&_nc_ht=scontent.ftpa1-1.fna&oh=c437a7d4f6a4bc9f2edf2c10feaa37c1&oe=5DA11369)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on July 14, 2019, 05:02:47 PM
Thank you for posting the link TPA, I was about to do the same ;D There are some great items up for auction, I hope all y'all take a look(and bid like mad, of course)! ;)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: BrokenLug on July 15, 2019, 12:26:03 AM
I think the eagles coming & going in Mom's realm at this juncture are a moot point, but very cool interaction's none the less.  :)

There are free flying Iowa wild Bald Eagles soaring on the wing in the Hatchery area.

Some unknown to 'us' visitors ..

Please let everyone's feathers settle naturally.  8)

I hope best Eagle observation practices will be adhered to my eagle fans.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: bsheer on July 16, 2019, 10:12:01 AM
about the Auction: is there a way to be on a list for getting details of how to contribute? I would like to donate some of the classic Three Little Eagles and How They Grew book and the stuffed bald eagle toy that goes with it.
Thanks!  ~Mary Jo

Hi Mary Jo,
Did your items get included? I was looking forward to seeing them! :) If so, could you include the link, because I haven't been able to find it. Thanks!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: TPABay111 on July 16, 2019, 10:17:29 AM
about the Auction: is there a way to be on a list for getting details of how to contribute? I would like to donate some of the classic Three Little Eagles and How They Grew book and the stuffed bald eagle toy that goes with it.
Thanks!  ~Mary Jo

Mary Jo - Amy added more items to auction yesterday, so I would suggest contacting Amy directly about including your wonderful Three Little Eagles and How They Grew and the stuffed bald eagle toy.  Since it's related to the Decorah Eagles, the listed price will be "priceless". 

ETA - I am guessing that your post on June 29 in the ATF Forum wasn't answered, as I do not see your wonderful Three Little Eagles on the RRP auction page.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on July 16, 2019, 07:47:00 PM
Mary Jo,

Sorry I din't see your post about the auction earlier.  If you still want to have it put in the auction, please send me an email to [email protected] with a brief description, your name and contact info, and at least one good picture.  I'll see if Amy can get it in.  If not, and if you are coming to Decorah for After the Fledge, we could include them in the merchandise table, or perhaps wait till next year....

~Izzy
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: iverburl on July 17, 2019, 04:10:31 AM
FYI to travellers (and paddlers)

The National Weather Service offices in La Crosse, the Quad Cities, Des Moines and the Twin Cities have issued a Flash Flood Watch for southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa, and portions of southwest and west central Wisconsin and northwest Illinois.

* From Wednesday evening through Thursday morning

* Thunderstorms could produce repeated rounds of heavy rainfall
  tonight. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are possible with
  localized higher amounts.

* Be prepared for rapidly rising water levels and possible
  flooding if you are near a river, stream, or low lying area. Be
  ready to move to higher ground if heavy rain develops. Rock and
  mudslides are possible in steep terrain areas.

*Never drive through water-covered roads, which not only can carry a car away with surprisingly little depth but also can conceal hazards. Don't drown, turn around.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: NWargo01 on July 17, 2019, 08:38:15 AM
FYI to travellers (and paddlers)

The National Weather Service offices in La Crosse, the Quad Cities, Des Moines and the Twin Cities have issued a Flash Flood Watch for southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa, and portions of southwest and west central Wisconsin and northwest Illinois.

* From Wednesday evening through Thursday morning

* Thunderstorms could produce repeated rounds of heavy rainfall
  tonight. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are possible with
  localized higher amounts.

* Be prepared for rapidly rising water levels and possible
  flooding if you are near a river, stream, or low lying area. Be
  ready to move to higher ground if heavy rain develops. Rock and
  mudslides are possible in steep terrain areas.

*Never drive through water-covered roads, which not only can carry a car away with surprisingly little depth but also can conceal hazards. Don't drown, turn around.

Thanks for the heads up iverburl! Coming from central Indiana and hope I don't run into flooding.  Wishing everyone traveling a safe trip!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Nora in IA on July 18, 2019, 12:28:50 PM
Either one would be good, but I've seen "Decoding the Driftless" listed as being shown at the Luther during the presentations over there.  I also just saw a report of ?The Secret Life of Owls" and Driftless wasn't mentioned.  Any idea which one is "the' one?  :)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: iverburl on July 18, 2019, 12:43:05 PM
They are really hopping now Nora, so I will comment. I haven't talked to anyone about it, but the owl version was on the most recent schedule.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Nora in IA on July 18, 2019, 01:37:08 PM
Thanks, either one should be great. :)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: T40cfr403 on July 18, 2019, 03:39:18 PM
Decorah anglers will be recognized at After the Fledge this weekend

https://decorahnewspapers.com/Content/Home/Home/Article/Decorah-anglers-will-be-recognized-at-After-the-Fledge-this-weekend/-2/-2/48166

(https://decorahnewspapers.com/Images/Images/74702.jpg)
William Hahn, right, and Andrew Olson will be honored at "After the Fledge" this weekend.(http://www.sherv.net/cm/emo/happy/happy-clap.gif)

Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: mjot on July 18, 2019, 03:46:16 PM
This is a note to thank all those listed on recent postings who asked about the Three Little Eagles book and stuffed toy eagle, wondering if it got into the auction. The grateful answer is Yes!, and with thanks to all of you for showing your interest. Amy put it up today, and Meg was the impetus to get it going! I will copy the email I just sent to the two of them so that you have the current status. Thanks so much, everybody! All the proceeds still go to the Friends of the Fish Hatchery (Bob Anderson's suggestion after they first went to RRP.). The book has become a classic, really, documenting that almost perfect year 2011 with the Decorah Eagles' family.  ~Mary Jo

Copy of email sent to Amy and Meg, minutes ago today July 18:

To you both! Amy, busy as you would be at this point, you took time to follow up on putting the Three Little Eagles book and toy online for the auction. Meg, thank you for efforts to get the ball rolling, along with your much-appreciated testimonial. This is great. I should have followed up earlier myself, but just wasn't able to do so.

I took a look at the posting on the auction and do appreciate the complimentary text and the idea of using the avatar (Meg's idea). Also, it is a good thing this all happened right now, because I checked the Amazon/com site for my book and found that a bookseller is offering the book for less and increasing the shipping price to more than double! After discovering this last night, and also finding that the correct ordering info was missing, I got in touch with Amazon right away with an urgent request. If I hadn't had the impetus of your help, I probably would not have discovered the Amazon errors until much later! So...thank you for your part in getting my focus on the book!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: EagleAngels on July 18, 2019, 04:18:41 PM
Decorah anglers will be recognized at After the Fledge this weekend

https://decorahnewspapers.com/Content/Home/Home/Article/Decorah-anglers-will-be-recognized-at-After-the-Fledge-this-weekend/-2/-2/48166

(https://decorahnewspapers.com/Images/Images/74702.jpg)
William Hahn, right, and Andrew Olson will be honored at "After the Fledge" this weekend.(http://www.sherv.net/cm/emo/happy/happy-clap.gif)
This makes my heart SO happy!! And it's great to be able to put faces on our D32's heros! So proud of these boys!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: TPABay111 on July 18, 2019, 05:44:46 PM
This is a note to thank all those listed on recent postings who asked about the Three Little Eagles book and stuffed toy eagle, wondering if it got into the auction. The grateful answer is Yes!, and with thanks to all of you for showing your interest. Amy put it up today, and Meg was the impetus to get it going! I will copy the email I just sent to the two of them so that you have the current status. Thanks so much, everybody! All the proceeds still go to the Friends of the Fish Hatchery (Bob Anderson's suggestion after they first went to RRP.). The book has become a classic, really, documenting that almost perfect year 2011 with the Decorah Eagles' family.  ~Mary Jo

Copy of email sent to Amy and Meg, minutes ago today July 18:

To you both! Amy, busy as you would be at this point, you took time to follow up on putting the Three Little Eagles book and toy online for the auction. Meg, thank you for efforts to get the ball rolling, along with your much-appreciated testimonial. This is great. I should have followed up earlier myself, but just wasn't able to do so.

I took a look at the posting on the auction and do appreciate the complimentary text and the idea of using the avatar (Meg's idea). Also, it is a good thing this all happened right now, because I checked the Amazon/com site for my book and found that a bookseller is offering the book for less and increasing the shipping price to more than double! After discovering this last night, and also finding that the correct ordering info was missing, I got in touch with Amazon right away with an urgent request. If I hadn't had the impetus of your help, I probably would not have discovered the Amazon errors until much later! So...thank you for your part in getting my focus on the book!


Mary Jo - I'm so happy that Amy was able to put your book & eagle toy donation on the ATF online auction, and thank you for dropping everything in your life & making this happen!  Your book & the bald eagle toy made a huge difference in the life of my 4 year old great niece last fall - she started crusading for bald eagles in her pre-school class & I know she'll insist on having her kindergarten class stream the Decorah Eagles this fall :)

Meg
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: SRC on July 19, 2019, 10:53:46 AM
John Howe in his self-purchased Raptormobile
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: EagleAngels on July 19, 2019, 11:01:00 AM
John Howe in his self-purchased Raptormobile
Greatness!! Love it!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: TPABay111 on July 20, 2019, 02:01:30 PM
New FB post from SOAR about Ambassador Decorah:
https://www.facebook.com/422229164528389/photos/a.422282881189684/2303227386428548/?type=3&theater

~ See you in Decorah at After the Fledge! ~

Special guest, SOAR education ambassador, Decorah is pictured here practicing sitting on the bow perch for his upcoming appearance TODAY (7/20/19).

Kay, Decorah, and other SOAR team members will be at Valder Science Hall on the Luther Campus, Decorah, as part of Raptor Resource Project's "After the Fledge" party.

During programs, for safety, Decorah needs to be leashed to his perch. This is good practice for programs. Decorah is in a weathering area, not his normal space inside where he is not tethered.

(https://scontent.ftpa1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/67209404_2303227389761881_8966463504278093824_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&_nc_oc=AQnLqRI8Bbq-vO5wgyxmFg1WV2W-sNlBRRnNQ7RxJeweYXT598UfTfbIRgQszageh0mU7r1tuGDL1d3lX24eX395&_nc_ht=scontent.ftpa1-2.fna&oh=10bf5f0237b1e8bc63f471238aece192&oe=5DE510AB)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: TPABay111 on July 20, 2019, 02:03:05 PM
John Howe in his self-purchased Raptormobile

Awesome Raptormobile!

ATF Auction ended an hour ago...
The 45 items listed all sold, with total = $5,277.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Puff on July 22, 2019, 07:19:12 AM
John Howe in his self-purchased Raptormobile

Hey John - new wheels!  Want to swap the Raptormobile for the hot rod?

P
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Puff on July 22, 2019, 07:21:47 AM

   We're back - Ton and I got back last evening after the last/latest (?) rain storms for the weekend.  Lots of EA's, black flies, beads of sweat, and oodles and oodles of great times.  Come on!  Let's get the rest who can to join for next year's ATF.  I even got a personal cap of OldGuy!!!  I see there are many posts in regard to the activities.  I won't duplicate reports, pics, links etc. . . they are already here.  Make sure to open, check, and read what others are posting.  Only thing missing as far as I can tell might be the Mississippi cruise on Sunday. 

Funny how the "uncomfortable" things pale in comparison to the great fun we had.  Just saying. 

P
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Iriscats on July 23, 2019, 04:45:48 PM
This was my first ATF!.It exceeded all my expectations. Meeting Mods, Admins, and other chatters was so cool. Everyone was so friendly and made me feel so welcome. The activities were great and well organized. Meeting Robbie and watching the movie 'Secret life of Owls' was amazing made me appreciate Ows, except when they try to knock eaglets  out of the nest. Seeing Mr. Decorah was incredible. He is so beautiful. Mom and sub adult showed up multiple times every day..Thanks all of you. I look forward to next year maybe without tornado watch.  Iriscats
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Puff on July 23, 2019, 05:09:42 PM
So glad you could make it irishcats.  Nice to meet you.  See you next time.

P
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Iriscats on July 23, 2019, 06:33:57 PM
Was great to meet you too
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on July 26, 2019, 03:03:34 AM
Hiya Everyone!!

I just wanted to thank you all, for all your support during our After the Fledge Celebration!!!  Whether you attended, or just donated to our cause, I'm grateful for all of it!  We have a very special eagley family here, and I couldn't be more proud of all of you! You hung in there like troopers, during the hottest days of the year, and without our babies to watch!  I had so much fun talking to all y'all, and I hope we get to see even more of our little family at next year's celebration!!!  Mark the calendars, it starts  on July 16th, 2020!!!

Love you all muchly,

Your grateful servant Izzy :) 8)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: EagleAngels on July 26, 2019, 08:49:45 AM
Hiya Everyone!!

I just wanted to thank you all, for all your support during our After the Fledge Celebration!!!  Whether you attended, or just donated to our cause, I'm grateful for all of it!  We have a very special eagley family here, and I couldn't be more proud of all of you! You hung in there like troopers, during the hottest days of the year, and without our babies to watch!  I had so much fun talking to all y'all, and I hope we get to see even more of our little family at next year's celebration!!!  Mark the calendars, it starts  on July 16th, 2020!!!

Love you all muchly,

Your grateful servant Izzy :) 8)
Thank YOU, Izzy, and all the wonderful people who made it all happen! Sure wish I could've been there, but already have it marked on my calendar for next year! Can't wait!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on July 26, 2019, 11:18:05 AM
I also want to give a HUGE thank you to Puff, for making all our lodging arrangements so easy!  RRP appreciates your efforts to make our celebration great, and so do I!!!!! :)

You're the best Puff!! 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: lilbirdz on July 26, 2019, 03:43:24 PM
Is there a link to a site for a gallery of the hardy souls at ATF and the pics that they took? I remember a labeled series of stills from a registration a few years ago, and Thinking Woman looked exactly as I'd always imagined her. Did the flooding affect the paddling trip? Did anyone get lucky enough to see DM2?
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: bsheer on July 26, 2019, 08:27:07 PM
Is there a link to a site for a gallery of the hardy souls at ATF and the pics that they took? I remember a labeled series of stills from a registration a few years ago, and Thinking Woman looked exactly as I'd always imagined her. Did the flooding affect the paddling trip? Did anyone get lucky enough to see DM2?

Hi, sorry I have not seen a gallery of pictures from ATF, but there were some on mod's Facebook pages, and a few on the forum here and there. My friend and I did not see DM2 and I'm not sure if anyone else did either.

It was hot, but we managed. It was great to see Andrew, one of the boys who found D32, at the Meet and Greet Thursday night. I told him what a hero he was! He was super cute, and rec'd some nice gifts from RRP. The other fisherman boy came on Saturday night, but I didn't attend that dinner.

My friend and I did bike the trail, but earlier than the group trip. It's gorgeous! First time trying the hilly area, but wow, it was worth it to see the gorgeous scenery. And, the e-assist bikes really helped. Love them!

The paddling trip went very well, and the higher water helped me not "bottom out" as often as I did last year. LOL  ;D Everyone on the water was very, very nice and had to be one of my favorite times in Decorah. We also saw 4 eagles.

We also enjoyed the presentations at Luther on Saturday, and seeing Mr. Decorah. I'll try to attach some pictures (I tried before, but it didn't work). Crossing my fingers...
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: bsheer on July 26, 2019, 08:47:32 PM
This picture of Mr. Decorah shows his tail feathers, and how some aren't turning white for some reason.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: bsheer on July 26, 2019, 08:50:12 PM
I didn't have a lot of pictures of the paddling trip, sorry! But it was great.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: bsheer on July 26, 2019, 08:52:48 PM
Is there a link to a site for a gallery of the hardy souls at ATF and the pics that they took? I remember a labeled series of stills from a registration a few years ago, and Thinking Woman looked exactly as I'd always imagined her. Did the flooding affect the paddling trip? Did anyone get lucky enough to see DM2?

Not many pictures of people, sorry! But here's a view of the tent where the Meet/Greet was held, and the dinner on Saturday too.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on July 26, 2019, 11:02:53 PM
Bsheer, these are great!!  I have some pictures, but I'm having trouble getting them off my phone and on my computer, lol...Once my IT hubby and I get that figured out I will get them on my flickr page, and link y'all to them.  I sure missed being on the river with y'all, but I will try to get back there next year!

~Izzy
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: LisaG1967 on July 27, 2019, 05:44:01 AM
Thanks for sharing your pics, bsheer  :)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: tigeag on July 27, 2019, 09:46:36 AM
Thanks for sharing bsheer!!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: glogdog on July 28, 2019, 11:37:30 PM
Here's a few photos from After The Fledge.  Decorah up first, then Robbie, the GHO and of course - MOM.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: glogdog on July 28, 2019, 11:46:48 PM
A few more - the Sub-adult alone on the N1 tree and then with Mom on top of the Maple, and roosting with her in the N2B tree at night.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: glogdog on July 28, 2019, 11:52:21 PM
A few pictures of scenery - a sunrise, the Bluffs during the Golden, Gloaming hour, and the beautiful waterfall coming from Siewers Spring that feeds the hatchery grounds.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: glogdog on July 29, 2019, 12:01:53 AM
A few birds and a rabbit.  The rabbit was down the bike trail very close to the N2B area.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: LisaG1967 on July 29, 2019, 04:53:25 AM
Glo - your pics are wonderful!  Thank you for sharing.  :D
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: glogdog on July 29, 2019, 05:39:28 AM
You're welcome, Lisa. :)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: lilbirdz on July 30, 2019, 12:39:36 PM
bsheer, thanks for your reply. I'm disappointed that DM2 has been seen, but I am so happy for you. You had wonderful experiences!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: TPABay111 on July 30, 2019, 12:50:55 PM
Thank you bsheer & Glogdog for posting your incredible photos! 
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: MNLindaBird on July 31, 2019, 08:38:40 AM
LOVE the photos that have been posted.  Thank you so much.  Was a wonderful ATF again this year.  Thank you also to EVERYBODY who contributes to making this happen <3
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: MNLindaBird on July 31, 2019, 08:45:52 AM
Still learning the nuances of how to post here.  Couldn't post short message a couple days ago because I kept receiving notice that my message was too long.  Finally got short message sent this morning - but now it is accompanied by "modify" and "remove" icons above the message.  Where does this come from?  Are instructions still available for posting on the various Forum sites?  I'm on the confusion couch again... 
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: MNLindaBird on July 31, 2019, 09:04:27 AM
I may have just gotten answer to one question about posting.  Once I logged out and looked at my messages again, the "modify" and "remove" icons were gone. 

Logged back on and am experimenting with "modifying" my note.  Now if I could only figure out how to compress a photo file so that I could post it  :-\
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: glogdog on August 04, 2019, 12:20:30 PM
Here's a photo of the Trout Run Trail bicyclists that took part in After The Fledge 2019.  We had a total of 26 bicyclists!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Puff on August 04, 2019, 12:54:23 PM
Hey glog  Great pic of the group!  I think it was amazing that you kept them rounded up and smiling for 2 weeks while you got the shot!!!!    LOL  LOL  I call that perseverance.   ::)

P
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: izzysamlikeseagles on August 04, 2019, 01:54:53 PM
Still learning the nuances of how to post here.  Couldn't post short message a couple days ago because I kept receiving notice that my message was too long.  Finally got short message sent this morning - but now it is accompanied by "modify" and "remove" icons above the message.  Where does this come from?  Are instructions still available for posting on the various Forum sites?  I'm on the confusion couch again...

Posting on any thread in here is the same process.  The modify and remove icons are there, in case you want to edit your post, or remove it...I am pretty sure they are there for everyone....As far as the pictures go, I've always had to open them with some sort of photo editing software(paint works in old Windows computers, or whatever Microsoft is using now) to make them smaller.  Then I save them to a folder(make sure you know where the folder lives on your computer, lol), and use those versions in here.
It may take a little experimentation.  I'm still having trouble getting my pix  onto here myself(Android issues, lol)-but I hope this helps... 8)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: bustopbird on August 08, 2019, 04:20:18 PM
Just posted these pics from ATF on DE19
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmFWycSy
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: bustopbird on August 08, 2019, 06:29:24 PM
More pics from ATF also posted on DE 19
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmFWNBMA click on photo for ID

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmFWMVDe
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Iriscats on August 11, 2019, 04:43:32 PM
Beautiful pics from ATF!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: eaglesrock29 on August 12, 2019, 03:06:03 PM
This is the Mod photo taken this year. 

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48522559831_6111bd3648_b.jpg)

ID left to right -
Front row - Izzy, Gardengirl, Erock, Oregonian
2nd row - Bustopbird, JF, and Pyrmum at far right
Last row - Glogdog, Lin, Smile, Pharm

We missed all the mods that weren't able to attend this year. 
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: LisaG1967 on August 12, 2019, 04:23:18 PM
erock - thanks for sharing. 

It is so nice to put faces with the names that we see in chat.   :)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: eaglesrock29 on August 12, 2019, 05:30:31 PM
erock - thanks for sharing. 

It is so nice to put faces with the names that we see in chat.   :)

You're welcome, Lisa, and thank you so much to all the mods for agreeing to posting the photo.  We had fun taking it and we are very grateful to JF's hubby and Lin's hubby for their graciousness (and endless patience) in taking the photos.  Mods can be like herding cats lol. 
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Ginger52 on August 12, 2019, 05:35:18 PM
erock - thanks for sharing. 

It is so nice to put faces with the names that we see in chat.   :)

You're welcome, Lisa, and thank you so much to all the mods for agreeing to posting the photo.  We had fun taking it and we are very grateful to JF's hubby and Lin's hubby for their graciousness (and endless patience) in taking the photos.  Mods can be like herding cats lol.

You all look very happy!  Was it taken at the Hotel Winneshiek?
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: eaglesrock29 on August 12, 2019, 05:41:25 PM
erock - thanks for sharing. 

It is so nice to put faces with the names that we see in chat.   :)

You're welcome, Lisa, and thank you so much to all the mods for agreeing to posting the photo.  We had fun taking it and we are very grateful to JF's hubby and Lin's hubby for their graciousness (and endless patience) in taking the photos.  Mods can be like herding cats lol.

You all look very happy!  Was it taken at the Hotel Winneshiek?

Yes, Ginger, great observation!  It was at the Hotel Winneshiek on the stairway - easier with some of the bad weather we had for a few days there.  We first took a more serious looking pic but then we all starting laughing and decided  the Funny Mod Pic was better!  Who needs serious when in Decorah?  :)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: RubyRed246 on August 12, 2019, 06:37:02 PM
This is the Mod photo taken this year. 

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48522559831_6111bd3648_b.jpg)

ID left to right -
Front row - Izzy, Gardengirl, Erock, Oregonian
2nd row - Bustopbird, JF, and Pyrmum at far right
Last row - Glogdog, Lin, Smile, Pharm

We missed all the mods that weren't able to attend this year.
Now this is the picture I have been waiting for. You are beautiful and I have to laugh, you all seem to be looking in a different direction. How many cameras were pointed at you? Thank you for this awesome picture.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: tigeag on August 12, 2019, 07:07:01 PM
This is the Mod photo taken this year. 

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48522559831_6111bd3648_b.jpg)

ID left to right -
Front row - Izzy, Gardengirl, Erock, Oregonian
2nd row - Bustopbird, JF, and Pyrmum at far right
Last row - Glogdog, Lin, Smile, Pharm

We missed all the mods that weren't able to attend this year.

Thanks ER! This picture is awesome! All of you look great!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: bustopbird on August 12, 2019, 07:15:29 PM
Ruby we had 2 sets of cameras aimed at us.
And here is the last set of pictures from me from ATF19.  That subadult really saved us in a no fledgling year!
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmFYy1Uu
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: bustopbird on August 12, 2019, 07:18:32 PM
Beautiful pics from ATF!
thanks, it was fun meeting you Iriscats!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: TPABay111 on August 12, 2019, 07:28:08 PM
Thanks so much for posting the photo of the wonderful Mods!  It's great to see the happy grouping of some of those we're so thankful for (and to be able to match the smiling faces to the names).

Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: smileawhile on August 12, 2019, 07:54:18 PM
Well, have been enjoying reading all the ATF19 posts. It was so much fun connecting with all the chatters - new ones & returnees.  And yes, great to match names to faces! Izzy did a fantastic job of heading up ATF19. Thanks to Pagent for all her years of hard work on ATF.  More thanks to Glo, erock, bus, bsheer and everyone who shared pix of this year's event. Apologies if I left out any names.
2019-2020 promises to be a very interesting season. I look forward to "seeing" you all in flash chats and scheduled chats.  And please try to join us next year for ATF - I want to meet more of you!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: MNLindaBird on August 12, 2019, 09:17:20 PM
What a wonderful photo of this year's mod representation :-*  Thank you all SO much for the time and effort that each of you contributes to making the ATF gatherings a joy to attend and a terrific experience.  Thank you, also, for agreeing to present this photo to us, and thanks to the photo-taking hubbies who helped with the process ;D  I look forward to returning again next year for my third ATF.   
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: NWargo01 on August 13, 2019, 09:50:07 AM
Hiya Everyone!!

I just wanted to thank you all, for all your support during our After the Fledge Celebration!!!  Whether you attended, or just donated to our cause, I'm grateful for all of it!  We have a very special eagley family here, and I couldn't be more proud of all of you! You hung in there like troopers, during the hottest days of the year, and without our babies to watch!  I had so much fun talking to all y'all, and I hope we get to see even more of our little family at next year's celebration!!!  Mark the calendars, it starts  on July 16th, 2020!!!

Love you all muchly,

Your grateful servant Izzy :) 8)

Izzy, you did a fantastic job for it being your first ATF!  This was my second ATF and I plan to make it an annual trip.  Next year I'm going to try to be there from Thursday thru the cruise on Sunday.  Decorah is beautiful, and the movie line is right...it isn't heaven, it's IOWA! 
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: NWargo01 on August 13, 2019, 10:08:16 AM
I posted these in the DE 2019 thread, but thought it might be better to post here also.  A few pics from ATF, and I'll be posting links to the videos I took at Luther College during Dr. Laura's presentation, and one of Mr. Decorah outside of Valder Hall. 

Sorry they are sideways, but everyone told me they were able to open and see them upright.  Not sure why they posted this way - they're not sideways in my phone camera.  ???
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: bustopbird on August 15, 2019, 04:21:55 PM
Was able to view the first one on my Mac
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: NWargo01 on August 20, 2019, 12:42:24 PM
I FINALLY uploaded the pics from my binocular camera today!  Great clarity and once I know what the heck I'm doing with it, it'll be nice.  Disregard the date on the pics because I obviously didn't think about changing that before I started using the binoculars!  ::)

I wanted to post these as a slideshow, but wasn't sure if I could do that in forum, and if I could, HOW to do it.  (Lori HELP!!)

Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: NWargo01 on August 20, 2019, 12:44:46 PM
Sorry for posting these individually, but don't know any other way to do it...

(More ATF pics)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: NWargo01 on August 20, 2019, 12:46:57 PM
And more ATF pics.  Once I get the hang of this thing, I really like the pics it takes!  You feel like you're in the maple with Mom.  :)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: NWargo01 on August 20, 2019, 12:48:28 PM
And here's the last!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: eaglesrock29 on August 20, 2019, 01:23:44 PM
NW, your binocular camera pics are terrific!  Thank you for posting them!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: NWargo01 on August 20, 2019, 01:33:28 PM
NW, your binocular camera pics are terrific!  Thank you for posting them!

Thanks erock!  I have been communicating with Lori on how to do a slideshow, and I'll have to join Flickr next time so I can just post a link to it.  I was surprised at the clarity of the pics, and once I know all the settings, it should be really good next year.  :)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: T40cfr403 on August 20, 2019, 02:04:43 PM
Wonderful photos, NW! Thanks. Love the one of Mom with an airplane above her! ;)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Shootershelz on August 20, 2019, 02:27:16 PM
Great pics NW!!  If you don't mind my asking what is the model you're using?  Being an avid photographer something like this may really come in handy for me.

Thanks
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: LisaG1967 on August 20, 2019, 02:31:42 PM
NW, those are great pics!  Thanks for sharing. 
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: NWargo01 on August 20, 2019, 02:44:16 PM
Great pics NW!!  If you don't mind my asking what is the model you're using?  Being an avid photographer something like this may really come in handy for me.

Thanks

It's a CamKing FS608 720P.  When I was shopping for one on Amazon, these binoculars were about the 3rd lowest price one of all the ones I saw. I didn't want to spend too much until I knew if they really worked well.  You can also take videos with them, but I didn't have something set right when I thought I was taking videos evidently because all that uploaded were the pics.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Shootershelz on August 20, 2019, 02:49:51 PM
Thanks NW!!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: tigeag on August 20, 2019, 03:31:27 PM
NW, those photos are great! Thank you!!!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: bustopbird on August 20, 2019, 05:49:24 PM
Great photos, NW! What fun we had :)
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: Iriscats on August 20, 2019, 10:20:31 PM
Great photo's. I bought the binocular camera also. Returning it tomorrow. Not a camera person and could not figure out the settings..maybe if I knew more about cameras. Oh well will just enjoy yours.
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: NWargo01 on August 21, 2019, 08:36:38 AM
Great photo's. I bought the binocular camera also. Returning it tomorrow. Not a camera person and could not figure out the settings..maybe if I knew more about cameras. Oh well will just enjoy yours.

I know - I didn't check into all the settings before using it, which is why the date shown is incorrect.  I thought I could just use it as easy as the camera on my phone, but there are quite a few settings with the binoc/cam.  Before I use them next year I'll make sure I go through each option and have it set up already before I go.  Honestly, I didn't even know how to get into the settings until one of the people at ATF showed me how!  Plus, I thought I had done a couple of videos, but must have not done that correctly either because I couldn't find them.  So you're absolutely right - it's not as easy as aim and shoot.   :P
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: NWargo01 on August 21, 2019, 08:37:36 AM
Great photos, NW! What fun we had :)

Yes, we did!  Looking forward to next year's ATF already!   ;D
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: EagleAngels on August 21, 2019, 08:45:45 AM
I FINALLY uploaded the pics from my binocular camera today!  Great clarity and once I know what the heck I'm doing with it, it'll be nice.  Disregard the date on the pics because I obviously didn't think about changing that before I started using the binoculars!  ::)

I wanted to post these as a slideshow, but wasn't sure if I could do that in forum, and if I could, HOW to do it.  (Lori HELP!!)
Yay! Glad it worked for you. I'll be getting mine for next year's ATF, since I didn't make it this year. :( Love the shot with the blackbird! You can clearly see the red on the wings! Amazing. Thanks for posting!
Title: Re: After the Fledge 2019
Post by: NWargo01 on August 21, 2019, 08:50:39 AM
I FINALLY uploaded the pics from my binocular camera today!  Great clarity and once I know what the heck I'm doing with it, it'll be nice.  Disregard the date on the pics because I obviously didn't think about changing that before I started using the binoculars!  ::)

I wanted to post these as a slideshow, but wasn't sure if I could do that in forum, and if I could, HOW to do it.  (Lori HELP!!)
Yay! Glad it worked for you. I'll be getting mine for next year's ATF, since I didn't make it this year. :( Love the shot with the blackbird! You can clearly see the red on the wings! Amazing. Thanks for posting!

Given how inexpensive they were, I was very pleased with the picture quality and hope to take videos next year after learning all the settings.  The main thing I wanted to do was keep my distance from the eagles, but have the pictures look like I was right there with them, and I think it did that pretty well. Thanks so much for mentioning them in chat that day - I had no idea there was such a thing!    :)