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NWargo01

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #780 on: April 21, 2021, 05:34:50 PM »

Ginger, thanks so much for passing on Robin's pic and post!  Mom had her usual 3 and even from a distance, they look completely adorable.  Miss them so much, but happy they are doing well in their new digs. 

T40, don't feel bad - I teared up a bit myself!  :'(

I can't get over how big their new nest is already!  They certainly make a good team. 
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LisaG1967

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #781 on: April 22, 2021, 04:50:06 AM »

From rewind last night, around 7:30ish - Mom visits Maple2

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #782 on: April 22, 2021, 08:46:16 AM »

From rewind last night, around 7:30ish - Mom visits Maple2


If they have the ATF this year (I hope, I hope, I hope!) you'll be able to sit near the retention pond and watch Mom when she's at M2!  How cool is that?!  ;D
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #783 on: April 22, 2021, 09:20:01 AM »

From rewind last night, around 7:30ish - Mom visits Maple2


If they have the ATF this year (I hope, I hope, I hope!) you'll be able to sit near the retention pond and watch Mom when she's at M2!  How cool is that?!  ;D

It will be very cool!  Hoping they have ATF this year.

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #784 on: April 22, 2021, 12:35:05 PM »

Thank you so much Robin and Ginger.  It is such a joy to see the white bobbleheads of D37, D38 and D39.  I, too, hope that fishing lessons will take place at the pond so we can see Mom and DM2's family up closer in July.

Also, I really think that Decorah North Dad could use some helpful instructions from our Master Engineer Nest Builder, DM2, on how to properly build a suitable, restricting rail around those growing eaglets DN13 and DN14.  JMHO  8)

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #785 on: April 24, 2021, 05:56:39 AM »

Again from rewind, last night around 7:15ish - Mom visits Maple2

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #786 on: April 26, 2021, 05:07:40 AM »

Mom on Maple2 yesterday around 6:15pm, she must be doing a lil fishing cause she would sit, fly off and come back. 




Blurry pic, but its Mom (circled in red) leaving that pasture tree with no leaves, she must have been successful at fishing and was done with her meal.


An eagle heading upstream

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #787 on: April 26, 2021, 12:34:50 PM »

Nice captures, Lisa. This bodes well for visits with the kids in June, July, August, and maybe beyond! :D
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #788 on: April 26, 2021, 01:47:30 PM »

Nice captures, Lisa. This bodes well for visits with the kids in June, July, August, and maybe beyond! :D

Thanks, nan  :)

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #789 on: April 28, 2021, 04:47:04 AM »

Mom visiting Maple2 again last evening around 6:40pm.

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #790 on: April 28, 2021, 10:11:49 AM »

I read an article in Science News about a toxin that is responsible for "mysterious deaths of bald eagles, mallards and other lake life in the south-eastern United States."

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/bald-eagle-mysterious-die-offs-chemical-toxin-found



By Susan Milius

March 26, 2021 at 8:00 am

Mysterious deaths of bald eagles, mallards and other lake life in the southeastern United States have puzzled scientists for more than 20 years. After a long slog exploring the quirks of cyanobacteria gluing themselves to an invasive water weed, a research team has found a toxin that could be the culprit.

And it’s an odd one, the team reports March 26 in Science.

Nicknamed AETX, the toxin has an unusual chemical structure requiring building blocks rich in the element bromine, says Susan Wilde, an aquatic ecologist at the University of Georgia in Athens. Yet those bromide building blocks are not routinely abundant in southern lake water. That’s where the life story of a particular water weed comes in.

The mystery of the unknown toxin began at an Arkansas lake during the winter of 1994–95 with the nation’s largest unexplained die-off of bald eagles. The eagles, coots and some other birds lost their motor coordination, struggled to fly or even walk, and had seizures. Checking the ill animals’ brains revealed swathes of unnatural microscopic holes, or vacuoles. By 1998, six states had confirmed bird die-offs with the same disease, now called VM, short for vacuolar myelinopathy...

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The newly discovered exotic chemistry of these toxin-makers doesn’t surprise Jason Stajich of University of California, Riverside, who studies other cyanobacteria in his genetic explorations of microbial evolution. Free-floating cyanobacteria cause toxic blooms in both marine and fresh water (SN: 8/28/18). But this green bacterial group also includes species that create the world we love. The desert crusts Stajich studies (like “bread crust” but on desert surfaces, he says) take years to form and depend on networks of cyanobacteria (SN: 12/10/19).

In this case, now that the suspect has been nabbed, there’s even more reason to get rid of the Hydrilla invaders that facilitate the toxin making. Water birds gorge on the Hydrilla and its ride-along bacteria and thus get a deadly dose of toxin. Predators such as eagles and owls that feast on those water birds also get poisoned. In the lab, the toxin affects other vertebrates, such as amphibians and snakes. Knowing the makeup of the toxin will now let the lab check for effects on mammals. With such a wide range of potentially susceptible creatures, solving the mystery couldn’t have come soon enough.

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #791 on: April 28, 2021, 11:09:23 AM »

Thanks for the article, Arcadia.

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #792 on: April 29, 2021, 07:52:36 AM »

Hard to tell so far away, and with the leaves, but looks like Mom in her favorite spot on Maple2


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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #793 on: April 29, 2021, 09:24:28 AM »

Looks like Mom has been trying to fish this morning.  She has been up and down on Maple2 most of the morning, and she flew over the retention pond, then towards the trees at the bottom of the bluffs and then back to the Maple2.






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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #794 on: April 29, 2021, 09:32:43 AM »

Thanks for the article, Arcadia. So sad about the losses, but YAY for the scientists!
So it is Mom! Nice to see another visit today, Lisa.  Looking forward to the next on the ground update (with pictures, of course) of the sweet eaglets!
They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth. ~ Henry Beston
REMEMBERING A GREAT MAN, 7-27-2015.  SOAR HIGH AND FREE, BOB
Dad Decorah, always loved and remembered