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The Eagle Cam Has Landed, Again

(Challenger the American Bald Eagle prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs during their game on April 4, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.)

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One of the Internet’s greatest animal-themed time wasters is back.

The Decorah Bald Eagle Cam had over 200,00 people from nearly 200 counties watching bald eagle parents in Decorah, Iowa hatch and raise their chicks last year. Now the Eagles are back, and Internet observers are again flocking to the live nesting in anticipation of the next hatching.

One of 12 webcams run by the Raptor Resource Project, the Decorah Bald Eagle Cam helps to shed light on America’s feathered symbol, which can live up to 28 years, mate for life and whose numbers were decimated by the effects of DDT in its environment.

Since the restriction of that pesticide in 1972, their population has rebounded and the bald eagle is no longer on the federal list of threatened and endangered species. The Raptor Resource Project aims to deepen “the connection between people and the natural world.” That, and slow our efficiency online in the best way possible.