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pair of bald eagles and 3 eggs in a 6'x6' nest 80' high in a cottonwood
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Raptor Resource Project Blog: Which Nest Will the Decorah Eagles Use?

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Raptor Resource Project reported D14 was electrocuted from trying to land on a power pole

Raptor Resource Project reported D14 was electrocuted from trying to land on a power pole | Decorah bald eagles | Scoop.it
Established in 1988, the non-profit Raptor Resource Project specializes in the preservation of...
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Raptor Resource Project reports at their Facebook page that the Decorah eagles are building an alternate nest near the former nest.

Raptor Resource Project reports at their Facebook page that the Decorah eagles are building an alternate nest near the former nest. | Decorah bald eagles | Scoop.it

To get to the article on the RRP Facebook page, click the link and then scroll to the topic on this. RRP has also posted on their page the map location of the new nest in relation to the fomer. As they note, only the eagles know why they are building the new nest. Cameras will not be installed because RRP adds equipment only during a window of opportunity that ensures the eagles are not visiting the nests, usually in the early fall. After the eagles begin building, the window of opportunity closes because it is too risky to interfere during the eagles' nest preparation. Read about this and a lot more at RRP's FB page.


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baldeaglefever by Donna Peach

baldeaglefever by Donna Peach | Decorah bald eagles | Scoop.it
for anyone with eagle fever...


A site for eagle lovers from a member of the Decorah bald eagles nest chat rooms. Features links to sites, photos and videos of highlighted moments during the family seasons of 2011 and 2012. Guest bloggers invited to submit articles.


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2012 Decorah Eagles by Glenn and Darlene Miller

Fans of the Decorah nest must view these photographs that show the glory of the eagles we watch 24/7 in the air and all their majesty. This is required viewing for all Decorah bald eagle lovers.


Photos taken by Glenn and Darlene Miller in Decorah, Iowa, June 2012. All photographs are copyright protected.

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Pledge of Eagle Addiction

Pledge of Eagle Addiction | Decorah bald eagles | Scoop.it

I hereby surrender to Eagle Addiction, subscribing with fervent devotion to these compulsive behaviors, past, current and future:

  • neglecting house work, home work, yard work and any other kind of work
  • letting all calls go to voice mail and text messages hang for hours
  • eating meals that have grown cold
  • surrendering my place at the dinner table in favor of my desk with computer monitor
  • sneaking to my monitor in the middle of the night to verify all is well at the nest
  • foregoing sleep to ensure that on my watch, our eagle family will have a peaceful sleep, despite owls, ants or other night-time nuisances
  • carrying my laptop everywhere in or outside my living quarters, including hiding it in or near the bed at night
  • using up all the bandwidth at my home or office with two or more live feeds of eagle nests
  • seeking every opportunity to brag about our very smart eaglets who learn faster and are way cuter than any other eaglets
  • thrilling others with new eagle facts and vocabulary, whether family, friends, pets, and even strangers we encounter on public transportation or restrooms
  • finding myself breathless and giddy with every new eaglet peep, flutter, stretch, jump and, even, poop

Signed,
Eagle Addict ______________

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Donate to Raptor Resource Project

Donate to Raptor Resource Project | Decorah bald eagles | Scoop.it

With donations from viewers during the 2011 season, the Raptor Resource Project replaced cameras and equipment that greatly enhance the quality of the views enjoyed by thousands of viewers. Donations during 2012 will continue to support the RRP's efforts to open a window into the intimate life of bald eagles in the nest for thousands of adoring viewers.

https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=1FeR_dVLPDf-K4wr7LZjZBW73gn4izPHO08ZPzi_zYfdNki6tdbiPhccC04&dispatch=50a222a57771920b6a3d7b606239e4d529b525e0b7e69bf0224adecfb0124e9b61f737ba21b08198d7a214dbf6ac4f3cd23680b71ef37df3

 

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Part 1: Introduction: Decorah eagle chat sites with video streaming

Part 1: Introduction: Decorah eagle chat sites with video streaming | Decorah bald eagles | Scoop.it

As an introduction, the site SPO is a chat room run by the SPO, Sportsman's Paradise Online, that also hosts the live video stream of the Raptor Resource Project. The only connection between SPO and RRP is that SPO hosts the video in order to attract people to their chat room. SPO focuses on the chat room, so their software is much more sophisticated than other chat rooms. For example, comments allow threaded conversations, font colors, bold and other enhancements, and, most important for me some days, the editing feature that allows correcting or adding to a comment one previously posted. I have used that feature vigorously.

 

Another delightful difference is that most chat rooms do not allow sharing of any images. As devoted to watching the cottonwood activity, Decorah chatters are as devoted to sharing screen shots, videos and other graphics and information that one will not find in other chat forums. SPO also allows discussion about any topic without restriction to the eagles. At the Ustream, Decorah site, you will see the rules there are very specific for participating in the chat room and remaining on topic. They also have a social stream; I will describe that later. Neither allow sharing images or any kind of attachment.

 

At SPO we are free to discuss anything and everything. In other words, we allow conversation about non-eagle topics and even personal information that is usually banned by chat services for various reasons. We have the privilege here of enjoying the freedom of every kind of discussion, and this chat room is very popular because of that and because it attracts members who are very friendly and generous in sharing. SPO sites are member moderated: the members flag suspicious posts or posters and keep the trolling to a minimum. To my knowledge, SPO has not needed to shut down a room because of excessive trolling. What is a troll? See my related article: Internet trolls 101.

 

Part 2 in this series will be about RRP sites.

 

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"The Decorah Bald Eagles" by Char Fleming, Cynthia Hansen, Darlene Miller, Sherri Elliott

"The Decorah Bald Eagles" by Char Fleming, Cynthia Hansen, Darlene Miller, Sherri Elliott | Decorah bald eagles | Scoop.it

A book from The Raptor Resource Project: "The Decorah Bald Eagles is a coffee table style book of the 2011 nesting season. It has over 430 photos, including cam shots and original, on-site photographs, and is printed on matte-finish paper."

 

 

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RRP online

RRP online | Decorah bald eagles | Scoop.it
The Raptor Resource Project is a non-profit, 501(c)3 group working to restore the midwest population of Peregrine falcons

and other raptors by captively breeding birds for release in the wild.
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Part 4: Sites for sharing comments, photos, videos without video stream

Part 4: Sites for sharing comments, photos, videos without video stream | Decorah bald eagles | Scoop.it

Raptor Resource Project Facebook page: like it and read updates

Official RRP FB page with latest information on RRP sites


Raptor Resource Project Front Porch: Facebook based but not official group: go to Raptor Resource Project, and then look for Front Porch on their wall

open Tues, Wed, Thur 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
moderated social chat room

 Allows sharing of comments mostly. In the past photos and videos were allowed with moderation. 

  

Decorah Eagles, Facebook page: like it and post

Allows sharing of comments, photos, videos

 

Decorah Bald Eagles, Facebook page: like it and post

Allows sharing of comments, photos, videos


DECC, Decorah Eagles Cottonwood Community: Facebook closed group; requires a member to invite/add new member/s
Allows sharing of comments, photos, videos.

To join: befriend one of the members, and they will add you to the group.

 

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RRP Decorah two-minute timeline photos

The Raptor Resource Project (RRP) collects photos every two minutes that they post at their RRP site. The times posted, however, are jumbled, so I created a spreadsheet that maps out each posted time with the real time of the photo. Note that you will see two days in the timeline: the current day (today) and the preceding day (yesterday), which I have noted on the spreadsheet for your convenience. I hope this allows you to find photos you want to review from the last 24 hours. I have also included a chart of 12-hour and 24-hour timelines.


© 06-21-2012 Donna Peach. All rights reserved.

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SPO Decorah chat birthday list 2012

SPO Decorah chat birthday list 2012 | Decorah bald eagles | Scoop.it

The SPO Decorah chat room enjoys celebrating the eagles and the events of members in the chat room, including birthdays. Review the list for upcoming birthdays so you will be able to shower birthday greetings on your fellow members. If you wish to participate, post a comment to members Jackie CT with only your birth month and day. All members new and returning are welcome to join.

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RRP Blog: The Decorah Eagles Have Surprised Us With A New Nest!

Raptor Resource Project's Amy blogs with insights into alternate nest sites for bald eagles, not uncommon for other bald eagles but new this year to Decorah.

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Jeff Guidry and His Eagle Named Freedom

In the tradition of A Lion Called Christian and Alex and Me comes An Eagle Named Freedom, Jeff Guidry's story of rehabilitating an eagle named Freedom back t...
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Decorah Bald Eagles 06-27-2012 D14 has transmitter Nest time 8:30 am

Raptor Resource Project's Bob Anderson was able to capture one of the 2012 juveniles to fit it with a transmitter. All went well on 6-27-12 as D14 received a transmitter and a band on its right leg to identify it as a female from measurements that Bob made of D14. Results of DNA testing, however, proved D14 to be a male. RRP did not record the capture and installation of the transmitter, but mochamama22 recorded a video of D14 in the nest right after the transmitter was installed. Like D1 (E2D1 from 2011) RRP will be able to continue studying the behavior of these bald eagles while they allow us, the public, to watch along.


Before you do anything, however, it is a great idea to read the blog post Transmitter decisions 2012 by Amy Ries of the RRP explaining the process and rationale for the installation of the transmitter on the Decorah eagles. This post will answer a lot of questions about the transmitters used with birds of prey.


Remember that without the ability to track and monitor the bald eagles and other raptors, it is not possible to learn more about their behavior and their numbers so that humans can help rather than hinder their survival. Be informed before you criticize.


video recording of the 2011 release of D1 after banding


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Internet trolls 101

Internet trolls 101 | Decorah bald eagles | Scoop.it

With SPO's recent switch to moderation by members from appointed moderators, it  is important that members of the chat room become a bit savvy on the issue of trolls.


What is a troll?

Someone who posts at a site for the single reason of riling up members by various methods:

  • asking off-the-wall questions
  • attacking members directly; this can be vicious if the troll fails in previous attempts to gain attention or desired responses from the members
  • posting strings of nonsense
  • posting any comment that the troll believes will produce a response from members that satisfies the troll's attention mongering
  • total lack of engagement with others in the chat room: no real questions and no responses to others' comments except to provoke


How do I identify a troll?

It is best to let a troll make enough comments for members to be sure the remarks are not from someone unfamiliar to chat room etiquette (article forthcoming). The key is that trolls will make themselves known. They are there for attention. What does this mean for other members trying to identify trolls? It means that they will continue to post to get responses. They might make comments like, Wow, people here are rude, they just ignore me when I post, to get attention. In a chat room environment like SPO, which is super friendly, members respond quickly to new posters to make them feel comfortable. In so doing, it sometimes makes it hard to identify a troll because as long as you give them attention, they will often assume a low-key approach by posting almost normal comments. Remember, they derive joy from knowing that you are feeding them what they love most: attention. As soon as they tire of the normal responses, they will ramp up the harassment by posting something that insinuates something about all or a single member of the chat room. Someone once wrote that my avatar was scary.


What is the best response to a troll?

No response. If you suspect someone is a troll, ignore them. They will quickly prove why they are there by ramping up their posting and, often, attacking. Do not underestimate the troll. Some are creative in gaining attention, weaving their nastiness into the fabric of a conversation by responding in ways that seem fine, at first. As they ramp up, however, they continue to ask, perhaps the same question that members have already answered. For example, a troll will post: Why does that eaglet appear dead? That gets a sure response from horrified members who quickly inform the troll that the eaglet is fine and so on. Time will pass. The troll will post something similar, and several members at SPO, who are known to break clocks with their 24/7 participation :) in the chat rooms, will kindly respond with the familiar: Peachy, we already answered that question below. Did you not see the responses . . . The members at SPO are nothing if not earnest in sharing positive and helpful information. The other side of that coin is that members are also very trusting and often appalled when a new member seems to ignore posts directly answering their questions. This is the time to sit back, ignore the troll and, quite simply, watch them post themselves into troll hell. Ignoring a troll is the worst treatment. Arguing is not effective because they are not there to make a point and invite debate; trolls come to a chat room with the single goal to upset members. The more responses they get, the happier they are.


What to do at SPO if  you suspect a troll?

  • Ignore the posts. Absolutely avoid engaging in any conversation with her/him.
  • Flag the post.
  • If they post at different times, flag their original posts so it is clear that you are flagging the poster and not just a post. SPO administration monitors flagging and takes action when they see enough flagging on a post or an individual. If you fail to flag, nothing can be done.

Use good judgment. Flagging by mistake is not usually a problem at SPO as most members are quite friendly and generous in accepting new members. Many of us, in fact—a few names come to mind, though I will not reveal them here—have flagged by mistake. The flag button is next to the like button, an unfortunate plight for someone like me who skims through posts on my iPad and iPhone using finger swipe; too often my finger lands on the flag button after which I see the dreaded friendly SPO message: Thank you for your feedback. If you are one whom I have flagged, thank SPO for realizing that we do this: Just between you and me, I am a member of the furtive Frequent Flagger Club.


Where does one find trolls online?
Anywhere online: chat rooms, blogs, forums, YouTube and every other place that has a system of commenting. Read more at Wikipedia about trolls.


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Lisa's Bald Eagle Documentary: Year 8, May 7, 2012

Lisa's Bald Eagle Documentary: Year 8, May 7, 2012 | Decorah bald eagles | Scoop.it
Check back often to get a glimpse of this year's book in progress, Year Eight Dancer & Dancer & Daedee: Affinity for Infinity. Meet Dancer (male) and Daedee (female), a wild pair of bald eagles who have befriended Lisa, ...
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Part 2: RRP, Raptor Resource Project: What is it? Who heads it? What is the connection to the Decorah eagle nest?

Part 2: RRP, Raptor Resource Project: What is it? Who heads it? What is the connection to the Decorah eagle nest? | Decorah bald eagles | Scoop.it

The first place to learn about the RRP is from their Web site. http://raptorresource.org/

 

 

You will learn that they are a volunteer organization that conducts research on wild life, primarily raptors, and, before the bald eagles, peregrine falcons. Bob Anderson is the head of RRP, and he is the one who is responsible for allowing the public to view the bald eagle nest at Decorah, which he set up originally for research purposes. In other words, the nest was there, the researchers came next to study the nest, and then, they thought, Heck, why not let the public see wild life at its finest, so Bob allowed the public to view through the streaming service at Ustream.

 

Remember at this point, especially for folks here at SPO: SPO streams the video to attract viewers to its chat room. SPO is not involved with the RRP in any other way. Bob Anderson, RRP, allows SPO to stream the video through Ustream.

 

The second place to look at RRP information is on Facebook. Raptor Resource Project has a Facebook page, which is basically a Web page based in Facebook. Some Facebook pages are viewable to the general public; that is, you do not need to be a member of Facebook to view. The Raptor Resource Project page allows public viewing here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raptor-Resource-Project/103786266324668

 

 

Part 3 in this series will be about viewing the RRP sites, including Decorah eagles.

 

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Sharon's Embroidery, Screen Printing, Signs and More! 2012 Decorah Eagles Tee, Raptor Resource Project

Sharon's Embroidery, Screen Printing, Signs and More! 2012 Decorah Eagles Tee, Raptor Resource Project | Decorah bald eagles | Scoop.it
Custom Decorah Eagles Tee is in! Create your embroidered and screen printed tees and apparel online at Sharon's Embroidery!
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Eagle T-Shirt - Friends of the Decorah Fish Hatchery

Eagle T-Shirt - Friends of the Decorah Fish Hatchery | Decorah bald eagles | Scoop.it

A portion of the proceeds from sales of this shirt goes to the Raptor Resource Project.

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Part 3: Sites for viewing Decorah eagles

Part 3: Sites for viewing Decorah eagles | Decorah bald eagles | Scoop.it

So, we have a nest with a camera set up by the RRP. RRP allows the public to view the Decorah nest. How do we view it?

 

The first site is the home of RRP activities: Ustream http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles
This page features not only the live stream from Ustream but also all the information that RRP disseminates about the Decorah eagle nest. If you want up-to-date information, this is where to go. If there is anything going on, the RRP will report it to their huge viewing audience here at this site.

 

This site also hosts a chat room and a social stream. The chat room is strictly moderated. The topic of discussion is Decorah eagles and only Decorah eagles. Moderators post up-to-date information and answer questions. The chat room is open from 8:00 am to, I think, 7:00 pm. I believe it is Iowa time, that is, CT.

 

The social stream is more relaxed and allows discussion a bit beyond the Decorah eagles, but most of it has to do with the topic: eagles. This is not a general chat room with open conversations about anything personal, be it recipes, personal history, family discussion, etc. It allows, however, questions about other eagles and sites. It is moderated but a bit less strictly than the chat room.

 

Another site for viewing with a chat room is, of course, Sportsman's Paradise Online. As I noted in my first of these three posts, SPO is a chat room with the feature of the streaming video. Although moderated, it is a chat room that allows free and open discussion of any topic that respect typical chat room etiquette. http://sportsmansparadiseonline.com/Decorah_Bald_Eagle_Nest.html


Another site that carries only the Ustream live video is at FarmYou. http://www.farmyou.com/falcon_cams/index.html

 

These are all sites that carry the video so you can watch.

 

Part 4 will cover additional sites for discussing or posting photos about eagles; those sites do not host a video feed. They are solely for discussion and posting photos.

 

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"The EEeee's & Me" by Sherri Elliott

"The EEeee's & Me" by Sherri Elliott | Decorah bald eagles | Scoop.it
Whatta Adventure! 152 pages and 586 photographs with daily journal entries document and highlight every milestone moment with our EEeee's in the 2011 Decorah Bald Eagle season. It's 'our' love story!
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