A pair of bald eagles that captivated thousands of online fans last year has returned to their nest, which is monitored by a live webcam, and laid two eggs.
Located in the Twin Cities, the exact spot of the nest is being withheld to prevent it from drawing crowds that might disrupt the eagles, the biologists believe it’s the same pair of birds that used the nest last year.
Their eggs failed to hatch, probably because they were laid too early and froze.
“We’re excited they came back, and grateful that they’ve waited until a little later in the season to lay their eggs,” said Lori Naumann, nongame specialist.
“With the thaw this week, we’re really hoping the birds will be more successful this year.” Once pushed to the brink of extinction, the bald eagle has made a remarkable comeback since the pesticide Fewer than 300 breeding pairs could be found in Minnesota in the 1980s.
There are now about 1,300 active nests in the state.
Updates about the nesting pair will be posted regularly at the Minnesota Nongame Wildlife Program Facebook page.—Sean Mc Coy Managing Editor Sean Mc Coy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes.He joined Gear Junkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair.Based in Denver, Mc Coy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.This live HD Minnesota Webcam is overlooking the downtown area of the city of Ely at Saint Luuis County in the US state of Minnesota.View the live traffic and weather conditions in the downtown area of Ely by watching this HD Ely downtown traffic weather camera in Minnesota Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States.