Happy Birthday Susan,
Glad you saw the Decorah eagles on their website in the nest with their young.
We drove by the eagle nest twice today at the edge of town in Decorah, on the way to the yard waste mulching site. I have known the eagle guy for about ten years since he moved here. They could not have picked a better place to build the nest as it is across a country road from a fish hatchery. The employees there skim off wounded or dead fish and put them in a dry pond and the eagles use this food along with ducks, rabbits, and other animals that are also eaten by eagles.
Before eagles, Bob Anderson did a program rescuing peregrine eggs from their nests when DDT was causing very thin shells to form and most did not survive. He raised the chicks after eggs were removed from the nests. He used nest boxes where a gloved hand that looked like a hawks head
and fed them so they would not attach themselves to humans. When the babies were raised they were put in next boxes around the midwest and the survival rate climbed slowly as the process was developed. Eventually pairs of Peregrines returned and nested having their own young now that DDT is not so prevalent in the environment. He knows the pairs of these falcons by their DNA from banding the birds when they return to nest in the area after migration. He is a grandpa many times over. If you got to the Raptor Resource Center.
There are actually several nest cameras in the midwest with a variety of birds in nests that can be followed on line as eggs hatch and the young are fed by their parents. http://www.raptorresource.org/
One of the things I have learned over the years in programs for
students at the school I taught at was that people never should throw food out on the side of the road. A french fry or half a bun will attract mice to the side of the road. Then raptors that feed on rodents dive for the mice and very often are hit by cars or trucks traveling the roads.
Many of the zoo and eagle center birds are permanently injured so they can not be put back into the wild. The eagle center in Wabasha, Minnesota, tells the story of the birds very well in a new museum on the river in the downtown area.
To see an almost successful eagle rescue see this site from near LaCrosse, WI.