ON THIS DAY, APRIL 2ND THE HEAVY SNOW IN THE TWIN CITIES AREA HAS CAUSED THE EAGLE NEST TO FALL TO THE GROUND. THE CHICK DID NOT SURVIVE.
Wind gusts blew down the nest early Sunday.
By Josie Albertson-Grove Star Tribune
APRIL 2, 2023 — 12:42PM
MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
The eagle chick just after it hatched on March 27, 2023.
At 7:53am on Apr. 2, the EagleCam nest fell. DNR staff immediately went to the site. After a few hours of searching, the chick was found deceased and taken into DNR possession.
We don’t know why the nest fell, but after seeing the site we have a few theories. The most likely scenario is that the heavy snow we received during the April 1st blizzard finally became too much weight for the branch to support. The branch was dead and the nest was over 20 years old and weighed over 2,000 pounds. In the area and neighborhood near the nest were many fallen trees and branches from the heavy, wet snow.
The adults were seen flying around the area. We do not know if they will rebuild in the same area, but it is likely. Eagles are loyal to their territory. However, it is highly unlikely that the female will lay another egg this year, even if they do have an alternate nest. Minnesota’s nesting season is simply too short for her to incubate another egg. However, we will keep the camera on for now and will let you know before we turn the camera off for the season. We will also keep an eye out for the adult eagles and update you if they stay around the area.
This is an emotional time for all of us, but please refrain from visiting the nest. This was already a major disturbance for the eagles and many visitors will only cause more stress. The nest is on state land and is both State and Federally protected. Trespassing is not allowed in the area.
We appreciate the amazing community and support of all the EagleCam viewers out there. Rest assured, we are feeling this with you and are committed to the EagleCam. It will return, either with a new nest in a new location or the same area. For this year however, the chick season has sadly ended. Thank you for your donations, condolences and your words of support for our team, you are so very important to the Nongame Wildlife Program and Minnesota DNR
The eagle's nest streamed for months on the state's EagleCam fell Sunday morning, killing the eaglet that hatched six days earlier.
Wind Sunday morning shook the trees, and the camera feed showed the nest swaying. Not long after sunrise, the nest tumbled to the ground.
The state Department of Natural Resources said in a social media post that staff found the chick dead on the ground below.
This was the tenth year the DNR's EagleCam streamed live video from an eagle's nest, drawing thousands of viewers from around the country.
This year's nest started with two eggs in February. During a snowstorm in late February, the female eagle drew attention as she sat on her eggs as snow piled up on her back. One of the two eggs was broken around March 1, but the other egg hatched a fuzzy gray eagle chick on March 27.