Where do Decorah eagles live?


Quick Answer

The adult Decorah bald eagles live in the general area of their nesting site near the Decorah Trout Hatchery in Decorah, Iowa. The offspring of these eagles disperse after fledging.

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The Decorah eagles are so named as they are the subjects of the Decorah Eagle Camera, a project of the Raptor Resource Center in Decorah, Iowa. The adult eagles do not live at the nest site year-round. They are known to stay in the vicinity, as there is abundant nesting material and food available, making migration unnecessary.

Young eagles disperse to their own territories after fledging. As of January 2016, the Raptor Resource Center has tracked some of the young eagles from this pair and found that they have settled preferentially at Iverson’s Bottoms about ten miles northeast of Decorah, the Turkey River near Elkader, Iowa, and the Gilbertson Conservation area, also on the Turkey River, west and north of Elkader. All of these sites are located in northeast Iowa.

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