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Decorah Eagles Get a New Nest

Last year was a tough year for the famous Decorah eagles and the Raptor Resource Center. The eagles battled for their nest, and the center's director Bob Anderson passed away unexpectedly mid-summer. But things are starting to look up. That's according to John Howe, the center's new executive director. 

"After Bob's passing, we got a lot of support, and we really appreciate it," he says. "We're moving forward."

The center started building a new nest for the eagles very close to the first nest, and they lured them home with trout. 

"Bob always joked about how squirrels were like crack cocaine to bald eagles," Howe laughs, but "we put some trout in the nest, and it took a few days, but eventually it got eaten." 

Howe says the eagles have increased the diameter of the nest by about three feet, and they've increased the height of the nest by around two feet since moving in. During this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Howe about the center and about the eagles. 

Wildlife biologist Jim Pease also joins the conversation and answers listener questions about birds. 

Lindsey Moon is IPR's Senior Digital Producer
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa