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Decorah Eagles 2014 Eggs May Not Hatch

DECORAH, IOWA (CBS2/FOX28) - Enthusiasts and supporters of the Decorah Eagles who have gained international attention, have had quite the week. On Sunday, the pair of birds that have already produced 17 eaglets laid their first egg of 2014. On Wednesday, they laid their second.  By Saturday, Bob Anderson, the Director of the Raptor Resource Project that helps monitor the nest, said there could be a third egg.

Yet, despite all the action in Decorah, the first two eaglets may never hatch. Anderson said that embryos generally die at 29 degrees.  That, added to the fact that the nest has been frozen, may make it very tough for the newest additions to hatch.  If the babies dont make it, they will be the first eggs laid by the Decorah Eagles not to hatch. 

However, Anderson said that the third egg  should be okay. Anderson said that temperatures are expected to be warm enough on Saturday for the third baby to live.

The Decorah Eagles have been monitored since 2008 and video of their nest is live streamed daily at: eagle
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