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Wildlife reality show

Web cams open a window into lives of eagles, bears and other wild things.

The Decorah eagles.

© Raptor Resource Project

In 2013, the Decorah eagles disappointed millions when they built a new nest away from the web cam.

In the northeast Iowa town of Decorah, a pair of nesting bald eagles have become an international phenomenon.

Not only do they have a constant stream of live video, but avid watchers are snatching the best episodes and posting them on YouTube. 

The Raptor Resource Project posts links on its Facebook page, along with regular updates.

In January, the eagles court and get the nest ready. In mid-February, mom lays the eggs. In March, the eggs hatch, and in April and May, viewers can watch the eaglets grow.

In 2016, a second webcam was added on a nest called Decorah North. The first year, three eggs were laid in mid-March. 

There's also a Minnesota DNR web cam on two bald eagles in St. Paul. They lay eggs early, by the end of January, and they hatch by early March. Check for updates.

And there's a web cam on a bald-eagle nest next to an Alcoa aluminum plant in Davenport, Iowa. Liberty and Justice usually lay their first egg in late February.

On the stretch of the Mississippi River between Fulton and Savanna, Ill., the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge have installed webcams in five locations.

One is on a bald-eagle nest near Lock and Dam 13, where Hope and first one, then two males, Valor I and II, raise eaglets. In March 2017, however, Hope disappeared from the nest while fending off an attack from two other eagles, and the Valors successfully raised two chicks while defending the nest from subsequent attacks. In late fall, a new, young female appeared on the nest with the Valors.

Another camera is in a peregrine falcon nest box on the Consolidated Grain Elevator in Savanna, where Pebbles and Bam Bam lay eggs at the end of March.

In the northern Chicago suburb of Evanston, there's a webcam on a peregrine falcon nesting box on the Evanston Public Library. Nona and Squawker lay their first eggs at the end of March, with hatches in early May.

In the northern Minnesota town of Ely, the North American Bear Center has web cams in the dens of its four resident bears, Ted, Honey, Lucky and young Holly, rescued from a forest fire in Arkansas.

Also in Ely, you can watch the resident wolves at the International Wolf Center.

On Isle Royale in Lake Superior, Rolf Peterson and John Vucetich have posted fascinating journal entries and amazing photos from their long-running Winter Study of the island's wolves and moose.

Do you get impatient between wildlife sightings? For you, there are Animal Planet's puppy cam and kitten cam

Last updated on November 17, 2017