“He’s out of the area; we don’t know if he’s alive or not,” said John Howe, executive director of the Raptor Resource Project.
Last week’s winter storm might have been a factor. “The weather came, we had the storm, we had mom and dad taking care of the three young, and then we were missing dad the next day after the storms subsided.”
Once staff noticed, they began searching the hatchery area. More than 20 people went out to look, along with the Decorah Fire Department. They used their drone to search in challenging areas.
Some observers happened to spot an unidentified male eagle in the area, who was even flying with the mom. Unfortunately, it’s not Dad Decorah.
Mom has fed the eaglets to bursting multiple times every day since Dad disappeared. Between the hatchery and the stream, she is more than capable of keeping them fed.
Here is a photo from the nest during the massive spring storm last week as both parents worked to protect the young.