Decorah Eagle Cam Draws Constant Attention in Schools

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Millions of viewers all over the world remain hooked on an eagle's nest in Decorah.

Watching the eagles hatch has also been very popular in classrooms across the state.

In Dubuque for example, so many teachers and students are logged on, the district's technology staff had to re-route eagle cam viewers to an alternate server.

The third and final chick hatched Wednesday night. And it's those moments that have students tuned in every single day.

There is always a lot going on inside Mrs. Goerdt's busy first grade classroom. But Mrs. Goerdt and her 23 students always have one eye on a monitor.

Peggy Goerdt said, "If you don't have it on all the time, you may not catch all of the exciting things."

She displays the live web cam on the big screen, all day, every day.

Goerdt says that real time lesson is something she can't quite duplicate with a text book.

"Somebody will say, "Mrs. Goerdt!" And I will run up and I'll make the screen real big and we will watch and and then it's over and we will get back to work," said Goerdt.

Goerdt says watching the eagle's every move teaches several subjects: science, social studies, art and family life.

First Grade Student Nathan Kaesbauer said, "well, they've been bringing in a lot of food lately. "

"You can see the baby eggs hatch," George Sherlock said.

Elli Knopp said, "I didn't know that the baby eagle could push itself out of the eggs."

And it seems the eagles are just as captivating for the adults in the room.

"We were so curious to see the eggs hatch. Now we've seen it's done and over with, now we are curious to see what happens next," said Goerdt.

And apparently so is everybody else, viewers from more than 130 countries all over the world have logged in to watch the eagles.
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