Decorah Eagle Cam to Shut Down as Youngsters Leave

In this image taken from live streaming video provided by the Raptor Resource Project, a pair of eagles stand over their chicks and unhatched eggs in their nest in Decorah, Iowa on Sunday, April 3, 2011. A live video feed with a bird's eye view of eagle eggs hatching has attracted more than 100,000 followers _ so many that the site crashed briefly Saturday after the first eaglet emerged. The camera sponsored by the Raptor Resource Project shows a nest 80 feet up in a tree overlooking a trout stream at the Decorah Fish Hatchery, where the pair of eagles is welcoming their brood. (AP Photo/Raptor Resource Project, Bob Anderson) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES

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By Aaron Hepker

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) — Now that the young birds have taken wing, the wildly popular Decorah eagle cam soon will shut down.

Three bald eagle chicks that hatched in early April have left the nest.

Bob Anderson is director of the Raptor Resource project, which sponsored the eagle cam. He told The Gazette that fans logged more than 160 million Internet views this spring.

Anderson says the wall posting on the nest's Facebook page will be shut down Friday and the cameras likely will be turned off by the end of the week.

Anderson says he's proud that the nest cam showed so many people the wonders of nature.

He says that next year there will be more and better cameras and faster uploads, plus live video and audio from other bird nests.

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