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It’s that time of year again. The bald eagles nesting outside Decorah, Iowa, are laying eggs. Tune in and watch live around the clock.

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Live Video: Eagles

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Here’s live footage from the camera mounted at the eagle’s nest near Decorah, Iowa. The camera has been running during the hatching season for several years and is made possible by Raptor Resource Project.

Feather sale brings sentence

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A Montana resident was recently prosecuted for selling feathers using the MySpace social networking site, casting a new light on the little known fact that people still use MySpace, or did so as recently as 2009. Below is the Department of Justice account of the case:

Seller of Golden Eagle and Hawk Feathers Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Violations of Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Lacey Act
June 6, 2013

Steven Patrick Garcia, Jr., 36, of San Jose, Calif., was sentenced June 6 in federal court in Billings, Mont., to two years in prison for selling and offering to sell migratory bird parts in violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Lacey Act, according to the Department of Justice. Garcia had pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 16, 2013.

Garcia admitted by his plea that on Dec. 2, 2008, he offered for sale and sold golden eagle and hawk feathers and that on Feb. 25, 2009, he sold golden eagle feathers knowing that those golden eagle feathers were unlawfully taken and possessed.

“Today’s prosecution and sentence demonstrate that individuals that attempt to profit from the unlawful taking of golden eagles, bald eagles, hawks and all other migratory birds will be investigated, prosecuted and punished accordingly,” said U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana Michael W. Cotter.

The Secretary of the Interior maintains a list of migratory birds which are protected from, among other things, being killed, sold, bartered, transported or possessed, except as otherwise permitted by federal regulation. Enrolled members of federally recognized American Indian tribes may obtain permits to possess eagle and other migratory bird feathers and parts for religious and ceremonial purposes, but federal law strictly prohibits the sale of migratory birds, feathers, or their parts by any person. The Lacey Act prohibits, among other things, the sale of wildlife knowing that the wildlife was taken or possessed in violation of any federal wildlife-related regulation or law.

According to court documents, Garcia communicated via MySpace with an individual in California and sold the individual hawk feathers for $200 and a golden eagle feather for $25 in December 2008. The hawk feathers were later forensically identified as twelve tail feathers of either ferruginous or red-tailed hawk. Garcia also communicated via MySpace with an undercover U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent who, at one point in time, observed approximately seventy photographs of migratory bird feathers on Garcia’s MySpace Page. The agent purchased 12 ferruginous hawk and 12 rough-legged hawk tail feathers from Garcia in February 2009 as well as one complete set of subadult golden eagle wings for $400. Approximately 146 items containing feathers representing 18 different species of migratory birds were obtained from Garcia’s home in Lame Deer, Montana, in March 2009.

This case resulted from a nationwide investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement into the illegal commercialization of eagles and other migratory birds protected by federal law. The case was prosecuted by the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Crimes Section with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Montana.

Bald eagle events

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Once again, the eagles are migrating to the unfrozen waters of the MIssissippi and other major rivers in the Midwest where the fishing is good. Below, courtesy of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, is a list of good eagle viewing spots and events for the next few months. Note: Even if you missed the event, chances are the location is still a good eagle-watching spot.

Clinton Bald Eagle Watch,
Lock and Dam 13,
Jan. 5, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Clinton Community College will have exhibits from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and host live bird and nature programs from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free bus service is available from the college to the viewing area. For more information, call 815-259-3628.

Quad Cities Bald Eagle Days,
QCCA Expo Center, Rock Island, Ill.,
Jan. 11 – 12
QCCA will host live eagle and bird of prey programs by the World Bird Sanctuary, special attractions, a wildlife art show and sale and environmental fair. The event is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Jan. 5, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 6. For more information, contact the Mississippi River Visitor Center at 309-794-5338, or Arlynn Hartwig at 309-788-2543.

Ottumwa Bald Eagle Watch,
Bridge View Center,
Jan. 12
The environmental fair is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will feature a program, displays, a hike along the Des Moines River and eagle watching. Spectacular view of eagles flying and feeding on the Des Moines River from both inside and outside Bridge View. Free admission, donations welcome. For more information, call 641-682-8626.

Mississippi River Visitor Center,
Arsenal Island,
Weekends, Jan. 14 to Feb. 12
Eagle watching and historic clock tours depart from Arsenal Island at Rock Island, Ill., Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact Visitor’s Center Staff at 309-794-5338. Reservations are recommended as group size is limited.

Dubuque Bald Eagle Watch,
A.Y. McDonald Park,
Jan. 19
The Grand River Center at the Port of Dubuque will have indoor exhibits from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The World Bird Sanctuary will offer live eagle and bird of prey programs at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Trolley rides are available to take visitors from the Grand River Center to the outdoor viewing area. For more information, call 563-556-4372 or 563-582-0881.

Keokuk Bald Eagle Days,
River City Mall, in Keokuk,
Jan. 19-20
The River City Mall, in Keokuk, will have indoor programs and an environmental fair. Live eagle programs are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 19 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 20. Eagle viewing will take place along the river front. For more information, call 1-800-383-1219.

Red Rock Bald Eagle Watch,
Howell Station below Lake Red Rock,
Jan. 25-26
Indoor programs will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Central College in the Graham Conference Center, 812 University St., Pella. Outdoor viewing is at Howell Station, below Lake Red Rock from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 641-828-7522.

New Event – Coralville Bald Eagle Watch,
Coralville Dam Spillway,
Feb. 9
Outdoor viewing will be held at the Coralville Dam spillway. Indoor programs will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 319-338-3543 ext. 6308.

Effigy Mounds Bald Eagle Watch,
Prairie du Chien Visitors Center,
Feb. 23
Outdoor viewing is available at the Prairie du Chien Visitors Center on the River from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 563-873-3491.

Saylorville Bald Eagle Watch,
February 24
Start at Visitor’s Center to find outdoor viewing at selected sites around the reservoir. The event is from Noon to 4 p.m. For more information call 515-276-4656.

Sioux Rapids Bald Eagle Watch,
March 23
Outdoor viewing is available at select sites starting in Linn Grove at the nature center on Main St. Registration is 8:30 to 10 a.m., speakers are 10 a.m. to noon. Refreshments are available in the morning. A free will offering lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m. For more information, including how to preregister for the event, call 712-296-4920 or 712-295-7200.