That's it for the EagleCam this year.
If you've tried to check in on the mama and papa eagle and their three new kids recently, you might have noticed poor, choppy camera quality on the DNR's popular livestream. The DNR tried tweaking the settings to fix it – but it turns out there wasn't a connection or signal issue.
The camera was just dying.
The DNR's Nongame Wildlife Program, which runs the EagleCam, said Thursday the camera has now completely failed. So you won't be able to log on and take a peek for the rest of this year.
All three baby eagle chicks are big, healthy and exercising, the Nongame Wildlife Program says, and they're getting ready to start trying to fly in about a month or so. That's actually why they can't just replace the camera now.
"Since their wings are not strong enough for flight, they would not be able to fly or even glide to the ground if they jumped," the program explained. "The welfare of the chicks is more important than fixing the hardware problem now, so the camera and live feed will be down for the remainder of the season."
The Nongame Wildlife Program, which operates almost entirely on donations, does have enough money to buy a replacement camera for next year's nesting season. (This eagle couple usually comes around and starts getting the nest ready in January.) They could potentially get a second camera – this one with sound – if more donations come in. You can read more about the Nongame Wildlife Program or look at donation options here.
So that's a wrap for EagleCam 2017. The program will probably give updates occasionally as the chicks continue to grow.
In the meantime, you could always check out the livestreaming peregrine falcon cam. The couple there laid eggs recently.