Thursday was a big day for EagleCam viewers. A few hours after the first baby eagle hatched, a second was welcomed into the world.
If you'd like to watch it happen, click here. This one's being called "Rain Dancer" by a lot of people on the EagleCam Facebook page.
Here’s the original story from Thursday morning.
Welcome to the world, baby eagle! The first chick hatched on the Minnesota DNR's EagleCam live stream Thursday morning.
Excited followers have been posting footage of the nest on the DNR's Facebook page.
It's hard to get a good look, because mama eagle is keeping the chick and eggs warm. But this video caught a glimpse of the baby, which people on the page are calling "Storm Chaser."
A DNR spokeswoman told GoMN the department doesn't name the eaglets, but that Storm Chaser is "certainly appropriate!"
She also said they assume the chick hatched from the first egg, which was laid on Jan 28. This is good news – some biologists were concerned the first egg wasn't viable and wouldn't hatch after being left in the cold for quite some time.
"The pair has proven they have this incubation thing under control," the DNR said.
There are still two more eggs in the nest, which could also hatch in the coming days. One of the two has started pipping (cracking the shell). The agency says there might be three chicks by the weekend.
Eagle eggs tend to hatch a few days apart in the order they were laid, not all at the same time (referred to as “asynchronous,” the DNR explains). The eaglets break through with an egg tooth – it’s a temporary little point on their bill used to crack the shell.
Worth remembering: This is nature and eagles are carnivores.
“Natural struggles will occur and some of the feeding or other wild bird behaviors may be difficult to watch,” the DNR warns.
The Nongame Wildlife Program needs help
The Nongame Wildlife Program works to protect more than 700 animal species in Minnesota, and operates almost entirely on donations – but barely get any now.
“If every Minnesota tax payer donated just $1, we would be so much better off,” the program wrote. “But, sadly, less than 3 percent of Minnesotans who file taxes donate to our program. Those who donate are generous, yet the donations have decreased steadily over the decades and we are in serious financial trouble.”