DECORAH, Iowa. -- Nature enthusiasts are going gaga over a live webcam of a bald eagle nest in Decorah, Iowa.
Millions of nature enthusiasts and curious webcam junkies from around the globe watched as three eaglets hatched over the past week live via an "eagle cam" installed in their nest.
The first baby eagle hatched April 2, followed by a sibling the next day. The third and final egg hatched last Wednesday night.
The new American bald eagle family can still be viewed on www.raptorresource.org. Bob Anderson, director of the Raptor Resource Project in Decorah, Ia says the camera has been helping draw almost four million page visits a day for the past month.
Although a camera has been pointed at the nest near the Decorah Fish Hatchery for several years, it took a technology upgrade last fall and a new Internet host - Ustream.com - in January to send the click count soaring, he said.
"We've gained a half million views within the past few weeks. I'm totally blown away," said Anderson.
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Anderson explained that the eagle cam has been watched by Internet users in about 130 countries.
Traffic increased as the eggs got closer to hatching.
"What usually happens is that word of mouth starts to get around," said Lynn Fox, vice-president of marketing and communication for Ustream. She says Ustream has capabilities for users to send messages and links to family and friends.
"They can say, 'Look what I am watching. There are three eggs and they're about to hatch, or they just hatched. That has a viral element to it that will catch fire," Fox said.
The camera will be on until about July when it will be switched off so that it does not interfere with the eaglets leaving the nest, Anderson said.
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