JOHNSTON- Iowa Public Television announced today the premiere of "The Eagles of Decorah." The documentary will premiere tonight- Wednesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. It will also air Saturday, March 11 at 8 a.m.
"The Eagles of Decorah" takes a captivating look into the private lives of bald eagles, featuring the world famous Decorah Eagles. This family of eagles became an internet sensation after the installation of a live webcam that provided revealing looks into their everyday lives - from hatching eggs, to nurturing eaglets, to learning to fly. After a violent thunderstorm destroyed the nest in 2015, IPTV followed the efforts of the Raptor Resource Project to rebuild and restore the home of these iconic birds.
More than 200 hours of footage filmed over a ten-year period was compiled by IPTV to document the full story of Decorah's eagles and former Raptor Resource Project Director Bob Anderson - before and after his passing in 2015. Combined with archival material previously acquired by IPTV's Iowa Outdoors, this behind-the-scenes special documents the eagles and their passionate supporters who have turned these birds into an international phenomenon.
"Iowa Public Television has followed the adventure of these eagles and the humans working to document their lives for more than a decade," said Andrew Batt, senior producer. "We've spent hundreds of hours with Bob Anderson and even more watching, waiting and filming 'The Eagles of Decorah'. The group of passionate people still working on these nest cams is an inspiration to any Iowan with an appreciation for nature and the outdoors."