American Eagle
Did You Watch "American Eagle"? - Tell Us What You Think!

American Eagle premiered Sunday night (check local listings). If you watched, we’d love to hear what you think!

The bald eagle may be an American icon, but most of us know very little about this aerial predator. American Eagle goes behind the scenes and into the nest to provide the ultimate bird’s eye view into the private life of this striking raptor.

What was your favorite part of the episode?

What did you find interesting or surprising?

Use the comment form below to share your thoughts with NATURE viewers everywhere.

  • Lisa

    It was amazing!

  • M/M Michael Hanna

    As eagle volunteer watchers in Western NYS, we thoroughly enjoyed your production! Wonderful photography, a well written script and flawless execution of the project. Congratulations with what should win an Oscar!

  • Tom

    Absolutely Fantastic!!!

  • Ryan

    Anyone remember the town the hatchery was located at?

    Great program.

  • Rachel

    Very reminiscent of my days in Alaska! Fabulous program!

  • Fitch

    Truly amazing photography and inspiring dialog, great use of TV

  • Mary Sedwick

    What a beautiful program! Thank you!

  • stephen muscio

    Great program, I learned alot about our National Symbol tonight.

  • Kathy Valcore

    Loved it! ****

  • Brian

    I’m buying this I think; I’m going to save it for my kids. Amazing program

  • Path

    I wrote something because of this program, I was going to mail it to the producers or something, but I’ll put it here. It might be terrible but I thought I’d share anyway

    Herald the Eagle

    My one eyed bride
    My child newborn
    In the nest I have built
    Winter is passing

    I return and
    She goes out
    Long I wait for her
    Through the dark and bitter storm
    The dawn comes
    But she does not

    I stand here
    All I had hoped for is lost
    It is quiet now

    I will cry herald
    And survey my land.

  • Charles F. Wurster

    In the Nature program on the Bald Eagle, it was stated that Congress banned DDT in 1973. That is incorrect; Congress did not act on DDT. DDT was banned in June 1972 by William Ruckelshaus, the first Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Cully

    Thanks for pointing that out, Charles. We can all enjoy it that much better now.

  • Darlene

    I loved the documentary on the AMERICAN BALD EAGLE! Great work! It was beautiful to see the male and female both taking turns to sit on the eggs and then to raise their young. It was heartwrenching to hear and see that the female eagle with one eye did not make it. But, it was also heartwarming to see the male continue to successfully breed the following year.

    Here in south Louisiana (I live in Bourg, LA) we are seeing more and more eagle sightings closer to home. Today I saw three flying over my home and yesterday I saw five about 20 miles from here. We also have a yearly Eagle Expo in my area where experts come to talk about the eagle population and we go on boat tours to see the nests and eagles in their natural habitat. I was able to get some great shots of bald eagles in 2008. You can view them on my website: http://www.bayoubellephotography.com

    Being a wildlife photographer myself, I am very happy that the eagle population is progressively increasing each year locally. What a beautiful majestic bird!

  • ES

    we follow several eagle cams at IWS.org – the Channel Island restoration program – and thoroughly enjoyed the show – have already ordered the DVD! Path – very nice tribute! Again – great show!

  • Stephen

    As a staff member of a raptor education and rehabilitation facility, I am priveleged to work with eagles closely. Recently, I rescued two eagles — one that had likely hit a power line and another caught in a trap — and I regularly work with another eagle, holding her on the glove as an education bird. Looking into an eagle’s eyes from six inches away is unforgettable, but the recent program about eagles, and Neil Rettig’s amazing photography, reminded me that the most impressive experience with eagles is to see them living and flying free.

  • Gary

    I only got to see the last half of the program, but the information and execution were riveting. I am now on the mailing list, and will continue to look for this and other programs in the series. Certainly a first rate program, and kudos to the sponsors (Johnson, Canon, and cpb) and the crew for making a great documentary!

  • Joe in Texas

    My wife and I have watched a mating pair of Bald Eagles for a number of years and are fascinated by them. Occasionally we get treated to a fly-over and it is always a great experience. The photography in the video was fabulous and plan to order it soon.

  • Kate Roberts

    This will be a wonderful classroom resource for my 5th graders who will participate in The Great Backyard Bird Count at the Noxubee Refuge where several pairs of American Bald Eagles reside. I will order this resource for my classroom because it is so compelling with so many of life’s lessons.

  • Wabishkewajiw

    I teach a class called Positive Indian Parenting. I really would like to use this for the portion called Lessons in Nature. I think it shows the importance of fathers and the positive roles in their children’s lives.

  • Sue Crandall

    I would just like to say thank-you… I truly believe this was one of the best documentaries I have ever seen!…I appreciate the time, effort and money that went into the making of this film…I will be asking my family for a copy of this particular film for Christmas…and then will be able to enjoy and apprieciate the bald eagle time and time again…thank-you.

  • Shannon B.

    I loved it! The Bald Eagle is truly a beautiful animal. I hope they put this series out in box set.

  • Cindy

    We were recently in the area of the filming, birdwatching. This film was only a tip of the iceburg. The beauty of the eagle is ours only if we respect it and where it lives. Watch, learn, listen, and leave alone. Thank you Neil Rettig for your film . Always keep your eyes to the sky, and your ears to the wind. ps. and your batteries charged

  • Mary Forbes

    As an avid online eagle nest watcher I have seen many of these behaviors on live streaming video including the sad, scarey sibling rivalry. This program was excellent..the video was gorgeous! They managed to put so much information about this beautiful bird into their 1 hour program!! Congratulations all around to you.

    The main group that I belong to is Hancock Wildlife Foundation(non-profit) at hancockwildlife.org which broadcasts 3 different eagle nests. It was started by noted eagle biologist David Hancock of British Columbia several years ago to teach the general public and school children in their classrooms about these wonderful birds. Your film is very close to his teachings.

    We have been talking about this program for weeks…watching your trailers and waiting to see it with great anticipation. It lived up to expectations for sure!!! I plan to watch this program over and over!! Thanks so much!!! We loved it!!!!

  • Tim

    I’m fortunate to live just a mile and a half up the road from the nesting pair at the NE Iowa trout hatchery. I’m sure the location wasn’t disclosed to protect the birds. However, they’re used to human activity nearby, the nest is literally in someone’s backyard. It was facinating to see what’s actually going on up in there. And Neil Rettig’s cinematography of the entire upper Mississippi valley setting was truly spectacular.

  • Jane Skinner

    Thank you for this beautifully filmed and narrated film about one of nture’s most fascinating birds. We occasionally get to see them from afar but never so “up close and personal”! Wonderful!!!

  • John Petty

    Being Wisconsin resident, a lover of the upper Mississippi a.k.a “Big Muddy”, and a huge fan of raptors this episode of Nature turly touched me.I’ve been watching Nature every Sunday since I was kid and never have I been so moved by the program. I am so happy the world got a chance to see what I’ve seen and what I see every migration season. I encourage those who know people who haven’t seen this episode of Nature or for anyone who wants to know more about the Bald Eagle to watch this program and visit the upper Mississippi during migration season, it turly is a site to see. Thank you PBS.

  • Laurie

    My husband and I were fascinated with this beautiful film. Did not realize there were so many of the beautiful birds in that area of the country. I’ve been lucky to spot one twice here in Colorado but never have seen more than one. Thank you PBS.

  • Path

    Thanks!

  • Mike Hertle

    Thanks for a wonderful film! In east-central Iowa we’re seeing more and more eagles as the weather turns colder.

  • Sharon V in TN

    Fantastic!! I work with a certified Raptor rehabilitator and this program was so inspiring. We have never had an eagle to care for as there is only one place certified in our state to do so, but after working with red tail hawks, Barred owls, kestrals and others, I was amazed at the strength and beauty of these eagles. It is good to see them coming back from near extinction.

    Great program, great work by the photograper and an inspration for us all.

  • Jennifer Gobel

    My husband and I just caught the last half hour of the program and were thrilled to see it. We immediately recognized our home state of Minnesota–it was great to know that the rest of the country got to see what we are so privileged to see daily. We live 2 miles from the Mississippi and eagles regularly fly over our house. We also have a sail boat on the St. Croix river, which drains into the Mississippi, and have an eagles nest at our marina which this year had 2 young eaglets. When I was growing up, the eagle was expected to be extinct by 1980 and I never thought I would see one in the wild, much less in my backyard! Wonderful production and many thanks to everyone who made it happen.

  • Jen K

    Thank you for such a wonderful portrait of this gorgeous raptor. I didn’t realize how little I knew about eagles and this was an education. I was all misty at the end when ‘underdog’ took flight. The photography was stunning – all the close-ups and the birds ‘playing rugby’.

    I feel fortunate to have seen this footage. My heart broke when I learned that hunters leave lead-bullet-infested carcasses which then poison the eagles, and presumably many other carrion feeders as well. I must look into that and find out if any action is being taken to prevent such waste of life.

    Thank you for this wonderful documentation of a most incredible raptor.

  • John Heneghan

    The video was spectacular!!
    I did not know the eagle pair shared siting on the eggs and feeding the chicks. I was also surprised to see the coot making up a big part of their diet.
    Never thought about the affects of feeding on game killed with lead.

    Having made the trip to the Mississippi in Winter to see the eagles, I was very impressed with the Video!!

    For Ryan above: The hatchery is in Decorah, IA

  • Tammy Ward

    The video was awesome! My children and I enjoyed it totally! It was very educational for both me and my children. Thanks for enlighting us on the effects of animals being killed with bulletts containing lead or arrows. We loved it! This is just one more reason, along with millions more to Go Green. Thanks again and keep up the great work!

  • Deb

    We enjoyed the presentation and found it to be a personal look at the Bald Eagle rather than a boring, unemotional narrated version! We follow several live feed cams – with “nestorations” to begin again soon on the Channel Islands – at http://www.IWS.org. Their comeback has been slow and not without hardships – some shown on the documentary. But we continue to support the effort and celebrate that we’ve finally taken responsibility and are working to undo the wrong. Thank you (I’ve already ordered my copy)

  • Snow

    We went with our children to a place at lake of the Pines in Texas to see if we could count any eagles, during the counting season one year.. We were so pleased to be able to spot bald eagles.. this was many years ago when our children were small..
    The adventure gave us a lifelong love for them and
    this film is amazing as we have never had the priveledge to look into a nest to see the babies.
    This close up view of their life and death is heart wrenching and encouraging to see what has been done to save these beautiful raptors.. I will be purchasing the video. All our thanks for such a fine production.

  • Ron Perrone

    My wife and I are wild bird rehabilitators in West Virginia and from time to time we work with both Bald and Golden eagles. We loved the footage and the commentary. No matter how often one may work with such animals, there is always more to learn. The comment about the eagle dying from lead poisoning was especially personal. We have lost 2 eagles in this way and I can vouch for how hard and expensive it is to treat this condition. And to have the bird die despite one’s efforts is utterly traumatizing.

    I am a hunter as well and it is my wish to see lead ammunition eliminated completely and replaced with something that doesn’t leave the world polluted with such a poison. I have found old bullets lying on the ground, seen it in stream beds, and twice cut into bullets while chainsawing into trees. The stuff is everywhere.

  • Artsy Mom

    What a gorgeous documentary of the Bald Eagle. I have been watching live eagle cams for over 3 years now and just wanted to make a few ‘corrections’ to the information moderated on this documentary. Firstly, the bird is a Bald Eagle…not an ‘American’ Bald Eagle and secondly, their chicks are not babies (mammals have those) they are called eaglets until they fledge and then they are ‘Juvenile’s until they become sub-adults at 2-3 years of age. Otherwise, this was a beautifully shot documentary which shows a lot of away from the nest activities which we cannot view very often watching eagle cams. Thank you so much for airing it. The more people understand this majestic raptor the less likely they are to do things which can cause their demise.

  • David Hancock HWF

    Compliments to PBS and the Bald Eagle film producers. Great job. Lots of excellent data and images. I like the shots of the juveniles and imatures hunting coots. I suspect the coot capturing to be by the immatures and not the very inexperienced juveniles. I wished we had done it.

    I love the debate on the “American Bald Eagle” vs the Bald Eagle. This gets confusing as the bird does not exist in half of America — South America. If the intent was to suggest the use of the word “American” was equal to the United States of America that is of course somewhat offbase. There are more bald eagles in Canada than in the US. However, lets not quibble — the maginficant bald eagle is certainly the “sea eagle” of North America.

    David Hancock,
    Hancock Wildlife Foundation
    http://www.hancockwildlife.org for Live Streaming Bald Eagles

  • Judy

    As an avid “live-cam eagle nest” Research Monitor for Hancock Wildlife Foundation http://www.hancockwildlife.org I found your show to be very informative.

    Beautifully done. Thank You.

  • Ian

    I enjoyed the program very much, particularly the footage of courtship flights and other behaviours that aren’t normally seen even on webcams.

    One small quibble I had was the repeated reference to the eaglets as “babies” – in a documentary of this type I feel it is important to use appropriate and accurate terminology at all times. These aren’t mammals, and so the young aren’t “babies” – the term “eaglet” is of course the best and most accurate one.

  • Brenda

    I enjoyed program. I showed a lot insight. It reminded me of Washington, DC’s George and Martha. It’s a story of two eagles located near the Wilson Bridge reconstruction and how Martha was killed by another eagle so that the other eagle could mate with George.

  • William Johnson

    We just completed an Elderhostel on the upper Mississippi and among many great adventures we visited the raptor center and had a terrific lecture and viewing of a live injured bald eagle. A great documentary most enjoyable.

  • Patricia O’Toole

    What a delight to watch, Our daughter and her husband have a home in Northern Wisconsin that is on one of the highest hills with the tallest tree. Almost every year we hear the Eaglets and watch the flights, but our binoculars do not show nor give the story like you presented in this magnificent video. We missed the first half of the program. We are ordering a DVD to give them for Christmas. What a joy to watch and visual for the children to see. With much gratitude.

  • hank

    Please stop feeding video in a way that causes internet explorer to use huge amounts of CPU resource. Not at all needed for fine quality streaming and makes the web way to “full” (reduces bandwith for all and makes my video choppy).

  • jim

    I enjoyed most the video coverage of the hatchery nest and thought the lead poisoning issue was most interesting! I am a wildlife biologist in Montana and have been monitoring bald eagle nest activity and production for six years. I learned a lot of natural history from the video and plan to share it with my coworkers!

  • Randy

    I totally enjoyed the program. I too grew up in a time when seeing a Bald Eagle was rare, and considered a privilege. I now live on a small lake in Oregon where a Bald Eagle(s) hunts daily for coots and fish. This fall I watch a pair of them tag team a small cackling goose. I look forward to future programs.

  • Liz

    Great show, really enjoyable. I live in MN and spend a lot of time out on the Mississippi watching and photographing eagles in the winter. I’ve also been to the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve which is an incredible place. It’s really nice to see a focus on the recovery of birds here in the lower 48! Interesting for those who know a lot about eagles, as well for people who aren’t so familiar.

  • David VanBuskirk

    Eagles remain on the edge of our experience. Behind our cabin on the shore of a northern Maine lake, my wife was grooming our 3 month old, white and woolly Labradoodle. An immature bald eagle swooped through the pines, headed for the dog, and dropped a 2 pound bass at her feet. My wife grabbed the dog and went for cover. The bird climbed high and headed for the lake without touching the puppy. We learned that eagles do carry off lambs. Did this one relent about eating a lamb-like lunch? Was the fish an offering to our family? or a lost, lesser lunch?

    The American Eagle program was spectacular, a once in a decade treat.

  • Gail Erickson

    The Wisdom and the lessons that God has written within every fiber & facet of His creation ALWAYS AMAZE me!!! The image & lessons that we can take from the Eagle are already widely recognized by all – especially our Nation. As a Clinical Psychologist & a Seminary graduate I have often used the Eagle in my ministry and in my work in helping people overcome magnitudes of problems. I will use this video in my own work & teaching using Scripture and/or Metaphor much in the future.

  • Alan

    I remember when the American Bald Eagle was put on the endangered species list when I did volunteer work for Sierra Club in NYC yeraslong gone. I never thought I would ever seee one unless I traveled to Alaska or Minnesota because there were virtually none in the lower 48. The rebound since then has been astounding and I see them regularly over the Hudson River Valley and upstate New York.

    Your film was beautifully shot; an illustration for a story well told. The images were gorgeous with scenes that were starkly beautiful and wondrous. The cinematography was excellent and it made me proud to be a part of the environmental movement back in it’s beginnings and see the resuts today depicted in your beautiful film. Thank God for your series and for PBBS in general.

  • Yesenia

    It is the their fight against humankind that makes them stronger.

  • Jean Forbes

    I would have pruchased this DVD but do my children really need to see the pecking brutality in the nest? I know–it’s life. But with so little time for innocence and gentleness in this world–I will forgo the beauty of the film, to spare my wee ones such cruelty in living colour.

  • Georgia

    Enjoyed this enormously – the nesting scenes were especially interesting! Good job!

  • George Kruse

    I really enjoyed this program. Fantastic photography! Well put together and written. Watching a pair of eagles over time was fascinating. Thank you!

  • jorge velasquez

    as a person that loves eagles i waited for a program like this for many years. thank you

  • wallace marshall

    Glad to see this type of videolog on such a great creature making a comeback…gives a glimmer of hope..

  • Michele Kim

    I watched this with my children, and we loved it! I was surprised at the footage of the female’s unexplained death. The nest cams were also amazing. I worked in Panama for the Peregrine Fund, and monitored the first time a Harpy Eagle chick was re-introduced to its parents after having been taken as an egg. The cinematography in this video was infinitely better than the cams scientists have. This is very well produced and I have already highly recommended it to others. Thanks for posting it in its entirity for the public to view.

  • Timothy Kinney

    Viewed this excellent, wonderfully-filmed documentary on my laptop, 2/22/09. I can readily identify with the sightings described in Alaska, because I personal-ly observed hundreds of them along the riverbank, while relocating to Eielson AFB, AK (9/81), after traveling the ‘Inside Passage,’ from Seattle, WA. Once again, well done PBS!!! Your excellence in viewing continues, undiminished.

  • Lisa

    Thank you for this beautiful and touching documentary on the bald eagles. It was very moving and brought tears to my eyes and also joy at watching them overcome so much. I think the bald eagle and other birds of prey are so beautiful! I am crazy about bald eagles and try to learn everything I can about them. I only wish I could watch them in the wild, but I enjoy watching them on the numerous cams around the country. Thank you PBS for this wonderful opportunity to learn about our national symbol!

  • Mike

    I watched these episodes via the web while excersizing on my treadmill! Your awe-inspiring photography and dialogue kept me rivited long after I would normally have given up! What an inspiration…great job!

    THANK you for making this available from the web for those of us who were unlucky enough to have caught this the first time.

  • ruth

    great! there was supposed to be a webcam, but can’t find it

  • Amy Stine

    Do Eagles have eaglets every year? Do the eaglets leave the nest by fall? Where do they go? Will they build nests nearby the parents or is there not a pattern?

    The film was excellent and the cinemetography was incredible! Thank you for this!

  • Donna Coy

    Wonderous! Thank you so much for providing this program on the net.

  • Lynn Beedle

    Absolutely awesome! Thank you.

  • joan Ross

    Beautiful and amazing! I was surprised to know that the female eagle is so inexperienced and the male helps with the babies. My granddaughter and I have been studying birds, and this film helped put a lot together. Thanks so much and look forward to more. I think this is the first time my husband watched a full show!

  • leroi morgan

    Nizhoni – Great! Eagles are sacred and provide guidance and strength in Indigenous world.

  • ALFRED

    THANK YOU MY FREND
    REALY REALY WAS GREAT!!!!!
    AND GOD BLESS AMERICA

  • Alice White

    The most beautiful and amazing video and photos of Eagles I’ve seen. I’m much into the Eagles nest in Sydney B.C., Canada and have been since they hatched. Sorry to say Canada has too many restrictions and many nests have lost some babies. Not Sydney though for the parents built a huge nest which now holds 3 eaglets, who are due to fledge in 4 wks. Seeing your fledging edpisode helped me to prepare for whats to come. This is truly a masterpiece you have produced. Txs. from a lover of eagle watching.

  • Debra

    Truly enjoyable and well done.

  • Molly

    Excellent. I have been watching an eagle cam here in NJ and have “bonded” with the 3 eaglets from the time they hatched to watching them crash into a parent who has returned to the nest with a meal. Like Underdog we had Tiny for whom our blog group worried would not make it. But he was feisty. And there were 3 males which helped. Any way…..wonderful cinematography and commentary. Thank you!

  • Carlos

    !!Amazingly Wonderful and super informative !!

  • grace

    i loved it and that ios why the bold eagle was picked as a role model to the us. becz its bold beutiful strong and prideful

  • Laura Nokes Lang

    I’ve seen eagles in the wild from great distances, and this gave me a chance to see them up close and personal. My son died when he was 20, and I adopted the eagle as a spiritual symbol for him. I had no idea thievery was a part of the eagle character. Live and learn. What a magnificent bird and a great symbol for the United States of America. I hope we make as great a comeback as the eagles have.

  • C. B. Limerick

    Fantastic program.

  • sheila

    Very informative! The video stopped in the middle though so I didn’t get to watch all of it.

  • S. Follett

    Usual excellent content and photography [hidden cameras near nests provide unique views] that my husband and I associate with Nature … a Sunday evening staple in our home.

  • FRY Choo Choo

    This was a great episode, I am a Locomotive Engineer so I get to see things that others never get too. In the last Month I have seen about a dozen Bald Eagles om my runs thru Nebraska, it’s such a amazing site to see the beautiful american icon in which some people will never see one in their lifetime.

  • Stuart

    What a great story! I’ll be watching the skies more carefully in NJ looking for them.

  • Sarah Wiggins

    Thoroughly enjoyed this program. I was captivated by the entire show. I am an elementary school teacher and I would and am going to purchase the video of the American Eagle. The bald eagle is an awesome sight to behold. Thank you PBS for such wonderful programs!

  • Pam

    Awesome program! Magnificent creatures! Thank You PBS

  • stephen

    Wonderful program, I learned more about our Eagles tonight than I ever knew before. Thank you PBS.

  • April King

    I really loved this episode. Thank you so much for bringing such amazing stories to PBS. The eagles are so beautiful and graceful. I enjoyed watching the entire program.

  • Charles F. Wurster

    More than a year ago I made the following comment about this film, following its first broadcast:

    Charles F. Wurster — November 17th, 2008 at 1:19 am

    In the Nature program on the Bald Eagle, it was stated that Congress banned DDT in 1973. That is incorrect; Congress did not act on DDT. DDT was banned in June 1972 by William Ruckelshaus, the first Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
    The error has remained uncorrected in the film. Congress had nothing to do with the banning of DDT. EPA Administrator Ruckelshaus banned DDT after a lengthy hearing before EPA, which followed a lawsuit by the Environmental Defense Fund.

  • Catherine

    I watched this episode again tonight – and then the replay later, on a different channel. You know, I’m going to catch it again later, too. My favorite part? The American Eagle – our symbol – has made a comeback. The footage was breathtaking; the content was very informative. I loved seeing UnderDog practice – and then take flight! Thank you to the film maker, and PBS. Too bad we almost wiped out our own national symbol – leave it to humans.

  • Toni

    This is one of the very best of the wonderful Nature shows. Being able to watch the nest from so many angles along with the superb narration is why we love this PBS series. Thank you.

  • Rob

    AWESOME! What we watch Nature for. The best show so far this year. Clear and bright photography was the key to the enchantment.

  • Bill Simbeck

    That is a great documentary on the American Bald Eagle. It is nice to see their comeback..
    It is a great thrill everytime I see one …

  • Sigrid

    What a wonderful portrait of such a magnificent bird. My husband and I leave on the Upper Mississippi River Valley and have seen much of this gorgeous scenery but have yet to see the eagles in action. We will be watching more closely, you can be sure.

    We also want to purchase a copy of the DVD but are unable to get past the “Checkout” on shopthirteen.org. I see that it won’t be available until next month but a preorder isn’t a bad idea, do you think? Hope to hear something on these comments, especially the purchase.

    Keep up the great work. We love this program, but even more when it comes close to home.

  • Congowings

    Some friends in Canada would like to see this, but can’t view it. Says something about rights? Is this not available to viewers in Canada? Thank you in advance.

  • 102dalz

    Excellent!!! I’ve been an avid Eagle fan for years (as an Auburn alum), but the showing of the life cycle of this gorgeous raptor has given me a newfound respect & admiration for the bird. Also, a wonderful metaphor for this great country of ours, makes me proud to be an American and a servicemember.
    Thanks PBS.

  • JMartin

    My husband and I loved the program. We recently had an eagle visit the pond below our house during a winter storm. Now we know what it was hunting! Thanks for an informative program!

  • Doug S

    Thank you for this film. Will pass it on to my grandchildren to inspire them to better enjoy the gift that has been given us to enjoy and nurture.
    I enjoy wildlife still photography and this was beautiful.

  • J Cameron

    That was the most entertaining and amazing documentary I have ever seen. I lived along the South Fork of the Snake River in SE Idaho and had the opportunity to photograpgh several bald eagles. They are the most majestic of all creatures! Thanks for the exemplary program!

  • Christine Joyce, LMT, CH

    I felt touched by an eagle. Nothing else mattered but this show on the American Bald Eagle. Hoping to find some in-flight bird pictures to do a painting; a bird in flight was to be my next inspiring painting. Thank you for this amazing show and the amazing information about their behaviors too.
    Namaste’

  • Siobhan Krane

    Thank you for this wonderful program. I have watched it three times. The more one learns about birds, the more fascinating they become.

  • Ron Newton

    I have always wanted to see our American Bald Eagle, Here in Oklahoma we have places to see them during the winter months, I will get go see for my self.
    Your show was just wonderful amazing footage.
    Thank You.

  • Kathy Dennis

    These eagles were absolutely beautiful – wild and free as they were meant to be. I especially appreciate the tenacity of the the photographers and crew who climbed tall trees, sweated in a blind, and searched to find the female who died in the storm.

  • Ken Hoeft

    I live in the heart of the eagles domain. Where the Mississippi & St. Croix rivers meet. I see them everyday and never take them for granted. Thank you for a great show. Everyone should view this.

  • Pat B

    Great! Not just a fairy story of a perfect world. MORE PLEASE! How about a Barn owl and a Bateleur Eagle. PLEASE.

  • Julie b

    It was a GREAT show that showed the real life of an eagle!

  • Sarah M.

    Absolutely loved it! I ejoyed watching some of the behaviors and comparing them to a rehabilitated bald eagle I care for.

  • Victoria

    This was an incredible film. I was glued to the TV, contacted several friends & encouraged them to view it also. Great program.

  • Susan Mann

    I watched this video and loved every moment!!! I learned so much about eagles and have an even greater respect for them. Thank you so much!

  • Lucas

    Awesome! Amazingly insightful. I enjoy all Nature programs, but this one ranks as one of the top 3 in my book. Thank you for such a wonderful program.

  • Lori Fleming

    Was so excited to find and watch this episode. I have watched a pair of eagles nesting over the fish farm at some property in North Bend, WA – and watching/listening to this show illuminated a great deal of what I have been seeing. In this episode, it was incredibly moving to see the woods dotted with the white heads of many Bald Eagles. I only see them two at a time where I live – to see so many of them in one area is awe-inspiring!

  • Steven Wade

    This program is excellent! The compassionn evoked in the photographers was proof that if people really care about their environment they become a part of it again instead of just an observer.

  • Stacie

    This was such a great documentary! I loved every minute of it……he took such a personal view of it and made it so interesting to watch. When the underdog took flight I had tears in my eyes. My boyfriend is Native American and has shown me the beauty of these birds and we always stop along the Mississippi to admire and honor these great birds. We live close to La Crosse, WI and drive up to Redwing, MN and make stops along the way to see them and take pictures of their beauty! Amazing video and information!!!! LOVED IT!

  • robert

    It is priceless these documentaires! Including bears confronting wolves etc . Priceless. Someday we live in harmony with all this Technoglogy with no noise or polution. More efficient. Energy with no costs self sustaining like the sun itself.Etc, that day WILL COME! These EAGLES know it and they are waiting for it. They are even waiting for our care.even if it is by only just the intention.

    God Bless!

  • John Gallagher

    It is hard to describe in words. The one word to me would be AWESOME.
    Thank You for the opportunity to wacth such a show.

  • kitty

    It was fantastic !!….Thank God they have re-bounded….what a magnificent creature !…Sure glad old Ben was over ruled,the Turkey sure would have been a mistake….Great job,Oscar material!..Thanks.

  • Tom Mahoney

    I really enjoyed you film, wish I was part of the crew. I am an amateur photographer and here in Pinellas County Florida I spend some time photographing several areas during the nesting season. I know of five nesting sites here and enjoy time at each.

  • Jan Percha

    I so enjoyed this film. Just outstanding photography. Hope to go to the “American Eagle Festival” in November in Alaska. Thanki you for sharing.

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  • Andrew

    I would like to let you know this was especially nice to see man interact so splendidly with his environment
    especially this bird of survival, I was always delighted with birds as a youngster and would seek their nesting hoping to nurture a bird though not an eagle and wanting to take it home… even attempting to feed it only to be scolded by my dad then …not realizing they the (bird) can handle it all by themselves…..but the part that touched me so much was the part where someone took up a dying bird poisoned by lead and took care of it, you know I have never understood my part on knowing how to take care of a family because as a youngster I left home way too early to have noticed..watching this journey of survival showed me how to be inspired to take care of someone and myself a little more better, what amused me was that every time the female bird fixed her nest the male rearranged it. And know I know this bird is a most fitting symbol to be our national emblem. Your work is very inspiring and transcends anything I have seen recently… to sort of watch this little ones grow and take the first flight and catch the first meal…and using the term cold feet to leave home to go out on the unknown really brought home the idea that I know the feeling… just that it is not the same for us humans as the birds!!

    Thank You!

  • Linda

    I’m able to see eagles up in Northern Minnesota every summer. I especially loved the footage of the nest preparation and the way the eggs and young eagles are cared for. I can’t see that during the summer! Wonderful program.

  • Carrie

    Very nice! Internet information a great supplement. I was so happy to see how many breeding pairs we have here in Maryland! I l thought I knew about Bald Eagles but learned alot! Also, the music was very good.

  • Adrienne H Elliott

    Woderful and the first thing i want to do is purchase the dvd and have it sent to my almost 11 yr old grand-dauughter who will be thrilled/She is a true animal lover.

  • Gigi Betta

    The fact that man has given the bald eagle a second chance restores my faith in the human race. I loved watching the show along with my two cats. I pulled a chair up for them right under the screen.

  • Timber Gilliland

    Very informative. We get great joy watching bald eagles in North Eastern Ohio and Western PA. We would love to have a camera on the nearby nests. What would be the proper procedure? I know there are many laws regarding Bald Eagles I would not want to disturb the mating pairs. Any suggestions? TimGil@msn.com

  • Cindy Babisz

    Fabulous! Beautiful! Breathtaking Shots! I am so happy that I was able to watch this! I am going to purchase a copy for my Aunt and Uncle that live near the Hatchery in Iowa. Thank you for these educational shows!

  • Shelly

    I loved the program. I found tears of both sorrow as well as pride & joy serveral times. I am in the Dayton Ohio area and we have 2-3 nesting pairs here. I have seen the nest but have yet to spot them in the sky’s, I’m crossing my fingers for this year. Great Job!!! Thank you!

  • Jim Stehr, Alameda CA

    My wife, Sharon, and I just finished watching the full PBS version of American Eagle. We were both utterly delighted! First, as a long-time still photographer and one who is just beginning to shot video, I offer deep and sincere compliments to the producers of this film (video?). What a labor of love!! And what a wonderful and valuable contribution to the education of so may of us who otherwise would never have this level of understanding. Truly, the bald eagle is a natural treasure, and your work has helped many of us appreciate it and thus help protect it! To see nature’s best in operation gives me pause to reflect on natures meaning for all life on this planet, including mankind and myself. Truly, I pray that we will not have a hand in its destruction. God bless you for your fine work, and many, many thanks! -Jim

  • frank lindsey

    I live in Florida, and during the winter I spend most of my free time photographing Eagles along our coastal regions and around our lakes in central Florida. After viewing this video, I was actually very moved by their ability to survive cold outdoor temperatures and amazed that so many don’t migrate down here in the winter. Most of my eagles are shot with the most blue sky backgrounds common to our wonderful weather here and after seeing this video, I can’t imagine how they survive there. Great job of photography and especially the journalism. http://www.redbubble.com/people/moms2blame

  • Nancy, North Liberty, IA

    Beautiful!!! I wish I had seen this long ago.
    Quenched the curiosity to a degree one would not have imagined. To ‘fly with the Eagles’ and nearly be involved in their life gives me a new respect for how hard life is in the wild and how far technology has come since a time when human life was equally hard and fragile. The return of the Eagle population to health is a statement of hope.

  • Linda Coal Valley,Il

    This is the most beautiful film on eadles I’ve seen. I’m so proud they are our national bird. They seem so proud and beautiful. Please keep up the great pictures.

  • dave and peg

    awesome-should be more of this type of shows-THANKS daveandpeg- elberon iowa

  • Linda

    That was awesome! I have recently discovered the Decorah eagle cam and it was suggested to view this video. I was in awe by the photography and commentary. Eagles are the most beautiful creatures I have ever seen. So majestic and proud. What a fabulous bird to represent our wonderful country. I learned so much from this video. Thanks to all who helped make this video possible so we could get an up close look at this great bird. I had tears well up in my eyes watching it. When the eagle soared, so did my heart! Thank you and keep up the great work! God Bless.

  • marlys kinzler

    I’m 75 , and it was better than any movie i have ever seen..My chest swelled with pride when underdog
    took off on his first flight!!! loved it!!

  • Suzanne

    Beautiful to watch!

  • John (eaglebud) Adams

    Thanks to all involved. I have spent a lifetime watching the return of these magnificent creatures. This is a wonderful teaching tool for our young people to learn, it is never to late. We can make a difference. And thanks to PBS for showing this important message. We are enlightened.

  • RICH DAVIS

    THIS WAS A FANTASTIC VIDEO, GIVES ME A NEW LEASE ON LIFE !!!!!! EAGLES FASENATE ME & WANT TO BE SOME KIND OF VOLENTIER , WHATEVER AS LONG AS IT’S WITH THESE AMAZING CREATURES,
    BELIVE EACH AND EVERY ONE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE !!!
    THANKS PBS WISH ALL COULD SEE THIS, I’VE BEEN WATCHING THE LIVE EAGLE CAM AT NORFOLK BOTANICAL GARDEN , I’LL BE SHAREING THIS WITH EVERYONE THERE IN THE MORRNING

  • Charlene

    Absolutely captivating video. Thank you!

  • Dottye Bregman

    Incredibly engrossing film covering a magnificent creature. The avian filming is some of the most poignant I have ever seen. As an artist, the American Eagle is one of my favorite subjects to paint. They are without question one of the most interesting and handsome of birds. This film is informative and educational, but its beauty lies in the incredible videography. C’est magnifique!

  • LN

    What a fantastic piece! There is nothing more majestic than seeing a bald eagle soaring in the sky. My classroom has been watching the eggs in the fish hatchery nest hoping to see eaglets soon. Thanks for the great work in allowing us to have the experience of witnessing nature up close but in a hands-off way!!

  • jd

    I wish they would air this on tv again

  • Genny Best

    Mr. Rettig’s cinematography is amazing. I am fascinated by raptors, and being able to watch these bald eagles as they struggle to survive and raise young was out of this world. The only thing better would have been to be there in person. Thank you so much for sharing this video. The parting comments that we are “stewards of the land and can make a difference” is so true. We must take responsibility for the survival of the plant and its species.

  • fission1

    Excellent! I’m old and I even learned a lot! Visually stunning and intellectually stimulating. Thanks to Mr. Rettig, Bob Anderson and PBS for getting this out to us!

  • Larry B

    What an amazing video. I have just watched the video on-line after hearing about the cams and seeing news coverage about the breeding pair and eaglets being born in Decorah, IA and I am so glad I did.

    It maked me aware that hope is not lost for nature or humanity if we care.

    Thanks for posting the link on http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles

  • kehbe

    I have been watching the Decorah Eagles this year with their new eaglets and was amazed to see them featured in this program. Absolutely beautiful video footage and amazing work you all are doing to advance our knowledge and appreciation for these great American raptors! Keep up the good work! Thank You!

  • mopeep

    Wonderful video. It should be required viewing and a test given before people can watch the Eagle cam and get in the chat room.

  • Leah in Ca.

    It was amazing and I learned so much. Love it!

  • Rosemary Lowe

    What an amazing video production. I have been fortunate to watch many magnificant bald eagles here in New Mexico, @ Bosque del Apache & other wildlife refuges. In Feb. we viewed an adult perched on a dead tree in the middle of a pond. When we see these birds on nature programs, we might think they spend most of their time in flight, but they really spend much time observing from tree branches. It is not easy being a bird of prey, or any other animal for that matter, in these times. It is the hope of many that so-called wildlife “refuges” will stop allowing bird (and other animal) hunts on these places which are supposed to be sanctuaries for animals. It seems such a betrayal.

  • Linda

    I have always thought of the bald eagle as a mean bird. This video has really enlightened me. They are truly beautiful! I feel so much differently now. I find myself frequently checking in on the couple at the hatchery throughout the day. I leave the site open on my computer at work and at home. My family and I give each other updates whenever we have a minute to see what they are up too. All of us have grown so attached to them. We are enjoying this so much!! Thank you!! I am looking into ways that we can help support these amazing birds!

  • Lou

    I enjoyed your film very much. Have been watching the 2011 Decorah pair and hatchlings and never miss a morning and night check-in. What a wonderful public service.

  • Donna

    First I sat glued for days to the decorah eagle cam, watching the wonder of joint parenting with the pair in that nest. Saw the three kids hatch and cannot think of anything that held my interest like that in so long.
    This morning I came to the PBS site hoping to find Eagles would be the next Nature show on PBS. Though it does not look to be scheduled I realized I could watch it right here on my laptop and I have.

    Having this video chronicle the Decorah dads loss of mate #1, to see him join up with the current mate and to “meet” the wonderful nature photographer Bob Anderson who has been bringing these past days of eagle watching to so many of us, it is and was a great treat.

    Bob actually pans shots and moves around the nest at decorah…this morning he showed us the nearby farm, stream and countryside which soon will be covered in leaves. Our three chicks are doing great .
    Thank you PBS, thank you Bob and Neil, the eagle comeback offers hope for all of us.

  • Graham

    Loved it. Amazing story. Eagles will forever be my favorite raptors.

  • Suzie

    Bob and Neil,
    I can’t believe the impact that this video and the live cam has generated, both on me and the others who check in daily. It’s wonderful to know that there are still those of us who respect wildlife like this. Your gift to all of us is something that we will carry with us for a lifetime. The gentleness that you two demonstrated and the respect you have shown these raptors is astounding…just like the pairs you have photographed for us. We viewers have been educated in spades!
    The loss of the first mate, the sibling rivalry and the touching first flight were miraculous feats of photography. Thank you for your meticulous camera work and love of these creatures. This present experience is breathtaking, as was the video.
    Now I need to check back in on Decorah…

  • Kelly Blaise

    I loved it. We had a pair in our yard this winter. I am 52 and never had seen an eagle out in the wild. We began using outr garage to come and go. We wanted them to stay. Found out a month ago they are nesting on our Farmers land. I go and visit them. This and the Decorah eagles are the highlight of my days. I come home and I see them soaring in the field. It is one of the most spectacular events I have witnessed.

  • Paul True

    Having watched the three chicks hatch and the various dramas that have occurred, and then watching this soaring
    and heart-full production, I can’t tell you what I think until the tears leave my eyes. I can only say thank you to Bob and Neil and PBS Nature and wouldn’t it be wonderful to have film of these three fledging.

  • Bill Doolittle

    Became an Eagleholic after catching the Decorah streams. This video really captures the spirit and appeal of these magnificent creatures. Before I had witnessed many eagles in the Mt. Rainier area of Washington, but beyond “Oh look at the Eagle” or “Wow, there’s another one”, I really did not fully appreciate the whole of the birds. Thank you very much. My hat’s off to Bob Anderson and all the others who made this film possible and anxiously look forward to the next film with this year’s Decorah footage.

  • Lois C. Newton

    The video is absolutely fantastic. I sometimes use a picture of a Bald Eagle as my profile picture on some of my sites. My son took many pictures of an Eagle on Lake Wentworth in New Hampshire where we live. Thank you for the education lesson. God Bless you all.
    I have watched the Decorah Eagles for about 4 weeks now and enjoy it 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Sue L

    Superb job on the intense work that went into the PBS doc, Neil. And to Bob, for your amazing dedication to bringing us the Decorah Eagles. This has all been so powerful, rewarding, enlightening, emotional. Thank God the Eagles have rebounded. I’m so proud that they represent America.

  • Bobby B.

    Stunning. I’ve been streaming the Decorah nest cam since the first eaglet hatched and have it streaming constantly, checking in a few times an hour at home and at work. Absolutely engrossing, I was told about the PBS film and just watched it. Moving and triumphant! Neil and Bob – hats off!

  • Paula

    Truly an amazing piece of filming. I now have a different appreciation and knowledge of this bird. Thanks so much for sharing this! God Bless

  • Wendy

    I was turned onto the Decorah Eagle Cam by a friend, then saw it advertised on many national new shows and have been hooked ever since. I watched as all 3 eaglets hatched. I found this PBS special from a live chatter on the Decorah site and was completely engrossed for the next hour. So sad at first, then so happy that ‘underdog’ came through. Thank you Neil and Bob for a truly amazing look at nature in general and at our beautiful national bird…so majestic!! Peace and Love
    PS: I had eagles nesting in a dead tree in the middle of a huge pond on my own property. WOW, would I have loved to have seen that close up. Binoculars just didn’t cut it!!

  • Ohiobuck61

    This film making of thr Eagles and the history of them is incredible! Has given me a better understanding how wonderful these Eagles are. I have to admit I cried a few times watching how first Mom didn’t make it through snow storm and the loss of an eaglet not born. This Male Daddy Eagle is so touching to my heart and he is so awesome,,WOW!! I am so glad Spring is here and the 3 eaglets just born in Decorah Iowa have survived this harsh winter along with of course these incredible parents! This film has been wonderful!!!!

  • Gail

    Especially after the tragic death of the female in Norfolk, this seemed like a personal spiritual tribute to the bald eagle. Absolutely beautiful!!

  • Jill

    Loved it! Especially after watching the eagles raise their current 3 babies. Thank you so much!

  • Patricia Haines

    Thank you. That was lovely.

  • Wayne Mills

    Awesome.The Eagle story shows the same quality and standards of the country it represents.The story also shows how we as human beings can do something right once in awhile. Thanks for the show.

  • Doug in Ohio

    Finally took time to watch the video. Thanks so much for the show. Look forward to more.

  • Kathy Peters in Florida

    This was truly an amazing video. As you know there was a momma eagle loss in Norfolk (Lady Legacy) and this site was put on FB as a video to watch. I went to watch it but after the death of the mom on the video I put this in my favorites to watch at another time. It was too close to momma eagles death and it hurt my heart. But today as I sat to watch it, a peace of pure beauty had replaced the hurt. What an amazing and beautiful film. I know when underdog took off in flight with his sister having cold feet, your heart had to bust with pride. They are truley amazing and beautiful creatures. The father with his young female was so responsive to her and the needs of his babies. You captured such beauty …………..thank you!!! It touched my heart <3

  • Linda Gadd

    What a beautiful , amazing video! To see how eagles care for the young is so amazing. I enjoyed everything on this piece! Eagles are truely amazing and beautiful creatures! I read about an eagle that was injured and taken in by a man somewhere here in America. They became so close, that once the eagle literally wrapped it’s wings around the man and stared into his eyes for a long time. The eagle is truely an amazing animal! God’s awesome creation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for your work and long hours in producing this video of the Eagles, their struggles, devotion, and intimacy!

  • Christina

    Beautiful video. It was nice to see the male find another mate and teach her how to feed the eaglets.
    We are mourning the loss of the Norfolk female.

  • Annie

    I loved American Eagle! So very interesting. I’ve been watching the Decorah nest for 2 months and I can’t get enuf. I’ve told so many people to watch the nest and American Eagle. We were checking in on the 3 baby eagles every so often at work but we got the internet taken away from us. So now I have to wait til I get home at night to check in on my “babies”. lol I’m going to be sad when they fly away. Thank you so much for the great learning experience. This has been awesome!

  • Becky

    I loved this! It was amazing. I too, have been watching the Decorah nest since before the eaglets hatched. It has been an incredible experience, and it was awesome to watch the beginning of this couple on this video. The American Eagle is truly majestic and beautiful. I feel so lucky to have been able to witness the eaglets; I have learned so much in the past couple of months. I learned even more from this video. What a beautiful job you’ve done in making it and in showing the triumphs and struggles of this beautiful bird. I, too, remember how rare it was as a child to see a bald eagle. I love that I can see them on a regular basis, and I love witnessing the multitudes of them on the Mississippi River (La Crosse, WI) in the fall. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Thanks again for an amazing video.

  • Mrilyn

    What a wonderful way to start my day. I’ll probably have with drawls when they leave.LOL Thanks, I’ll be looking forward to next year.

  • Huttsluvr

    This brought tears to my eyes several times, and I am so glad I watched it! I watch the Decorah Eagles daily, and love every second. I am going to miss our babies, and the great parents, so much! It was such a pleasure to share this with every raptor lover out there, thank you!!!

  • Mary

    The video is truly amazing. Thank you for making this available to us. The Decorah Eagles were a daily watch. To see them go from the little eaglets to full grown was simply awesome. And the parents were so dedicated to the babies. I will be watching again the next hatch. Thank you again for your dedication to the cause.

  • BeaD

    It’s a WOW experience and wonderful photography. I am 82 years young and LOVE Nature!!!
    This year I have watched the Decorah 2011 site several times a day since April and admired their God given instincts. Glad I found this website today–

  • Viv

    Awesome, just awesome!

  • marge2108

    I started many times to watch the video but at times it was so sad that iI just couldn’t finish. However, TODAY, I watch the entire thing and it was great. I really have fallen in love with the bald eagle. I love animals of all kinds, favorite is dogs, but have a new respect for the eagles. Thank you. I have watch the Decorah eagles and even went there to see the nest. Got to see both parents and the babies. What a treat. I will continue to watch and will be back next year. Agan thanks

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  • KAREN

    I love nature and anything about, so to watch it on PBS is a great joy. I do have a question. If an animal for instance like the american eagle who chooses a lifetime partner once they meet and sent up a nest and have babies suppose one of the partner’s leave for a period of time because of being captured or any case that maybe and the mate who was left behind moves on to a new mate what would happen or has it ever happen that the mate or partner that was gone for a period of time returns do the new mate leave or do they fight? Because, I know that male eagles keeps their territory and nest that was set up by him and the old mate. And if he found a new mate he brings her back to the nest, so if the old mate was to come back what would happen?

  • Lynn

    Beautiful representation of the Eagles. Thank you.

  • Cindy Fryday

    I watched your video tonight and it was exciting. I started watching eagle nests this last spring and have become addicted to the lives of these magnificent eagles. I have been watching the Hornby nest from Hornby Island, Canada and the Decorah nest at a hatchery in Decorah, Iowa. Thank you for making such an amazing video.

    I would recommend to all that enjoyed this video to watch eagles that have cameras focused on thier nest like I have been watching. They too will fall in love with this creature of God.

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  • Amy Mathis

    What a great program. Spring of 2010 I watched the Dacorah, Iowa nest some, as well as the Hornby Island nest. It confirmed what I had seen on the Hornby site with the sibling rivalry. Thank you so much for this excellent program. Cudoos the photographer(s).

  • No2L

    I was moved by this film. It was set within the framework of our national history in just the right way! And I was filled with pride to have such a majestic bird for our national symbol! Thanks for taking me to a place that I would have had no other way to see!

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  • Louise

    This was an amazing video I would give anything to see a Bald Eagle in person. I am a birder so I thoroughly enjoyed this video and intend to show it to my grandchildren. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  • PiedType

    Wonderful program. And a special treat to get more perspective on the Decorah set-up. I was such a fan of their webcam earlier this year.

  • Gary

    Great program! Amazing video production.

  • Hazel Retzlaff

    Your program was wonderful–except that I cannot understand why no one mentioned Rachel Carson! Without her brave work, in the face of opposition by the scientific community, we would probably not have eagles. Others ignored or disclaimed the danger of DDT, but not this brave lady. My students admire her great writing.

  • Robert Burmaster

    Wonderful program. I watched it with my wife and young kids this evening. The kids were in awe – as was I. There’s a wildlife refuge within 5 miles of my home. And, at least two bald eagle nests within easy viewing distance of the hiking trails. A few weeks ago, I found a spot near the river in some tall grass and spent several hours watching up to five eagles fly around, including two juveniles. I’m hoping to visit SE MN sometime this winter to photograph the eagles near the lock and dams. Just can’t get enough of these majestic creatures. :)

  • Kathy from NY

    Awesome program. I love watching and learning about the Bald Eagle. I think they are facinating and majestic creatures. Last Spring, I watched a webcam of a pair of bald eagles from Decorah, Iowa in their nest incubating their eggs. While watching the American Eagle program, I immediately recognized the mom eagle at the Iowa fishery. This is the same pair from the Decorah webcam. While watching the webcam, I was amazed at how gentle the mom and dad were toward the eggs, then the eaglets after they hatched. I live in upstate New York and I know we have Bald Eagles here too, but I have never had the opportunity to see one. I really hope to someday. Hope to see more programs on PBS about the American Bald Eagle. Thanks!

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  • Chris Arseneau

    This is the third time I have watched this film. It is truly beautiful, heartwarming and inspirational. I volunteer as a raptor caregiver at a nature center here in CT and we are privileged to have a 29 year old male bald eagle in residence after suffering a serious injury as a fledgling and surviving. He is definitely our pride and joy. I am purchasing a copy of this film to donate to the center for others to enjoy. Thank you so very much for all the good work you do to bring us quality films such as this.

  • Haydee Coppola

    A great info, and was fantastic to see….love it thank you.

  • Lee

    This was absolutely fantastic. I began watching the eagles last year about this time, and now the excitement builds as they have just laid their three eggs for another family!

    This was so well done! I enjoyed it tremendously! It was so good to see and hear the additional information of their lives. So sad in some places – I had to turn away – but it gives us an added appreciation of what they experience and have to overcome!

    THANK YOU!

  • Joan Crocker

    Absolutely mesmerizing. I was glued to every detail. And such wonderful detail & informative descriptions. I cried with the loss of the one eagle & was overjoyed with the rescue of another. This would be a fantastic teaching video for classrooms, as it teaches about our beautiful treasure, the Bald Eagle and how important it is to keep them in our midst. Very well done & thank you for the beauty of this video. Your love of the eagle was truly well presented.

  • Cat Rich

    Fantastic filming! Thank you all especially Bob & Neil, your passion for the eagles is a blessing to them & to us (the peeping-tom eagleholics)

  • J. Mayes

    I finished watching the PBS video on line tonight. with tears of pride in my eyes. A friend showed me the eagle cam Decorah site, and I’ve been watching beginning about 3 weeks before this year’s eaglets hatched. I’ve sat with anticipation as if they were my young, waiting for the eggs to “pip”, then hatch, swooned over their cuteness, laughed at their antics, and held my breath with the rest of the eagle cam world when I was sure our “wondering” eaglet, D-12 would fall out of the nest. The PBS show added so much background to this story and was exceptionally well done. I was curious about the two parental eagle’s history, and the previous mate. I feel so much ownership with this eagle family, after just a short time watching them. The video gave an expanded view of the eagle’s territory, and beautiful, it is!! You all’s passion for studying and filming all of these birds is applauded, and the same to PBS for their quality educational contributions. I, too can remember when the eagle was almost extinct. It is a thing of beauty. This educational awareness should make people aware of caring for nature, as demonstrated by all of the 62,000 + fans on this site. Bob, Neil, staff, volunteers, and PBS, thank you from the bottom of my heart for caring and sharing!!!

  • DiAnna Bennis

    I watched this because I just needed to know what happened to the Decorah Dad’s first mate ,that was so sad .But, how absolutely enlightening and informative and beautiful to watch .I am so grateful to Neil and especially Bob for allowing me to be a part of seeing the Decorah eagles raise their most recent young ,I learn more every time I return .Thank you for your time ,your energy your knowledge and mostly for your concern,you are AWESOME !!!

  • Peyton Henry

    One of the most inspiring, touching, well produced movie I think I’ve ever seen. Thank you, thank you for sharing your love of eagles.

  • Mary Ann

    Brilliant. Stunning. Wonderful. Thanks to the filmmakers and the scientists who made it happen.

  • Millie Delaune

    I was trying to find a video of eagles being hand fed by people because they were starving due to icy weather and I stumbled across your video. AMAZING!!!!!! I watch the Norfolk Botannical Gardens eagle cam which is great. Love those birds!! In fact love all birds. Kinda hard watching those little ones getting captured, but that’s nature. Again, a wonderful video. You are talented!!!!!!!!!

  • Carol Bell

    I watch the Decorah eagle cam every day and enjoy it immensely. This video tells the story of this pair from the beginning. They are such great parents. This was a stunningly beautiful presentation and I thank all involved. So much better than anything on TV.

  • DanaJ

    PBS does it right ….. thank you for sharing this with us! That is what PBS is all about , sharing and educating everyone! This video is simply amazing! This started only 4 years ago and it is also amazing how technology has allowed us to have such an educational “reality show” and you, PBS, started it all!

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    Izek, age 6, says this was Great.

  • Denise Hutson

    My favorite part was when one of the scientists tumbled into the nest. It gave a real perspective of the size of the eagles. Shocking, stunning. Also when an eagle was shown carrying a salmon in its talons. I thought it was a goldfish! Perspective is what surprised me the most. Enjoyed it so much I ordered it on DVD.

  • Larry

    Wonderful, Very interesting and shows the wonders of Gods creatures.

  • CAROL

    I thought this story was heartwarming and shows how all of God’s creatures are provided for. A TERRIFIC STORY OF THE DETERMINATION THESE BEAUTIFUL BIRDS HAVE TO SURVIVE IF JUST GIVEN A CHANCE. IT WILL BE PLACED AMONG MY FAVORITES SO THAT I MAY VIEW IT AGAIN.

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