Decorah eagle back home after long journey

Published On: Dec 24 2012 03:59:38 PM CST
DECORAH, Iowa (AP) -

An offspring of the famous Decorah eagles is back in the northeast Iowa community after wandering as far away northern Canada.

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports the eagle, known as D1, was located in downtown Decorah on Saturday morning.

Raptor Resource Project Director Bob Anderson says a satellite transmitter mounted on the bird's back tracked the bird back to its home. The eagle returned about flying thousands of miles since leaving its nest 18 months ago

Last summer, it spent three months in polar Bear Provincial Park on Canada's Hudson Bay.

The eagles have become famous since Raptor Resource Project staffers set up a camera at their nest and streamed the birds' actions over the Internet.

The eagles are fitted with transmitters to help researchers studying the birds.