While watching the news on Monday evening I learned of the tragic & untimely death of Rob Macintyre (man in the middle), the president of the Raptor Resource Project (Decorah Eagle Cam). Raptor Bob (Bob Anderson, director) is pictured on the left, banding the falcon.Rob died while helping tornado victim friends in the Minneapolis MN area. Here is a more detailed story about Rob. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family.
It was this morning that the Raptor Resource Project also announced that as of 10:00 PM CST today, they will no longer be taking donations. They have received enough donations to cover the cost of the eagle web cams and funding for near future projects. They do not wish to take more donations then what the have a current need for.
It is at this time that I will also announce that the SOAR sampler pattern will retire slightly earlier, then first projected, due to this. The pattern will retire at 9:00 PM CST today. I will be making my final donations from proceeds made from the sale of this pattern this evening. I would like to say a big "Thank You" to all of you who purchased the Soar Sampler pattern. You enabled me to donate $1247.00 to this wonderful project. What captivated me the most about this little family of eagles, that live by a fish hatchery in Iowa is the coming together and the support and love of people....people from all over the world!
I believe, because of this project and web cam, a whole new awareness and love for our nations bird has been rekindled. Teachers are using the cam in their classrooms as a teaching tool, how cool is that....some things a science book just cannot teach! And for these very reasons, I thank Bob Anderson and his staff of volunteers at the Raptor Resource Project. You are a group of wonderful & caring people, on a wonderful mission.
Have a good evening,