Three prized, nongame wildlife projects at the Minnesota DNR:
• November marked the return of Eagle Cam, the livestreaming DNR video feed from the nest of two American bald eagles in St. Paul. The old cam self-destructed a few weeks after eaglets hatched early this year. Upgrades include infrared technology and a microphone.
• The vision for Heart of the Bog Bird Trail is still shaping up, but it aspires to be an international destination anchored by a giant boardwalk in the Sax-Zim Bog, southeast of Hibbing. Bird photos by Melissa Groo will grace interpretive signs and the noncontiguous “trail” would extend to birding sites from Bemidji to Warroad to International Falls.
• Minnesota has a mother lode of golden wing warblers, dainty birds colored in yellow, white, gray and black who live around shrubby swamps from May to mid-September. The population of breeding pairs has been stable, but a conservation plan would bring attention to habitat preservation.