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Decorah Eagle Cam creator dies, leaves behind big legacy

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DECORAH (KWWL) -

The Raptor Resource Project announced late Monday that their executive director, Bob Anderson, died suddenly earlier in the day.

He's known worldwide for the Decorah Eagle Camera, the most-viewed live stream of all time with more than 300 million views.

He's known to those closer to him for his work with peregrine falcons, including helping to get them off the endangered species list.

His death sent shock waves through the community.

Though most of his work was done out in nature, his impact was felt in downtown Decorah.

"Oh wow, Bob meant everything, there is no doubt about that," said Charlene Selbee, executive director of the Winneshiek County Visitor and Convention Bureau. "This is a person who gave his time, his money, his passion, his expertise to the community. And I know everyone valued that in the community."

She says his work with the camera had a huge economic impact on the town. But she says the work he did had an even bigger educational impact.

"He had an educational impact on folks in Decorah, Winneshiek County, the country, the world," Selbee said. "And in some respects, I think that might even be more valuable that people are learning about wildlife."

City Manager Chad Bird worked with Anderson on multiple occasions.

"Bob is a great individual," he said. "Lot of energy. He was very passionate about his work with the eagles, and especially the peregrine falcons. So just his energy and his knowledge about those birds is remarkable."

As for the future of the project?  Selbee thinks it will live on in Bob's absence.

"I think Bob has done an excellent job creating a sustainable project," she said. "And with the passion that he instilled in all of us, I think his project will continue on, but I think it will grow. I think we're going to see that because people are passionate and they appreciate what Bob did."

It's been a tough summer for the Raptor Resource Center.

The camera then the nest were both knocked out by different storms, leaving the future of the project up in the air.

Board Member John Dingley says the board will be getting together in the coming days to figure out exactly where they go from here.

Either way, there's no doubt that Bob Anderson and his work will be remembered for many years to come.

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