ANNOUNCEMENT: Thursday, July 3, 2014: We are happy to report that the eaglet is now using perches outside the nest bowl and flying.  If the bird is not in the nest it is most likely exploring nearby.  It will continue to return to the nest for at least the next few weeks.  We fielded a number of calls and inquires related to the status of the bird and felt it useful to share these observations with the many webcam viewers.  As always thank you for your support in this endeavor and for enjoying this window into the natural world.  Regarding concerns about sounds-the camera and microphone are about 55 feet from the nest and the slope to the bay acts a bit as an amphitheater for sound for two nearby properties.  Activity such as this has not been a disturbance to nesting eagles in the past at this site.   Indeed, eagles have selected this site for their nest.

ANNOUNCEMENT:  Monday, June 23, 2014:  Many thanks for enjoying the Maine Eaglecam1.  Regarding the many inquiries, calls, and concerns related to the nesting eagles and their offspring at this site, we do not intend to remove the remaining eagle chick from the nest.  We have been in contact with many individuals and agencies to determine the best path forward after one chick perished over the weekend.  The remaining eaglet is being fed by adults and it is ALWAYS best for young eagles to develop bonds and learn life skills from parent eagles.  Though there is always uncertainty in the natural world, all signs point toward this chick being successful.  To comment on the 2nd chick in this nest that perished over the weekend:  this unfortunate event occurs regularly in eagle nests.  From an evolutionarily perspective, additional eggs or chicks in a nest offer an "insurance policy" of sorts in the event that an egg does not hatch or that a particular year may offer abundant food to support more than one, and up to three, chicks. By any measure, a single eagle surviving to the fledgling stage is a great success for eagles.

While we understand the strong urge to intervene in circumstances that may be difficult to observe, there are many reasons - biological, ethical and legal - to allow nature to take its course. We understand that our decision not to intervene may be difficult for some viewers, but we continue to maintain that the Maine Eagle webcams are an opportunitiy for citizens and students to observe the natural world in it's purest form and to understand the many pressures that wildlife face.

Some positive news to keep in mind is that Eaglecam1 is just one of over 600 eagle nests found in Maine during the 2013 annual nest census. This represents a continued increase in eagle abundance over the past three decades.  For general information about eagles we encourage you to visit this informative webpage from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  If you are interested in learning more about BRI's eagle research visit us here.

If you seek further information about this feel free to contact us at info@briloon.org.  All the best from Biodiversity Research Institute

Welcome to BRI’s live eagle webcams. Video cameras located at two separate eagle nests provide live feed of nesting bald eagles. The cameras feature pan tilt and zoom abilities to enrich our observations. These nests are located in Maine and have a long history of use and nesting success. Activity can occur at the nest at any time. Breeding activity will typically take place between March and July. Join in the conversation in BRI's NING online community and join us on twitter and facebook for updates.

BRI’s first eagle cam, which was installed in February 2006, captured the successful nesting of a pair of eagles in the spring of that year—two young eagles, or nestlings, survived.

Eagles build their nests (which may reach as wide as 10 feet across and weigh up to one-half ton) near the top of large trees, typically close to lakes and rivers. Breeding bald eagles lay eggs once each year, usually in early spring; the eggs, up to three in a clutch, hatch in about 35 days. The young eagles, called nestlings, learn to fly by three months of age, and can be on their own about a month later.

In addition, we would like to thank the following organizations fro their collaborative support involving our webcams - Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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