A Rare and Intimate Look into the Lives of Birds
BRI’s wildlife webcam program began in 2003, when biologists installed a camera as a research tool to monitor a common loon nest. Since then, BRI has used webcams to share the lives of nesting falcons, ospreys, house finches, and eagles. Currently, BRI operates two eaglecams that intimately share the life in the nest. The mission of this program is to share nesting birds with the world for free. Following a season with on the BRI webcams reminds us of the resiliency and the fragility of the natural world.
“Webcams are effective tools for research and education; they offer a unique glimpse into the lives of nesting birds.”
— Patrick Keenan, Outreach Director
Installing webcam equipment requires cooperation between wildlife biologists and state and federal wildlife agencies, including the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, local utility companies, and private land owners.
Beyond the value to wildlife studies, webcams are an important tool to help engage the general public in science and ecology. Millions of people have logged onto BRI’s website to watch wildlife.
Support for BRI’s webcam program is provided, in part, by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is a state agency that oversees the conservation and responsible use of Maine’s natural resources. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a federal agency whose mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants, and their habitats, for the continuing benefit of the American people.
*BioDiversity Research Institute and NextEra Energy Resources are not responsible for the content of any advertising presented through UStream, the service provider for our live video broadcast.