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Biologists at Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) confirmed today that the NextEra Maine Eaglecam1, located in Hancock Co., ME, has captured a bald eagle laying its first egg of the season; the egg was laid on March 26 and eagle behavior confirmed the egg on March 27. The webcam is one of two eagle web cameras set up and sponsored by NextEra Energy Resources and hosted and monitored by BRI that captures the breeding activity of these raptors in real time.
Visitors to BRI’s website, www.briloon.org, can watch the daily nesting activities of this pair of eagles in a 24-hour live feed that is offered to the public free of charge.
This is a partnership project between MDIFW, USFWS, NextEra Energy Resources, and BRI. “We are happy to support these eagle webcams because they provide a valuable educational resource for the public to observe eagles up close at their nest sites.” says Bill Hanson, senior biologist for NextEra. “There is a history of nesting activity at this site dating back to 2001 and it is exciting to see these birds nesting again,” says Patrick Keenan, BRI’s outreach director and coordinator of the Institute’s webcam program. “We can expect the egg to hatch in about 35 days.” Last year, during the first year of this webcams operation eagles did not nest but they were active at the territory throughout the year. “There are a number of factors that could explain why the eagles do not nest in any given year,” says wildlife research biologist Christopher DeSorbo, director of BRI’s raptor program. “Without banding, we can’t even be sure this is the same pair that nested in 2007. One of the values of the webcam program is that our online community members help inform the personal stories of these birds, providing valuable information in our efforts to understand as much as possible about them.” “These eagle webcams allow the general public a rare and intimate look into the inner sanctum of nesting eagles,” says Charlie Todd, wildlife biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW). “The more we know about these birds, the better equipped we are to help protect them.”
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