Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Computer Down: Cam offline

Hello all. I am distressed to announce that the computer running the camera has broken. We need your help to buy a new computer that costs $1,000. Please consider making a donation to get us up and running again.

We will be going to the site next Monday to install a new infrared illuminator so that we can have night vision this coming nesting season. When I am up there I may be able to temporarily start up the camera with an old computer we have--but this is only a stop-gap. We must purchase a new computer that can keep the system running through the next nesting season.

You can donate online at http://www.briloon.org/ed/eagle/index.htm

or call 207-839-7600

Or write us at:

BioDiversity Research Institute
Attn: Eaglecam
19 Flaggy Meadow Rd
Gorham, ME 04038

Thank you for your help!

Wing Goodale, Eaglecam program director, BioDiversity Research Institute


Anonymous Anonymous said...

01/23/07..I was just getting ready to email and say I don't see that the scene has changed at all. I hope things go well for you all. I'll try to get everyone eager to donate. I wish I had the money to give you up front. Income tax time I will. Thanks for all you do and can't tell you how much I love BRI and the Eaglecam. Bev

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just made my donation on line. Can't imagine being without my eagles to watch! $1,000 divided by $25 would only take 40 people donating to save the cam...I know that there are way more than 40 who watch daily. Dust off the wallets and credit cards...we have an eagle emergency to take care of immediately!!!

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I agree with Nancy and just gave my donation although I could only afford $20.00 - but at least it's something. I would hate to miss the eagles this year. Come on people - you don't have to go out to dinner this weekend :)

Reseda, CA

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully Wing will have enough donations to be able to bring the NEW computer with him Monday!

Thanks BRI, for all you do!


6:28 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

7PM Tuesday Jan 23 2007 EDT

Bev and Nancy - I'm on that bandwagon as well. I couldn't imagine a day without the BRI eagle nest, the wonderful people who post blogs here and the fantastic biologists who answer our questions (even if they've answered someone else about the subject before *G*).

There's not a place on the entire world wide web like this site. Education, excitement, pleasure GALORE! Who needs TV after seeing BRI?

7:04 PM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

Thank you all!

What a fantastic response. With your swift and extremely generous donations we have raised $650 so far--we are almost there! This is amazing news and I am preparing to start the process of buying a new computer. Once I get it here, I have to configure it to talk to the camera and Internet properly. Hopefully, that will go smoothly. Then I will install the new video card and programs which should get us back online by Monday.

I will keep you updated.

We will also be installing a new infrared light on Monday so that we can have night vision.

Thank you, thank you!

Wing Goodale, BRI

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait until the new computer is purchased and online, I enjoy watching it more than I can even say. I also watched the Loon cam and loved it but missed the hatches of both. I have been checking in on the Florida nest and find Bri's to be far superior. I have just given my donation and I hope that everyone will consider donating as much as they can, every $1.00 is a help. Thanks to Wing and everyone involved in the project, you do one heck of a job. I even sent them an email last summer when I spied the third chick and got a response from them, I was quite impressed. The night vision camera is going to be wonderful.........


Loon Lover on Sibley Pond

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Just called and gave my contribution via credit card. You can also do it that way. Be sure to say it's for the eagle cam computer!!

So the total is still going up!!

There are about seven new messages attached to the previous biologist's journal, a couple of them made on the 23rd and 24th and it's a mystery to me why they are not attached to this "Biologists Journal.

One is a pitch from Kudzarmus to contribute to the computer fund, and one is a pitch from me asking you to support any initiatives in your part of Maine or wherever you live, to help conserve land for eagle nests, along rivers. There's one going on now in Maine, for the Kennebec River. (google Kennebec River Initiative)

12:36 PM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

Thank you all for your donations.

Only $285 to go!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I have the computer all picked out and will order it today!

Wing Goodale, BRI

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW...what good news to hear that the donations are flying in, on eagle wings, I'm sure! We all love BRI and all of the great work they do. I can't wait until eagle and loon hatching and growing seasons...the best and most exciting part of the adventure for me. Hopefully, all understand that BRI certainly has more important projects than to keep the "viewers" happy, but we love this BONUS that comes along with all of their hard work! MANY THANKS!!!

5:11 PM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

Good morning!

We are up to $920! I have ordered the new computer and video card. I will be on site Monday to install the computer. So keep an eye on the cam, hopefully by noon we will be back online.

Huge thanks to you all for your quick response.

You literally are keeping this project running. We couldn't do it without your support.

I will keep you posted!

Wing, BRI

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing, my $25 check is in the mail. Thank you for the great work you do and letting all of us share in it.

Burke, VA

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok...im giving my donation. A mere $10.00,,,but it is a donation!!!

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just made my donation of $50.00 online. I've been meaning to donate even before the computer broke, just to support the eaglecam. It is very worthwhile!

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding Autobodygal's message of:

"Ok...im giving my donation. A mere $10.00,,,but it is a donation!!! "

10 x $10.00 = $100.00 and so on! I'm sure BRI appreciates every dollar they receive. No donation is too small!


12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too just made a $20 donation. I enjoyed so much watching the eaglets last year and I am anticipating another enjoyable viewing this year. Good luck with raising enough $ for new computer.

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have also enjoyed watching the family grow last year, online and on the nest! So we have also made our contribution to the Eagle Cam Computer!
We love reading your blogs and hopefully witnessing a "new" family on the nest this year1!
Blessings to all,
Bob & Cheryl Ingalls

2:42 PM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...


You did it! We have surpassed our goal. $1240! Not only are your contributions helping keep this project going, they are helping with our mercury eagle research. Here is a link to our recent results http://www.briloon.org/documents/BAEA%20Poster%20Desorbo%20et%20al_Hg%20Conf06.pdf . You have also given us a head start on raising funds for our live stream and Internet costs for next year. Also keep an eye out for an Op Ed in this coming Sunday’s NY Times on mercury written by BRI executive director Dr. David Evers.

I can't thank you enough. I have been working on the computer all day and I think it is ready to go.

We are working on the IR light as I speak and it is going to be an amazing addition to this project.

You all are the best!

Wing, BRI

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're not bad yourself, Wing! :-) It's great to know that you cared about the equipment and were willing to get it fixed right away.

Thanks for sharing with us what the problem was, and giving us a CHANCE to help. You may not have half realized how much we have enjoyed this eagle cam. Now you have some idea, by our response! :-)

It really is great to have you communicate to us what's going on. We appreciate it very very much. I'm sure I speak for everyone.

Everyone says the BRI nest is the best!!

Although watching them in real life, is REALLY the best! But don't post this.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Goodale,
I am happy that we could all help you. We only will get more enjoyment from watching the nest for the 2007 nesting season.
The IR is a great addition specially when there will be eggs near hatching time and soon after.
Your project benefits all of us now, and generations to come.
We know too well it is not only watching the nest that is the aim, but it is your study and research.
I wish you and your team well. We are all looking forward to see the eagles again soon.
Thank you for all you do, and looking forward to read the Biologist Blog on a regular basis again when the eagles get seriously more active to raise a family.

From Québec city

10:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

6:17PM (EDT) Jan 26 2007

This is exciting news and I believe more donations are still on the way. Millions of people are watching with anticipation for the new nesting season to begin.

Certainly the contributions will continue and they will further the endeavors of BioDiversity research. End product is the longevity for the eagles...and our enjoyment.

We'll certainly be watching for the Op Ed in this coming Sunday’s NY Times (Jan 28) on mercury, written by BRI executive director Dr. David Evers.

Let's hope the article stirs more than emotion - we prefer action and interaction!

Wing, we are indebted to your cause and the public will reap the benefits.

Sincere thanks,

Kudzu/Nancy - Atlanta GA

6:21 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Jan 29 2007 2:05PM (EDT)

Every once in awhile I'll see a picture of the nest appear on the index page. I certainly have compassion for Wing out in those extreme temperatures trying to fix everything for us, and certainly not being able to use gloves all the time. Brrrr~~~

My sincere gratitude to all, and especially to you Wing and your co-workers to brave the elements.

I, for one, certainly can wait if you don't get everything working today.

It's simply wonderful everyone here pulled together for the cause!

2:09 PM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

Hello all!

Writing from the eaglecam site and I am please to say that the new computer is up and running. There were a couple of tech problems with the computer at first but I was able to get the worked out.

The new infrared light is up and we won't be able to tell how well it is working until tonight. Stay tuned.

We are just finishing up on site and I hope to have the camera back up and live within an hour.

Thank you again for all your support. We wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for all your support.

Wing, BRI

2:46 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

3:00PM (EDT) Jan 29 2007

Congratulations Wing and all!

Thank you from all MAINE BioDiversity Eagle lovers all over the world!

You're the best!

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday Jan 29th at 3:52 PM

Boy, that picture is clear and crisp!! I think the new computer is going to enhance things!!

Don't get me wrong, but now I'm waiting to see the eagles! I half expected to see a hand, or even a face, when I kept checking in this afternoon!


Good work... and my sympathy. I was out snow shoeing between two and three and it was quite chilly and windy.

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see the nest! :-) I hear the eagles and I hope to see them soon! Thank you so much Wing and BRI for all your efforts in protecting eagles and for continuing to give us this wonderful opportunity to observe and learn about these great birds!

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! I had checked in several times today to find that it wasn't up and running and just now at 9:38 PM I check again and find the infra-red is working. I had been so disappointed because I thought maybe something else was wrong. You went above and beyond the call of duty, in the cold, no less, but have made us DIE HARDS happy. I am real proud to say that I gave a little towards this end.

Again thank you so much, we can watch our eagles again at any time of day or night. How wonderful.

Thank you.

Loon Lover on Sibley Pond

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuesday morning Janu. 30th
6:30 AM

The infra red view is going to be more useful early in the morning, I think. I don't think the eagles fly around much after dark, but at dawn, they are very active, and the other camera remained black for a long time after I could see daylight, when I looked out the window here -- also in Maine.

Your new camera seems to have software that is much more compatible with my iMac's. For the first time I can enlarge my picture to 200 percent without total blurring and distortion. I have a little blurring but not much. I can even watch it full screen... with a little more blurring.

All last season I was so disgusted that my relatives could watch a much bigger picture than I could. I couldn't IMAGINE how you guys saw seals in the water, or buoys and ducks and things you talked about. Now I have some hope of seeing them!! And I could never see what kind of prey they were eating, when you talked about whether it was a fish or a bird. Now I'll be able to.

My financial contribution was worth it entirely, just for me, myself and I. Hopefully this will be very good news, though, for all the schools in Maine. Because every school has certain grade levels in which every single student is supplied with a computer, and it's a Mac notepad. I'd really like to see the schools utilizing the BRI eagle cam for educational purposes.

I am really PSYCHED. (you couldn't tell?)

6:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jan 30th

By the way, as usual, there are six or seven comments from yesterday afternoon posted at the end of the former blog, too. This happens whenever a new "biologist's journal" entry is started. If you commented and don't see it here, look at the comments linked to the last journal which said the "Computer down: cam offline"

Just something about the way the system works, and probably affects anything you posted and which had been approved but hadn't actually been uploaded yet when the new "journal entry" was created. Sometimes it causes a bit of discontinuity to the discussion! :-)

8:21 AM  
Blogger Casey said...

Okay im New at this .. I've been watching odd and on for a few days now and have yet to see the Eagles, are they still around?

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was a latecomer...I saw the cry for help and donated $500 before I noticed the date...I am glad to see that you got the support from enough people in a timely manner...I am sure you'll find a use for the extra cash ;)

6:07 PM  

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