Thursday, May 31, 2007

Osprey Cam Live!

I am writing a quick update from the road. I have just gotten off an island and am heading out to another in 10 minutes.

I wanted to give you the exciting news that with the help of FPL Energy Maine Hydro and Kids in the Nest we have just launched a live osprey cam. You can watch the birds at http://www.briloon.org/watching-wildlife/osprey-cam.php.

On this camera, BRI is providing the live stream and we would greatly appreciate it if you would mind respecting the 2 minutes of live video, and like our other camera, your donations are vital to keep the system up and running free of charge. To donate, please follow this link http://www.briloon.org/support/.

Unlike our other cameras we are a little further from the birds, so we won’t be able to zoom in as far and we are still working on the audio.

I will be away from my computer for the next eight days. I hope that you enjoy the new camera. Below is the press release that I sent out today.

Wing Goodale, BioDiversity Research Institute


New Maine Osprey Webcam Launched


GORHAM, Maine, May30, 2007—BioDiversity Research Institute launches new live osprey Internet camera in Casco Bay, Maine to build upon their successful eagle and loon webcams.

The osprey cam, which can been seen at www.briloon.org, is provided free of charge by Gorham, Maine-based BioDiversity Research Institute with collaboration and support from FPL Energy Maine Hydro and Kids in the Nest.

“We are very excited,” says osprey cam project director Wing Goodale. “Since we started the eaglecam, we have been looking for a suitable osprey nest to focus a new camera system.”

The camera is mounted 200 feet away from a historical osprey nest, has night vision, a windshield wiper, and can be move 360 degrees. The osprey pair began building their nest two weeks ago and we believe are now tending to a least two eggs. Biologists at BioDiversity Research Institute are now eagerly waiting along with the public for the chicks to hatch, which may be as soon as the last week in June.

“This osprey pair has successfully raised young for the last couple of years,” Goodale says. “With this new camera, we will all be able to watch the chicks hatch, and be raised by the adults.”

Students and people around the world followed the trials of an eagle pair on BioDiversity’s eagle cam intently and provided valuable observations for scientists at BioDiversity on the Web cam’s accompanying blog. At its height, the Web cam had over 8.5 million hits a day. BioDiversity Research Institute hopes the osprey cam will draw in even more viewers.
BioDiversity Research Institute is a nonprofit ecological research group dedicated to progressive environmental study and education that furthers global sustainability and conservation policies. The organization believes that wildlife serve as important indicators of ecological integrity.

28 Comments:

Anonymous J said...

Oh Thank you Wing....I'm so excited to add these birds and the knowledge we'll gleen from you and from observations to my personal list. I continue to visit my SMCC Osprey, tending to their nest just fine this morning 5/31, beautiful sunrise at 4:45 today - the two team up for an unbeatable morning.

Did your release say they were tending to 2 eggs?? I can't see them, the birds are off the nest right now 2:35 p.m. and I see lots of colorful stuff but no eggs.

Can you provide some info on Kids in the nest?
Thanks
J in S.P. ME

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are the BEST!!!! I am soooo excited to witness this as well as the Eagles & Loons...My contribution is definitely on it's way!!!!!!!!!
Anne, NJ

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

05/31/07.. Thanks Wing for all the wonderful work you do and I will spread the word here. Also thanks to Judy and Sherri and Sir Lance for getting the pictures and putting the in discussion pages as I so enjoy seeing him and he has been around all day today. I heard him calling after his 6:40 am visit to the nest and thenhis visit at 1:14 this afternoon and now its 3:59 and I can still hear him calling now and then and he sounds very close.. Take care everyone. BEV

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

Congratulations on the new Osprey Cam!

There was a visit by Dad this morning starting around 6:40 a.m. that lasted about 37 minutes.

Here is a 9 minute video of some of the visit uploaded to putfile.
Video

Or a 6 minute clearer video that will open in Real Player.
Real Player Video

Some pictures from today and earlier are posted on this page.
Screenshots

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good luck i have done everything possible to get live feed from all three sites and no way.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

5/31 7:35pm

Thanks for the update Wing! Hope your island hopping doesn't tire you out too much. Will be interesting to watch and learn about the ospreys.

Haven't seen much of the bald eagle pair lately, but do keep up with the blogs and am happy to hear they're still hanging out 'round the nest.

Liz (W,DC)

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thurs. May31
WoW! Hi Wing. So good to hear from you again. What exciting news! Great article! I am so excited. I don't know much about the osprey except that it's a sea eagle? Well. I'll learn something about the osprey now, hopefully. Good luck on your next venture! Great News!
I just finished watching a show "Nature" on PBS. It was all about the raptors. What incredible creatures they all are. They actually fashioned a tiny camera to put on the back of a trained peregrine falcon. Unbelievable! They showed the Grey Owl hunting and showed a raptor in the rain forest in slow motion how it manuevered through all the thick growth. Incredible! Then I logged on here and saw this news. I am thrilled as I know many are. Thankyou, thankyou for your dedication and hard work!
Maggie, NH

11:05 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Thursday, 5/31

11:59 PM ET

Wow..what a super day for the BRI Blog! Wing updated us from the road to tell us about the new osprey cam. Sounds like his field work is keeping him very busy but he didn't forget his "armchair biologists". He credited the blog observations as "valuable" in his press release...thanks Wing! We really do have a passion for the eagles. I'm sure the loons and osprey will capture our hearts too!

I have checked in several times today but have missed Mom & Dad's visits. I'm sure Judy will give us a video link. Be sure to not miss Judy's St Mark's nest videos on the previous section of this blog under "Update". Just stunning video footage...I loved it all but especially the fledgling flapping his wings about to take his first flight. Judy you could film documentaries! Thank you for sharing this nest with us! Thank you too Sir Lance for your captures. What talent we have here on the BRI blog!

Welcome to our new bloggers. BRI has the best nest cams...you've come to the right place. Life has been a bit hectic lately and I so appreciate the posts of my fellow bloggers, new and old to keep me updated. Thanks everyone!

I did catch a lot of vocalization between Mom & Dad around dinner time but had to leave before their last visit. Pretty black and white cam mode now..very peaceful. Another hot, sticky day in western NY...I bet it's warm on the Maine coast as well but tempered by ocean breezes....

I have noticed that the still shots are not running for the eagle cam too. BRI has a lot running right now...eagles, osprey and loons...it's amazing that they can give us live cams for all these beautiful creatures!

I look forward to all of your observations. Past midnight..time for shut eye.......

Chris
Grand Island, NY

12:29 AM  
Blogger SoCal CBCat said...

Friday, 06.01.07, 4:53 am PDT

Wing, I am so excited about the Osprey cam. Was hoping it was for this raptor. Not getting the live feed yet, but am so looking forward to it. The still shots look good. I'm so amazed by you guys at BRI. Do you ever take a break or relax for a second? Thanks, thanks, thanks!

7:50 AM  
Blogger SoCal CBCat said...

Friday, 06.01.07, 4:53 am PDT

And a cam with windshield wipers yet! Love that. Wish the eagle cam had had one during that huge storm, though I doubt it would have helped a lot in such circumstances. Hi to all bloggers! Love reading your comments, tears and happiness. Videos are wonderful. What a family we are. Now to see an eagle fly in. I keep hearing them but no visuals.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Wing - Thanks for the new camera -- the osprey will be interesting to follow. I'm not sure if it's my computer or the camera, but I am unable to Live Stream. I have still shot, but no live cam. Good luck in your next 8-day excursion. Look forward to your return and more blogs.
Becky

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful, Wing- can't wait to see this new nest activity. I see ospreys fly by occasionally at my workplace in Maynard, MA and always wonder where they are nesting. Such beauty! Thanks-

Angie in Mass.

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is wonderful news!! Thank you for keeping us "armchair" enthusiasts informed and learning more about the world around us. Thank you for the new cam as well -- the 15 second stills on the eaglecam haven't worked for me in about a week -- I look forward to the loons & the ospreys. :)
Good luck with your studies this summer - Happy Learning to all at BRI!

Dawn - upstate NY

8:34 AM  
Anonymous CLC said...

Hello every one..
Here is a video made from pics of yesterday. May 31. I missed the 2nd visit but got the other 2. I did see the 2nd one, just no pics, because RP is so touchy. An eagle came in and was pulling some thing apart and then flew off. Visit lasted maybe 45 seconds.
Not the best but it works
posted here
post

Opens in WMP or defalt player..
video

Sir Lance

10:44 AM  
Blogger gigi 1 said...

OH, Wing, I am so excited!!! I can't wait to see the Osprey's live. As of this moment I only get the still cam. Maybe a glitch on my computer, will try to fix. Will keep checking in on all the cam's. I can't wait to hear the loons again. My birthday was yesterday, 5/31, will be sending another donation ASAP. I've been having trouble getting the eagle cam still shot, noticed other bloggers having the same trouble, I know it will be fixed as soon as possible. Keep up the great work and update when you can. 6/1 1823 EDT

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, Oh! The still photo looks like from earlier in the day, as it is 7:42 as I write this; I am unable to get the live feed up at all. Hope this isn't bad news for the new camera! I haven't given up, though! I'll be back!
K in SP

7:42 PM  
Anonymous CLC said...

6/1/07 Good morning ALL
Got home late last night and was able to get this video of 8:22pm visit by mom… Sorry no sound... After she left there was a lot of squawking over camera and she dumped right passed the front of the cam, not on video..


video


Sir lance

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Linnie from Fairfield said...

6/2 1530
Hello everyone! Kind of missing reading the entries and checking in with my fellow eagle addicts. As always, my first move is to see if Anna has checked in to let us all know how she's doing. We miss you and look forward to your return. Anna, just write and don't sign your name :):):):)....... we'll know it's you anyway by how thoughtful and inciteful you are.

I've been out in the gardens most of the day, but have checked in regularly.......for naught! Not one little tail! Or drive-by! There has been some familiar sounding chatter.....a pretty boat that spent a fair amount of time in the area....windy, beautiful blue ocean. It's getting muggy in my corner of the world (central Maine) with the sun peaking in and out. Our river is beautiful...we have ended up with some large trees that must have been blown down during our recent rain storms. They are hung up on the other side of the river.
A great blue Heron has been spending alot of time on one. Have you ever seen a Heron land in a tree!?!? I never had til today......what a site, and boy, did he BLEND in! When I went to get the binoculars, I had a heck of a time locating him even though I knew where he'd been standing a minute ago.
Our blog will, I'm sure, be updated on Monday....I think that's when Wing said he'd be returning..
Once more, thank you Wing for all that you and your colleagues do
Until then....Keep the faith......Especially you, Anna. This day too shall pass.
My best Linnie

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's hard to believe there are two eggs in the osprey nest and birds guarding them. I've never seen ANYTHING in the picture that is being shown. And the live cam isn't working. What gives?

5:12 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Saturday, 6/2

Heard very brief chatter at 6:19 PM ET. I think it was Mom. After watching for several minutes, no visual. Heard her call again at 6:29 PM.

Very warm almost record breaking temperatures in western NY. The nest look site looks "hot and hazy" too. Maybe Mom and Dad will visit once it cools down.

I was hoping someone would update the blog in Wing's absence as he tends to his important field work. I miss reading the comments of my fellow bloggers.

Hope all is well with everyone. I was away from the computer quite a bit last week. Hopefully I can peek in on the nest more next week.

Looking forward to the blog update!

Chris
Grand Island, NY

Oops... there is Mom and Dad talking to each other...very vocal... 6:36 PM....just love these guys!

6:37 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

The eagles were both at the nest at 7:13 this morning when I click on. One on the y branch and one in the nest. They left just a minute later after some chatter. Sunday morning, June 3.

Barb

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh what a beautiful morning!! I log on at least twice per day and have not seen anyone in several weeks, hence no blogging. (I read the blogs of all though) This morning, I logged on before church at about 7:11AMEST and there were both Dad, in nest and Mom on right upper part of Y branch. They were looking out to sea with some vocalization from each. They stayed a few minutes and flew off, first Mom then Dad at about 7:15. They are still in the area as they are vocalizing off camera intermittently.
It was great to see them again. I know that they have been there some because of all of your observations but I really wanted to see them. YEAAAAAA!
Thanks Wing for the updates and the new camera. Great job and have fun in the islands!
ANNA.. Please join us again with your updates. You are very missed. It would be sad that a misperceived communication and the reaction to it would cause a fracture in relationship. What you said wasn't what was perceived by some others. Forgive them please and join us again.

Thanks all for the updates and Judy for the videos.
Barb in PA

7:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone get on and see the Osprey. Just a black screen.

8:05 AM  
Blogger jeanette said...

June 3rd. EST

Eagle flew into the nest at 10:49 AM, vocalizing loudly. Stayed in the nest for about a minute and jumped to the Y branch. What a treat to see an eagel again! I haven't seen once in a while since the still cam isn't working and that is what I ususally monitor. Flew away at 10:52.

Cluoudy, windy and some rain on the coast today.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Monday, June 4th

5:57 AM ET

Good Morning Armchair Biologists!

Nasty morning at the nest site as the remnants of Tropical Storm Barry spread a wide band of rain and wind from Erie to Portland. There have been sounds of distant chatter through the strong wind noises on the mic this morning.

Yesterday was a reportably busy day at the nest. Mom and Dad visited and I caught a glimpse of an intruder shortly after 6:00 PM ET that Dad scared away from the nest. I'm hoping our video experts post clips and captures for the record here.

With reference to "our record" here on the BRI blog, I am hoping that WIng has a substitute moderator to update the posts during his 8 day absence in the field. It's difficult to keep the interest of all of our great contributors over an extended period of time without updating the blog. There continues to be interesting activity at the nest despite the loss of the chicks in April and we need a viable, ongoing blog to post our observations on. Hopefully, we will see an update today by someone filling in for Wing.

I haven't checked in on the loon nest very often. Maybe some of you out there will have something report. I did receive feedback that the resident spider that was there last year has returned or at least a descendant of last year's spider. Hahaha........

Hoping for an update....keep the faith fellow bloggers.....I look forward to reading your comments!

Chris
Grand Island

6:07 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

6/4/07 8:18am

Tuned in at 8:10 to see an Eagle at the nest looking out toward the water. Took off at 8:18am and heard some vocalizations. Nice to see a feathered friend at the nest on a rainy Monday morning (both in Hancock County and here).

--Liz (W,DC)

8:19 AM  
Anonymous adklaurie said...

The Osprey Cam is running again. Looks pretty windy there. For the blogger who is unable to obtain the live feed. When you log into the osprey sight, minimize the screen and then drag the website info onto your desktop. Not sure why this works but it worked for me. Then double click on the icon on your desktop. It worked for me. Hope this helps you.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi people uhm how do u get on the bald eagle cam?

9:35 AM  

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