Osprey Cam Live!
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.