Greetings dedicated bloggers
. Well I think we can be certain that the eagles will not nest this year. The birds at this nest site have been the most productive in the state over the last 14 years and they are now sliding back to the state average. As we have already discussed, there are many reasons why the birds may not be nesting this year, including getting old, last years nest failure, contaminant burden, mate switch, or simply taking a year off. What we have seen over the last three years shows how hard it is for birds to successfully
raise young each year. They face so many challenges, from habitat loss, to changes in food web dynamics, to contaminants
. Who knows, maybe the birds will surprise us once again and break records for late nesting, but all the sign indicate they are taking the year off.
We will keep
the camera up and running and we are currently working on getting our loon cam and osprey can up and running. We will be setting up the loon cam this week and hopefully
will have it live for you by the beginning of next week. I am trouble shooting the osprey cam which sustained a major lightening strike last year--hopefully we can get it up soon.
Also we have a number of other cam projects up our sleeve
, and there is a good possibility that we may be able to get them off the ground (literally and figuratively) this year.
Thank you for all your support and amazing observations.
Wing GoodaleBioDiversity Research Institute