Friday, September 19, 2008

The Eaglecam is back online!

Well, after what has been a long day I am happy to say that Wing and I were able to get the cam back up... and just in time for the weekend. A big thanks for all your patience this last week.

We were on the road early for our site visit and we were able to sleuth out the cam troubles and get the cam back up and on-line. It was a fantastic day for travel in Maine. We heard eagles on several occasions throughout the day before we left the site. The cool temperature and crisp skies seemed to make the shrieks and screams of the eagles reverberate in our very bones. There is no doubt that eagle nest sites are very special places and we are very fortunate to have such a great view of this one.

Patrick Keenan
BioDiversity Research Institute

p.s.--On my return home, a bit weary and a bit hungry after a long day, I nearly veered off Interstate 95 viewing what could only be a good omen...two adult Bald Eagles soaring directly above.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Again,
Wonderful news!!

Thank you!!

Amelia
Flint, Michigan

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was so great to see the nest Friday afternoon. Dad even put in a short visit!! Appreciate all the time it takes to get there and the work it takes to repair the cam. But alas, this morning it went down again at 4:20. Hopefully it can be fixed from the office...Thanks for keeping us informed ..it does help...
Sept. 20

6:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patrick,

As of 8:30 AM ET Saturday, the live cam isn't working.

Bill in Conn.

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9/20 Thanks gentlemen for the great work...hurrah!!
And Patrick, be careful...my husband is always telling me - NO birdwatching while driving! I have to admit, he's right.

J in S.P.ME.

P.S. Does Wing make you work so hard you don't have time to EAT?? ;) Snacks in the car Patrick...my preferred way of travel...fruit, nuts and chocolate...you're set!

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9/20 11 a.m.
Geez Patrick I tried to look at the eagle cam live this morning but only get a black screen. I do get a new still tho.....welcome to the Eaglecam :(

J in S.P.ME

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9-20-08 11:07am

Thanks for trying Patrick and Wing - but the cam's debut was short lived.

We were all very excited to hear from you and your near miss on I95 too, glad you are safe and sound.

What's next for this live cam?

11:08 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Wonderful commentary Patrick! Your admiration for bald eagles is apparent ... we so appreciate your enthusiasm and efforts in restoring the cam. Yesterday afternoon, 'Dad' visited and Mom could be heard off cam. We certainly love seeing and hearing them. Sadly, the cam has gone down again ... disappointing especially when we were teased with yesterday's visit and hoping to catch another glimpse or two this weekend. Anyway, thanks Patrick for your efforts ... very nice to read your comments. I'm sure the cam will be up and running again very soon.

Chris
Grand Island, NY

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9/20 6:17p.m.

Dang...just tuned in to find an eagle on the nest but alas...I have no live feed...dang! Is it me or is anyone else having trouble?

J in S.P.ME

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

09/21 @ 08:23

I have been unable to get the live cam again. Still pic is there.

JAM in IL

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would have went into the ditch....lol.Glad to have you on board. I can't wait to see the eagles again. This is the best site. You all do great work, we are lucky to have people like you to help save our eagles and do research to help keep them healthy.

5:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patrick & Wing. Thanks for your hard work with the cams. How unfortunate that it's down again. : (. Hope it's nothing major. What a great feeling seeing Eagles soaring!! Looking forward to the CAM being back up.

9:07 AM  
Anonymous judym said...

Wing or Patrick -- I just read and article in the Chicago Tribune today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serv. announced details of a proposed permit program that would allow some "activities that may disturb eagle, require nest removal or otherwise result in the death of or injury to a bird". If a land owner accidentally kiled a bald eagle through the proces of getting them off their land, the resident would not be held liable.

Since Alaskans tend to consider eagles a nuisance bird and call them the "state pigeon", the above permit program has me very concerned for the bald eagles.

Would you comment on this?

9:59 AM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

JudyM, I think that the author of the article that you references was referring to this draft by USFW:
http://www.fws.gov/policy/library/07-2697.pdf
which was released in June and public comment was requested on Aug. 15 until September 15 here: http://www.fws.gov/policy/library/E8-18779.pdf
I don't know where this stands as of September 22. I suspect they are reviewing comments.
Further, I don't know what impact this would have on Eagle populations. It depends on the number and nature of conflicts between eagles and human interests and how these revisions are interpreted and enforced. I certainly encourage your input to USFW.
All the Best,
Patrick Keenan
BioDiversity Research Institute

4:25 PM  

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