Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Press Release

Two New Webcams Capture Maine’s Birdlife
Additional online videos, blogs, and social networking help viewers interact and learn

GORHAM, Maine, February 4, 2009—BioDiversity Research Institute today announced the expansion of its innovative wildlife education program with the release of two new webcams that will capture live video of nesting Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles. Simultaneously, the institute has also launched online video blogs, feature videos, and a social networking site dedicated to discussing the webcams and wildlife science.

See this interactive online world at www.briloon.org/watching-wildlife.

The new webcams will be added to BioDiversity’s already popular eagle, loon, osprey, and finch cams. Through cutting-edge technology, the new cams—both with two perspectives—will bring to people’s computers live, 24-hour-a-day video and audio of one of Maine’s 23 nesting pairs of Peregrine Falcons and a Bald Eagle’s nest with a long history of use.

“Over the past few weeks we have seen signs that the birds will nest at both the old and new eagle cam sites,” says Education and Outreach Coordinator Patrick Keenan. “And the Peregrine Falcons are already checking their nest site. We’re excited to bring the intimate moments of these birds into homes and classrooms around the world. It’s a great way to learn about wildlife.”

BioDiversity Research Institute has had great success in previous years with its existing cams, drawing national media coverage, hundreds of dedicated bloggers from around the world, and students watching from classrooms across the country. Today BioDiversity connects all these dedicated viewers by launching its online community site (www.briloon.ning.com) to allow webcam watchers to discuss their observations, ask questions, and learn from wildlife experts. Biologists from the Institute will provide community members with video blogs on wildlife topics ranging from nest building to contaminants as well as feature videos taking people into the world of field biology.

The webcams are provided free of charge for viewers around the world with collaborative support from Next Era Energy Resources, Kids in the Nest, Bank of America, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The mission of BioDiversity Research Institute is to conduct collaborative ecological research, assess ecosystem health, promote environmental awareness, and advance science-based conservation policies.


All the Best,
Patrick Keenan
Biodiversity Research Institute

2 Comments:

Blogger Bird Goddess said...

7:30PM EST Wednesday

Just touching base...all these cams are so very exciting! I'll tell you guys one thing, this is BIG! I have been watching the original eagle pair for the past five years and have enjoyed every minute...with the occasional gasp, tear, chuckle, cheer, etc.Now that there are so many choices, I'll have to quit teaching, stay home in my jammies and just watch all day!
I will be setting up my classroom computers soon, now that everything is up and running.
Thanks again. You are all amazing!

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/7/09
Interesting perspective, with the cam zoom pulled back enough to see the entire width of the nest tree. Eagle, the male I think, having breakfast at the moment.

Earlier saw one eagle arrive at the nest from the left, followed by another from the right a few seconds later. The later arrival chased of the first.

Bill in Conn.

9:10 AM  

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