Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Secure Server Down

Just a quick note that because of the storm our secure server is down for making donations. We are working with our web hosting company to fix the problem.

However, if you are interested in making a donation, you can call 1-888-749-5666.

or send a donation to

BioDiversity Research Institute
19 Flaggy Meadow Rd.
Gorham, ME 04038

Thank you all for your wonderful gifts. They are vital to keep the camera running and most importantly help us with our research which is currently being used for national legislation.

Wing Goodale, BRI


Blogger Lisa said...

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3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

it is also amusing watching as they waddle carefully around the nest avoiding the eggs and chicks, and their expressions

as for names, many of us have settled in on Frosty and Windy, and some have varieties of these

last year we used Frank 'n Stein which many thought was clever for naming the 2 eaglets that survived

the chicks are cute to watch and many viewers like to personalize them in their own way, so it's fine for individuals to use their own selected names, whatever they are

besides, as they grow and develop personalities, other names may better suit them

whatever name(s) one uses when they blog, we'll know who they are referring to

what's important is that we all continue to support this fine effort

i think you have spoken well for all of us

most of us here love the names Frosty and Windy, those names best describe the conditions the chicks had to first endure, they are cute names and everyone has grown attached to them

also thank you for bringing back to our attention the importance of donating to the eaglecam

hang in there Frosty and Windy!
storm will be over soon

3:18 PM  
Blogger Shelagh Talbot said...

I am amazed that the inhabitants of that sturdy nest have done so well in this wild and wicked storm! And equally amazed that the eagle cam has been faithfully recording their comings and goings! Thanks so much Wing!!

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bj: Don't you wonder that these birds are so wise! They know the best tree to choose for their well-built nests and they are so considerate of one another and protective of their young. With all those thousands of feathers, they probably weren't as uncomfortable as we might think. They just take everything in stride and do what needs to be done----no complaining like we humans---no copping out when the going gets tough. We should think of the perserverance of these magnificnet birds when our own lives become taxed. The warm weather has returned to Kansas, so hopefully it will soon reach the eagles! This has certainly been an adventure to watch!

3:58 PM  
Blogger TNTalker said...

Lil' Wing Miracle and Storm Miracle are my vote.

Sending check ... God Bless the American Bald Eagle and BRI!


4:01 PM  
Blogger TNTalker said...

By the way .. any news on the other nests in the Maine area? I'm hoping all have faired well but the law of averages usually holds true.

As far as averages go .. does everyone else look okay?


4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Norfolk chicks are getting banded and checked this afternoon

something Frosty and Windy have to look forward to


4:11 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Glad the family is ok. Hope the other nests are ok too. We have a baldeagle eagles nest not too far outside Fort Fairfield, (Me). Some scum shot and killed one of the eagles (female) a few years ago. We were heartbroken. The male did find a new partner and I was told yesterday that there is someone sitting on the nest this year. Hooray!

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

curious, did anyone see the banding of the Norfolk eaglets this afternoon?

they allowed a small crowd to spectate and even to come up and pet the chicks

is this typical? it didn't seem right,i mean i wouldn't mind observing Frosty's or Windy's banding, but i can't imagine all that contact with so many people can be good

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing ~ Curious as to whether anyone has considered creating a book about "our" eagles and their babies. You have such incredible photographs from last year and I expect many, many more from this year. It could be a beautiful and educational book and I suspect I would be far from alone in fighting to be first in line to buy a copy. It might be a way to bring in more money for the project and further educate people about your work and these magnificent birds.

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/11/07 4:39pm EST

anonymous said: "most of us here love the names Frosty and Windy,"

Funny, I thought most here loved the names "Lil' Wing" and "Stormy"! Good point though that everyone should just call them what they personally want to call them, as the most important thing is for us to support them and the BRI efforts.

On that note, I was really surprised to read a poster say that she has the cam going 24 hours on a computer. I thought we were still supposed to be limiting our live-stream viewing to 2 minutes... since it costs BRI LOTS of $$ per minute, each time a person connects, and for each minute they're connected. I'd rather BRI be able to put the $$ into the research and work they need to do, rather than paying an enormous internet bill for the live-feed.

However, if for some reason the requested 2 minute limit has been lifted, then that's a different story. I just want to be mindful of what this is costing BRI.

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:45 I just watched as one of the parents was feeding and you can see Lil Wing quite well. That was the only one I saw though. So glad they made it thru the weather. Hopefully we will get better views when the weather warms up this weekend.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:50pm pst 4/17

I like Lil Wing for a name. That's my opinion.
Hang in there Lil Wing. Didn't know there was another chick in the nest.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Rita C. said...

Thank You for this wonderful gift of nature! They are amazing creatures. The names Frosty & Windy are perfect! May the higher up watch over them and ALL of us.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Afternoon

Have been on and off since 4a.m. EST--has anyone witnessed more than one feeding today?

Finally saw the owl/eagle encounter. Thank you Judy for all your downloads. That was really something.

Wildlife lover from Central New York

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we need to name the parents, Committed and Tenacious come to mind as appropriate. What marvelous examples to all of us humans. We give up so easily. God bless this wonderful family who have given us such joy. And God bless you Wing and all at BRI. We are praying for your safety as well during this stormy time. Thanks for your commitment to all of us eaglelovers.

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


now there's a good name for an eagle, one he or she could live with

5:21 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

My classroom of second graders has been gaining a tremendous amount of knowledge and sympathy for Eagles. We have had to begin a study on eagles due to their attachment to this site. This is truly something none of them have ever experienced. We named the "mommy" eagle, Dorthy, since she seems to have been through a lot of tough weather. Thank you for sharing this unique experience with us.

~second grade class, Lebanon, OR

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GO EAGLES! Amazing creatures and amazing work that BRI is doing. God's blessing to the eagle family as they do the eagle thing. God's blessings to everyone in Maine as they weather the storm. Texas sends her love.


5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, those eagles must have cast iron stomachs. The way that nest has been rocking back and forth the last couple of says, if I was in it I'd be hurling over the side for sure. It's supposed to be nice here this weekend so they just need to hang in there for another couple of days.

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm new to watching the pair. Amazing! At 3:02 Pacific time (4/17) she moved something out of the nest. I hope she was just house cleaning and it was just debri... I feel very protective. Did you see it? Can you look back at the video?

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the idea of a book about this pair...

I saw some of the banding at Norfolk Botanical... I certainly don't agree with letting people pet them... grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

I haven't had much chance to check on them, but they are all three back in the nest. Haven't seen mom or dad back with them.

Sharon in AZ 3:13 p.m.

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

on the 2 min. time limit thing, they said that they would be enabeling constant viewing when they announced the national geographic deal, and when they changed the web site look the warning to keep it to 2 min. disapeared. I was thinking that that meant they were ready for constant viewing, if not please say so on the main page.

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched the banding of the Norfolk eaglets this afternoon. My question is where are the parents when this is being done? Doesn't that upset them? I thought they were very protective of their young.

Mary Jean in Milo

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miracle & Stormy,I think are GREAT names.
Is there a Bio somewhere on the parents?

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been an exciting couple of days but I sure hope that's the worst this eagle family has to face for a long time. As others have said I have been totally drawn in by this incredible small piece of the natural world in action. I also am encouraged by the tenacity they show. It's been an example for me to be a tougher person. Not that it matters that much, my votes for the names are Little Wing and Nor' or Nor'ee. Frosty , I think of snowman and Windy I think of Peter Pan...LOL Even though that's Wendy. Silly anyway.. but we do like to name things we grow fond of but that's part of nature too! Go EAGLES! A perfect symbol for our country and I'd better not hear of anymore swithching to "Turkey" talk. Smiles from Maggie in NH

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did view the banding of the Norfolk eaglets..took a lot of effort..hope the parents return soon...God bless to Wing and Stormy...

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The book idea is marvelous and I think would be a great success. If I could buy that book and get it signed by Wing and they other scientists I would be thrilled! Cool idea Memlili!

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing I've been watching and reading the blogs since Feb. this year. I am addicted to this site as are many others. I would really like to see a picture of you. You have been so kind and informative in your updates that it would be wonderful to put a face to the words you have written. I'm sure others would like to see you as well. Is there anywhere on the BRI web site that has pictures of the BRI Group or you?

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a mark these eagles have made in my life. I am so inspired by their parenting. I am a mom of three young children who have missed soccer practices, swim lessons etc... because I cannot tear myself away from the computer. I heard my 5 year old pray for the eagles when I left her room Sunday night. Thank you Wing for giving us such an amazing opportunity. We are blessed ourselves to have four eagles on the lake in our backyard. I will be donating as soon as your site comes up again. Thanks, Chapin S.C.

7:23 PM  
Blogger SoCal CBCat said...

BOTH chicks are miracles. But I call the first one Little Wing in honor of its godfather. The second I call Stormy because it needs a strong name to compete with its older sibling.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

on the two minute thing, the National Geographic announcement was after the new site was unveiled, so I don't think things are in place yet for the constant viewing. That National Geographic announcement was just made the other day. Considering the fundraising BRI is doing, and how far they are from their goal (though the amount they've raised so far is ver commendable), I was under the impression they'd still like us to respect the 2 minute limit, or at least some reasonable limit.

Yes, it would be great to have that clarified on the site so we don't inadvertantly abuse this wonderful opportunity, and we don't inadvertantly run up BRI's internet bill...

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too support the idea of a book. It would make a great Christmas gift!

I hope Wing can soon confirm we have at least 2 healthy chicks in the nest. I think I see 2 but then decide it is my immagination.

With all the interest by school children, why not have a naming contest. I know the school children would really identify with the names.

7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Video of Dad looking stiff after landing around 5:15 p.m.


7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was under the impression that the 2 minute limit was lifted as evidenced by all the posted video clips

it seems most are recording 24/7, then editing the footage for their web sites

it was also pointed out previously that there was a frequent blogger who had more than 50 videos on their website

certainly this benefits those are not at home in front of a computer all day, and who may not be able to see all that happens, but a good question, is the limit still in effect?

i also remember when the feed would automatically stop after 2 minutes, that ended around the time the new site went up

perhaps short or unlimited streams don't effect costs, which may be the case in the particular system being used by Briloon

personally, i limit my viewing and take advantage of the video clips which, combined with my donation, i hope should help out

as for names, i'm with all those using Frosty, Windy and, if a third, Nor, all very descriptive of our nor'easter eagles

8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I posted earlier that we have the eagle cam on one of our computers going 24 hours a day. I just noticed that this costs BRI lots of money and did not realize that. I apologize and will no longer do it. I hope this message is noticed by others who may not have known about is as well. Again, I apologize. My husband and I do intend to send a donation (baby gift) soon.

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the names 'Lil Wing' and 'Stormy'....I also love the idea of a book !!! Signed of course by the wonderful people who make all of this work....and work WONDERFULLY !!!I might add.

I missed the banding of the guys in Virginia.do to work.. Does anyone know if it can be viewed anywhere?
I also got a chance to watch the videos from Judy..THANK YOU !!

8:16 PM  
Blogger heather said...

I think a great name for the Mom eagle is Zena as in the warrior princess and Dad could be Zeus.

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea to name mom and dad. how about victory (vicki or vic) for mom and courage for dad (and call him cory)?

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just my personal thought, I think someone at BRI should make a dvd of this stormy year and the proceeds could support some of the costs BRI incures. No?

Just an idea. I'd like to see it all over again in my own den.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is nearly 9 pm eastern. Is there an eagle in the nest? I cannot see one.

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a mate to the poor bird sticking it out on the nest? I never see it.

9:22 PM  
Blogger CindyP said...

I saw the note that the secure server is down for donations. I donated last evening, but noticed that it hasn't cleared my bank account as yet. Were impending donations lost when the server went down, or are they stuck in the system somewhere? I'll watch for a few days to see what happens, and redo if necessary.

Saying good night to our eagle family for now...

Cindy P

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everybody neeeds to remember that these are wild birds, not pets. All this going on about names feels insulting to me, like they are toys, when they are free independent wild things. It is a miracle we can watch, but when we start naming them we must remember their wildness. The animals we name, we humanize and often lead to ruin of the species.

10:50 PM  
Blogger heather said...

Just watching the vidoes that Judy posted over the weekend, with the bright blue sky, the lack of howling wind and the mic. working well enough to hear mom and dad "talking" to eachother at "shift change" makes me look all the more forward to a break in this weather so we can just simply hear "our" Eagles again!
Thank you Judy for taking the time to post all the video's.
Thank you Wing for the constant updates even in the grip of that horrible storm. Your work, and that of BRI is so needed and so worthwhile. Thank you for the gift of allowing us this glimpse into nature.
I also agree that a book about these parents and any offspring that are documented would be great and I too would be among those fighting for a copy!

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Fellow Eagle Lovers :-) Here is my first attempt at an eagle video. It's only 30 seconds long. I do hope to get better as time goes on!
The video shows Mom or Dad (not sure which)sitting on the side of the nest eating lunch around 12:45pmEST on Tuesday. Underneath you can see a little head bobbing around saying "Hey! I want a bite!". I almost want to say it looks like 2 heads bobbing around at one point, but I just can't tell for sure. What does everyone else think????


And by the way, I also love the book idea!!! I would buy one in a heartbeat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susan in Atlanta

12:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hang in there....we have been promised good weather on Friday. Sunny and in the high 50's.....on Sat. and Sun....in the 60's. What a reward this will be for our eagle family. Until then, we can expect less windy days and highs in the 40's, with rain showers off and on. I cannot wait for them to be able to sit on the edge of their nest and feed their young without being tossed around.

By the way.....a great name for mom would be "Amazing Grace". She is truly that to me!

Wishing you all a great day....


3:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 5 a.m. EST one adult on nest, still windy. Sure hope to see feedings today.

5:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:50am EDT April 18 and I could swear the eagle on the nest just looked into the camera as if to say, "Enough already!". Still pretty windy this morning, but there is supposed to be less rain.

5:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I was reading a post from someone about creating a scrapbook of this years eaglets. I know that I would be very interested in puchasing this along with I am sure of alot of other people. Maybe this would be a great fundraiser????? Thanks for all your hard work. I never realized how wonderful these birds are. It sure has put things into perspective. Thank you.

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with a previous poster, we need to remember that these are wild birds. These chicks still have a lot ahead of them. There still could be a nest failure. I feed and house birds on my property. I have seen it all from nest failure to hawks killing feeding birds. I know everyone means well.....

Peace to all.

7:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous wrote:

"Everybody needs to remember that these are wild birds, not pets. All this going on about names feels insulting to me, like they are toys, when they are free independent wild things. It is a miracle we can watch, but when we start naming them we must remember their wildness. The animals we name, we humanize and often lead to ruin of the species."

I agree. I think it's fine to "nickname" our eagles and their chicks, but they certainly aren't pets and we must respect that. Some folks in the scientific community strictly forbid naming the animals that they study due to running the risk of anthropomorphizing them, and instead identify the animals solely by numbers. I don't think we necessarily have to go that far with our eagles (we are deeply attached to them--naming them is a natural part of attachment!), but let's just remember that they are wild creatures and not animals we have any control over. Personally, I just like to refer to the eagles as "Mom," "Dad" and "Babies."

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To see a picture of Wing - go to the BRI main page and click on "About BRI" - then click on "staff" - scroll to the bottom of the page and there he is : )

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:04am (EST): I can't tell but it seems that no parent is in the nest. It's been that way since 9am.

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my votes go to "Frosty" and "Windy"

some may have forgotten waking up to a mother eagle in a snow covered nest or the tremendous, and still ongoing winds this family faces

naming an eagle, or any bird for that matter, "miracle", trivializes this word, i think we all know the true meaning of the word "miracle" and would not treat it that lightly

no doubt, we were all surprised by the hatch, following the challenges this pair of eagles faced, so perhaps "surprise" would be a more apppropriate name

and thanks to this very educational website, we are all more informed and know more of what to expect in future years and who knows, one day this may all be seen as typical

besides, Wing has pointed out that this is the most successful breeding pair of eagles in Maine and that this year's brood mirrors last years'

so, "coincidence" may also come to mind

as for "lil wing", that makes people think of pizza (and a little wings), and "stormy", well, that reminds me of a horse, or X-men, so maybe "wolverine" would serve as the name of its sibling

there is an endless number of names we could assign to this year's family, next year's and so on

at this point, i think we should all put aside our feelings and look at the bigger picture, what would benefit this site and its usefulness as a source of information, which i value and believe others do also, so i am willing to sign on with those who would simplify it: Dad, Mom, eaglet #1, eaglet #2, and so on

honestly, not much one can object to there

or maybe even better, and this would benefit all... the eagles, ongoing and future research and armchair biologists everywhere, the person or corporation that donates the most to the eaglecam earn's the right to name the following year's
family - mom, dad and offspring

-now, that's settled

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/18/07 9:09am EST

I'm rather concerned. I checked the cam around 8:23am... and there was no eagle on the nest. Checked at 8:43am, still no eagle. Checked at 8:55am, and still no eagle. Now at 9:10am, no eagle! That's a LONG time with no adult on the nest - especially considering the wind is still pretty strong, and considering how vigilant these parents have been since the chicks were hatched. I hope this doesn't mean that the chicks didn't make it after all. What a shame, after all that dedication and hard work...

They've fooled us before though, so I'll keep hope alive...

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the privilege of attending a lecture given by Dr. Jane Goodall just last evening. She was the first to name the animals she was observing. She was the first to say out loud that animals have personality, emotion, and purpose filled activity. I agree. These Eagles obviously have all of those things and in naming them, we connect with their world as we watch. I do think names make them more "real" to us. Especially to the children. This is my second year of watching this pair and I still very fondly remember Big and Little from last year. Every Day is a miracle in the lives of all creatures in the wild.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:21am (EST): It still appears as if no one is in the nest. I am getting worried. Is this normal?

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:58 a.m. April 18
I just started watching about 10 mins. ago and there was an eagle on edge of nest, a little while earlier no eagle. Think it is female, hard to say with wind blowing feathers, but looks like her. She just stood on side looking around and yawning. Picked at something, then carefully placed herself over middle of nest and settled in. Would have liked to see a feeding.
Karen in Denmark

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a new poster, but have been watching these amazing eagles for several weeks now, along with reading the blog.

I know its not a popular opinion, but I agree with the anon poster 10:50 pm who reminds us that these are self-sufficient wild birds. Rest assured that the birds, especially the parents who have managed their lives quite well to this point without our assistance, know who they are! Haggling over what we humans want to "name" them is pointless.

Thank you BRI and Wing for the work you are doing -- my donation is on the way!

Dyan in Northern CA

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, they're still tossing around at 8:30 a.m. AZ time, but at least the sun is out, sort of...

Well done on the video clip, Susan... you can clearly see a bobblehead in the nest, in fact, my imagination saw two very close together.

I am dying to see them without the rocking and rolling again... Sharon in AZ

11:28 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

For those of you looking for a great book, try "Just Eagles",By Alan Hutchinson, photos by Bill Silliker, both of Maine. They are not affiliated with Briloon(I don't believe) but do mention Charlie Todd at the beginning of the book. The info is great, the photos are incredible, great for a classroom,(if you are not already using this,it would be very informative!) This book may not be about "our" eagles, but it is very good book. For those of you not in Maine, the sun here in central maine where I live is peeking out! Yee hah!! Spring may get here yet! Thanking God that this storm is over! That our family is safe, Wing, hopefully your power will return soon!!We MAiners know how to get by without it tho! As the saying goes, if you don't like the weather, just wait a minute! Lisa in DF

12:16 PM  
Blogger D&B said...

Have been off line for 42 hours in southern Maine because of the storm.
Someone mentioned there being two baby eaglets?? When was the second baby born??
No adult eagle on the nest at this time. 12:35p.m. Eastern. Heavy winds still blowing there in Hancock county.
Thanks to anyone who can answer this for us.

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:35 AZ time... mom came to the nest with prey. She ate it all herself... no sign of bobbleheads. Left nest at 12:40

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed the parents aren't with the eggs much today... makes me wonder why and wouldn't that ruin the eggs as it is very cold and windy !!

5:31 PM  
Blogger monkee said...

Hello everyone! I don't get to post often due to my work schedule. It would be nice if someone who has the links to any video of the new chicks to post it for us "sometimers." I did see some on google and youtube but nothing recently of the babies, unless I just missed it. Does anyone have any? Thanks!

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Everyone! Nick here, Im so proud of OUR Eagle Parents! I havent seen them feeding the chicks today, but then again I got home at 5pm and did see one of the adults standing in the nest...are our babies ok in there? Let me know! And i will be making a donation too! Thanks again, Nick

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:55 pm
Concerned all day but if my eyes aren't deceiving me--there are 2 eagles on the nest. Difficult to see this time of night.

7:55 PM  

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