Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Unprecedented Study Finds Over 100 Contaminants in Maine Birds

GORHAM, Maine, March 11, 2007—BioDiversity Research Institute today released a new report documenting that over 100 harmful contaminants were found in Maine bird eggs. Wing Goodale will present the report to the Maine Legislature’s Committee on Natural Resources today at 1 p.m.

Flame retardants (PBDEs), industrial stain and water repellants (PFCs), transformer coolants (PCBs), pesticides (OCs), and mercury were found in all 23 species of birds tested. The bird species studied live in a variety of habitats: on Maine’s ocean, salt marshes, rivers, lakes and uplands.

“This is the most extensive study of its kind to date and the first time industrial stain and water repellants were discovered in Maine birds,” says report author senior research biologist Wing Goodale.

Common loon, Atlantic puffin, piping plover, belted kingfisher, great black-backed gull, peregrine falcon and bald eagle had the highest contaminant levels. The flame retardant deca-BDE, banned last year in Maine, was found in eight species. Overall, eagles carried the greatest contaminant load, and for many contaminants had levels multiple times higher than other species. Many of the contaminants levels recorded were above those documented to have adverse effects.

“These results are significant because many of these contaminants can interact to create effects more harmful than one toxic pollutant alone,” said Goodale, “and the pervasiveness of the pollutants strongly suggests that birds and wildlife in other states are also accumulating these contaminants.”

“Since we found that birds with high levels of one contaminant tended to have high levels of other contaminants, these compounds may cause top predators, such as bald eagles and peregrine falcons, to have greater difficulty hunting and caring for young,” Goodale added.

The report also shows the contaminants are coming from both global and local sources. All the types of contaminants were found in all species—including birds that feed hundreds of miles offshore. This indicates that the pollutants are most likely in rain and snow. Birds in mid-coast and southern Maine tended to have higher levels, suggesting the compounds may also come from local sources such as incinerators and water treatment facilities.

“There is good news,” Goodale said. “We found that banned chemicals like PCBs and DDT were significantly lower in Maine today than in the past, showing that by banning chemicals we can decrease levels of harmful contaminants in the environment.”

Samples were collected from the following towns: Biddeford, Boothbay, Bridgton, Bucksport, Chester, Criehaven TWP, Dead River TWP, Deer Isle, Eastport, Falmouth, Gorham, Islesboro, Kennebunk, Kittery, Lincoln TWP, Lincolnville, Milbridge, Mount Desert Island, North Haven, Old Orchard Beach, Phippsburg, Portland, Saco, Scarborough, Searsmont, South Portland, Spalding TWR, T3 Indian Purchase, Wells, and Westbrook.

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.


Blogger GG said...

3-11-2008 7:59AM

Excellent article on contaminants but very disheartening to hear. Thank you for posting, and I hope the meeting goes well today Wing.

The eagles landed this morning for those who missed them:

Maine Eagles Morning Visit 3-11

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The release of the BRI study is very timely I believe. I've been having these thoughts lately and I know none of you will want to hear this but I don't really care. If we think about the research BRI is doing to try to save our planet, we have to know that these contaminants we've put into our world are slowly killing wildlife. BRI (and others) have told us that some of these contaminants can cause reproductive failures.
If these eagles have been nesting here for at least 13 years they have taken in thousands of pounds of contaminated fish and other food over the course of their lifetime. I have to wonder if they may be experiencing some trouble with reproduction....maybe not....but it begs a bit of thought.
BRI is showing us the wonder, awe, and beauty of nature with their live cams. It's an unbelievable treat! But I believe they are also educating us with hard facts. We have to think about the future...the eagles, loons and ours. We have to get serious about cleaning this place up, there is a lot we can do as consumers - and we can talk to others to open their eyes regarding the future of the planet. I'm sure we can all think of something we can do every day to make the Earth a better place.
It has to happen NOW.

I have lived in Maine nearly all of my 55 years and I was brought up with a love of the natural world. I love BRI's eagles as well as "my own", I love watching birds & ducks...nothing else can stop me in my tracks like wildlife. Let's all start thinking about ways we can help our Mother.
And then let's put those thoughts into action!!!
Thank you BRI..every one of you.

J in S.P.ME

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the report and for the research Wing and BRI!

In recent days there has also been reports about pharmaceuticals getting our water supply.
Link to article

I read this article last week:
Pollution in Air Taints U.S. Parks
Link to Article

"And the DDT measured in fish at Montana's Glacier National Park is higher than levels found in fish studies from Africa, even though the United States phased out DDT production in 1972 and Africa still uses it for mosquito control."

This is some of the eagle's visit on March 11 that started at 6:33 a.m. with both eagles landing and ended at 6:48 a.m. when both eagles left.

Video in WMP
Video at Putfile

9:40 AM  
Blogger Maine Native said...

Momma and dad at nest...eating breakfast...9:45 et 3/11/08. One on the Y branch looking over the water, the other is tearing into some unkown object. First time in a week or so that I've seen both of them there at the same time!! I like it:^)

9:50 AM  
Blogger Maine Native said...

Post note...it appears the breakfast had feathers and wings before they got to it...maybe they're taking care of that pesky crow problem on their own :^)

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

03/11 @ 10:04

Thanks, Wing, for your dedication to your work. Let's hope your study sounds an alert loud and clear and prompts action.

To J in S.P.ME - Amen ... and thanks for the post.


10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

March 11 - 9:59 in Michigan

I've been away for several days and just signed on to find them both at the nest. What a beautiful sight it is. I read all the comments and was relieved to hear all seems well. One is eating and the other is on the Y branch looking out over the water and is quite verbal. Now she's really focused on something to the left - she just flew off in that direction. I think it's the male still eating in the nest.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I popped in at 10:10 am and to my surprise and glee....saw both Mom and Dad on the nest. Mom? was in the nest bowl eating something, and Dad? was on the "Y" branch. Both were there together for about 10 minutes. He then saw something and flew off. Mom kept eating and flew off at 10:35 am.

I am soooo happy! I love seeing these beautiful birds, but since I work during the day, I get very little chance to see much myself. I appreciate so much everyone's comments in the blogs and the video postings that keep me up-to-date!

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mar. 11 10:48 a.m.
I was so excited to come on 7 mins. ago and finally see an eagle and it was eating! It has been a long time since I have seen one or both.
Then to read the report, I agree, very disheartening to hear.
Karen in Denmark

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/11 1127
J. in SP..
Wonderful, inspirational input from you...thanks much for the thoughtful, indeed crucial reminders...I will be thinking of it throughout my day.....
I, too, was raised with a love of birds & nature.....my beloved Grampie was very actively involved with a Massachusetts branch of the Audubon Society. As the oldest grandchild, I was the one who spent the most time with him.... many, many times he would take me 'birdin'. Binoculars, tripod, and Petersons' and off we'd go.
Anyway, have a wonderful day.......
Keep the faith....

11:40 AM  
Blogger SYMontgomery said...

I agree with the comments of GG and J in S.P. We need to continue our support for BRI. Wing and the team is doing great work as well as exposing us all to nature's awesome glory and reality. Spread the word about the site and the effects of contaminants on our environment and wildlife. Get others involved in making changes in the other U.S. states.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter moved to mid-coast Maine several years ago and rents a home with 3 locals. It is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth; not for just the scenery and wildlife but also the friendliness of the people of Maine towards my daughter.

The part that I found shocking was when I looked into the trash can to discard something and found newspapers, recyclable plastics and cereal boxes. I realize most of the contaminants are coming to Maine by the wind currents through rain and snow but it seems like recycling in Maine must become easier and more accessible.

I understand some items can be taken to recycling centers in Maine but it breaks my heart to see all those other items just taken to the landfills. Here paper, plastics, glass, tin cans and aluminum are placed in clear bags and picked up weekly along with our regular garbage. It is a small thing but every little bit helps.

Toxic items like paint, leftover pesticides etc are taken to Chemical Round-ups several times a year.
Again, it is small but we all have to do our part to save wildlife and ourselves.

Mom in Wisconsin

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since you all love the eagles as much as I do and can get frustrated waiting for eggs and hatchlings, try a cam that I found to relieve your angst. It is of barn owls and they have chicks that hatched last week. sooooo cute. Sometimes their cams get stuck, but bear with them, they get them fixed asap.

For a dose of cute go here http://wdfw.wa.gov/wildwatch/owlcam/barn_owl.html and click on cam1 or cam2.

Cam1 has a female that last year had eggs that did not hatch so was really happy to see at least one baby last week, don't know how many she has now. Owl2 has at least 3 babies and they are getting huge already. They are about 3 days older than 1's.

Enjoy, for the time the eagles are not at the nest, have some cute. lol.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/11 - 4p.m. 360 degree camera?
Just heard a loud call from a crow as it seemed to fly right by the camera/micophone. It was immediately followed by the loud call of the female eagle. It seemed that a crow just dived close to the eagles and was warned away. Would like to have seen it.

It would be nice to have a camera that could pan 360 degrees around as I think the eagles are often perched or flying close to the nest but just out of shot of the camera. Wishful thinking.

Of course the best would be a nice lounge chair, a cool drink (warm weather of course) and a spot to recline with a full, upclose view of our feathered family.

P.S. - made my contribution - fellow bloggers?

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/11/08...A very disturbing insight into the state of our beautiful birds. However, I am more concerned that I have only heard one eagle calling for over an hour. I started watching about 4:10pm and it's now 5:20pm and still only the one calling with no one in sight. About a half-hour ago, there was an off-camera crow ruckus with the eagle calling through the noise, but no show or answer. I hope all is well.
Mary in Ohio

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/11 1801
'A'.... I'd love a coastal weather forecast....it can be quite different from Central Maine, so was hoping we may have an update...
It sounds like we may have some disturbances this week... anyway...oh my goodness, as I'm writing this with the 6 o'clock news on.....I hear the news report regarding mercury being found in birds eggs....and it's YOU, WING that's being interviewed!!!!!!
Now I have a face with the name! Too funny!!!

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/11 Mom flew into nest at 6:05pm and ate some leftovers. Stayed about 10 minutes then flew off camera but nearby calling for Dad. 6:20pm Dad called so they are both off camera.

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was interesting to see the towns where studies prevailed. We are in Falmouth but we originate from North Haven and have seen Eagles, Osprey, etc. nesting. Would be interested to know how the sites are picked. Although the study is disheartening, we appreciate your dedication and committment to raising everyone's level of awareness & their role in the environment.

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/11 - Is it possible that there is an alternate nest? All afternoon I have hear her call from close to the camera. He responded from far away a few times. Once her calls sounded like he brought her something. I did see - I believe it was her - eating on the nest this morning. But since then all sounds have suggested her being settled in one spot someplace off camera but closer.

6:44 PM  
Blogger flight of fancy said...

A little after 6 AM 3/12
Nobody home, but I can hear Diane very close. As I iron clothes for the day, her calls go unanswered.
Did watch the "brunch" at the nest yesterday which made both my students and me very happy.

6:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone send the link to the television interview with Wing? I'd love to see it...

Angie In Mass.

7:24 AM  
Blogger Sandy Sandmeyer said...

Mom in Wisconsin, here in Pinellas Park, Florida, we too have curbside recycling, but the bigger city, St Petersburg, does not. It doesn't make sense. Even those that live in PP don't all recycle! Seems to me to be a no-brainer, but I guess that's just me.
Enjoy your Wednesday, everyone!

7:35 AM  
Blogger Ward said...

To Angie in MA:

Here's a link to the news story.

Thanks to Wing and everyone at BRI for all they do. We all need to do more to preserve our precious earth.


7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

March 12 - 8:10 EST

I'm hearing calling but not seeing either of them. There are crows off in the distance. I'm beginning to think we're not going to see any chicks this year.

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/12 Angie...I may be able to help with the TV interview and there was a front page article (above the fold!!) in the Portland Press herald on 3/11 www.pressherald.com. The TV thing was on WCSH in Portland so they probably have it linked with their site WCSH6.com.

Wing after reading the paper I'm worried for you folks at BRI - get yourself tested now young man! I used to feel that Casco Bay was healthy because it supported so many Osprey nests, etc...but now when I watch my osprey this spring I'll worry every time I see the male bringing fish into the nest. It'll spur me to action every day.
Thank you

J in S.P.ME

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning....Mar 12th @11:15am

The following should get you the interview with Wing that someone was requesting....


When window opens, scan down to "MORE LOCAL STORIES" then click on "Study finds Harmful Contaminants in Maine Birds (VIDEO)

Keep the faith...

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:44am...I am concerned that we should be seeing more action on the nest from all the attention the last week or so. Is it possible that something has happened to one of them. The solitary calling last night was so lonely sounding and there doesn't seem to be anything this morning. One of the pair ate dinner on the nest and seemed to leave some for the other one who did not show up. That was about 6:00pm. I am concerned. If anyone has seen the pair together since yesterday afternoon, please blog in . Thanks.
Mary in Ohio

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing, is there any way to get a visual sighting of the pair? It's way too quiet. By the way, you're article was very insightful. Thanks for all your hard work.

11:59 AM  
Blogger pyjamapixie said...

I have been addicted to this site for 2 years now and donate what little I can when I can. What a wonderful site!
I've been watching since about 7CST... no eagles. :( I was hearing one off camera for a while, but now all is quiet.

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the link for the video interview if anyone missed it. Thai link brings you right to the video, just click on the play button.


Tammi in Durham, Maine

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

03/12 4:50pm
Wing and eveyone involved. I want to thank you very much for what you are doing. It is so relaxing to be able to come home and sit down and watch the cam for a while. I just printed a form to make a donation and will mail it out.
A story is scheduled to air tonight on NBC Nightly News regarding Bobby Ginn, Tesoro’s eagles and Ginn's partnership with Audubon and the Institute of Wildlife Sciences. It will be the last story in the newscast.

Naugatuck Ct.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/12, 6:55pm

I would like to say that I just bought, for 99 cents each, about 10 of those green grocery shopping bags. I keep them in my car, for my weekly shopping, as well as unexpected trips to the store. I just love them -- they handle much better than plastic, are stronger, and sit much more orderly in the trunk when full. And I notice other people are starting to use them too. It's funny how something as insignificant as using those green shopping bags instead of plastic bags is actually quite significant, and can make me feel so good! I hope others will try these green bags -- I'm sure they'll feel the same way I do!


7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing, I am impressed with your recent study! Thank you so much for the wonderful job that you do!!! My husband and I have been watching this site for a couple of years now (we are in the Sacramento, Ca area) and have told several people how exciting watching eagles can be...especially our 11 year old granddaughter. We hope she will grow up knowing how important it is to have a healty planet. Our donation is on the way.

9:43 PM  
Blogger flight of fancy said...

6:25 AM 3/13
Both are in the nest this windy morning. AMEN!

6:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

March 13 - both eagles landed and left together and the visit lasted 14 minutes from 6:22 a.m. to 6:36 a.m.

Some of their visit:
Video at Putfile

7:43 AM  
Blogger GG said...

3-13-2008 7:55AM

Mom and Dad bald eagles arrive
at 6:22am

Maine Eagle Mar 13 Morning Visit

7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning...03/13 @ 7:50 am

A beautiful sunny day here in Maine this morning, but cold and brisk. The winds are 15-25 mph but will decrease as the day goes by. There is a 50 % chance of snow showers after midnight under a cloudy sky. Scattered snow showers predicted for tomorrow morning as well with 50 % predictability of rain showers in the afternoon. Temp should be in the upper 30's. Sure hates to warm up in Maine. With spring a few days away, maybe we can enjoy a turnaround. Let's hope so not only for us but for those majestic eagles.

Wishing you all a great safe day with eagle sightings.

Keep the faith.

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/12 0748
What a glorious site on the cam this am. The sea is quite wild and choppy with brisk winds....occassional serious gusts .....the nest is swaying and the sun is shining bright on the water.......
Only thing missing is our eagles sitting on the nest.......
Wing, I've been doing some reading/research on eagles, past and present, and I'm wondering if they maintain "2 or 3 alternate nests in the area".
This publicity is, I hope, financially beneficial. Awareness...getting out the word......opening people's eyes to the ecological realities.......
Amazing work you do.......
On behalf of my children and grandchildren, my gratitude for you and your Institute.
Keep the faith....

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

03/13 @ 09:50

Thank goodness for the blogs and videos from all! I appreciate your eyes, ears, and thoughts. At least someone has seen the eagles today ... I was really beginning to worry.

Is it my own anxious imagination or do the eagles do a disappearing act every time it seems egg laying might be imminent? It seems that each flurry of activity at the nest is followed by a withdrawal.

And, so ... this compelling drama of nature continues.


9:53 AM  
Blogger Maine Native said...

What is the latest we could expect the eagles to lay their clutch?

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a cut off as to when you believe all chances for egg laying are gone? Just getting a little nervous and was wondering. This is my second nesting period I have watched and I know after last year these two definately deserve a fantastic year. We're all rooting for them.

Tammi in Durham, Me

1:46 PM  
Blogger Maine Native said...

4:05 pm et 3/13
Tuned in just in time to view eagle departing Y branch. Seems like there should be so much more activity at the nest by now. Is there a posibility for a different nest site? When does the time for egg laying typically expire? Just getting antsy

4:08 PM  
Blogger armkar1 said...

3/13/08 12:39 PST
Found Eagle in nest looked to be Jack,then he went out to the Y branch and sat looking around to the right of the camera.

Jack sat there for quite some time. Makes we wonder if he is waiting for Diane to bring dinner or a late lunch! No calling going on.

12:57 Jack turned around on the y branch and decides to look in the other direction, to the left of the camera.

Ok, I'm hooked! I'm afraid to leave my computer for fear of missing something. lol!
I'm not getting my work done around the house to well today!

I have been on now for a little over 29 minutes, not sure when Jack actually got there since he was there when I tuned in. Anyway still no sign of Diane

Ok at 1:05 PST Jack flew the coupe! lol! Guess he must of sensed that I wasn't going to leave until he did! So off to my housework I go.

Take Care,
Karen in WA.

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/13 5:30pm CST
I checked in on nest and found Mom sitting in nest and Dad on Y branch. They just stayed calm with Dad calling every now and then. Dad flew off at %48pm but Mom is still sitting on nest. She just changed positions. Could it be she is sitting on an egg? Have to see if she stays the night.

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/13 5:54pm CST
Mom stood up and turned around. Just stood there for a minute and then settled down on nest again. I think we may be in luck! Possibly an egg has been laid.

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gif animation of their landing on Mar 13th at 6:20 p.m.


Sweet scene when Mom tries to get in the nest bowl while Dad is there.

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

03/13 @ 19:05

Two sightings:

16:02 - found eagle on main Y

16:08 - eagle gone.

18:23 - found eagle on main Y - looks like Mr. Mom. Eagle nesting in bowl looks like Ms. Mom.

18:33 - head-back chatter from Mr. on Y. In nest, Ms. Mom is up, turning, checking nest bowl, and finally settles back down, rearranging materials.

18:43 - more head-back chatter from Mr. on Y.

18:49 - Mr. flies off

18:51 - Ms. is up, turning, and down again.

18:54 - Ms. is again up, turning, and down.

18:58 - She is up again, standing, looking around, and finally takes off.


7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/12 1941
First off.....Thank you to Naugatuck, CT for the heads up, it was a great story, wasn't it?
I, too, am concerned about the lack of activity at the nest. Yet, it is obvious that there are eagles in the area on a regular basis by all the calling and squawking that we are hearing. So, that leads me to think that perhaps they are nesting nearby. As to laying time, one of the books I was reading said SOMETIMES into May. So I'm keeping strong hope. We shall see!

Today's 1300 visit didn't strike me as one of ours, don't know why, just didn't.

Around 1830 I tuned in and the pair were in their usual positions. Mom settin' and Dad perchin'........then, as usual, Dad flew off and within a few minutes Mom became unsettled and took off. Then there was a heck of an argument! :) Lots and lots of agitated screeching that lasted a few minutes...then quiet...

As always, I look forward to what tomorrow brings! Keep the faith!

7:55 PM  
Blogger Maine Native said...

10:45 pm et 3/13/08
Had some glitches trying to get on earlier. No one on the nest at this time. But this afternoon's activities may show that they are at least thinking about trying to lay something:)

10:46 PM  
Blogger GG said...

3-13-08 11:59m

Late afternoon visit by Mom and Dad. Mom seemed to want to stay in the nest bowl, however, after Dad left, she became distracted.

What appears as Dad chirping or chatting is actually something to do with his ears or throat. We all decided it was maybe an itch in the ear - or similar.

Maine Eagles 3-13-08 M&D visit nest

11:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/14/08, 6:40am Eagle Time

Checked in this morning to happily find both at nest. One sitting on nest and one on the Y branch. It's a calm ,quiet morning. Hope today's the day...

~Amy, Cape Cod MA

6:42 AM  
Blogger D&B said...


6:30a.m. eastern

Both eagles on nest. Dad tending nestbowl while Mom on "y" limb with occasional calling. Dad down in nestbowl practicing incubation, Mom still on limb.
Dad leaves the nest at 6:55a.m. flys to the right. Mom leaves nest 6:56a.m.

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/14/08 The eagles flew in at 6:30 this morning, one settling into the nest bowl, the other on the Y branch. They stayed about 25 minutes, then left.

7:31 AM  
Blogger GG said...

3-14-2008 7:33AM

Great dual landing this morning by Mom and Dad. This video has the image at the beginning so you'll know what to look for. length is only 2:49 minutes. Enjoy

Maine Eagles Make Dual Landing

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

March 14th - 6:31 a.m. they landed together from the right and both took off to the left with Dad leaving at 6:55 a.m. and Mom followed at 6:56 a.m. Dad laid in the nest bowl and Mom ended up on the Y branch.

Gif Animation of Landing

Video of visit opens in WMP

Video at Putfile

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/14 1115
Just tuned in to find some incubatin!!! How nice to see! Couldn't have been there too long as I've been checking frequently t/o the morning.
It seems like a quiet enough morning, the sea is gray - blue , and not much wind....looks chilly, but not as gray-cold as it can look, I'm sure you all know what I mean...I will watch the noon news/weather to see what we can expect on the coast in the next few days....
Ahhh...welcoming, heartening site to say the least...I don't see the other eagle but have a feeling it's nearby..... I'm thinking that this is all practice, as there has been so little nest-tending/stick rearranging, etc., but I've seen so many diverse behaviours with this couple that anything is possible.....
I'll stay tuned...darn, it's hard to get anything done with these eagles consuming my attention!
1130 Woops....gone! Lots of screeching off camera......
1136 Quiet and empty...

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

March 14 - The entire 3.5 minute visit at 11:06 a.m. :-)

Video in WMP

11:49 AM  
Blogger rob said...

I am delighted by the emotion evidenced by all the comments regarding Wing's testimony about the many pollutants that have been found in the birds in Maine.

Undoubtedly, the same is sure to be true with birds all across our wonderful country.

The upcoming elections in November-- local, state and national-- is the best tool we have to do something about this situation.

I urge readers of this blog to choose from among the various candidates based on their views about the environment and whether or not they believe government should be involved in cleaning it up and protecting it. In my opinion, unless government is involved, the environment will continue to suffer.

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:15 a.m. visit on Mar 14

Video in WMP
Video at Putfile

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have a little nest building going on...Diane (?) just flew in with a large, branched stick and is now poking, mushing things around!
1309 Incubating........
I believe it's spitting snow.....the news showed a system moving away from the Bangor area...but I think the worst is coming in late tonight thru tomorrow....3-6" rain/snow mix DownEast......with DownEast expecting the most precipitation...that means our eagles will be getting the brunt of it.......but we knew that we were far from done with winter weather, as I'm sure our eagles are sensing as well.
1318 Diane's been calling for Jack and some dinner....looking around in all directions..... She doesn't seem settled........but she's still there!!!! With her stick sticking up and out to our left.....

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your picture on the website is not the same as the picture on the live webcam. The picture on the website shows sun shining on the nest and the wind apparently blowing to the right. The picture on the webcam is dark and the momma bird is on the nest calling for the pappa bird and it is snowing. She has been on and off the nest several times since I have been watching at about 10:30 a.m. CDST from Memphis, TN.
MMaryandDusty - 12:34 p.m. CDST

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/14 about 1:30 pm eastern time

Mom is sitting in the nest bowl, calling and looking around but pretty firm about being there -- Dad flies in, fusses and both are looking in the bottom of the nest bowl. Dad takes over "incubation position" for about 10 minutes then leaves and Mom, who had been sitting on the Y branch, immediately sits back on the nest. It looks like it is snowing there? Nice to see them both there, and so settled in.

Dyan in N. CA.

1:51 PM  
Blogger D&B said...

1:05p.m. eastern

Mom arrives on nest and stays. 1:33p.m. Mom watching bird circle above (calling out) and Dad arrives opposite nest, can hear him calling out. Snowing at nest area in Maine. Mom in nest bowl. 1:38p.m. Dad flys to nest and starts moving sticks around. Mom up out of nest bowl at 1:39p.m. walking to edge of nest and out on limb. Dad still moving sticks around. 1:46p.m. Dad flys off to the right. Mom jumps back onto the nest and continues practicing incubation.

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/14 1344

Jack's here! And, it's clear that it's snowing now. Lot's of calling out......
1400..Don't know how long he stayed or, actually, who is still on the nest...camera is kind of wet.......this has got to be a great sign, folks!!!!!!

2:03 PM  
Blogger Sandy Sandmeyer said...

One of the eagles kicked the other out of the nest bowl and is currently sitting while it's snowing. The eagle keeps looking up and sometimes talking. Maybe there's an egg? They picked a heck of a time to lay an egg in a flurry!

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just looking at the live video at 2:12 pm. Eagle sitting in nest. Weather looks very misty and damp. The 15 second update camera appears not to be working.

2:11 PM  
Blogger jcover said...

I tuned in around 1:15and the female (?) was moving sticks around and was quite verbal. The male(?) came in and landed on the outer branch. She took off and he settled in the nest. He (or she) is still there, could there be an egg on this winter day??? I hope so. jcover

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's 2:15 P.M. and the wether looks stormy but one of the birds is sitting in the nest looking uncomfortable.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/14 @ 2:15, I'm not sure if its the female or male but he/she is just sitting in nest bowl.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Eagle Lovers....

03/14 @ 2:15 p.m.

The weather sure looks uncertain as the eagle sits on the nest this afternoon. She has been there for a long time as snow flurries have circled around her and the temp lingering in the high 30's. She seems content and mostly unconcerned about her surroundings...it may be close to egg laying time. Maybe tonight may be the night she stays in the nest. When that happens, we can probably know she has laid an egg or it it time.

Temp tonight will steady off to the low 30's with snow showers predicted. About an inch accumulation is predicted. Winds will be around 10 mph. Tomorrow we can expect more snow....Yukko !!

Have a great day.

Keep the faith...

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


2:25pm est

So now "Diane" is in the nest bowl after being in what I think was an "egg laying position" for a bit, then she did walk very carefully around the nest bowl and settled down doing the "egg wiggle" I thought, then both eagles were in the nest moving stickes and grass etc. Now one is settled into the nest bowl hmmmmm I wonder. . . . .

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think she finally laid one... still on the nest. What a great birthday gift... I love our eagles and hate the storm that blew in. Deja Vu of last year, sent chills down my spine.

2:42 PM  
Blogger D&B said...

2:40p.m. eastern

Mom continues to sit in nest bowl. This is her longest stay for this year. Still snowing lightly

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/14 3:05pm

For those who missed the story regarding Bobby Ginn, Tesoro’s eagles and Ginn's partnership with Audubon and the Institute of Wildlife Sciences.It can still be seen on the web site for NBC Nightly news.It's amazing that a land developer/Nascar owner would give up $40 million to help a pair of eagles.It is a great story.

Naudatuck Ct.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/14 - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Most hopeful day in a long time. Mom flew in with a branch, worked on nest a little while and then stood/crouched in the bowl. She seemed higher than when normally settled into the bowl of the nest - almost like standing in it. Papa came in, the two of them worked a little on the bowl. She flew to Y branch, he settled into the bowl. After a little while he flew off. She immediately came down and settled down into the bowl - this time lower down. Still there after two hours. Slight rain and wind. Camera fogged somewhat - needs tiny wipers and defrost unit.

When the eggs are laid - I seem to remember something about how the eagle won't sit down on it immediately as the shell needs to harden. Am I remembering correctly?

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/14 - 3:05 p.m. - ok, not today. Mother eagle just flew off nest. Heard his call right afterward. Nest is unattended - again.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

another visit to the nest, of at least 1 hour from 12-1pm MST by 1 of the eagles

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/14 1426
WOW! Still sitting'! I was watching the nest when (I'm assuming) SHE landed with her stick so I don't think she's actually sitting on an egg, but she's definitely practicing at the least..Wonderful sign!
(Not getting alot of laundry done today!) :):):)
Calling out again....I believe that would be calling for Jack....
1500 Nobody home!
1535....Somebody's home!
1536.....Flew the coop! Winds have picked up considerably, the camera is blurry and wet, so I don't know who it was.....

3:41 PM  
Blogger GG said...

3-14-2008 16:02

Mom and Dad were at the nest a few times today. Both brought nesting materials and tried the fit of the nest bowl out.

Mom (yipee) spent a few hours sitting and laying down.

Sounds better each day!

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Pi Day everyone! My fifth grade class was able to see the Mom sitting on the nest from approximately 12:00 to 3:00. They were VERY excited!

Eva, MA

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

03/14 @ 18:50

Signed on and seem to have caught the end of a visit:

18:23 - found an eagle standing in the nest ... possibly Ms. Mom.

18:24 - looking intently to the right with vocalization.

18:26 - now watching overhead.

18:33 - turning & checking bowl.

16:35 - moving out of bowl.

16:36 - off


6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howdy, All - Busy day at work today, but not so busy I couldn't watch eagles every chance I got while I did my chores, so to speak...

11:18am "Tuned in" to find one bird
on the nest. Uncertain whether it was he or she. Work conditions prevent me from using sound, so I get no hints from the voice....

11:30am Bird had moved up to nest rim and was poking its head into the bowl...

11:34 Bird flew the coop.

1:08pm Bird discovered in bowl, pecking at contents, looking around.

1:11pm Snowing. Poking around a bit - calling out.

1:28pm Lots of calling/squawking.

1:32pm Looking around a little frantically, lots of calling out. Snow heavier.

1:35pm Moved about a quarter-turn (from facing left-of-screen to facing cam) and settled deep into bowl.

1:38pm Bird #2 has arrived! Immediately rearranging nest hard and heavy. 1st Bird hops right up onto rim as 2nd bird goes at the nest with a vigor, poking head deep down into bowl.

1:40 1st Bird up onto Y-branch. Bird #2 settles a bit for a mo but then gets right up and starts poking around again.

1:47pm Bird # 2 flies away and Bird #1 immediately hops down from Y-branch and settles into bowl.

2:03pm Still in bowl. Snow has stopped.

2:19pm Still hunkered down quietly in bowl. (Has snow caused condensation on cam lense? - pictured clouded over/filmy...)

2:54 Still quiet, but then hears or sees something out of view - looking around a lot, agitated/interested in whatever...

3:04pm Gets up, fluffs, hops onto Y-branch. After a few seconds, flies off...

Well, that's all I got before the boss's pending arrival made me have to give it up. Seems like a pretty good long spell at the nest. I guess we're in for some more weather tonight and tomorrow but it doesn't seem like it'll be too major an event. Here's hoping those beautiful birds will be safe and sound!

I'd love to be checking in on them at home, but I'm still stuck on dial-up here and am almost never able to access the view from here
;o( . How much does it suck that I actually have to look forward to work just so I can get my eagle fix?! ;o}}}

8:27 PM  
Blogger GG said...

3-14-2008 10:19PM

Here's the last visit of the day by Mom and Dad at the BRI nest. We were all hoping Mom would stay put and lay that egg, but she still seems too interested in her surroundings and not concentrating on laying that golden egg (just yet)!

Maine Eagle last evening visit

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi all

Love our couple. Sometimes it seems that life with the eagles are some what the same as humans. Husbands tries to do something and the wife take over. :O) The artical on contaminats is not to surprizing to me. I have what is call chemical sentivity. We are as a world slowly kill our selves. Why can't cleaners and everything else just not have an odor. The animals of this world are trying to tell us something. ok. Off my soap box. Hope all goes with are eagles this year and for many years to come.

10:34 PM  
Blogger armkar1 said...

3/14/08-3/15/08 11:55 pm /12:04 am PST
Before I went to bed, I decided to take a look and see if anyone was home in the nest. I had read what others had posted earlier during the day. I thought maybe an egg may have been laid.
It is a little hard to see well with the night cam but I can swear that I see something in the nest. The wind is blowing fairly strong and it seems to me that there are feathers moving.
I could just be hopeful! Now I'm hooked again and don't want to go to bed but I have to.
I will check in when I wake up hopefully I was seeing correctly.

Keeping everything crossed!
Karen in WA. :) :) :)

3:05 AM  
Blogger Amazon and Margherita said...

Unfortuneatly, I haven'tseen any eagles what-so-ever since round about January. When I logged in at about 7:27 AM, there was a bad storm (still countinuing) and absolutly no birds. I hope they'll come back from the storm OK?! Can they even hunt in something that bad?

7:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/15 1000
I've been checking in off and on since about 0730 and I've not seen any eagles yet this am. The sea is 'angry' blue and white capped......there's a brisk, noisy wind! The nest is covered with a layer of light snow. There is still much wind whipped moisture in the air, hard to tell if it's rain, snow, or coastal spray....or all the above!
Anyway, I'm sure that we'll see more activity as the days go by...our couple is being careful this year as they don't want a repeat of last year....right, guys??? This ain't their first rodeo......:):):):)
Keep the faith.......

10:12 AM  
Blogger armkar1 said...

3/15/08 8:45 am PST

Checking in after my last sign off at 3:45am PST. I was really scared and didn't sleep well at all, for the fear that I thought I saw an eagle in the nest incubating. I'm glad that my eyes were wrong. This storm looks nasty and we sure don't want a repeat of last year.
Thanks to gg for posting the last visit video on 3/14. When I logged on late last night that video wasn't posted yet. So in a way I was relieved not to find anyone home in the nest this morning.
Hope the eagles are under some cover for the storm. It sure looks cold Brrrrr!
Well I need to go and get some much needed sleep.
I'm still keeping the faith
Karen in WA :0)That is a yawn from me! :) Nite All

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

March 15th 12:55pm AZ time.
Tuned in to another Maine snow storm... when does winter cease up there. Since birds can and do lay more than one clutch, I pray our beautiful pair has the chance to do this.

I would be willing to send them a plane ticket to sunny Arizona. Have a clutch of Mourning Doves on my patio.. the two babies are about ready to fledge. I am already suffering the "Empty Nest Syndrome".

Let's all pray for better weather in Maine and pray that these magnificent eagles have a chance to prove again what great parents they are.

Btw.. since a night camera is installed with the loons, is it imposssible or out of the realm of having one on the eagles nest?

I sure lost a lot of sleep having to get up early in 2006 to watch the eagles and staying up to watch those two baby loons hatch. What a roller coaster ride my nerves took.


4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good evening 3/15/08 6:38pm

Both parents on nest with Mom settling in as if incubating. Dare we hope for the egg? Will watch throughout the night. The store was virtually nothing. A dusting of snow with a bit of wind. Looked dramatic on the camera, though. Be well all, Lisa

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:55 pm eagle on the nest. Nasty storm all day, but clearing now. 15-second cam still not working.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:55 pm eagle on the nest. Nasty storm all day, but clearing now. 15-second cam still not working.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

03/15 @ 19:09

18:33 - found 2 eagles in the nest.

18:35 - one moved to main Y ... Mr. Mom, I think.

18:37 - Ms. Mom nesting in bowl.

18:38 - Ms. up and looking around. Turning and picking at bowl.

18:41 - Finally nesting in bowl again.

18:51 - Mr. turns, looks around and flies off.

18:53 - Ms. Mom stands.

18:54 - She again is nesting in bowl.

18:56 - Up again and she flies off.


7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's dark and I'm sure there is an eagle sitting on the nest. That's a good sign!

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:04 pm, quite dark, but can absolutely definitely see an eagle on the nest. She is sitting with her head to the left of the screen and when she turns her head, I can see her eyes shining out of the darkness! I hope this means there is an egg!


8:07 PM  
Blogger Sir Lance said...

632pm visit by both Mom & dad 7.5 minutes of a 24 minute visit March 15, 2008

8:48 PM  
Blogger D&B said...

3/16 6:12a.m. eastern

Mom eagle on the nest and in nest bowl. Standing, circling and settled down again. Mom leaves the nest at 6:18a.m
Thanks to all who posted after yesterdays snow showers. Was happy to read, our eagles did visit the nest last evening.

6:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/16 0744
Good Sunday Morning to all on this dreary gray day.....we have a landing!
As I was watching the cam, I began to hear some screeching and then a fairly graceful landing right into the nest! She's (I think) incubating and occasionally calling out.
I have had the opportunity to view this site from other computers this last week and could see why I've been unable to see the birds in such high definition as you folks speak of. My cam screen itself is much smaller than the others. I've tried many things to enlarge it, but have not had any luck. Any suggestions from someone far less technologically challenged than I?
0755 Diane (?) is still sitting.
The camera is still gray so I can't tell the conditions quite yet.
0757 Up out of the nest and standing looking to the left, calling out and then off she goes!

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

eagle arrived at 7:40 am est. sat in nest, left at 7:57. 3/16/08

8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Video of first two minutes and last minute of March 16th visit that lasted from 7:45 a.m. to 7:56 a.m.
Video at Putfile

8:13 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

Saw mom on nest this morning about 7:-7:30, thought she might be on an egg. Didn't see dad, but I was distracted from the computer as I watched a Great Grey Owl perched in a sapling right outside my window, and he is still there, (for over an hour) think he's interested in the red squirrels that come to the feeders, he doesn't seem to mind the chorus of nervous crows, blue jays, and even chickadee trying to ruffle his feathers, he was around the house yesterday too, eating something in the spruce near the house. Didn't catch mom too long at the nest before she flew off.

8:51 AM  
Blogger flight of fancy said...

I am NOT a tech savvy person, however for the post asking about enlarging the cam image...try a right click on the picture...find "zoom" scroll to it and you should see an option "full screen"...it works for me, here's hoping you can enjoy that feature, too.Gotta love the net!

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For Mimi:

Double clicking on the live screen itself enlarges the video on my computer. This might work on yours. The still pictures do not seem to be working the last day or two. Imlnkc

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/16 1126
All is very quiet at the nest.....ice blue sea with peaceful waves and the branches at the nest tree are barely moving, so all in all....it's a good day for some practicing, I'd say. Weather is cloudy with temps in the upper 30's to low 40's and a chance of some scattered snow showers tonight when the temps lower into the 20's. Monday and Tuesday look to be sunny but...unsettled weather is forecast for later in the week. Typical Maine March.
Diane, that is so cool that you have the Great Gray Owl.... you must not live in Maine!
Keeping the faith.....

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday, Mar. 16th

Mimi.....have you tried left double clicking on the cam picture? When I double click on it, I get full screen....all 22" of eagle nest. You sure can observe everything then.....and good luck.

Keep the faith...

12:53 PM  
Blogger amelia said...

Still cam hasn't worked for me for three days now.

1:02 PM  
Blogger Wizzyliz said...

3/16 @ 2:45pm

Just tuned in and there's an eagle sitting in the nest. What a great sight to see after the weekend storm. She seems to be calling out and stood up.

2:47pm - Just flew away.

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/16 1438 Quite a ruckus off camera, then a landing and she went right into the nest bowl. Did her 'nest wiggle' and settled in, facing the camera. The breeze has picked up since the am.
1442 Occasional calling out and quite vigilant.....
1446 Up on the nest rim with some strident calling out.
1447 Flew off......

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, in 2006, the first egg was laid on 3/6. In 2007 the first egg was laid on 3/5. It's now 3/16. Wing, should we be getting worried that they aren't going to lay egg(s) this year? What's the projected cut off date?

Bill in CT

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Sunday evening. 3/16

At 5pm it looks as though Mom is enjoying a delicious meal (bird/small duck??)and stays eating through 5:30. I am sure we will see her staying to guard her brood before we know it. Keep posting... the information is fabulous.

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My birthday! I was hoping for maybe eaglet babies! Would've been a nice B-day present! Anyway, is it me? Or does Dad not seem like the same as last year? He had a distincitive invertered V on his neckline. This one does'nt seem to have it whenever I've looked. I think this is the same Mom as last year. Don't notice a limp either from Dad as last year. Hope all goes well and they are waiting for better weather to lay and incubate their eggs. Maybe they know better than us.

cathy h in mass

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What looked like Mom landed on March 16th at 4:54 p.m. with prey and stayed until 5:38 p.m.
Here is a five minute video of the visit.

Video in WMP
Video at Putfile

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/26 6:49pm
Heard chatter closeby for the past 10 minutes or so, before one of them flew over from behind the nest. Sat on the edge for a minute & picked a few twigs, looking around, and then flew off toward the camera. I never saw the birds fly toward the camera before, so that was pretty cool.

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/16 6:48 PM
Re: MIMI I think if you right click on the picture and then click on "zoom" you'll get a full screen picture. Hope this helps
NJL306 in NH

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/16 1926
Thanks so much to all for the screen enlargement suggestions. The zoom certainly enlarged it....but it is dark, so I'm getting huge gray fuzz! I'll try first thing in the morning...
That was quite a meal....appreciate the landing video. I came in midway in the meal so I didn't see feathers until later...I wasn't sure even if it was one of ours. Sometimes they just don't 'feel' right...
I feel very strongly that there is a growing eagle population in Maine and I know that we hear others off camera at various times.
Thanks so much, Wing, you always manage to fit a few words to us. I cannot imagine how busy a guy you are as you have your hand in so many things.
I, too, think that the eagles are not actively nesting for a reason...like I said earlier...there must be an innate sense in our creatures of nature...
Night all......Be safe and well....

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's 4:42pm here in Calfornia, so dark in Maine. I'm almost POSITIVE that I see one of the eagles sitting on that far v-branch, towards the right, upper camera. Seeing that spot in the daytime, there certainly seems to be something there, with white on top, which moves around. Doesn't look like anyone IN the nest, though. Pam in N. Ca.

7:54 PM  
Blogger iBette said...

Happy Birthday, cathy h in mass.

I read somewhere in past blogs that the latest egg-laying on record was around the first week in May. Plenty of time. Considering the nasty weather last spring, I'm not surprised these guys are waiting a little longer this year to make eggs.

7:57 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Glad to hear there is plenty of time for the eagles to start their family. Last year was a heartbreak.
saw one eagle at nest 7:30am flew off. I know Great Grey Owls are rare here in Hancock county Maine, but he was hanging around for at least two days, I took some pictures of him yesterday. I hope to see him again even though he is scaring the the squirrels. Hope all is well with the eagles.

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure is windy up there in the nest today. There is a Eagle in the nest too. Just floating around and hanging on. CUTE!
4:00 p.m. 03/17/08

Monique in Chicago

5:02 PM  
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5:33 PM  

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