BioDiversity Research Institute captures Bald Eagle laying egg | Environment
Biologists at BioDiversity Research Institute (BRI) confirmed today that the webcam dubbed Eaglecam1, located in Hancock County, ME, has captured a bald eagle laying its first egg of the season; the egg was dropped at about 1:00 pm Thursday, March 24. The webcam, one of two cameras sponsored by NextEra Energy Resources, captures the breeding activity of these raptors in real time.
Visitors to BRI’s website, http://www.briloon.org/, can watch the daily nesting activities of this pair of eagles in a 24-hour live feed that is offered to the public free of charge.
“We are happy to support these eagle webcams because they provide a valuable educational resource for the public to observe nesting behavior,” says William Hanson, senior biologist for NextEra.
“The resident eagles have not nested at this site since 2007, so this is very exciting,” says Patrick Keenan, BRI’s outreach director and coordinator of the Institute’s webcam program. “We can expect the egg to hatch in about 35 days.”
Eaglecam1, which was installed in February 2006, captured the successful nesting of a pair of eagles in the spring of that year—two young eagles, or nestlings, survived. In 2007, the pair again nested, but a three-day Nor’easter resulted in the loss of the chicks. Since that storm, the resident pair of eagles has not laid any eggs until this spring.
“There are a number of factors that could explain why the eagles have not nested at this site over the last few years,” says wildlife research biologist Christopher DeSorbo, director of BRI’s raptor program. “Without banding, we can’t even be sure this is the same pair that nested in 2007. One of the values of the webcam program is that our online community members help inform the personal stories of these birds, providing valuable information in our efforts to understand as much as possible about them.”
“These eagle webcams allow the general public a rare and intimate look into the inner sanctum of nesting eagles,” says Charlie Todd, wildlife biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW). “The more we know about these birds, the better equipped we are to help protect them.”