Peregrine Falcons Lay Egg Before Live Internet Camera
GORHAM, Maine, March 20, 2009—Biodiversity Research Institute’s biologists confirmed that at 1:30 p.m. a peregrine falcon laid an egg before the live BRI Peregrine Cam.
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“This is amazing,” says Senior Research Biologist Wing Goodale. “We have all been watching with bated breath for the last three days. I haven’t been getting much sleep.”
The BRI Peregrine Cam is a new live internet camera for Biodiversity Research Institute and adds to the eagles, ospreys, loons, and finches that BRI monitors. Both the eagle pairs appear to be close to nesting.
Viewers from around the world are chatting live and capturing every event on BRI’s online webcam community, . This community site allows viewers to follow the events and post images and videos taken of nest activities.
BRI webcams are at the forefront of innovation, giving biologists and the public a cutting-edge way to research wildlife. BRI Peregrine Cam offers two views of the nest, one of which functions in full color in low-light conditions, providing an image 24 hours a day.
“In Maine, breeding peregrine falcons are listed as a threatened species, with only 23 known pairs nesting in 2008,” said BioDiversity Research Institute’s Raptor Program Director Chris DeSorbo. “These webcams serve multiple purposes-—they can inform us about the causes of nest failures and they vastly increase people’s awareness of the many threats facing wildlife.”
To support global health, BRI conducts collaborative ecological research, assesses ecosystem health, promotes environmental awareness, and informs science based decision making.
BRI webcams are possible through collaboration and support from dedicated viewers, Bank of America, Kids in the Nest Educational Society, Nextera Energy, and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
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