There has been much concern about lack of food at the Maine nest. Thankfully, in the last day or so we are seeing the parents visit often and very often arrive with food for the remaining eaglet. It was so hard to lose the smaller eaglet due to what we believe was a lack of food, but its good to see food arriving consistently now. Big sigh of relief there! BRI also made a statement today that after assessment of the situation, they will not be intervening at the nest. Here’s what they said:
“ANNOUNCEMENT: Monday, June 23, 2014: Many thanks for enjoying the Maine Eaglecam1. Regarding the many inquiries, calls, and concerns related to the nesting eagles and their offspring at this site, we do not intend to remove the remaining eagle chick from the nest. We have been in contact with many individuals and agencies to determine the best path forward after one chick perished over the weekend. The remaining eaglet is being fed by adults and it is ALWAYS best for young eagles to develop bonds and learn life skills from parent eagles. Though there is always uncertainty in the natural world, all signs point toward this chick being successful. To comment on the 2nd chick in this nest that perished over the weekend: this unfortunate event occurs regularly in eagle nests. From an evolutionarily perspective, additional eggs or chicks in a nest offer an “insurance policy” of sorts in the event that an egg does not hatch or that a particular year may offer abundant food to support more than one, and up to three, chicks. By any measure, a single eagle surviving to the fledgling stage is a great success for eagles.
While we understand the strong urge to intervene in circumstances that may be difficult to observe, there are many reasons – biological, ethical and legal – to allow nature to take its course. We understand that our decision not to intervene may be difficult for some viewers, but we continue to maintain that the Maine Eagle webcams are an opportunity for citizens and students to observe the natural world in it’s purest form and to understand the many pressures that wildlife face.”