Update on the situation at the Maine nest

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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.”

5 thoughts on “Update on the situation at the Maine nest”

  1. I certainly understand the desire to intervene, but I understand that we must let nature run its course so that only the strongest and the fittest survive to pass their genes along and strengthen the species. Thank you for all of your reporting eagleholic and for sharing the official opinion with us – even if it is not what we want to hear.

  2. Personally, I feel this reply is total, 100% B.S. Biodiversity is tasked with the job of monitoring and watching this nest under the auspices of “raptor research.” I don’t think anyone is worried about “Big,” (although he will carry his parents’ genes to his offspring should he live that long). The worry is with the parents and their very, very strange behavior of starving their offspring. If they had been watching and observing this nest for “raptor research” over the past 3 to 4 years, they would know what the situation is. This is a standard reply to hysterical viewers who want to save a baby chick from being bullied, not at all a response to the concerns of nest viewers over 8-week old eaglets that have been systematically starved to the point of one having to kill the other for food. I don’t know why I expect more from researchers and scientific groups who are working for Brookfield Renewable Energy and affiliates. Renewable energy is going to kill a great, great number of eagles and wildlife in the next 30 years by wind farms alone, after being given a “pass” to do so by our government. What do they care? The research department of Biodiversity is just saying what they are told to say.

    Maybe someone should have said there is a great shortage of food at this nest site, and could they please move the nest and parents to a spot where there is more food available, near one of their wind farms, for example. Problem solved.

    End of rant. Sorry.

  3. I think you have made the correct decision. When we watch any live animal web cams, there is always a note warning viewers that this is real life. Things happen. Bad things happen. We can’t save them all. It is part of nature. You made a tough, but correct decision, and I support nature taking it’s course when there are no alternatives. Thanks for providing this opportunity to see right into an actual, real life Eagle nest.

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