June 7, 2012
Osprey Chicks Hatching Live On The Internet
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com
Osprey chicks are pushing through their shells and into the world right now on a live camera broadcasting on the Internet.
The first of three Osprey chicks have already hatched, while the second is due to hatch at any moment, according to explore.org and the National Audubon Society.
The high-definition camera has been fixated on the nest since the eggs were originally laid back on April 29th.
The nest is located atop a 30-foot tower at the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Bremen, Maine, which is part of Audubon's Project Puffin.
The cameras will be live during daylight hours throughout the development of the chicks, until the Osprey family heads down south through the Caribbean and South America in September.
The two adult birds have been nicknamed Steve and Rachel, after scientist Steve Kress and marine biologist Rachel Carson. Kress successfully pioneered new techniques to bring Puffins and other bird species back to Maine islands, while Carson wrote a book that helped play a big role in the eradication of a harmful pesticide known as DDT, according to a press release.
"We're excited to give people a window into this wonderful world of birds, and we hope to inspire viewers everywhere to take actions that improve the planet for all its inhabitants," said Steve Kress, Project Puffin director and Audubon vice president.
The Osprey Cam is part of explore.org's Pearls of the Planet initiative, which is a portfolio of live video feeds installed around the world.
"When people are inspired to fall in love with the world again, they are more likely to be better stewards of the planet," Charlie Annenberg, founder of explore.org, said.
After about fifty days, the chicks will start to practice their first round of flights, and if all goes well, they will begin solo journeys from Maine south along the Atlantic Flyway in early September.
Osprey's fly 30 to 100 feet above the sea, and are able to pick live fish out of the water with their talons.
The bird species are known to have mates for life, so the parents of the Osprey hatchlings are life-long partners.