Yesterday the Norfolk Botanical Garden suffered a partial power loss that affected the Eagle Cam. This unintentional "reboot" solved the issues with camera control and seems to have reset the night vision as well. We had considered turning the camera on and off but were concerned that if we didn't regain control we would the view of the nest entirely. When turned off/on the camera resets to a "center' position that does not show the nest. We had elected to proceed with an abundance of caution to eliminate any loss of the camera feed to the public.
In other news biologists from the Center for Conservation Biology at William & Mary will be fitting
one of the eaglets with a solar powered transmitter on May 20th
. This transmitter will send a signal to CCB
every three days, allowing researchers to closely track the movements of this eagle - helping to answer one of the most common questions regarding these birds: "where do they go when they leave". The public will be able to track this (and other) bird at http://www.wildlifetracking.org/
. The transmitter should send a signal for at least three years. During this time it will provide information as to the areas and habitats that this bird utilizes. Information from this and other eagles will become increasingly important as we work to conserve the habitats and resources critical to the continued recovery of bald eagles.