Conservation

Audubon Live Cams

Watch birds build nests and raise their young, live from Maine!

In parnership with explore.org, you can watch puffins, razorbills, terns, and ospreys find mates, build nests, socialize, and raise their chicks. 

Watch the action 24/7 when the cams are in season in the Spring and Summer months.

OSPREY CAMS

The AUDUBON OSPREY NEST CAM - HOG ISLAND, MAINE is located at the Hog Island Audubon Camp near Bremen, Maine. Hog Island is located within the National Audubon Society's 300-Acre Todd Wildlife Sanctuary. Hog Island  Audubon Camp hosts six-day birding, ornithology, and natural history programs for adults, teens, and families during camp season. CLICK HERE to read more about these fun and interesting programs, or sign up for a camp session.

Rachel, our resident female Osprey at Hog Island, was named in honor of Rachel Carson, who brought attention to the impact of the pesticide DDT to wildlife. You may be interested to read Steve Kress's blog in the Huffington Post. It is about Rachel Carson and the osprey named after her. The saga of Hog Island Ospreys Rachel and Steve (plus their offspring and occasionally other Ospreys) continues, as Hog Island's most famous Osprey pair returneach year. Be sure to tune in to find out what happens next!

Also visit the AUDUBON OSPREY BOAT HOUSE CAM, which sits on the mainland atop the Audubon boat house.

 

 

PUFFIN CAMS

The PUFFIN LOAFING LEDGE CAM overlooks a puffin loafing area at Seal Island NWR where Audubon’s Project Puffin operates a summer field station. The Seal Island puffins were decimated by excessive hunting in 1887. Project Puffin restored a puffin nesting colony using methods first developed at Eastern Egg Rock. Nearly 1,000 puffin chicks from Newfoundland were hand-reared and released at Seal Island between 1984 and 1989. Now, more than 500 pairs nest at the island. Watch the puffins and their relatives the razorbills and murres that now frequent Seal Island. Also view the AUDUBON PUFFIN CAM - BOULDER BERM, which shows puffins coming and going, sometimes with food, to their nests.

The PUFFIN BURROW CAM gives views of the family life of a pair of puffins at Seal Island NWR. The pair hatched a single chick, named 'Petey' in 2012. Unfortunately, Petey did not survive because of a shortage of proper size food. In 2013, a puffin chick named ‘Hope’ hatched on July 3rd on Seal Island NWR, entertained us as she grew into a feisty young puffling, and fledged on August 21st. After that came puffins 'Pal' (2014) and 'Joy' (2015). There was no chick in 2016 - the next chick we watched was 'Conrad' (2017).

The PUFFIN BURROW - EXTERIOR VIEW CAM (new in 2018) gives views topside of the burrow that is being monitored on Seal Island NWR. This cam helps viewers to see the comings and goings of the puffin parents as they enter and leave the burrow.

GUILLEMOT CAM  

Assorted Guillemots
Black Guillemots Photo: Melissa Groo

The BLACK GUILLEMOT BURROW CAM at Seal Island NWR is focused on an underground Black Guillemot nest in a rock crevice. It takes about 32 days for the chicks to hatch. The parents feed their chicks ribbon-like Rock Eels and other bottom-dwelling fish, captured by the auks in dives of up to about 70 feet deep.

Black Guillemot Eggs and Chick by Steve Kress
Black Guillemot Eggs and Chick Photo: Steve Kress

SEAL CAM  

Seal Island NWR is also home to the SEAL CAM, where cam fans can get amazing views of seal pups, Bald Eagles and winter birds. For more in-depth information about this cam, please click HERE.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

To view a map of Seal Island NWR and see where the various Seal Island cams are located, please click HERE.

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