Meet seal cam, the first live streaming video camera to observe seals at a pupping and breeding colony on the east coast.The gray seal pupping camera on Maine's Seal Island officially went live January 16 with a dual purpose: gray seal research and the opportunity to reconnect the public with nature and a fascination with watching animals live in the wild.Hog Island Audubon Camp hosts six-day birding, ornithology, and natural history programs for adults, teens, and families during the camp season.To find out more about these fun and interesting programs, or to sign up, please click HERE.Produced by explore.org, a philanthropic media organization and division of the Annenberg Foundation, the Seal Pupping Cam will broadcast live HD footage from 19 miles off the coast of Maine, during which time an estimated 500 or more young pups will be born.
The footage can be seen on explore.org's web site at at The second largest gray seal pupping colony in the United States occurs on Seal Island. Fish and Wildlife Service and managed in cooperation with the National Audubon Society as the Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge. For NOAA seal researchers Stephanie Wood and Gordon Waring of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) in Woods Hole, Mass., the opportunity to use a remote camera to observe gray seals during their annual pupping season is a bonus, and a bit of luck.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.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.“And that natural process includes fledglings dying, starving to death, being killed by their siblings, adults stopping feeding them if there’s not enough food, and sometimes it does involve a happy ending with both birds surviving.” Call and Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife bird group leader Brad Allen said that nature is sometimes messy and that while viewing webcams such as Maine Eaglecam1 can be fascinating, they may illuminate aspects of the natural world that some find distasteful.“I came up with an analogy to think of these webcams as a mirror reflecting what’s going on with all of the bald eagles in Maine,” Call said.The 65-acre uninhabited island is located in outer Penobscot Bay about 21 miles south of Rockland and is also home to large colonies of Atlantic puffins, Arctic terns, and other seabirds. Muskeget Island, a small island just north of Nantucket off the southeastern coast of Massachusetts, is the largest gray seal breeding and pupping colony on the U. Two cameras were originally set up on Seal Island by in early 2012 to document the summer puffin migration, a project led by Steve Kress of the National Audubon Society.When the project ended, Kress approached NOAA's Wood and Waring and asked if they were interested in using one of the idle cameras in their gray seal research. Researchers usually observe seals in the wild for a few days at a time, or by aerial surveys.The seal cam will also be helpful in providing data to develop a pup production model, something that does not exist for the U. Wood visited Seal Island in October 2012 with a technical team from to prepare the seal cam for operation, making some required updates and modifications from the puffin project for gray seal observations during the winter months.Solar panels power the camera system, which sits on a small tower and streams live video during daylight hours.