June 05, 2006

Goodbye until December

finaleaglets.jpgNest Update: Now that the eagles are putting in just a few appearances each day on the Eagle Cam, I thought it would be a good time to close the Eagle Cam Web Log for the 2005-2006 season, as our focus is shifting toward the osprey family now.

We will continue to accept photos for the Eagle Gallery, and we'll keep the Gallery updated until the Eagle Cam is turned off for the season, which will probably occur sometime in the next month. So feel free to send in any interesting photos that you see, and we'll announce gallery updates on the cam page.

Earlier we had mentioned that the Maryland eaglets that went to Vermont were getting ready to fledge. It looks like the folks with the Vermont Bald Eagle Restoration Initiative have opened the bars to one hacking box today, and have kept one box closed. You can watch the fledgling eaglets on the Vermont website.

Also, a cam watcher sent me a link to an excellent website for the history-making bald eagle nest on Santa Cruz Island in California. This nest has the first eaglet born in the northern Channel Islands in over fifty years. The reason for the eagles' absence was due to the impact of the pesticide DDT, which was dumped in large quantities off the California coast several decades ago. According to the site, on June 7, the chick will be banded and outfitted with a transmitter. You can watch the Eagle Cam on their website.

And finally, I wanted to mention an interesting Eagle Cam run by the BioDiversity Research Institute. I hadn't publicized this site before because they are getting swamped with visitors, and it is forcing them to limit viewer time. They mention on the website that they are incurring huge streaming video costs.

For those who have asked why the Friends of Blackwater do not offer streaming live video, this is one of the reasons why. We would love to offer streaming live video of both the ospreys and eagles, but based on our number of viewers, the cost would be enormous and more than we could afford since we are a small nonprofit organization.

Many of our viewers like to leave our web cams on all day. If we had streaming live video, we would have to do what BioDiversity does and limit viewing time or even limit the amount of people that can be watching at any given time. We also have many students and teachers who tune in from school, and we wouldn't want to keep them out because of traffic limits.

So for now, our web cams will continue to offer still images, although I plan to offer more video clips like we just did with the ospreys. When our eagles return in December or January, I will make an effort to record video clips of their nest activity so that we can share moving images with our cam watchers.

If you have enjoyed the Eagle Cam, the Eagle Gallery, and the Eagle Cam Web Log, you can pay a visit to our Support page to learn how you can help in our continuing efforts to educate and entertain with our raptor cams.

And finally, I want to thank all our eagle viewers who have been so loyal and contributed so much to our enjoyment of the 2005-2006 season. We were thrilled that our eagle parents produced two healthy, impressive eaglets -- Nause and Waiwash -- and we were just as thrilled with the many viewers who gave us their time and enthusiasm as we shared our eagle family with the Internet world. We hope to see you again in December.

As a final thank you, I'm offering a pair of wallpaper images from our good friend Woody Dawson. Woody is a fantastic photographer, and has been gracious enough to share his impressive eagle shots with us. Much thanks to Woody for these photos, both of which were taken in Alaska. To make a photo your desktop wallpaper, just follow the instructions below, and enjoy!

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For PC: Click on the link for your resolution. When the image finishes loading, right-click on it and choose "Set As Wallpaper" or "Set As Background" from the pop-up menu.

For MAC (OS X): Click on the link for your resolution. When the image finishes loading, drag the image onto your desktop, then open System Preferences and click "Desktop". Drag the image from your desktop to the "Current Desktop Picture" sample screen.

Until next season!
Lisa - webmaster

Posted by Webmaster at 06:55 PM