The recovery of the bald eagle is one of the great environmental success stories of our time, and is especially appreciated in the Wabasha, Minn., area, on the banks of the Mississippi,where thousands of the birds live or pass through.
An eagle as viewed on an Eagle-Cam. Since 1980, the National Eagle Center—a public/private partnership between EagleWatch, the City of Wabasha and the Wabasha Port Authority—has showcased the animals. The facility started small and now boasts a 15,000-square-foot interpretive center.
Among the highlights: to four permanently injured, rehabilitated bald eagles and one golden eagle. Now, eagle-lovers don’t have to travel to Minnesota to see the birds. The center is streaming live footage of them on the Web using donated IQinVision HD Megapixel cameras. Local integrator Up-n-Running Consulting and Grant Jensen provided installation expertise.
Jensen developed the live Eagle Webcams to allow viewers to watch the daily habits and care of the rehabilitated eagles that live in the center. He received donations of three IQeye HD megapixel network cameras from IQinVision, network hardware from Tapemark, servers from Hewlett Packard, and IP camera management software from Milestone Systems.
The Eagle Webcam project has a total of five webcams. Four of the cameras are positioned to cover the perched eagles and one camera will broadcast classroom presentations.
“The image quality of our streaming video cameras is fantastic,” said Jeff Worrell, executive director of the National Eagle Center. “The Eagle Cam project is a vital way for the Eagle Center to expand making its resources available to everyone with the intention to include even those unable to travel to Wabasha to visit our facilities.”
The classroom camera will allow people to audit lectures, demonstrations, and other activities remotely so that they can experience the National Eagle Center to further understand why the bald eagle is our national symbol.
“Our visitors love the streaming video,” said Heath Sershen, technology development manager at the National Eagle Center. “Many of our visitors live in different cities and come to Wabasha to spend time with the eagles. The webcams allow long-distance access to the center and the opportunity to watch their favorite eagles from the time the cameras come on in the morning until the time the lights go out in the evening. It’s a great way to stay connected to the center and to the birds that they have come to know.”
View the Eagle Cams at www.NationalEagleCenter.org.
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