Informal Science

Bird Cams- Up and Running

Bird cams give students opportunities to track bird behavior while on the nest, brooding, and feeding young. Owl, Eagle, and other raptor cams abound. Here is a notice about one up and running again. Introducing a New Owl Cam from Cornell... Our newest Cornell Lab Bird Cam just went live—Great Horned Owls from Savannah, Georgia (thanks to our partners at Skidaway Audubon). This cam was initially planned to broadcast from an established Bald Eagle nest nearly 80 feet above the coastal Georgia salt marshes. But last month a pair of Great Horned Owls moved into the nest instead. So, we'll go with the owls. Right now the female is incubating two eggs, which should hatch around the end of January. Don't miss your chance to get to know these secretive denizens of the darkness as they raise owlets in the coming weeks. Great Horned Owls on cornell's Bird Cam If you search through past threads on several forums, look for times around Feb and March of 2014, you will find other references and sites for other bird cams. I'll share others in the future.....please share, too:) ~patty

Patricia Rourke
Patricia Rourke
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This is a timely topic and should be brought back up on the discussion posts. I love animal cams and raptors are especially intriguing.

Pamela Dupre
Pam Dupre
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Thanks for this insightful, great idea Patricia As a preservice teacher I am constantly on the look out for hands on, extensive activities like the bird cam for my future students and students that I currently work with tutoring or field experience. I like the idea of an animal cam/bird cam. It's so unpredictable and something new will always occur, which is so exciting! I have visited a classroom before that has a classroom pet and students are always so intrigued and excited to see what the animal is doing. Thanks for the link to the Great Horned Owl camera. With technology nowadays, there are so many resources out on the web where cameras are set up everywhere to view so many different animals. Teachers could pull this up in the classroom on a projection screen and allow students to view, discuss, predict and write about the animal. So many activities could be used for students with animal cams, thanks for this great idea! I will add it to my list of ideas for my future students! Thank you again Julie

Julie Bentley
Julie Bentley
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