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07 January 2013

SWFL Eagle Cam, Raptors, and Max


One of my web-friends on Flickr posted this photo this yesterday of an American Bald Eagle.

In her description under the photo, she links to the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam, where you can watch live streaming tv from the eagles' nest.  The Eagle Cam also has a Facebook page, and a Twitter ID.  On both those links you can follow the history of the Eagle chicks, and general news about the birds.

"Southwest Florida “Eagle Cam”, providing 24/7 live video stream of an active pair of bald eagles in their nest. These bald eagles have been coming to the nest for the past 5 years between the months of October- April." (from the Facebook page)
Screen shot of @SWFLEagleCAM 

from the SWFL EagleCam's Twitter feed


If you want to see more bird resources like this, go to the Raptor Resource Project's page, for links to their blog,  photos, maps (here and here), Facebook, YouTube and bird cam video streams. (When you watch the live video streams, keep time zone differences in mind.)

Live video by Ustream


Recently, those of us following the travels of the world's longest-tracked wild animal,  learned of the death of Max the Stork, at her winter home in Spain:
"Max, the Swiss-born stork who is the longest banded and tracked animal in the world, has died at 13.5 years of age in her winter retreat in Spain, said the Natural History Museum of Fribourg (NHM) on 27 October...Max, a female, was born in Avenches, canton Vaud in 1999. She mated for the first time at age 3 and raised 26 offspring in 11 separate occasions.
The Fribourg Museum in a statement thanked volunteers, supporters and the Affenberg Salem Park which helped track her movements for more than a decade." (read more at Geneva Lunch)
"Max the stork, the grand old lady of Swiss bird research, has been found dead in Spain at the age of 13 and a half. No other animal in the world has been tracked by satellite over such a long period, experts say.
The museum of natural history in Fribourg, which had tracked her since she was two months old, said in a press statement on Thursday that by the time the body was found it had been half eaten, making it impossible to determine the exact cause of death." (read more at SwissInfo)
You can read more at the Fribourg Natural History Museum's website. in French.

Uploaded on May 16, 2008 
Kinderstube im Nest von Sender-Störchin MAX in Tüfingen am 12.Mai 2008

What are the technologies involved in the stories in this post? Streaming TV,  uploaded video, news from RSS feeds, social photo sharing, blogging, micro-blogging, satellite transition and tracking, live-mapping, and probably some more that I've missed!  How much is accessible to Primary and Middle School students?  All of it, easily.  How much could these students contribute to, or recreate in a project of their own?

  • They can follow all the Twitter and Facebook streams to read the latest news about these birds, and other animals,  and the foundations that watch over them.
  • They can get involved in nature projects in their own area
  • They can create their own media about nature as they experience it (Examples here, here and here.)