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EagleCam Project, Year 1
We hope you have enjoyed watching our eaglets grow and look forward to tuning in next season, beginning in November!
Thank You For Your Support!
Our first attempt to establish two EagleCams in upper East Tennessee was an outstanding success thanks to the work of many in our community, our region and around the globe. Working together with your help we had an exciting inaugural year. Your support of your expertize, your donations, your sponsorships and your faithful linking to our live streaming of the Bluff City and Johnson City pairs of Bald Eagles. We saw courting, nest building, egg laying, incubating and chick raising carried through from November 2015 until the chicks fledged and finally left the nests in July 2016. Your donations allowed us to purchase our equipment and pay our bills that enabled us to bring the life of these eagle families to you. Your continued interest, your chats and blogs, your questions, and your enthusiasm created a community that tallied more than 1.35 million views this season by more than 800 thousand different viewers in at least 179 countries!
Closing Down For the Season
The nesting cycle is over for this season and we will soon be shutting down our live streaming. But, we will be back in mid-November when our Bald Eagles begin their nesting preparations for the 2016-2017 year. We will use these few months to assess our successes of this year, and our failures, with the goal of improving our service to you in our second year of the ETSU Biological Sciences EagleCam live streaming. We already have a list of possible improvements that include: better camera feeds, better cameras, additional cameras that will include infrared for night viewing and add different viewing positions, better sound, and better service. We also hope to make your viewing experience more interactive and to provide some behavior and life-history information that will make you more informed about the lives of our eagles and the development of their chicks. We will initiate as much of this as possible in the coming months before the eagles return to the nest sites in November.
Where are our eagles now?
We finally closed down our live-streaming from our cameras in Johnson City and Bluff City, TN in late July as the fledgling eagles stopped making any visits to their nests were we had watched them hatch from eggs, take their first steps, learn to eat and finally take wing. Our eagles, parents and juveniles, are not revisiting their nests, but they are still in the area. They are still hunting in the waters of the rivers, flying along familiar routes in their territories, visiting their favorite roost trees and hunting perches, and soaring majestically through our Appalachian skies. JC7 and BC9 are mastering the skills of flight and still being mostly dependent on their parents for their meals while they develop their own hunting skills. If you visit their territories along the rivers you may be lucky to see one or more of our eagles just being an eagle. They will remain within a few square miles of their nests until November. They may be joined by other eagles, both adults and juveniles, but they will not migrate out of the region. In mid-November the paired adults will begin to return to their nest sites of the previous years and begin to add sticks and other building materials to the nest as a prelude to courtship as a way of strengthening pair bonds. Some birds will begin to copulate as they add the new layers of materials to the nest they used last year. Sometime during this period the young birds, and any additional adults, will be strongly “encouraged” by the resident pair of birds to seek new areas in which to reside, preferably far from the nesting pairs’ territory. They will begin another cycle of courtship, breeding, egg laying, raising nestlings and taking care of fledglings. We will live-stream it all to you as we did in the 2015-2016 nesting season just ended.
We will use these few months in between our eagles’ nesting cycle to improve our equipment, our live-streaming and our service to you and be back on line in mid-November 2016. We hope you will use some of this time to provide us with the critical financial support that we need to provide this natural history experience to you in the 2016-2017 nesting season to come.
You Can Still Help!
Our project still depends on support from our sponsors and from our donors. To improve our service to you we need your financial help. Please continue to donate to this important educational project so that millions more can share your experience from this year’s live streaming of our East Tennessee nesting Bald Eagles. We will be off the air for approximately 4 months, but we will be working to improve our service to you during this period. How much we can do depends on you. Please continue to donate and/or sponsor our EagleCam project. Every dollar is important and all of it goes to the cost of equipment, materials, utilities, and the cost of hiring some technicians to install them; none of your donated funds goes to administration. When you donate you are directly supporting the project, not the volunteers inside and outside of the university who give of their time to bring this natural history service to you.
See You in Mid-November 2016 and Thank You Again For All You Did to Make This a Success!!
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