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Eagles and other nesting birds on video feeds

Once again there will be baby Bald Eagles to be watched thanks to the Minnesota DNR. Its camera offers live feeds of eagle activity. 


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There is a new camera this season with infrared lighting and sound. The microphone is f not currently operational, but the infrared allows viewers to watch nighttime activity in the nest, without disturbing the birds or the white-footed mice that are using the nest and nesting materials to make a living. The microphone will be replaced next time we can visit the nest.


The DNR offers the Alternative Viewing Options link that it had last year.

Rewind video for instant replay: Click anywhere on the red timeline bar below the image to go back up to 4 hours. Click on the "LIVE" button to return to the live feed. Make the video full screen by pressing the double arrow in the lower right. To escape from full screen, press the ESC key, or tap "Done" on your mobile device. Click here to Watch the feeding video clip! 


There are many bird cams in action throughout the U.S. and around the world. Here are some of the addresses (a Google search finds many).


On whales and birds

Birds and whales have little in common other than sharing the world, the climate, and in some cases the sea.


This story is one I did not see until yesterday (March 21). It's worth repeating in case you missed it.


There are fewer than 450 right whales left in the world. About 100 of them are females. This is the time of year when females should be tending their calves. But not one calf has been seen this year. 


Seventeen known right whale deaths occurred last year. That was nearly twice as many as the total in the previous five years. 


Some observers believe part of the problem is connected with warming ocean water.


Collisions with ships and entanglement in cables and fishing lines also are factors.


The absence of whale calves should not be a ship-related issue.


It is predicted that this endangered whale species could be extinct in 20 years.


Warming waters also are impacting seabirds, in some cases causing death by starvation as the fish birds eat move to find water of more suitable temperature. Water too warm can vary from acceptable water by as little as two degrees Fahrenheit.

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