What Does It Take to Make a Forum...?
As many of you may have noticed, through much of June and July we were raising money to do the annual maintenance and updates on as many cams as possible at our four primary nests, Delta 2, Harrison Mills, Lafarge and White Rock.
And I want to say this part early on - we need help with fundraising! We have not raised enough for that maintenance, so some cams will not be cleaned this year. If you have thoughts or skills you can donate, please let me and/or Karen Bills know - those of us who did much of the fundraising this year are very committed to HWF's mission to promote the conservation of wildlife and its habitats through science, education, and stewardship, but fundraising is not our primary skill - and speaking for myself, I know there are folks out there who could do this so much better than I can!
Anyway, because of our focus on the annual cleaning and maintenance, it would be easy to think that's our major expense for the year. And it is a major expense - but not the only one.
I suspect that everyone who watches our primary cams has already given all they can right now to make sure we can do as much as possible to get the cams running smoothly before the eagles return (if not - there's still time! ).
But this isn't just a place to watch and report on four eagle nests - it's so much more! Here are images from a sampling of our hundreds of other threads (this clicks bigger):
How many nests/habitats do you recognize? (I'll post a list - and credits for the wonderful images! - in a couple of days.) We're watching penguins in Antarctica, albatrosses in Hawaii, eagles, osprey, pandas, falcons and more - not to mention having some spectacular pictures taken by our members of the wildlife in their own neighborhoods and back yards. And let's not forget our less formal areas, the Garden Fence Chat, Creative Inspiration, the Games Room and more.
We have over 600,000 posts here - and I'm guessing over a million attached images
For better or worse, there is a cost for all of that. I haven't seen a recent breakdown of the expenses, but last I knew, the basic systems costs - the servers that host our forum and website and the media gallery, the internet connections that link them to us and the world, and the technical support to keep it all running - were more than the $20,000 per year needed in order to do maintenance on all our current cams.