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The millions glued to computers watching nature would agree that the allure is ‘real wildlife’

Heather Reid, Weekend Post  Published: Friday, April 16, 2010

 

“You feel like you get to know them,” Karen Bills of the Hancock
Wildlife Federation says of the webcast eagles. “This is nature’s
reality show.” National Post “You feel like you get to know them,” Karen Bills of the Hancock Wildlife Federation says of the webcast eagles. “This is nature’s reality show.”

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon in March, 198 people watched a bald eagle sitting motionless in its nest. The viewers weren't outside though; likely they were equally still, sitting by themselves as three video cameras fed the inner lives of the eagle from British Columbia on to computer screens around the world.

The first shots of the Hornby Island nest came in 2006. Since then, 15 million people have watched these birds do, well, bird things. Television executives would kill for viewership like that.

The Hancock Wildlife Foundation website (hancockwildlife.org) broadcasts a live feed from the B.C. nests and has added other wildlife cams of bears and salmon.

 

Read the rest of story here in the National Post:

http://www.nationalpost.com/life/story.html?id=2916133#ixzz0lV1xIGqW

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Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 19 2010 @ 01:29 AM EDT Birds of a feather

Tonight we were discussing this article on the Hornby W.E. chat, and we were quite upset by its tone and its poor choices of words. It was poorly written and it distorted the truth. Eagle cam watchers are not mindless addicts who are looking for "eagle porn" or to sensationalize the events in or around the nest. And the use of the word "killing" to describe the parent eagle with the death of Echo at Hornby was outrageous. Nothing was said about how the mother tried and tried to get her baby disentangled from her feathers. Events from two or more nests were muddied and confused and the facts were not reported straight.

I was very disappointed in this article.


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Eagle watcher from Minnesota
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