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By: JudyB (offline) on Tuesday, January 12 2010 @ 11:18 PM EST (Read 21519 times)  
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Deschutes National Forest, Oregon - Bald Eagle Cam

http://www.fs.fed.us/outdoors/naturewatch/eaglecam.html
This is a streaming cam with a 3-minute limit; there's a brief intro before you get to the cam.

The cam is located in Willamette Pass in Deschutes National Forest in central Oregon. The Deschutes National Forest Bald Eagle Cam is provided by the Oregon Zoo, AT&T, the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, and the USDA Forest Service's NatureWatch Program. The area was first identified as an occupied territory in 1974, and has been successful in producing fledglings in 21 of the years since then. They raised one chick in 2006, and had early nest failures in 2007 and 2008. They laid one egg in 2009 (I don't actually remember any other pairs that laid only one egg in a nesting season), and it hatched, and the eaglet fledged; the eaglet (named Pengra Cescent) did not return to the nest after fledging, but two adults and a juvie were seen flying in the area a few days later, so we're optimistically assuming it was Pengra and her parents. The eagles do appear to have an alternate nest as well as the one with the camera, so we'll have to wait to see which one they use this year.

2009-2010 Season:

  • adults return: one seen in the nest November 21st
  • eggs laid: seen March 24, 8:10 pm; March 27, 9:31 pm
  • sad news: the eggs did not hatch; there was a lot of cold, snowy weather, and that may have been a factor in the nest failure




(2008 screen cap of the female incubating an egg in the snow by Marcia;
information mostly collected by Marcia on the Maine Bald Eagle Cam Forum - more details and references here.)

link to thread for the 2008-2009 nesting season

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By: JudyB (offline) on Monday, January 25 2010 @ 09:47 PM EST  
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No promises, but they are going to try to install the new cam for this nest on Saturday.

If all goes according to plan, it will not only be not crooked - it might even have sound! Grin

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By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Saturday, January 30 2010 @ 07:14 PM EST  
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Cam's down; hopefully getting the new cam setup. Grin





       
   
By: JudyB (offline) on Saturday, January 30 2010 @ 08:37 PM EST  
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I wish. Sad

The team arrived on schedule, and the climber tried ... and tried ... and tried to make it up that tree. He ultimately got overheated then started to get chilled, and they were concerned about hypothermia so called off the attempt. I don't know if they'll try again.

The did find and fix a short circuit in the tilted cam, but it still wasn't working - possibly there's something they can reset or reboot when they get back to where ever "back" is.

There are more details in the Maine thread - link.

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By: JudyB (offline) on Sunday, January 31 2010 @ 01:56 PM EST  
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I just read on the Maine forum (which - in spite of being on the other side of the country - is the "home forum" for this nest) that they are going to try again. The report from the folks behind the cam is that they're going to try "Plan B" - though they didn't say exactly what that was.

Here's hoping they'll have better luck today!

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By: Anonymous: CAL04 () on Sunday, January 31 2010 @ 05:41 PM EST  
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Thank you, JudyB, for keeping us updated. Grin

Am hoping for the best. An infrared cam would be so nice to have for night vision. Just took a quick look - not rollin' yet. Hats off to the Deschutes crew - not an easy task.





       
   
By: JudyB (offline) on Sunday, January 31 2010 @ 08:35 PM EST  
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The new cam - with night vision! - is installed and the backup cam has been adjusted so if they need to switch to it we won't get kinks in our necks.

Plan B involved ropes and/or different types of climbing gear, apparently - the tree is something like 75 feet tall!

The cams are transmitting to their on-site receivers - but the signal is not getting to the internet. Tomorrow they will work with their internet providers and other folks on the ground to see what is blocking the signal - and with a bit of luck we'll be able to see the nest sometime tomorrow! Grin

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By: JudyB (offline) on Tuesday, February 02 2010 @ 02:07 PM EST  
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Just checked the web site (link in first post) - and the cam is up! I'm not sure if it's the primary cam or the backup cam, but it's progress!

And it looks very snowy in the nest - good thing they don't lay eggs for a while! Grin

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