Tuesday, September 04 2007 @ 05:21 PM EDT
Contributed by: richardpitt
Hancock Wildlife Foundation is growing and changing.
Foundation is taking on more projects, and we're working hard to make
your web experience and camera watching not only educational and
entertaining, but also as easy and enjoyable as we can.
learned a lot over the past two seasons. We know you, our members and
viewers and supporters better, and we're going to get to know you even
better in the coming months and years. One of the things that has
bugged people the most has been the confusion over our various web
pieces. We've had a Discussion Forum topic where you've told us what
you felt were the major problems, and where we've discussed some of the
solutions, and where we've put together a team of volunteers to help us
make things better.
Our new Home Page
and the changes to our main Hancock Live Camera
selection page and each of the individual nest site camera pages is a
direct result of your feedback. You wanted things simpler, and with a
bit of technical wizardry in some areas we think we've managed to make
things at least a bit easier.
Besides the new splashy Home Page,
we'll be changing periodically to introduce the various seasons and
projects that happen throughout the year, the biggest change is in the
way you find and select cameras, and how the camera pages themselves
work. As in the past, each nest site is the topic for articles and
information about the site - and we welcome you to submit articles on
your experiences with the images and information you've gained. In
addition, now each camera has its own separate viewing page - linked
from the main camera selection page
directly. In some cases the story topic and viewing page are in fact one and the same, such as our new Haines Alaska Eagle Cam page
In other cases such as our Sidney Nest site cameras
, each camera (in this case the Wide
and the Close-up
have their own pages that automatically start showing you the camera -
and may allow you to switch back and forth between the two (or more)
views if you are viewing via Windows Media. If you have the Neokast
plugin installed, you'll immediately get the camera view that way.
You'll also see the usual link to Insinc for our subscription viewing.
In addition to the new camera page, we've introduced a new Biology Reference Index
we've linked in all the existing items and given you an indication of
where we'll be pushing our specialist authors to organize reference
works on biology, anthropology and history.
simplified the top menu bar and made it the same across the main web
sites. We'll be changing the discussion forum site to match both the
new look and the new menu system as soon as the new version of its
software is ready - very shortly.
If you have any comments, good or bad, on our changes, please feel free to post them in our Web Discussion Forum
area or as comments to this posting.