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The Goldstream Ecology Center

Goldstream Park Cameras
Bob Chappell has worked with the staff of the Goldstream Ecology Center to create an interactive wildlife presence. Here are some of his images taken there.
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The Goldstream Cameras are up (Updated Jan 7)

Goldstream Park CamerasI've just been watching the first live stream of the season - from the two channels at Goldstream Park near Victoria.

I was over at the park with Bill Gosse (retired Telus microwave person) and working on the link (again) Thursday and Friday (Jan 4/5). The microwave link radios that had been in for a month of storms and such did not fair well. They all had external antenna links and it appears that water was getting into the cables causing them to lose signal. They were showing link levels at the 15-20% level where they should have been up well over 60% or better. We replaced 3 of the 4 radios on Thursday with new ones with internal antennas. The receive levels went up to where they should have been all along, but the link still had throughput problems. By the time we were finished, it was almost dark and down close to freezing out on the marina location where we were doing our link testing. I dropped Bill off at the ferry and stayed overnight at my brother's in Victoria.

Friday it was raining hard (snowing in Vancouver which I'm glad I missed). The new radios were all talking to each other but I had to get the throughput problem fixed. A call to Engenius' support line brought a suggestion that they not all be configured the same. Each pair should have been a Bridge-Access Point pair where I had them all set up as Bridge. These systems are new to us so it has been a learning experience. Getting the pairs set up correctly meant a trip to each of the locations - in the rain. Shades of when we first set them up.

All the reconfiguration took the rest of the day, but the link finally firmed up with 0% packet loss just after 4PM. It has been rock solid ever since.

Read on for more pictures and the link info:

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Bull Shoals State Park Eagle Awareness

Wildlife NewsSubmirtted by Christi_T

The Bull Shoals-White River State Park here in Arkansas has an annual Eagle Awareness program. I haven't been to it before, but I wasn't involved in all that David has sparked in me! If anyone is interested in attending, contact me and I'll help with information about area accommodations. Here's the little write-up about it.

Each year approximately 100 bald eagles visit the Bull Shoals area. Enjoy festivities centered on our national symbol. Activities include lake tours, guided bird walks, guest speakers, live bird demonstrations and live entertainment. Contact the park for a detailed schedule.

Admission: Free, except lake cruises. Cruises: $6.25 adults, $3 kids ages 6-12
E-mail: bullshoalswhiteriver at arkansas.com

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Goldstream Intertidal Camera - Microwave Link

Goldstream Park Cameras

I've just returned from 2 days on Vancouver Island installing a wireless microwave link from the Ecology center, out to a marina and from there to a private residence where we can get Telus ADSL service.

The Ecology center has a slow satellite link for internet that is not suitable for video, and this microwave link is the only way we have found to get the pictures out in real time at a reasonable cost.

We still have to put the encoders and the rest of the computer equipment in, so I'll be back over there tomorrow to finish up - but the hard part, putting up the radios and the antennas, is now done. Of course all this outside work had to be done in the midst of one of our West Coast rain storms. Fortunately I had help from Darren, the resident biologist (more about him in other articles) and Bob Chappel, our Victoria resident camera guru.

Read on for some more pictures.


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THE EAGLES HAVE RETURNED TO SAANICH

Victoria/Sidney NestI have spent a couple of days with eagles in saanich, the 13th and 16th. i arrived at about 8:30 on the 13th. and stopped at the airport or south end of the beach. Glassed the area and didn't see any eagles. There were a couple of blue herons feeding, and some geese. I drove down to the nest site and sat watching the nest. There were the usual crowes flitting about. Then, a large red tailed hawk landed in the top of a fir tree in the field. Most have migrated south by this time, but the weather here has been extremely mild. He left after about half an hour.

Next to arrive in the tree top was a small hawk. The crowes buz bombed him and then he buzzed them. He left, shortly there after. I then heard the familiar chirp of an eagle. It was the adults. They both arrived and sat in the viewing tree in the field. They flew to the nest and then pa started to gather branches and take them to the nest. Ma would then place them while pa satup on a branch and watched. He would then go and get more branches and twigs.

They did this for two hours and then flew south. They landed in various perch trees along the beach. When i left, they were both in the same tree at the south end of the beach. They have staked out their territory for another year.

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