Goldstream Park Intertidal and Estuary Cameras


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The Goldstream Park Cameras are no longer online. We hope to have them back at some time in the future but for now they are gone.

There have been technical problems with the actual cameras - wires eaten by rodents and other animals and major problems with the underwater location being washed out.

Discussion of these cameras is in our Discussion Forum area (separate registration required to post)

You'll find screen captures and videos posted by members in our Media Gallery

Please read the featured article and enjoy.

There were two camera feeds:

The "Estuary" camera which is out on the tidal estuary at the mouth of the Goldstream river. This camera is controlled - pan/tilt/zoom - by staff and visitors in the center, about 1 Km away; and

The "Intertidal" - which has one of 6 cameras showing depending on the time of the year and what is interesting:

  • Intertidal - at the mouth of the River
  • Underwater - just below the Intertidal and under water at high tide
  • Bat Cam - in the roof cavity of the Center - where you will be able to see the bat colony that sleeps there in the summer months
  • Swallow Cam - in a violet-green swallow nest just outside the Center
  • Bee Cam - on a Carpenter Bee nesting block outside the Center
  • Special Presentation Cam - in the center for live presentations by the staff
In addition, each of the channels has a VCR which can play through the channel some of the massive archive of videos the center has accumulated over the past couple of years when the cameras were not available on the 'net.

During "Salmon" season, both feeds have cameras with pan/tilt/zoom controlled by the visitors to the Goldstream Center, so what you see is what they see. The Intertidal View also may also be switched to an underwater (when the tide is up) camera which sometimes shows seals, diving birds, otters and other aquatic creatures going after the salmon carcasses after spawning time (late November to mid December). Later in the year this same feed may be switched to show the bats that inhabit the center's roof cavity in spring and summer. At times the Intertidal View will bring live lectures by the ecologists in the center as they teach children and adults of the wonders of the area.

Links to Cameras, Discussions, Background Info, Articles

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Violet-green Swallow nest cam active - enjoy

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Thanks to the help of Richard Pitt and Bob Chappell, we've got our Violet-green Swallow nest box camera up and running. This was one of the first nestbox cameras that Bob built for us, and has helped us learn much more about the nesting habits of these swallows. If you watch carefully over the next few days, you'll be able to see the female (much less "crisply" coloured on her head) lay more eggs. As it stands today, there are two recently laid white eggs that are about 15 mm long. She will typically lay 4 to 5 eggs and then start to incubate for 14 to 17 days, until they hatch. The young will be fed by the parents in the nest for 3 to 4 weeks.

If you look carefully, you'll see that the nest is made up of a lower layer of mostly dry grasses, which is completed with a downy layer of feathers. The birds create a cup shape as they are building the nest by pushing towards the sides with their wings outstretched. When they do this you can hear their little legs trying to get a good grip on the floor.

If by any chance you have violet-green swallows nesting near you, I suggest you try offering light, downy feathers to them. If you blow one up into the air, they'll probably swoop down to catch it and take back to their nest. If you are interested in plans for building your own nestbox, we'll be sure to post.

We hope you enjoy viewing these birds over the coming weeks as much as we do! I'll post more information soon, including photos.

Darren

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The Goldstream Ecology Center

Goldstream Park CamerasBob 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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Goldstream Intertidal Camera - Microwave Link

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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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