“Critter cams,” using Axis Communications IP cameras let viewers share in the daily lives of animals usually hidden in forests, groves or high atop trees. The high-quality streams, often running 24/7 in HDTV-quality, are an important educational tool to protect, preserve and promote awareness of wild animals and the threats they face in a changing environment.
Video plays a significant role in building an emotional bond between people and the animals they view, which can encourage continued donations to support the cause. The video also contributes to scientific discovery and aids in the rehabilitation of injured wildlife – all without disrupting animal habitats.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology: From the treetops to the desktop
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a part of Cornell University, has been actively expanding their Web streaming offerings since 2012. “The ability of birds to captivate and engage people is nearly unlimited,” said Bird Cam Project Leader Charles Eldermire. “However, not everyone has access to their world. Our cams offer an intimate perspective into the everyday lives of birds, providing something at once both ordinary and extraordinary.”
The Cornell Lab has installed Axis network cameras at sites around the country, including a great blue heron nest in Ithaca, New York and an albatross nest in Kauai, Hawaii. In Ithaca, the great blue heron camera captured previously undocumented courtship and breeding behavior, adding scientific benefits to educational and awareness milestones already achieved.
(Watch the Cornell Lab of Ornithology install Axis cameras at the great blue heron nest here.)
Other critters that you can see online include:
- Bald eagles at the American Eagle Foundation live stream with an AXIS Q6035-E PTZ Network Camera at: www.eagles.org/programs/NE-Florida-Bald-Eagle-Nest.php
- Bears, eagles, hawks and vultures at the Wildlife Center of Virginia live streams with AXIS Q6035 PTZ Network Cameras and AXIS P3367-V Network Cameras at http://wildlifecenter.org/critter-corner/critter-cam-landing