Hi! It’s Friday, April 8, 2011 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!
Conserve Wildlife: Eagle Cam
Age Range: All (with parental supervision)
There is nothing quite so fascinating or educational as watching live feed from a camera trained on nesting raptors. ClickScholar Rachelle recommended this Conserve Wildlife website that has a camera trained on the nest of a pair of Bald Eagles located on Duke Farms in the state of New Jersey. The first egg hatched April 7th, 2011!
The EagleCam allows you and your family to get a close view as the eagles incubate and raise their young. It’s a great way to learn about animal behavior, habitat, food webs, and much more.
When you get to the site the live video feed will begin. There are journal entries below the screen that update you on the action in the nest.
Plus, if you look to the right of the screen you’ll see a box that says “Educators”. Click on “learn more” to get free, downloadable (pdf) educational activities and lessons including:
*Fun Facts About the Bald Eagle - Learn fun facts about bald eagles in New Jersey.
*Build a Raptor – Students learn about the unique adaptations of raptors that help them survive.
*Deadly Links – Learn about pesticides, how they enter the food chain, and what affect they have on birds of prey.
*Shrinking Habitat – Simulate a raptor habitat and see the process of that habitat being lost to development.
*2011 EagleCam Journal – Suggestions for students to make their own observations while watching the Duke Farms EagleCam.
If you like this Eagle Cam, you may also enjoy the Decorah Eagle Cam that has 3 chicks that have recently hatched.
SCPBRG: Falcon Cams!
The Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group in California has two Peregrine Falcon Cams – one in San Francisco and the other in San Jose. The chicks have hatched and you can watch live feed of their growth and development. When you get to the site click on “Nest Cams” on the horizontal menu near the top of the page. A new page opens. Use the vertical menu on the left to click on the cams in San Francisco and San Jose.