Free Bird Cam Webinar

It’s that time of year again! The Red-tailed Hawks are laying their eggs and before long the Great Blue Herons will hopefully be back on the pond, arranging their nest for the breeding season.  From watching a pair of birds building a nest to seeing the little chicks eventually take flight, Bird Cams are captivating thousands of people with a “bird’s eye view” into this amazing process.

Great Blue Heron | Sometimes unexpected things end up in the nest, like this goldfish!

Great Blue Heron | Looks like the Cam viewers may not have been the only ones surprised when this goldfish ended up in the nest.

While kids love watching chicks hatch and develop, educators love seeing their students enthralled. That’s why Bird Cams are popular among classrooms. To help educators make the most of the Bird Cams, we are offering a webinar for educators to learn everything they need to know to guide students through this virtual bird watching experience. Join us this April, at the peak of the Bird Cam season, for this exciting new webinar.

Around mid-April we expect the hawk chicks to have hatched, the herons to be tending to their eggs, and the Albatross chick to be merrily growing (expected fledge date approximately mid-July). In this webinar you will learn which cameras to watch and when throughout the year, information about nesting birds and chick development, and where to find a wealth of educator resources . Both webinar dates will include a special guest: – Bird Cam Project Leader- Charles Eldermire. Charles will join us to share some of his favorite moments from the Cams and to answer related Q&A. You won’t want to miss this opportunity!

To join us for this free webinar opportunity, please click on either the link below to sign up!

Bird Cams for Educators - April 15, 2014 at 8pm Eastern Time

 

Need more of a reason to get excited? Check out this 3 minute video that highlights the 2012 Great Blue Heron season and check out the images in the gallery below.

 Hawk and Heron Cam Photo Gallery – Photos from Cornell Lab Bird Cams Flickr Pool

Big Red is taking her turn at incubating her fluffy white chick and and the remaining blue speckled eggs. The parents take turns at incubation duties, but Big Red does the bulk of it, switching with Ezra when she needs to hunt for food.

A precious moment! Ezra shields Big Red from the cold rain. What a gentleman! Red-tailed Hawks are monogamous, meaning they mate with one partner during the breeding season. Red-tailed Hawks often stay together for life.

Yawwwwwwwn! This little nestling still has its natal down but will soon start showing off juvenile flight feathers roughly 2-3 weeks after hatching.

Feeding time in the nest! Red-tailed Hawks have a varied diet, including small to medium sized mammals, other birds, reptiles, insects, and carrion.

What’s that?! The nestlings heard some noise from their neighbors, the European Starlings! The nestlings’ juvenile feathers are growing in, but they will not have full adult plumage until the end of their first year.

“Look at this branch. This is a nice branch.” Adult herons usually weigh between 4.6-5.5 pounds, with a wingspan of 5.5-6.5 feet.

What a view! With a clutch size of 2-6 eggs, Great Blue Herons will incubate their eggs 27-29 days before they hatch.

Welcome to the world! Great Blue Herons lay an egg every 2-3 days until their clutch is complete. This means that the eggs laid first will hatch before the later eggs will.

Family photo! The whole family hangs out in the nest this overcast day on Sapsucker Pond. The nestlings will remain in the nest 7 to 8 weeks before fledging. 

7 Comments

  1.  by  Barb Lindo

    As an Assistant Librarian I would like to be a part of the Webinar on April 15th. I work at a small community Library about an hour and a 15 north of you and would love to have the opportunity to explore and educate with these popular cams with the children of the community on a regular schedule. Thank you!

  2.  by  ileana

    Hi Barb, Thanks for your interest in the webinar! The Cornell University libraries stream the cameras for patrons during the students’ finals. They’ve found that student’s really appreciate being able to see the cams as I’m sure your community will too.
    To participate in the webinar, make sure you registered for the 15th here: https://cornell.webex.com/cornell/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=644477157

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  4.  by  S.C. Driscoll

    I am a retired horticulturist and have mentored for nature conservancy both during my working years and informally now with grandchildren and other young people. I have gifted and networked about participation in Project Feeder watch and other citizen science programs. Would this webinar be open to people like myself?

    •  by  ileana

      Hi- yes, the webinar is open to you anyone who works with young people. Thanks for engaging kids in citizen-science projects! We hope you enjoy the webinar.

  5.  by  kaanceyhan

    Hi, I missed the webinar, do we have a chance to watch from somewhere?

  6.  by  Deborah Shepherd

    I am a grandma who is teaching my grandchildren to care for our natural world. Would love to be able to view the web cams.

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