Live Cams: Peering into the Secret Lives of Animals

Posted on April 30, 2017 by Dr. Lynda

What if we could be invisibly present – whenever we wanted – with wildlife at the watering hole, the nest, the walrus beach, or an Alaskan river alive with grizzly bears at the salmon run?

It turns out, we can!

Image: Hippo up close at watering hole
Source: Liesl Ulrich-Verderber // Phrog Eye Photo

Today, Ever Widening Circles (EWC) points you to a very special place on the web. It’s a website that brings the private lives of animals right into the palms of our hands, often in real time.

A very unique organization has carefully placed live cams in unusual places all over the world: in eagle, owl, and hummingbird nests, on elephant seal filled beaches, and perched over special coastal waterways where killer whales frequent. And the list goes on.

If you want to take a little trip of extraordinary wonder, spend some time at Explore.org. It’s the place to visit whenever you need to touch bases with the real world.

You could hop over to the website and get lost in the real-time video feeds, but in case it’s not daylight hours at the live cam locations, I’ve got a few of their recorded live cam videos here to show you what the action is like.

First up, an amazing look, directly into the nest of a Great Horned Owl for about 5 minutes:

Fabulous, huh?

The Explore.org site always reminds me of something Einstein once said,

“Look deeply into nature and you will understand everything better.”  – Albert Einstein

Next up, another place to look deeper.

If you catch the live cams at the right time of year in Alaska, you can watch mother grizzly bears teach their cubs how to fish for salmon.

Watch them live when you can, but here’s a recording from last season. It’s quite a long recording, so you can just skip around through it to get a feel for the fun of seeing this live:

Every time I watch the river cams I’m struck by the remarkable aspects of this project!

I just spent 10 minutes listening live to the sound of a crashing surf, while watching the antics at a Pacific walrus colony on Round Island!

And how about we go from some of the largest animals in North America to one of the smallest. Here’s a peek inside a hummingbird nest with the hatching of an egg and the feeding of chicks!

Lastly, we get a look at the staging for the technology being used by Explore.org.

In the next clip, some curious baboons explore an explore.org camera tower in Africa. Here’s one more sample of the kinds of moments you may stumble upon when you drop in on the live cams from time to time.

Want to learn more about the philanthropist/filmmaker behind the Explore.org concept? I found a fabulous article on Mashable.com about Charles Annenberg  Weingarten.

Thanks to the best instincts and work of Mr. Weingarten, we can all follow Einstein’s recommendation to look deeper.

Stay open, curious and optimistic!

~ Dr. Lynda

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