Ustream Announces Live Hatch Watch 2012 for the Decorah Eagles

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USTREAM ANNOUNCES LIVE HATCH WATCH 2012 FOR THE DECORAH EAGLES

Ustream’s #1 Most Popular Live Broadcast of All Time is in Its Second Season; Hatch Watch to Begin on March 23

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.– March 19, 2012–Ustream Inc., the leader in live, interactive, streaming video, today announced hatch watch for its most popular channel, the Decorah Eagles. Three eggs were laid in late February and the first egg is expected to hatch this week around March 23 or 24, with each remaining egg hatching about a week apart. Last year, the live-streaming Decorah Eagles channel garnered more than 200 million views, making it the number one, most viewed Ustreaming video ever. To view the live channel of the Eagles nesting on Ustream, please visit http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles.

The now-famous Decorah Eagles attracted fans to revisit the Ustream channel in mass on December 29, 2011 when theEagles returned to the nest in Decorah, Iowa to start their nesting ritual. Since then, there have been more than 11 million total global views of the Decorah Eagles channel on Ustream and viewership has reached as high as 23 thousand live viewers at a time. Viewers can track the Eagles’ daily activity through an interactive map online at http://www.raptorresource.org/maps/latest.php.

“We’re thrilled to offer Ustream fans with another season of the wildly-popular Decorah Eagles,” said Ruby Tugade, non-profit content manager at Ustream. “Last year, viewership of the Decorah Eagles made history by becoming the most popular live video in the world.  With the improvements like night vision, HD, and panning cameras, we expect this year to be more amazing than ever.”

The man behind the camera is Bob Anderson, a modern conservationist and founder of Raptor Resource Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the natural habitat of birds around the country. Bob is dedicated to providing the world with a glimpse of the nature that surrounds us through his more than 24 bird cams across the country. Other camera technicians that are contributing to the Decorah Eagles channel include Jim Womeldorf, Charlie Forman and Willard Holthaus. The nest is about 80 feet high, about six feet wide and weighs nearly 1.5 tons.

“The Decorah Eagles channel on Ustream has touched so many people – from teachers sharing nature with their students, to the elderly and ill seeking comfort from the soothing sounds of nature,” said Bob Anderson, executive director of Raptor Resource Project. “Being able to bring a little nature to viewers around the world and connect people in new ways is what drives me to continue my conservation work and bird cams.”

This year, Ustream is also incorporating its Social Stream feature, where fans from around the world can communicate through a real-time and interactive chat module and share their insights, as the video streams. In addition, Ustream has created a Superchannel for fans to experience all Raptor Resource Project cameras in one, consolidated channel online at http://www.ustream.tv/user/raptorresource.

The Superchannel highlights other Raptor Resource Project channels on Ustream including; the Decorah Screech Owls, where the nest and camera are live but we are waiting on the Owls to appear; the Eaglecrest Nest with Canadian Geese nesting; the Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, which is temporarily undergoing repairs due to wind damage; and the Missouri Turkey Vultures. Viewers are able to navigate through this interactive and directory-like landing page where they are able to select between any of the five live broadcasts offered by Raptor Resource Project.

Decorah Eagles Timeline of Events:
Copulation & Nesting: Three eggs were laid in late February. Egg one arrived on February 17, egg two arrived on February 20 and egg three arrived on February 24.
Incubation: 35 days
Hatch Watch: Late March – Hatch watch begins March 23
Fledge Watch: Late June

Additional Resources:
For an infographic timeline of the Decorah Eagles events, please visit: http://www.ustream.tv/blog/2012/03/09/hatch-watch-2012/
For photos and snapshots of the Decorah Eagles 2011 egg hatchings, please visit:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150153917817378.307303.98541147377&type=3

For photos and snapshots of recent Decorah Eagles nesting moments, please visit:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150654711932378.419058.98541147377&type=3

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