Pets, Animals - Birds
EAGLECREST WILDLIFE VISITOR MAP STARTED FEBRUARY 2013
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CANADA GEESE & GOSLINGS: After a short “vacation” to our smaller pond near the front entrance to Eaglecrest, Fred, Wilma, and the six goslings are once again very popular residents of the pond area. It is so heartwarming to see this family's daily activities. The six goslings are all healthy, eating well, and learning from their parents every day. They will probably still go back and forth between the two ponds.
RED-TAILED HAWKS: Hawkeye is growing so quickly and doing great. Unfortunately, Stitch and Spot Sr.’s second egg was not viable . . . but that means Hawkeye has had mom and dad’s full attention . . . and plenty of food!
BARN OWLETS: The oldest owlet is now seven weeks old and should begin "test flights" any day now as fledging begins. There are small tree limbs just below the nest in the Home Tree which will likely be their first landing spots. Parents Tess and Count will give the go ahead when it's time. The other owlets will follow as they mature.
NEW BABIES: A female Wood Duck was recently spotted on the pond with her eight little ducklings. Unlike most of our other ducks, the Wood Ducks like to nest in holes in trees. They are the only North American duck species which can have two broods in a single season. What a wonderful surprise addition to our EC family.
GOLDEN EAGLE NEST CAM 14: There have been several nice, clear days with our new Golden Eagle Nest camera/lens showing us the comings and goings of our Golden Eagle family. We do still experience the inherent limitations where the tremendous distance . . . 4750 feet . . . and even slight distortions in the air such as haze, rain, fog, heat waves, etc., will greatly affect the picture quality. We hope everyone is enjoying this addition to Eaglecrest Wildlife.
Our Eaglecrest Wildlife video site is NOW permanently broadcasting AD FREE, 24/7, through Ustream's Pro Broadcasting Group. Viewers will no longer have to deal with ANY advertising; and will no longer need to purchase Ustream's Premium Membership to avoid ads. With our live view counts growing rapidly, and in light of our several active nests, we feel it important to provide viewers with the highest quality experience possible . . . without interruption. We hope everyone enjoys this major improvement to our site. Thank you for your continuing interest in our site.
AUTOMATIC NEST UPDATES NOW AVAILABLE: Viewers can now stay up to date on nest activity via e-mail by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, Subject: ALERTS. As things progress, we will periodically e-mail an update news bulletin to everyone on this list. Don’t miss out as our nests start to become active.
CAMERA SYSTEM AND FACILITATORS: Facilitators are on the social stream 24/7 and remotely control the camera system. They are identified by a dark green square icon with a capital letter E, and will concentrate on-air views to best highlight wildlife activity. They have been trained to answer questions about the Eaglecrest site and our wonderful array of wildlife.
CONTACT US: Our e-mail address is: EaglecrestWildlife@gmail.com. If you have questions or comments, please let us hear from you. Teachers can use this address to request remote, virtual classroom presentations.
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For videos of Eaglecrest wildlife, please visit our YouTube channel.
About Eaglecrest: Founded in 1992, Eaglecrest is a 200-acre private estate named for the Bald and Golden Eagles that live there. Eaglecrest provides a home for many different kinds of wildlife, including owls, deer, coyotes, mountain lions, racoons, opposums, skunks, rattlesnakes, gopher snakes, king snakes, water snakes, leopard lizards, blue-belly lizards, and skinks.
David McDonald, Eaglecrest's founder, has a deep and abiding interest in wildlife. In addition to preserving ponds and wild spaces on his estate, he and his staff work with Fresno Wildlife Rehabilitation to treat, rehabilitate and return injured and ill birds of prey to the wild. To date, Eaglecrest has rehabilitated Red-Tailed Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, Red-Shouldered Hawks, Swainson's Hawks, Great Horned Owls, and a Golden Eagle. The Eaglecrest rehabilation center includes a 20x30 flight cage and mews. A local hatchery provides day-old chicks, augmented with squirrels caught by the estate's Black Lab and White German Shepherd.
For the public's education and enjoyment, Eaglecrest Estate in 2011 partnered with the world renowned Raptor Resource Project of Decorah, Iowa, and with Ustream, to install several live, 24/7 streaming video cameras at a Red-Tailed Hawk nest. The first event-filled season saw the nest nearly destroyed by a windstorm; only to be later taken over by a fascinating pair of Canada Geese. The camera site became a popular sensation in its first season with over 1.3 million visitors from around the world. For 2013, the Eaglecrest Wildlife Site has been expanded to thirteen cameras which now cover the Home Nest (Canada Geese), a Barn Owl nest, two Red-Tailed Hawk nests, and the entire area . . . around the clock, every day.
The Raptor Resource Project
Established in 1988, the non-profit Raptor Resource Project specializes in the preservation of falcons, eagles, ospreys, hawks, and owls. We establish and strengthen breeding populations of these raptors by creating, improving, and maintaining nests and nest sites. In addition to directly managing over 40 falcon, eagle, and owl nest sites, we provide training in nest site creation and management across the United States, reach more than 85,000 people each year through lectures, education programs, and our website, and develop innovations in nest site management and viewing that bring people closer to the world around them. Our mission is to preserve and strengthen raptor populations, to expand participation in raptor preservation, and to help foster the next generation of preservationists. Our work deepens the connection between people and the natural world, bringing benefits to both.