Eagle cams give birds’ eye view

Published on Wed, Apr 13, 2011 by Tara Nelson

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Want a glimpse of an eagle’s life from inside the nest? Tune in this week for what Wired magazine refers to as “Eagle Reality TV.”

The Hancock Wildlife Foundation, which hosts several in-nest webcams, started monitoring the hatching of eggs in several bald eagle nests last week.

During the past few years, viewers have flocked to the website, hoping to catch a glimpse of a hatching or feeding eaglet.

The number of viewings has steadily climbed, giving the eagles more media exposure than ever.

Organizers said they expect to see record numbers of visitors during the next few weeks.

The first nest likely to hatch eaglets is called Delta 2, located near Delta, B.C. The eggs are expected to hatch this week.

Not long afterward, nests in Sidney, Port Moody, White Rock and the newly installed webcam at the Lafarge Cement plant will bring the joys of birth to thousands of viewers around the world, in real time.

With more than 1.5 million visitors to the webcams in 2010, the site has garnered more than five times the visitors in 2011.

The nests can be viewed at http://hancockhouse.com.