I know folks are starting to tune our as there is less and less to see on Raptor Cam. I just want to say that I have really enjoyed writing this blog and working on this project. It has been a huge pleasure to tune in everyday and read the thoughtful positive comments that have been posted. I appreciate all the kind words that have been written.
I also want to express my thanks to Frank Mungeum and KGW. They have done a great job managing the technical end of this project. Page Beardsley who owns the building on which the hawks nest has been fantastic to work with---she gives us access whenever we need it and actually works with us year round to make sure that building activities are schedules in a way so as to not disrupt the birds. The building tenants have also been great to work with--ViaLanguage which leased the offices next to the nest has moved, so we will be working with a new tenant next year. Finally I want to express my appreciation to an anonymous donor who paid for the upgraded camera last year---If you are tracking Raptor Cam, your contribution is much appreciated.
As for next steps, I am working with Frank to extend Raptor Cam year round. Our hope is to move it from site to site and highlight a variety of different wildlife events. Right now we are working on putting a camera on a pair of osprey that are nesting at South Waterfront. We have also talked about putting a camera in the fall on the Chapman School Swifts. We have also talked about putting a camera in one of our wildlife center flight cages so that folks could watch critters as they recover and move toward release back to the wild. Finally we are looking for ways to upgrade raptor cam next year--perhaps adding sound or other features. Please reply and let us know if those types of things would interest you or if you have other ideas.
I will keep posting for at least the nest couple of weeks as we follow the hawks through the fledging process. I will let you know this weekend how the release of the injured fledgling goes.
Again thank you all--it was very cool to see the virtual community that formed around raptor cam and I really enjoyed reading your thoughts and questions. I end with a big thanks to the birds for letting us peer into their lives for the third year in a row!
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