The US National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota, is streaming live footage from their Eagle webcams, using IQinVision HD Megapixel cameras. IQinVision donated three IQeye megapixel cameras and Up-n-Running Consulting and Grant Jensen donated the integration and installation expertise.
“For the project, I received donations of three IQeye HD megapixel network cameras from IQinVision, network hardware from Tapemark, servers from Hewlett Packard, and IP camera management software from Milestone Systems,” said Jensen.
From humble beginnings in the late 1980s, the National Eagle Center has grown to be America’s acknowledged authority on eagles and boasts a distinctive 15,000 square foot interpretive center on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha, Minnesota.
The center is home to four permanently injured, rehabilitated bald eagles and one golden eagle.
Grant Jensen developed the live eagle webcams to allow viewers to watch the daily habits and care of the rehabilitated eagles that live in the center.
The Eagle Webcam project has a total of five webcams. Four of the cameras are positioned to cover the perched eagles and one camera will broadcast classroom presentations.
“The image quality of our streaming video cameras is fantastic,” said Jeff Worrell, executive director of the National Eagle Center. “The Eagle Cam project is a vital way for the Eagle Center to expand, making its resources available to everyone, with the intention to include even those unable to travel to Wabasha to visit our facilities.”
The classroom camera will allow people to audit lectures, demonstrations, and other activities remotely so that they can experience the National Eagle Center to “further understand why the bald eagle is the US national symbol”.
Heath Sershen, technology development manager at the National Eagle Center, said: “Our visitors love the streaming video. Many of our visitors live in different cities and come to Wabasha to spend time with the eagles. The webcams allow long-distance access to the center and the opportunity to watch their favorite eagles from the time the cameras come on in the morning until the time the lights go out in the evening. It’s a great way to stay connected to the center and to the birds that they have come to know.”