Steamboat library to host webcam feed of bald eagle’s nest
March 26, 2012
Steamboat Springs — Jennie Lay was one of the more than 40,000 people who spent part of Monday afternoon monitoring an online webcam that soon will show the live hatching of three baby bald eagles in Decorah, Iowa.
"It's interesting to be perched inside an eagle's nest. It's been playing in the background on my computer for the last month," Lay, Bud Werner Memorial Library's Adult Programs Coordinator, said about the live Web stream that connects viewers to a camera mounted in the nest, which stays on 24/7. "You learn so much about these eagles as you listen and watch this. Every time I hear something, I click over to the webcam."
Through the webcam, Lay and thousands of others have watched the eagles brave snow, return with food and pant to keep cool.
Lay is hoping the webcam attracts an audience in Steamboat Springs on Tuesday when the live feed is beamed through a large projector from 3 to 6 p.m. at Library Hall. The projected video essentially will make the nest life-size, Lay added.
"Wildlife has been consistently popular in this community, and we've brought in live wolves and bats and screened wildlife films to big audiences," she said. "I suspect the eagles will definitely attract a few fans, as well."
If they are lucky, viewers at the library may be able to witness part of the hatching process that began Monday afternoon when one of the baby eagles made the all-important first poke, or pip, through the egg shell. The full hatch of the egg is expected to take 24 to 48 hours to complete.
Lay has been following the developments in the nest since the first of the three eggs was laid Feb. 17. According to the nonprofit Raptor Resource Project, the nest resides 80 feet above the ground in a cottonwood tree and weighs about 1,367 pounds. The Raptor Resource Project was founded to promote the preservation of falcons, eagles, ospreys, hawks and owls, according to its website. The live feed of the nest and videos of all of the major developments can be viewed at http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles.
"We're always looking for things to bring the broader world into Library Hall," Lay said. "I hope people will stop by and see this (Tuesday). It's a cool opportunity to see the nest at life-size."
After streaming the nest for three hours, the library then will host a free screening of "Life Force: Madagascar," a film that documents the African island's mouse lemur. The screening is part of the library's film series that features award-winning international wildlife films selected at the International Wildlife Film Festival.
To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com