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Saturday, September 23 2017 @ 02:28 AM CDT

Preface to the E-book

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Live streaming video is becoming an increasing part of the internet. From re-broadcast of traditional TV, to internet-only video podcasts and scheduled programs, live video is available on more and more subjects.

The problem is that many people with access to interesting wildlife subjects don’t have the skills or knowledge to properly take advantage of their good luck – this book should help them, or at least get them to the point where they know what questions to ask of others and what help they might need. It will give you a lot of background information and then some step-by-step instructions on how to put your camera stream into place – and maybe make some money at it.

Over the past 5+ years I’ve been cursed blessed by being associated with some of the people whose efforts lead not only to the Hornby Island and Sidney Eagle Nest cameras but to subsequent wildlife cameras under the Hancock Wildlife Foundation. I’ve also ended up working with others on their particular wildlife/nature camera projects.

This series of articles and the resulting E-book is dedicated to them and to all those teachers and associates I’ve learned from and worked with over the years in audio, video, wildlife and the internet.

Most especially I’d like to recognize the help of Bob Chappel whose ongoing work with packaging cameras and microphones for placement in the wild really started off the whole process that lead to the nest camera going in. He and biologist Darren Copely had set up many long-term wildlife observation systems, even before it was practical to put them onto the internet.

Of course if Doug Carrick had not made such a long study of the specific eagle nest across the street from his home on Hornby Island, the camera would never have been put in and hooked to his TV and VCR. Doug’s creation of the DVD and subsequent series of seminars on what he had seen and recorded attracted the attention of my long-time friend, David Hancock, who has been studying eagles in general for over 50 years, and the “urban” eagle for over 20 years.

David Hancock, founder, (right) and Dr. David Bird, director, of Hancock Wildlife Foundation at Sidney nest site.David Hancock (person on the right, seen here at the Sidney nest site) had the insight that lead to the first live stream. His knowledge and connections provided our fall-back nest when the first one’s eggs failed, and has continued to provide projects and incentives to do some of the strange and wonderful streams we’ve seen over the subsequent years – and he still has ideas that are stretching the limits.

I also have to thank Ed Clunn for his help just getting things set up that first season, then in talking me through doing similar setups with other companies and tool sets. His encoder software and understanding of the Windows Media Server systems out-shone even Microsoft.

And most especially I want to thank all the volunteers who have gathered around the Foundation’s web site, both those around the world who monitor the cameras and help keep them running, and those who come out to the gatherings such as Fledge-Fest and various lunches, etc. If it were not for them, our task of educating people and taking them farther than just watching “paint dry” in the nests would simply not have been possible.

Thank you all!



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