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More History of Wildlife Streaming

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The real story of live streaming wildlife video on the internet actually began several years before our initial hookup. It began with two people in the Victoria, B.C. area at a place called Goldsteam Ecology Center a the end of the Malahat Highway, about 17 miles from downtown Victoria, British Columbia. Darren Copely was working at the center as the park’s biologist. His friend, Bob Chappel, an ex Canadian Forces electronics technician, collaborated with him on setting up several video cameras on various species.

They had set up cameras to watch bears, including having to “bear proof” them to guard them from being damaged by the bears, and they had set up a number of cameras around the Ecology Center on the estuary of Goldstream River. These cameras were connected to televisions in the center and allowed visitors to view some of the wildlife including fish, birds and bats, depending on the time of year. One camera was remotely controlled by visitors and could zoom in and follow events and wildlife out in areas that people were not allowed to get to.

Bob has also put cameras in wood duck nests, on bee hives and in all manner of other urban and suburban wildlife situations. His time in the Canadian Navy wiring underwater electronics has stood him in good stead in that not one of the cameras or microphones we’ve had him build for us has failed for getting wet – and this in our fairly damp (400+ inches of rain/year in some sites) climate.

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