The second season of TLC’s genealogy docu-series “Who Do You Think You Are?” will feature six new journeys with Valerie Bertinelli, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lauren Graham, Kelsey Grammer, Cynthia Nixon, Rachel McAdams and her sister, Kayleen McAdams.
Shelling is a favorite pastime of mine, and the best part is, it can be done year-round.
Storms churn the sea, bringing up many long-hidden ocean treasures up on shore. Yes, the windy Winter months are harsher for shellers, but with several layers to keep warm (a rain poncho helps), you can gather those hard-to-find shells you’ve been waiting for.
Where I live, the Gulf Stream is ever-faithful to bring up surprises from all over. My latest goals are finding dark purple quahog and conch shells. I’m going to make some wampum jewelry with my trusty Dremel tool, and I need some conch shell to experiment making other jewelry beads, or whatever I come up with. Will post pictures when I can get further South…
This isn’t my blog, but “The Essential Beachcomber” has some great recommendations for you if you’re into shell hunting – this list will be plenty to get you started in your journey to learn more about your favorite hobby!
It’s ever-increasing in popularity – watching American Bald Eagles on webcams!
American Bald Eagles are no longer an endangered species, therefore, many more are in existence to watch. With funding from various public donations and private resources, webcams over nests have captured compelling day-to-day lives of bald eagles – sleeping, waking, eating, mating, birthing, feeding, nesting, protecting, hunting and other various socializing activities of these majestic raptors.
With today’s technology, scientists and the public can now see bald eagles up close and personal. And it’s become a passion for some.
Bald Eagle webcams are very popular in America and worldwide. Can you imagine? Some of the most fervent and passionate bald eagle viewers are on every continent. The bird-watching and raptor-watching community is very thankful to have the support of citizen watchers from all over the globe, every hour of every day. Several webcams are solar powered and may not be on during the night, but many (with helpful grants and donations) have upgraded high resolution cameras that run 24//7 so not a moment is missed.
Think about it – it’s like another “citizen science project” that I previously blogged about: people from around the world are watching our American bald eagles for their own education, and they’re providing very valuable feedback about their observations. Many classrooms are reported to have regular live viewings of these majestic raptors. This is the closest we’ve ever gotten to viewing Bald Eagles in their natural habitat, so the public is voracious in its appetite to catch a glimpse of a yet unknown world.
Until this year, I hadn’t seen bald eagles in person; I’d only seen them on a webcam or TV. Side note, I checked out the website called “eBird” and found out where bird-watching hotspots are in my area. Because I did that, I was thrilled and privileged to be about 20 feet from one in a tree. What a glorious sight to behold!
To send you to the right places, I’m listing some great eagle-watching websites and webcams:
- The Decorah Eagle Cam Live Feed – a 24/7 webcam over a nest in Iowa. Parents are “Mom” and “Dad”
- The Hancock Wildlife Foundations’s “White Rock” webcam in British Columbia, Canada.
- The Alcoa Bald Eagle Cam – Davenport, Iowa.
Parents are “Liberty” and “Justice”.
- Pennsylvania Game Commission – Pittsburgh, PA Hays Bald Eagles
- Southwest Florida Eagle Cam
The parents are “Harriet” and “Ozzie”.
- Live Bald Eagle Nest Camera Feed from Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge near Vian, Oklahoma
- “Minnesota Bound Live Eagles” (the 2014 seems to be down at the moment, but keep checking back)
- Live from Dollywood – the American Eagle Foundation’s Eagle Mountain Sanctuary in Pigeon Forge, TN.
The parents are “Independence” and “Frank(lin)”.
- During normal nesting season, we have 4 camera angles on our nest for your viewing enjoyment
If you can’t get physically out there to watch American Bald Eagles in action, go online – take flight!