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Are you staying close to home now? So many limitations on our ability to get out and see new places can be wearing on your soul. Most likely you can still venture outside and I promise, you will feel better when you see those subtle little changes that are occurring as the season changes, no matter what hemisphere are reading this from. But, you can also virtually enjoy nature, by taking a glance at these live wildlife webcams around the world. That’s why I’m re-sending this newsletter from last year. Enjoy!!

 

WILDLIFE WEBCAMS!

There’s something new in my kitchen that is keeping my connection to Panama alive… an iPod screen, on a tabletop easel, tuned 24/7 to the wildlife web camera featuring the Canopy Lodge fruit feeder. Okay, that may not sound like high drama to you, but having spent a good deal of my time sitting yards from the actual feeder with the group tours I organize to Panama, I can tell you that the sights and sounds keep me from feeling like I’m losing touch with that magical place.
I have told other people about that webcam, and to my surprise, they too become rather obsessed with it. It didn’t matter whether or not they’ve had a real life experience sipping coffee across from the feeder. I think the anticipation of what will happen next is the appeal, both in person and at a distance. Which extraordinary bird what show up next? How will they react to each other? What the heck? That’s an opossum visiting almost every night! (Who knew that’s what was going on when all of us were tucked into our rooms for the night!?) The anticipation is what makes it fascinating. It’s also oddly calming to hear the sounds of the forest in the background of my kitchen.
It got me thinking about other wildlife webcams around the world. Some of them are in places where I’ve brought groups or have been to on my own…Chobe National Park in Botswana, the Oliphant River In South Africa (both of which have African wildlife straight out of your dreams) and Catalina, California (there is a bald eagle nest with big fuzzy chicks in it right now) to name a few. I have noticed that sometimes a wildlife webcam switches to highlights, rather than the live camera, depending on the season or other factors. One example is the penguin-cam in Antarctica where it’s dark much of a year and the penguins are not on land. The highlights are equally interesting to watch, even if they aren’t live.
I’ve decided to share 7 of the most interesting wildlife webcams with you because they really are the next best thing to being there.
Terry Lawson Dunn, Founder
Canopy Lodge bird webcam, Panama
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtoxxHADnGk
South Africa – Olifants River webcam
https://explore.org/livecams/african-wildlife/olifants-river
Bald eagle webcam (chicks!), Two Harbors, Catalina California
https://explore.org/livecams/bald-eagles/bald-eagle-two-harbors
Brooks Falls webcam, Alaska (bears)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SC_htZ0afI
Puffin Burrow, off the coast of Maine
https://explore.org/livecams/puffins/puffin-burrow-cam
Chobe National Park, Botswana
https://www.earthcam.com/world/botswana/chobe/?cam=campkuzuma
Penguins, Antarctica
http://www.martingrund.de/pinguine/
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