Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Homeschooling Today - A library of live cams

Spring time is the time of babies!  Our homeschool nature study naturally turns to watching out for the babies in our world this time of year.  It’s not always easy to see nature in a big city like ours though.  And being outside Seattle, it’s not always the right weather for being outside either.  (My children have many pictures of raindrops in their nature journals.)  One of the best ways to get a real life view of animals without stepping foot outdoors is watching them on Live Cams!

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A few years ago we spent countless hours studying eagles and watching the live cam from when the eggs were laid to when the babies fledged.  It was amazing to see!  And it seemed to happen so fast.  Often I would just leave it up on the laptop and the kids would walk by and get sucked in as the mama eagle would land and feed her babies some gruesome bit of something or watching the little white fluff balls toddle around the nest as their parents spent more and more time away.  Eventually, they got dark brown/black feathers and hopped around the nest beating their wings, and by the end of April, we turned it on, and they were gone.

This year we are studying nocturnal animals and we have spent some time watching these live cams and loved seeing the barn owl eggs hatch!  I find myself wondering how fast they will grow and how they compare to the eagles in their rapid growth.

Bat House live cam at University of Florida

Barn Owl nesting box at Owl Channel Live (brand new babies right now!)

Here are some other live cams we have looked at through out our nature study adventures. 

Baby tree kangaroo at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA

All About Birds Red-Tailed Hawk live cam

Live Eagle Cam from the Outdoor Channel outside Washington DC

Penguin cam of rescue birds that were stranded outside their habitat in Brazil.

The Red-Tailed Hawk is especially wonderful as she is sitting on eggs right now and I can’t wait to see what happens with them!

Happy Homeschooling!

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