Story last updated at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 2002

Eagle cam hits Web
Anyone wishing to know what eagles do with their free time can soon find out, without having to spend time tethered to a treetop.

The American Bald Eagle Foundation has made checking out an eagle at home in its nest only a mouse-click away.

In late June, the foundation placed a remote camera mounted atop a 65-foot pole that beams images of a Haines eagle family to a receiver for public viewing. Soon, the images should be available on the Web.

"I'm really excited about the project," said Richard Cooper, the foundation's executive director who spearheaded the effort.

Cooper said he'd like to move the camera in the fall to catch the annual congregation of bald eagles in November.

"It's hard for people to comprehend what 3,000 eagles look like," he said. "With the camera, people from all over the world will be able to see."

In addition to providing interesting viewing for a curious public, the eagle cam should help researchers gain a better understanding of the eagle's environment and habits in the wild.

When it's up and running, the site will be at www.baldeagles.org.

-- Chilkat Valley News

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