The Internet might be an invention of mechanics and technology but it can be used as a means of bringing people closer to nature. Many websites are dedicated to teaching people about animals (and how they can help humans, hence the embedded video) and Eaglecrest Wildlife live camera is an example of how the Internet can make wild creatures more accessible to viewers from anywhere in the world.
Eaglecrest Wildlife currently has several cameras in place around its grounds in positions that monitor the activities of several resident birds. The images recorded from the cameras can be viewed by anyone who visits the website. The creatures currently on view are a Canada goose, a barn owl and a hawk. As of February 26, 2013, the female barn owl laid a fourth egg and dedicated bird watchers (both offline and online) were eagerly awaiting the hatching. Every so often the Eaglecrest Wildlife blog, located below the live video feed, is updated to give visitors an update about the happenings that might not be observed by simply watching the screen.
There is nothing like seeing a wild animal in nature, however for those who do not live in areas with a lot of natural habitats and cannot afford to vacation to a wildlife location then webcams are wonderful tools in which to observe nature and subsequently learn about it. Webcams such as the ones presented by Eaglecrest are great aids to online learning and it is likely that they will become far more popular in future years and should be considered a major potential for virtual courses and curriculums with a nature-education focus.
To view the Eaglecrest online webcam visit: http://www.ustream.tv/eaglecresthawks