The Yukon Electrical Company is monitoring the nest of an eagle much like this one. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Last spring, the Yukon Electrical Company spotted an eagle's nest near a Whitehorse campground, and set up a live webcam so people could watch the eagle's every move. Now, the live stream is back for a second season.
This year, the camera went live early — it's still very much winter — but despite the temperatures, there's already been some action in the nest. "There does appear to be some activity in terms of rebuilding the nest and preparing it for the season,” Anne MacLeod, a biologist with EDI Environmental Dynamics, told CBC North. "We suspect it might be the dad from last year, but we can’t say for sure.”
Last year, the eagles laid eggs mid-April, and continued to use the nest until the middle of September.
Of course, the eagle cam isn't the only great animal webcam on the Internet right now. Below are a few others worth checking out.
Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana is home to thousands of animals who find shelter from poachers within its borders. Pete's Pond is a man-made watering hole that gives animals an alternative to the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers, where poachers like to hunt. The pond is also home to a live web cam that runs 24/7, operated by the website WildEarth and its thousands of volunteer "zoomies" who man the camera remotely and zoom in on anything interesting that might be going on.
Cornell Hawk Cam
Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology is home to a number of wild birds, including a pair of hawks named Big Red and Ezra. The camera is set up near the hawks' nest on university campus, where it's been for the past four years.
Friends of Feline Rescue Center
This stream is run by the Friends of Feline Rescue Center in Defiance, Ohio, a completely not-for-profit rescue centre. This live stream isn't just adorable — all the cats in the room are up for adoption, so they're all just a few clicks away from getting permanent homes.
Modern Farmer magazine has a camera set up on a real live goat farm. Molly and Joy-Joy are mini-Saanens (a cross between Saanens and Nigerian Dwarf goats) living in Brooksville, Florida. They have a pretty nice pen, and you'll often find them jumping and playing around (and, you know, sleeping and stuff). And hey, goat videos are having a moment right now.