create your own polo Big Brother is BIRD
Last weekend, I took my little kids for a walk in a nearby forest. Or I should say, rather, I (tried) to answer every single question they hadabout everything. ‘What is that tree?’ ‘Can we climb it?’ ‘What is that bird?’ ‘Can I lift that stone?’ ‘What is that bug?’ ‘What does it eat?’. If you have kids, you know what it is likelet’s just say that by the twenty fifth question your brain is completely fried and starts sending contradictory messagesasking yourself why on earth you decided to go for this walkwhile loving every single minute of it.
Black Stork feeding her chicks at 16:57 on 26/06/2017 EOS (BirdLife Estonia)
Being in the great outdoors getting dirty, cold and sweatygoing wild is one of our ancestral rights. Connecting to our common ground is as important as trying to understand it. And so, while I answered their questions, I also put many more to them, and to myself too. In just an hour, we identified our 10 animals and 5 plants, and many more, and they were exhausted. We went to the river and enjoyed the cold mountain stream, but they kept asking for more. Since it was too hot to walk again, I grabbed my smartphone and searched the internet for some of the live bird cams that I knew of. Their reaction amazed me: glued to the screen, open happy eyes full of excitement.
We all know how technology is changing the way we see,
study and enjoy nature. We are now able to deploy miniaturised data loggers that tell us where some of the rarest birds travel to, like the amazing journey of the Sociable lapwing. We can identify deforestation or droughts using satellites, and we have even experienced the flight ‘on board’ an Atlantic gannet. We live in an the age of selfies and Instagram stories, at a time where anyone can fly a drone with their own mobile phoneand we naturalists are no different than others. Technology is here, let’s use it wisely. National Park Servicebannedrecreational drones in all of itsnational parks, largely to protect wildlife. But drones are also being used to monitor breeding birdsyou see?
Black stork chicks feeding, taken at 16.59 on 26/06/2017 EOS (BirdLife Estonia)
So let’s go back to our mountain river, the smartphone and just how engaging a live cam can be. Right now, when millennials are increasingly disconnected from non connected environments, technology and remote cameras could be our missing link.
Have you ever tried to bring a Black vulture to your kids’ school? Have you tried to show them how fascinating a seabird can be at night? It is all in your hands now, and we are bringing you here the latest, most updated list of our BirdLife partners’ live cameras for you to pick and enjoy.
Osprey nest cam EOS (BirdLife Estonia)
These cameras are not fulfilling George Orwell’s 1984 allegory, but using technology for a truly positive and inspirational purpose. They have been set up so we can share our admiration of nature, and to allow those who cannot travel the chance to explore, to feel,
Have you ever been in the middle of a forest in Estonia talking to your three brothers as Black storks do? Want to feel like a kestrel arriving home? Bear the Israeli heat like Short toed eagles?