Sunday, July 29, 2007


New thread.

Got some rain last night, finally. Not enough though...

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Another nice morning thread.

I signed off on the orders for new equipment late last week. It includes a more robust power system (will prevent all of the previous problems), better microwave (less interference), and a new camera with audio.

Install in a few weeks.

Thursday, July 19, 2007


New thread. We are making great progress on new and improved equipment. More on this soon.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Saturday Visit

We are thrilled that there was an eagle waiting for you. Here are a couple of shots I grabbed from your Momster group, photos by Paula


I was meaning to say something about the 500th post, but it slipped right passed me. Thanks to all who continue to congregate on this blog. Hopefully next year will bring new friends, both eagle and human.

new thread.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Cool Pics

Here's a shot from an FWS mailing list I'm on. Not eagles, but fun wildlife shot nonetheless.


Hope the visit to NCTC goes well.

New thread.

Update: Check out this WV Eagle Info Brochure.

Friday, July 06, 2007


New thread.

Cam Update: I just got a call from the tech guys who were out at the tree. About 60 feet of the cable is damaged, thus the lack of signal. We are going to pull down the webcam signal and continue our preparations to go up the tree and work at the end of the month. More on this as they give me info.

Thursday, July 05, 2007


New thread. We have some pictures from the Eagle Delisting ceremony last week. Will try to post a couple today.

Update: Here's the guest eagle flying with Secretary Kempthorne, and a group of scouts watching the delisting order being signed.

Monday, July 02, 2007


New thread. Another cool one here in CT.


I have gotten some questions regarding the status of the cam, the status of upgrades, etc. I'll tell you what I know.

First off, remember that this project is a labor of love for a number of people at NCTC. We all have full time jobs that do not include doing the eagle cam work, so we all do this as an extra. We have even had some comments from NCTC staff questioning why we are even doing the project to begin with. We have always pushed past those types of comments because we do see the great value in the project.

Those involved in the Cam work have met a couple of times recently on the upgrades for the cam. We have targeted the last week in July to try and get these upgrades installed. That assumes that we are able to get everything through the contracting process, which is detailed and time intensive. NCTC is a big place and many procurments are done every day. We can't just call a supplier and buy things, there's more to it than that and deliberate moves around the process can wind up with an Inspector General officer, with a badge, questioning you :>(. We all try to do this right to avoid such a result.

The current status of the cam is still unknown to me, since I am not at work. I suspect that because of the pending repairs and upgrades, we may keep it down until we can get everything right. More on that when I am back in S-Town.

One more thing, we continue to spar with security folks in DOI who consider the cam a threat to network security. We believe their stance is wrong, but have to play the game to ensure that we can continue to work the cam in the future.

So things are happening behind the scenes and I will update you when we know more. We need to hope that we will have a successful clutch next year so all this work pays off.

Sunday, July 01, 2007


It's bright and cool (45F) here in CT after raining all night.

New thread.