Saturday, October 22, 2011

Wednesday, October 05, 2011


New thread.

Our intent is to get the still cam back up as soon as we can manage it.  Tree work/maintenance is being scheduled now, likely will happen in early November.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011


New thread.

Update:  I have a bit more time now so I thought I would fill you in on the cam issues.  First off, the power supply issues were cased by a combination of losing our standard power feed and having to rely on the solar panels that have not been charging up the batteries well.  With all of the rain and cloudy weather, that was causing continuous problems with the cam feed.

Second, we are in a major finance system transformation at NCTC.  This means we have not been able to do procurements for more than six weeks, and will not be able to get rolling again for several more weeks, or longer, if we don't have a permanent funding bill for the year.  This is why we could not get up in the tree in August, as we usually have.  We now have to plan to go up in the tree in early November, and we are hoping it can be done in the normal way this year without a crane; the tree looks healthier than it did last year.  Once we get up the the tree we can work on the sound and clear any suckers that have grown (and blocked the cam).  By then we should also have a fully dedicated power source from the barn.

I cannot speak for The Outdoor Channel folks, but I believe their decision to go offline for now was due to the frustrating amount of signal outages.  Can't blame them.

The other variable still is whether or not we get a more normal nesting season.  Only time will tell that one.

So hang in there.  We are thinking about the cam issues, but as I've said many times, the work being done on the cam is beyond the day jobs that our tech folks have to tackle.  We're doing the best we can.