We headed up in the tree in late August. We found that both cameras in the tree had been "cooked" by the close proximity lightning strike. We replace the new cam in the existing mechanical housing, and confirmed that wiring from the nest to the base of the tree was working. We plan on putting in a heavy duty surge protector to help prevent such catastrophic damage next big storm. Unfortunately, this area is prone to big lightning,, we have been plagued with this type of damage since we opened in 1997.
We still have some cabling to replace, and once that is done we'll be ready to start to next season of eagles.
Today's obituary for Jo lets folks know that they can send checks in Jo's memory to the Eaglecam c/o me at the NCTC address. I will forward anything I get to the Friends of the NCTC, who manage the eagle cam donation account.
For an alternative and quicker method for the eaglecam donations in Jo's memory, use this link .
Many years ago this community came together around a pair of eagles setting up shop in a nest in the Eastern Panhandle.
This blog was started to provide folks with the early forum to discuss the eagles, and a tight community from around the globe quickly developed, called by some the Eaglet Momsters.
The leader of this group was Jo Lennox. She was a friend to all, and was a tough advocate for her eagles. Her advice and counsel was always welcomed, and she always spoke her mind and was relentless in ensuring that her cam was online and working.
Few people watched the birds more than Jo, she knew them like family, and I'm sure they knew it. What an honor to have known her, and to be sure, she can now soar with her beloved eagles.
You all have been posting your fond memories of Jo. Please continue to do so. We will miss her, but her legacy will continue.
We have a graduate student who is going to be studying and chronicling the eagles this season. She will be at NCTC twice a week, and will likely be reaching out to some of you for help as she does her work. I'll introduce her once she is on board.