The DC Arboretum Eagle Nest Cam, made possible thanks to some Alfred State College students, is back in the spotlight again, as it was recently highlighted in an article by Mashable.com.
Titled, “From puffins to brown bears: The 10 best wildlife livestreams of the summer,” the article recognizes a variety of webcams that focus on animals in their natural environments such as gray wolves, alligators, elephants, and more. Mashable, according to its website, is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company.
The article states, “Whether it’s a pair of hawks nesting over a bustling city, or a young lioness lounging in the sun, when technology and animals peacefully combine, the results can be phenomenal. That idea is no better exemplified than in the following wildlife livestreams, giving us a glimpse into the secret lives of animals around the world.”
Among these animals are the eagles “Mr. President” and “The First Lady,” and their two eaglets, Victory and Valor, all of whom can be found at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC. Mr. President and The First Lady have become the proud parents of seven eaglets since making the Arboretum their home several years ago.
In October 2015, a group of Alfred State College electrical construction and maintenance electrician students designed and installed a unique solar-powered trailer at the Arboretum to supply the energy necessary for the public to view the nesting and hatching of the bald eagle family online through a webcam.
Media organizations around the world publicized the webcam at www.DCeaglecam.org, and explained the ASC students’ role in the project. Those students included Ethan Yanda, of Wayland; Thomas Wzientek, of West Seneca; Justin King, of Uniondale; Oliver Jackson, of Williamsville; and Mike Lee of Brooklyn.
As stated in the Mashable article, “The American Eagle Foundation and the National Arboretum established the livestream to give viewers access to the national bird and to also monitor and preserve the species.”
Jeffrey Stevens, interim dean of Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology, said, “We are excited about all the attention the bald eagle cam has received since it was first installed, and are delighted that it has been featured in this great article by Mashable. Alfred State is proud to have played a role in making the webcam a reality so that viewers all over the world may enjoy and appreciate this beautiful family of birds.”