CraneCam is LIVE

The Operation Migration CraneCam is once again streaming LIVE video and providing a front row seat for early morning training sessions. You can also watch the interactions during the day as the chicks forage and socialize inside the predator-proof enclosure.

Training takes place each morning, (weather permitting) shortly after 6am Central (7am Eastern). If you’re not an early riser you can still catch up on the action using the VIDEOS tab above the ustream chat window. Each and every clip is recorded and available for viewing anytime.

This year, in addition to replacing all the large batteries inside the CraneCam, we replaced the camera with better resolution model, which also features Infrared capabilities. This means that viewers can watch 24 hours a day and our field crew can check on the cranes throughout the night as well.

The young Whooping cranes roost in water each night.

The young Whooping cranes roost in water each night. Illuminated by infrared lighting.

The pan/tilt/zoom is operated by a crew of volunteer camera drivers or ‘Zoomies’ – who try to ensure there is always something of interest even during the times when there isn’t any aircraft conditioning taking place.

We’ve expanded our team of Zoomies this year to allow us to cover off more hours and we are thrilled to welcome back some from last year, as well as some new drivers who have had no problems at all becoming familiar with the birds and the camera controls.

On behalf of all the viewers – thank you to: Colleen Chase, Sue Walsh, Jo-Anne Bellemer, Malcom Strickland, Carol Popelka, Terry Johnson, Suzanne Elsea, Cindy Loken, Claire Deland, Ella Moyes, Fred Wasti, Dan Harvey, Peggy Main, Jenny Gibbs, Jeanne Husted, Rich Smith, Kathy Nichols, Carla Amstrong and Lori Verhagen – for your quick fingers, keen eyes and the volunteer hours you spend moderating the chat.

All streams are now being simulcast on the very popular UStream site – the largest streaming video website. You can access our UStream channel here:

If you have a website and would like to embed the LIVE streaming broadcast for your visitors to see, please send an email to: heather(AT) – I’ll be glad to send you the embed code which can easily be dropped into your website.

If you would like to help spread the word about the CraneCam, we would sure appreciate it. This link can be shared anywhere so just copy and paste it wherever you like!

The CraneCam will be operational 24/7 so we hope you can drop in for a visit!

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  1. Margie Tomlinson July 15, 2013 6:45 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you OM for all the upgrades on the CraneCam! It is fantastic! And, three cheers for all the Zoomies and Moderators! WHOOP, WHOOP, WHOORAY!!!