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Post by Peachy on Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:39 am

Oh, I love your room. Super cute! Unfortunately for us, we're smack dab in the middle of the Midwest, so it was just a river beach. Razz

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Re: What are you doing today?

Post by MesaMouse on Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:13 pm

I hope that there are a lot of fans of Explore.org, the website with all the nature cams. There are cameras that track animals on African preserves, follow brown bears feeding on the salmon run in Alaska, cover osprey nests in Montana, Maine and Maryland, a puffin burrow nest and guillemot rock nest in Maine, etc, etc, etc. All of the camera operators are volunteers who work from home on their own computers. As of today, I am officially CamOp Bee, assigned to the Farm Sanctuary cameras...all 7 of them! As I've always an absolute fool for farm animals, especially goats (no chance to own one growing up in New York City Laughing ), Farm Sanctuary has been my favorite since it went online in January so I was delighted to be assigned there. Just a warning, though: once you start nosing at the dozens of cameras offered...you're hooked and will be spending more time than you thought possible watching them! For those of you with children, it's an engaging teaching tool but can be scary and heartbreaking, too. Last season, one of the Maine osprey chicks was snatched from the nest by an eagle and the stronger of the two guillemot chicks, in essence, killed its sibling to ensure that it received more food. The cams provide an excellent glimpse into the lives of animals many of us will never see in person (farm animals excepted, heh heh) so check 'em out.

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Re: What are you doing today?

Post by AnonymousMouseOwner on Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:33 pm

@MesaMouse wrote:I hope that there are a lot of fans of Explore.org, the website with all the nature cams. There are cameras that track animals on African preserves, follow brown bears feeding on the salmon run in Alaska, cover osprey nests in Montana, Maine and Maryland, a puffin burrow nest and guillemot rock nest in Maine, etc, etc, etc. All of the camera operators are volunteers who work from home on their own computers. As of today, I am officially CamOp Bee, assigned to the Farm Sanctuary cameras...all 7 of them! As I've always an absolute fool for farm animals, especially goats (no chance to own one growing up in New York City Laughing ), Farm Sanctuary has been my favorite since it went online in January so I was delighted to be assigned there. Just a warning, though: once you start nosing at the dozens of cameras offered...you're hooked and will be spending more time than you thought possible watching them! For those of you with children, it's an engaging teaching tool but can be scary and heartbreaking, too. Last season, one of the Maine osprey chicks was snatched from the nest by an eagle and the stronger of the two guillemot chicks, in essence, killed its sibling to ensure that it received more food. The cams provide an excellent glimpse into the lives of animals many of us will never see in person (farm animals excepted, heh heh) so check 'em out.
Yay, congratulations! Is it as hard as you thought it was going to be?

And aw, poor little Spirit, I was really into the cams when that happened Sad

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Re: What are you doing today?

Post by MesaMouse on Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:12 pm

@AnonymousMouseOwner wrote:
Yay, congratulations! Is it as hard as you thought it was going to be?

Yes, Anonymous, it can be very hard at times, particularly when there are tour groups at the Farm as we're not supposed to show people on camera (other than Staff or Volunteers and they are aware that the cameras exist -- don't know if visitors are aware, though). Nowadays, people will sue you at the slightest provocation so I imagine we (or Farm Sanctuary) could get hit with a lawsuit if someone didn't like the way their butt looked on camera or if they were having a bad hair day and we caught it! There were 2-3 tour groups this morning, first at the Turkey Barn then the Sheep Barn and then again at Turkey. At least with the Turkey Barn, you can try to swing the cam to the interior of the barn if the tour is outside or to one of the far reaches of lawn if they're inside; however, with the Sheep Barn, there's nowhere to go when people are wandering around, petting sheep and goats, squatting or sitting down by an animal, etc. I was exhausted within the first 30 minutes this morning! The third group came through just before my shift ended so I forewarned the next CamOp and she moaned 'Oh, no! There's nowhere to go at the Sheep Barn!" so I'm not alone in my lack of joy at seeking tour groups. Much quieter during the week but that will probably change now that school is out and families are taking little day trips. The best shift is the last one of the day, 2-4pm Pacific time, 5-7pm Eastern time (where the Farm is) so I look forward to my Sunday shift-- most of the animals are enjoying the waning sunshine and are heading back to their barns after spending the day grazing, tours are over for the day and the lighting is absolutely gorgeous over the fields!

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