HELPING TEACHERS INSPIRE COMPASSION FOR ANIMALS, PEOPLE & THE ENVIRONMENT
Your students can enjoy and observe animals without even bringing them into the classroom. Many animal cams – featuring companion animals or wildlife – are available now and more are being added all the time. Here are some suggestions:
Kitten and Puppy Cams
Streaming videos (live or archived) of kittens and puppies are becoming more popular. Some sites you might want to check out are the Foster Kitten Cam, featuring kittens at the Purrfect Pals animal shelter, and the Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Puppy Cam. You could also do a google search for live cams if those aren’t online.
Wildlife Cams in Alberta
Cameras that catch wild animals in action are viewable when in season. Wild bird cams in Alberta locations usually operate from April to September:
- The Peregrine Camera at the University of Alberta
- The Osprey Camera at the Calgary Zoo
- The Edmonton Journal Goosecam from a Central Alberta farm
If you want to see a year’s worth of wildlife in under five minutes, check out this video from a camera set up in Banff National Park.
Wildlife Cams outside Alberta
There are many cams operating around the world. Here are just a few:
- Ontario FeederWatch Cam from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (with educational resources)
- Pacific Great Blue Herons from Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Their eggs are laid in March and generally hatch in April. You can even control the direction of the camera.
- UVic Osprey Cam from the University of Victoria
- Great Blue Herons and Red Tailed Hawks at Cornell in Ithica, New York
- Condor Cam from the San Diego Zoo recovery program
- Bald Eagle Cam, Pennsylvania
- Peregrine Falcon Web Camera with Educational Materials from the Missouri Department of Conservation
- Osprey Cam, Great Horned Owl cam and other wild bird cams from explore.org and Audubon
- The Hancock Wildlife Foundation has an extensive directory of animal cams.