It's Spring in Ithaca and the birds are having their babies. The Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology sponsors several "Bird Cams"; mounting Internet connected cameras and microphones in nests on campus and elsewhere. Here are a couple of sites:
Red Tailed Hawks
Great Blue Herons
During this spring, the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology has set up two live "Bird Cam" sites. This is an extraordinary way for bird lovers and others to check-in live on bird nests. There are a Great Blue Heron nest and Red Tail Hawk nest both being live-streamed 24x7. Along with the video streaming, there is a live-chat available as well, where viewers from around the world can ask questions and post comments about the birds. Hundreds of thousands of viewers from around the globe have checked into the sites.
This is a fascinating use of video and audio technology along with the Internet that can reach professionals, educators, students, and the general public all at the same time.
Here is the URL to the Red Tail Hawk Cam. The Great Blue Heron Cam can be tabbed from that page - enjoy.
As many have read in various publications, New York City is making space available on Roosevelt Island to build a 21st Century graduate university campus. Cornell has partnered with the Technion in Haifa, Israel and is putting in a bid for this project. In our work with the University, local entrepreneurs, some of our high tech companies, and Cayuga Venture Fund, we've learned that the spin-offs from Cornell winning this competition for the Ithaca campus as well as New York will be enormous. So, like many businesses and alumni in the Ithaca area, we've thrown our support behind the project.
RIght now, there is a petition signing effort to get 20,000 names supporting the Cornell initiative to Mayor Bloomberg. So, far just over 19,000 names have been collected. If you are a Cornell Alumnus or do business with the University and have not signed the petition, we encourage you to do so. The link is: