I have a new past time. It’s watching brown bears at Alaska’s Katmai National Park fish for salmon, and I can do it from my living room.
No, it’s not a new cable television channel. The bears are the stars of a live web cam feed streamed on the Internet thanks to a partnership between the national park and explore.org.
I learned about the live web cam feed through my good friend Vickie Carson, public information officer at Mammoth Cave National Park.
It was Carson who sent me a copy of an Associated Press article that told about the live feeds.
After quickly reading the article, I immediately went to the link mentioned in the story and clicked on the brown bear icon and then the tab that read “live cam” and I was totally blown away.
There on my computer screen were four large, mature brown bears at the base of a waterfall fishing for salmon. I watched intently as the bears moved around in the water and gulls of some type flew in front of the camera and across the river.
Watching the live web cam feed made me feel as if I was crouching in the weeds along the river bank observing the bears in secrecy. I even found myself wanting to sit perfectly still so as not to make any noise that would disturb them. Yes, it’s that good.
After my second visit to the website, I found I wanted to know more about the project that made the live web cam feed possible, so I returned to the Associated Press story.
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