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Posted: Jan 3 2007, 01:05 PM


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Hi Everyone
I am Sandie...My email address is VLV8HAMER. That is because I am now a hypnotherapist.... my speciality is smoking cessation. I put you under with a velvet hamer!!
I would not even have known about the camera/forum/all of you/Cruz etc without Karen who told Lynne who told me. We all live in Ventura.
I think the stork got lost when I was born in Kansas City, MO. Two weeks later we moved to California. I have lived in Los Angeles, Pismo Beach, Angels Camp, Oxnard, Arroyo Grande, Grover City..now Grover Beach, Bakersfield, and now Ventura. I have lived here since 1969 and can not imagine living anywhere else. I would live ON the beach if I could. I used to live three doors from the beach with my kids, a cockatoo, a doberman pincher and my cat. Loved every day till too expensive to live there. I had two daughters...one passed away a couple of years ago. One granddaughter and two great-grandchildren. THAT is the best!!!
I also have a blabbermouth bird. A cockatiel. I really have to watch what I say because it WILL be repeated. He is all I am allowed to have in my little apt. So I am glad to have him as a companion. He does not like Cruz...when Cruz flies...so does Bernie, just not as well!
I was a little hesitant to share much about myself so I waited to see what others said. We all have to be so careful these days. I am glad to be in this forum with all of you because it seems we are all caring humans and want the very best for our animals that also have to inhabit this planet. I am proud to be "with" all of you in that way. Thank you for all the pic's and the watchful eye on Cruz. I will certainly be one of the first to see the next chick!!

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Posted: Jan 3 2007, 01:25 PM


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Hi Everyone,

My name is Saranne -Sara for short- and yes, I am an eagleholic. I became addicted to the webcam from the very first time I saw it, I guess about two weeks before banding. I was fortunate enough to tune in the day Jim was in the nest and was astounded at the perspective his presence gave regarding how huge Cruz and the nest were. This is my first experience with webcams and forum participation and it has been a thrill! I look forward to a new year with old and new nests, chicks, eagle parents and human peeps.

I've lived in Santa Barbara for eighteen years. I share my home with two wonderful cats, Purrci and LuLu. Our house is on a creek in the middle of town. We have lots of wildlife here. There are hawks, many other bird species, and in the winter when there is water in the creek, over 100 Mallards live and breed in my backyard.

I feel an intimate connection to nature and animals. I am enthralled with birds, especially eagles. There is nothing I like better than being with wildlife. I walk on the beach in Santa Barbara most every day. I have purchased a small scope to view any eagles that might fly over to the mainland from the Channel Islands. Can you imagine looking out on the ocean and finding Cruz in the viewfinder?! What a rush that would be!

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Posted: Jan 3 2007, 01:35 PM


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Hi my name is Susan from Camden, Delaware which is on the east coast of the USA.

I love watching the eagles when I can. I am a divorced Mom to one daughter who will be 20 in April. She has been my life since her birth and I couldn't ask for a more loving daughter.

I love to read, like most music, listen mostly to country and Christian though. Like going to country music concerts. Have been dating a man 3 years older since July and we are going to see Vince Gill in March. Can't wait.

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Posted: Jan 3 2007, 01:40 PM


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Hello Cruzers! Thanks for all of your help Hulabird in guiding me. I think I finally made it to the Bio section.
Greetings to all and have been praying for all who have been under the weather - GET WELL SOON!
My name is Sheila and I live in Santa Barbara, CA with my husband of 41 years, Roger. We have two children. Our oldest, Karen, lives in Vancouver, WA with her husband Tom and sons Thomas (12) and Benjamin (10). Our son Kevin is a 1Lt in the Army (Ft. Hood, TX) who is serving his 2nd tour in Iraq - says things are much worst than the 1st time. He has two children - Austin (12) and Sierra (8) who live in North Carolina. Kevin recently married a young woman from Iraq, Taghreed (Toot) whom he met on his 1st tour. It took him a year and a half to get her to the US. Toot is staying with us for the year Kevin is serving. She has family living in Baghdad and we all pray for them daily. All but her mother and niece serve in the Iraq Police - 2 sisters, 1 brother.
We have lived in SB for 37 years. A job opportunity came up so we left Peoria, IL for SB and haven't left. Roger is retired - I work at a SNF (Skilled Nursing Fac.) and on weekends and spec. events am a docent at the SB Zoo. I mostly enjoy being in Lorikeet Landing with the Lories and Lorikeets. It is the one place at the zoo you can get up close and personal with any animal/bird.
Have been watching the camcorder web site since the SB NewsPress listed it in the paper. Have been keeping up with everything but haven't been brave enough to join in till now. Have been following the Santa Cruz trip, the recent article in the Ventura paper, etc. We can see the Channel Islands (best in winter) from our TV room. Would like to lower the roof below us just a few more inches, but at least they have not built a second story like many others around here. I hope to be a part of the Spring trip to SC - can't wait for the SC camcorder to return - my computer won't let me view TH or the WN.
Glad to meet such a wonderful group!

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Posted: Jan 3 2007, 01:54 PM


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I was born on a Canadian Air Force Base in Marville, France on July 29, 1955. Being a Canadian Air Force brat, I have lived throughout Europe, and Canada. And did a lot of touring with the school and my parents. My father is Canadian, and my mother is British [Nottingham, England, she met my dad while he was posted in North Luffenham. They were married in Nottingham and my dad was then posted to France, where I and my sister were born] And to top it all off, I married a guy in the USAF, and lived in England and North Carolina. I have been a single mom for the past 21 years, have a 23-year-old son, LOL. Have been living for the last 21 years in Canada, mainly Alberta and British Columbia. Currently I am located in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

My interests are: the great outdoors, camping, fishing, hiking, skiing, skating, nature, cooking, reading, crafts, cross stitch, knitting, crochet, computer and movies. I had many enjoyable years.

I've been employed as a survey engineer throughout northern Alberta, and worked my way through the ranks at a major national bank, from teller to accounts to lending and finally investments.

I was diagnosed with MS in 1990 and continued on working until 1995. Since then, my MS has progressed moderately. But it didn't stop me from learning to ride a horse, from 2000-2005, or from taking my first tandem skydiving jump in the fall of 2004. Up to this point, I was using a manual wheelchair and able to transfer myself. Since then I've had a bad fall and am now confined to a power wheelchair. And now my arms and hands are slowly giving out on me, even with vast amounts of therapy. So I have recently taken up to using Dragon NaturallySpeaking software work on my computer. And I have many arguments with it. LOL

After my fall in October 2005, I lived and died on the computer.
I was first attracted to the Hornby Eagles site, so sad, then onto the Saanich BC Eagles, and then I stumbled upon Santa Cruz and A- 49. If that wasn't enough, I ended up watching the Eagles of the East Coast, Osprey, Loons, Falcons, Storks, Bears, African cam, and anything I could find to do with nature. Needless to say I was overwhelmed, spending most of my days watching the live cams, and my evenings perusing the forums. So that is why I spent most of my time in the background and not posting. I settled on your forum, as it was friendlier, lots of information, and was able to
relate to most of the members. I really enjoy reading all the postings feel like I'm part of something.

Am usually on the computer from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. MT, as my mornings and evenings are regulated by the regional personal care aide, who arrives to get me up and put me to bed. I live with my sister and brother-in-law, two cats, two large dogs and a tarantula, spider is my sons. I'm very lucky to have such wonderful sister and a great support network.

Think I have covered everything. Oh yeah, I forgot, we have had record snowfall since the end of October. And I have been housebound and have a bad case of cabin fever. Enjoy your pictures and mentions of warm weather.

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Posted: Jan 3 2007, 01:57 PM


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Hi I'm Sylvia,
I was born in Norfolk, Virginia, moved to Key West, Florida at age 6, and then to Pleasanton, California at age 10. From there on as a Navy Brat I moved up and down the California coast. I graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. and went to work for a governmental agency where I worked for 13 years, and during the last 5 years I worked full time and also went to Loyola Law School at night. I graduated in January 1985 and passed the bar exam on the first try. I went to work for a law firm specializing in labor law where I became a partner after 5 years. I left and opened my own law firm where I still practice. I have never married, although I have been engaged three times (no children except those with feathers). I love to travel (cruises particularly), read and use computers.
I live with Zoe (8 yrs old) and Zane (10 years old) (African Greys) , Pokie (Yellow Naped Amazon, 22 years old) who I have had since he was six weeks old, Maya (Double Yellow Headed Amazon, 12 years old) and Coco (White Bellied Caique, 2 1/2 years old.) I am passionate about parrots, and eagles (although not together). I live in Redondo Beach, about 5 blocks from the ocean.

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Skellis
Redondo Beach, California



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Posted: Jan 3 2007, 02:18 PM


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skipper


Hi. My name is Skipper. My wife says I am the strong silent type. I don't know why she says that. I bathe regularly and speak when necessary. Besides, she's noisy enough for both of us.

I was a pilot for TWA for 40 years. I flew 747s to Europe and wherever else they sent me. I guess that's why I am so fond of eagles. They fly while I am grounded.

I have never posted and probably never will. My wife, Emma Rose, is always haunting that nest. We both enjoyed watching A-49 until she fledged and can't wait to see what this year holds for all our adopted nests on Santa Cruz. The IWS crew is amazing, don't you think?

Okay, I did it. Can I go back to lurking now? My hands are starting to sweat........

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Posted: Jan 3 2007, 02:21 PM


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Sukieryan


I'm Shirley Ryan I live in Santa Paula, California, originally from Palisade, Colorado.

I lost my husband of 39 years, 12 years ago, and have since rekindled a romance, with an old high school friend. I love life and have enjoyed all of my 73 years.

My daughter's boyfriend, Steve Carr, is the Technology Director of County Schools, and worked in collaboration, with Parks Department, to host and install the camera, that starred our beloved "Cruz", which we all enjoyed. I was excited about the eagle cam, even before we could watch our re-gal eagle.

It's been great getting to know all of you via e.

Happy Holidays.
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Sukie
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Tasha


My name is Natashia, and I live in Wausau, Wisconsin. I am 22 years old and I LOVE all kinds of wildlife. I came across the Eagle Cam on a search engine, and I have been hooked ever since!

I am employed as a Medical Billing Specialist currently, but my dream is to be either an animal behaviorist or a biologist. I am hopefully going back to school this fall (been putting it off because its so expensive!)

I am not married, nor do I have any children, but I'm sure some day that will happen.

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Tasha
Wausau, Wisconsin.






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My name is Regan Chandler Nelson. I live in Oak View, California, near Ventura. This is my 38th year of teaching (having started when I was two). I love teaching, and feel that besides educating children academically, that part of my "work" is to teach them about Nature and their part in it. I bring in wild animal programs so that the children can have a personal experience with animals, and the eaglecam is wonderful for them. Often, I pull them back to the computer, and say, "Look, right now, while we are in this classroom, look at what that eagle is doing not very far from here."

I discovered the Channel Islands 21 years ago and started hiking and camping there. They were and are my serenity and place of peace. I eventually married one of the island rangers. I moved from where I had lived and taught, to the Ventura area, where we now live. We have three cats, Mollie, Ellie, and Fred Rodriguez Nelson (named for the late dispatcher of Channel Islands National Park).

I am able to stay with my husband where he is stationed on one of the islands about three times a year, and I also go on trips of my own to the other islands because I love them and their animals so.

Watching little Cruz grow, test her wings, and go on her own has been amazing. The experience is made so much more powerful by being part of the discussion board, and being able to share enthusiasm.

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The Nature Conservancy


The Nature Conservancy, owners of the western 76% of Santa Cruz Island, is working cooperating with the National Park Service, which owns the eastern quarter of Santa Cruz Island as part of Channel Islands National Park.
http://www.nps.gov/archive/chis/homepage.htm

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Read more about The Nature Conservancy work on Santa Cruz Island
http://www.nature.org/wherewework/northame...es/art6335.html
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Troth


Hi all,
My name is Teri Roth and I live in Ventura, CA. I started my native born Californian life in Lynwood until I graduated, I married a curly red-headed Scot/Irish lad and had three children. Todd, Erin and Kyle. They are Grahams. I unfortunately became a single mother when my youngest was 4 months old so I raised them alone. But my daughter, Erin, wants to see Ireland because of her heritage (and her name) and my yougest, Kyle, has the beautiful curly blonde/red hair, says he wants to go to Scotland one day. After my second divorce (married the same man twice) I moved to Long Beach, lived there for 15 years, from there went to Sacramento for 3 years and then to Silverstrand Beach in Oxnard. I was there for 10 years and that is where I fell in LOVE with the Channel Islands. On a clear day I could see the buildings on the Santa Cruz Island and Anacapa Island from my rooftop deck through binoculars. I have since moved to Ventura and have been here for 7 years. I am still obsessed with the islands and am a sponge for the knowledge and history over there. I found out about the plight of the eagles and foxes and the brown pelicans on my quest of knowledge. These islands are magical to me; to think that there are plants and animals there that exist no where else on earth and they are being threatened has become my cause. I am known as a treehugger, a nature lover, the kooky animal lady, the plant lady, the old hippy lady, etc. I am just very compassionate about nature and what humans are doing to the earth. I consider the Ocean as my spirit, the Redwoods my ancestors, the Grand Canyon my cathedral and Ventura will always be my home.

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Teri
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Posted: Jan 3 2007, 04:34 PM


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Ventura County Office of Education

The Bald eagle webcam was made possible through the generous donation of time, expertise, and equipment from the Ventura County Office of Education along with funding and support by the Montrose Settlements Restoration Program and the National Park Service. The bald eagle nest is on the portion of Santa Cruz Island that is owned by the Nature Conservancy and they are graciously hosting the webcam.

Setting up the EagleCam.(This information has been transferred from the Channel Islands Live! Technology page.)

A lot of hard work went into setting up the EagleCAM but we were successful thanks to some creative thinking and strong legs!

To get the video signal from the camera to the mainland we had to set up a microwave link from Santa Cruz Island to a site in Ventura County.
So.... first order of business was to get the microwave dish over to Santa Cruz.
The dish was brought over on the Island Range (a NPS boat) and skiffed to the shore.

Some good strong legs, backs and arms helped carry not only the dish but batteries (60lbs each!), solar panels and much more.

Since there is no electricity at that location, a power supply was set up using solar panels and batteries to keep the equipment up and running. To send the signal from the island to the mainland a series of network switches and video encoders/decoders was needed.

See a schematic of the whole set up.
http://chil.vcoe.org/eagle_cam_schematic.htm

Once the equipment was set up on the island and dishes were set up and directed on the mainland, a live signal link was established, and we had an EagleCam looking down on the nest!


David Luff ... (NinjaShirpa) ...Technology Services, Ventura County Office of Education ... posted this on December 8/06

[ I see that some of you have noticed that the Santa Cruz EagleCam is back online. Also, I see that some of you are aware that VCOE and NPS staff visited Santa Cruz last Tuesday to do some "maintenance."
To bring you all up to speed, I carried up another 60 pounds of equipment that will allow us to better weatherize the equipment in the tent blind above the nest site and to provide some physical security as well as to replace some electronic equipment that was pulled "off the shelf" to get the initial job done but was not ideal for this harsh environment. That work went very well and I feel that our equipment should be able to withstand just about anything Mother Nature dishes out this winter.]
 
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Hi, my name is Dolores Anderson & I live in Ventura, CA. I am a retired attorney (family law) spending my time on the Ventura County Civil Grand Jury and also working to start a free family law service for low income parents with child support, visitation & custody issues. I was born & raised in Flint, MI & didn't realize my interest in nature until I was an adult. Have taken classes in geology & Native American philosophy that have greatly enhanced that appreciation. So it was a real thrill to watch Cruz grow up & fledge. In my Native American studies I learned that my medicine animal is the eagle, and I have adopted the name Watomblee, which is either Cherokee or Sioux for eagle. I am pleased to be a small part of this group & am grateful for those who are giving their time & expertise to Mother Nature

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wendybacalar


I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. In my 20's I moved north to the rural and heavenly redwood country where I resided until 2000 when I moved to Bacalar, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
From 1980 - 2000 I was an Elementary Computer Specialist in a school of 350 students - 1/2 hispanic from Mexico. I ran a Macintosh lab where I not only taught the young ones, but the teachers also as we developed the program. It is now a fully functional tele-communications lab involved in many projects and I am sure cam watching is one of them. That part of teaching I miss!
Here in rural Mexico, I live with my retired hubby on a 35 mile fresh water lagoon which allows me to swim daily, teach a little English and play a lot - especially allowing me time to follow eagles online. This is paradise and I'm lucky to be here!

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Wendy
Bacalar, Quintana Roo, Mexico.


Sad News ... Wendy passed away on Tuesday, September 18/07 ... whilst helping the people in her town in Mexico that had been completely devastated by Hurricane Dean.

Over 5,000 people were left without homes and belongings. Wendy spent almost every day helping those in need. She worked tirelessly buying food, water and milk so that the people that had nothing, had food and water at least. She inspired people to donate over $14,000 to help her help her town out.

She had just spent another day out, feeding and helping people when she had a massive heart attack.

Here is a link to the Bacalar Mosaico. Wendy had written this letter for the local website describing her day helping out the people in her town. It just so happened to be the day she passed on.

Wendy's account of a trip into the community

Wendy will also be missed at the Hancock/Saanich site where she was an active member of their Nest Observations Team ... and she was also the Teacher Facilitator and she worked with the various classrooms that viewed the Sidney Nest. She was in contact with the teachers and offering ideas for projects that would enhance the learning experience. She posted in the students threads and answered questions and always encouraged the children to reach out and learn more and to love and respect our world, our environment and our wildlife.

A Memorial fund was set up on that site .. and thanks to the generous donations .. the Hancock Wildlife Foundation was able to provide at least 25 classrooms with sets of books to educate more children about eagles and their environment. Inside each book cover, there is a stamp which says:
This book has been donated in loving memory of Wendy Minshall (forum ID: wendybacalar), dedicated environmentalist and educator.
Hancock Wildlife Foundation, HancockWildlife.org

Although Wendy did not post anything on this discussion board, other than her Bio, she was very interested in our eagles too ... and Yes ... One person CAN make a difference in our world .... Thank You Wendy.


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