Many Wingscapes cam users have discovered the benefits of using a BirdCam 2.0, Audubon BirdCam, or TimelapseCam 8.0 to record events such as weddings, parties, and other gatherings. Time lapse recording enthusiast Gus of the YouTube channel Capthraw’s Corner recently left us a note on the Wingscapes Facebook page about a video he made that we think takes time lapse video event recording to the next level.
Gus used not one but two different cams - a Wingscapes PlantCam and a BirdCam - placed in two different locations to record the set-up and activities of the Third Annual Summer Hoedown at GeerCrest Farm. He then merged the videos from the two and added a soundtrack.
We think the result is very good indeed. The twin cameras captured very different images and when put together really give a great overall perspective on the event. Well done Gus!
The past week was a very busy one for the Wingscapes team. We were demonstrating and discussing the new BirdCam and PlantCam models with the 14,000 plus attendees of the National Science Teachers Association’s national conference, held this year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The enthusiastic reception of all three of the new Wingscapes cameras by the assembled teachers was even better than that for which we had hoped. From the opening to the closing of the exhibition hall each day, we were talking non-stop to teachers from across North America who were interested in learning more about the BirdCam 2.0, the Audubon BirdCam, and the PlantCam, and discussing ways they could incorporate them into their respective lessons (we were especially amazed at all the different creative ideas that were proposed for using the PlantCam). We were also very pleased to learn how many of the teachers in attendance already knew about about our cameras and what they have been doing with them in their classrooms.
As the teachers at the gathering were continually sharing new and effective teaching ideas with their colleagues, we invite any teacher who would like to share their experiences of using either the BirdCams or the PlantCam in their lessons by sending us a few words about what was done, how the students responded, and what was learned by all. As always, pictures are also most appreciated.
As a proud sponsor of the 2009 Midwest Birding Symposium, members of the Wingscapes team recently attended the event to participate in its activities, lectures, and birding community fellowship, as well as to share with the attendees the news of the exciting new additions to the Wingscapes product line.
The symposium, held this year in Lakeside, Ohio, was by far the best yet of the Midwest Birding Symposia ever held. Superbly hosted by Bird Watcher's Digest, the Ohio Ornithological Society, and the community of Lakeside, Ohio, the event attracted over 800 participants.
Among the many activities available to attendees were the vendor hall where a wide variety of birding-related products, including the BirdCam 2.0 and the Audubon BirdCam, could be discovered and examined. There were also dozens of lectures presented by an international collection of authors, ornithologists, and birding guides, and even a display where live birds (such as this American Kestrel) and other creatures could be encountered much closer than would be possible in the wild.
As a result of the symposium, hundreds of birders were able to expand and enhance their birding knowledge, as well as meet fellow birders from around the world. However more importantly, as a result of the event thousands of dollars were raised for conservation activities benefiting birds and their habitats that will be undertaken by the Lakeside community, the Ohio Ornithological Society, and the Nature Conservancy to mention only a few.
Despite our intention to post directly from the Space Coast Birding & Nature Festival being thwarted by a bit of Internet connection trouble, the overall experience of Team Wingscapes at the festival itself was terrific. The visitors stopping by the Wingscapes booth to check out the BirdCam were very enthusiastic and eager to acquire a BirdCam of their own to begin capturing images of the visitors to their own backyard feeders.
BirdCam inventor Bart Stephens spent considerable time at the booth giving helpful advice to both new and experienced BirdCam users.
Well, here we are at the 12th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival. The weather is cool but the skies are clear and bright. Most importantly, of course, the birds are abundant. The field trips are already returning with extensive lists of the species seen.
At the festival center, located in the Gymnatorium at Brevard Community College-North Campus, the exhibitor displays fill the room. It’s quite possibly the largest gatherings of birding product, organization, and art displays yet assembled for the Space Coast festival. Be sure to stop by booth #69 to check out the Wingscapes BirdCam and meet some of the team.
…the Space Coast that is. Team Wingscapes will be demonstrating the Wingscapes BirdCam to all those attending 12th Annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival, held January 21-26, 2009 in Titusville, Florida.
One of the top birding and nature festivals in the United States, Space Coast offers a superb schedule of field trips, world class presentations, and an exhibit hall chock full of displays from birding equipment providers eager to demonstrate their fine products. Be sure to stop by the Wingscapes booth and meet some of the members of Team Wingscapes including the inventor of the BirdCam, Bart Stephens.
For the next few days, science teachers from far and wide will be gathering in Portland, Oregon at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Area Conference in that fair city. Naturally, as the Wingscapes BirdCam is such a superb educational tool for anyone teaching life sciences, a member of Team Wingscapes will be there demonstrating all the BirdCam has to offer in the classroom and beyond.
All those attending the area conference are heartily encouraged to stop by the Wingscapes booth located in space 112 in the exhibit hall at the Oregon Convention Center from November 20th through 22nd.
...Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival that is.
The 15th Annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival will be held November 5-9 in Harlingen, Texas. As always, there will be great field trips, exciting speakers, and an exhibition hall filled with displays from some of the finest suppliers of birding equipment – including, of course, Wingscapes.
If you’re planning to be in Harlingen this week, be sure to visit the festival, stop by the Wingscapes display in the exhibition hall, and say hello. We’ll be happy to demonstrate for you all the great features of the Wingscapes BirdCam or simply swap stories with those already enjoying a BirdCam of their own.
Monday saw the first day of exhibits at the American Birding Association's national convention. Birding enthusiasts from all around North America and sometimes far beyond are flocking to Snowbird, Utah to get a look at the latest and greatest bird watching gear, books, and birding travel opportunities. Naturally, Wingscapes is among those companies exhibiting essential tools, such as the BirdCam, for the ardent birders assembled.
Of course, as with any birding gathering in the U.S., there are field trips. As Snowbird and the surrounding areas offer the hope of many a life bird for those not frequently finding themselves high in the western mountains, all those who gathered to check out the latest gear on Monday will on Tuesday be up before dawn heading out in search of what birds these still partially snow-covered peaks have to offer.