Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Last minute details on banding

Banding is set for tomorrow at 10 a.m. If you subscribe to the Division of Wildlife's eNewsletter you saw that the banding was advertised to be broadcast over the nestbox stream. However, problems were encountered yesterday during setup and testing so as of today, the banding is set to be shown on the ledgecam feed. This is not ideal as it will prevent viewers from having the extra view from the ledgecam to watch during retrieval of the chicks and to watch the adults while the chicks are inside the building during the actual banding. However, there are some last minute adjustments that will be tried early tomorrow morning and IF we can get the problems sorted out, then we WILL show the banding on the nestbox feed. Bottom line: if you click on one feed and the banding is not happening, try the other feed! If possible, we will have a notice on the website to point people in the right direction and eliminate confusion.

I am told that the normal 8 minute timeout of the video feed will be disabled to allow viewers to watch the banding without having to reload the page. That's good news!

Finally, the banding is scheduled to begin about 10 a.m. If you happen to be watching earlier do not be alarmed if you see Division of Wildlife personnel out on the ledge. Sometimes we need to access the ledge ahead of time to prepare for the banding. Further, with the last minute testing there may be times when the feed is unavailable temporarily. We are sorry for this convenience but it is necessary to have things ready to go. I hope that the live streaming works without a hitch and I hope everyone enjoys being able to witness it!