Monday, December 2, 2013

52 Ways to Use Your VRPS Membership: Week 49, Smile for the CAM

by Nancy Turnage, VRPS Central Office

Consider attracting new patrons to your organization with a webcam.  They are easy to install and maintain.

Top 5 Webcams in Virginia, according to me:

#1 Cheetah-Cam:  5 new cheetah cubs and their mom, Lana, at the Richmond Metro Zoo
WARNING:  Cheetah-Cam can be addicting.  Watch them sleep, eat, play, pounce, snuggle.

#2 Virginia Beach Boardwalk Cam at 32nd and Oceanfront
Need a beach break?  Checkout the Cam and watch the rollerbladers, cyclists, and waves roll in.

#3 Backyard Birdfeeder Cam
No time to commit to the Audubon Society?  No problem.

#4 High Bridge Cam

Get a distant, seasonal view of one of Virginia's most spectacular state parks as seen from Ashland Plantation.  The picture refreshes approximately every 60 seconds.

#5 Virginia Commonwealth University Ramcam
The very cool thing about this Cam is that viewers can control the camera for 20 seconds.

AUTHOR'S NOTE:  I was referred to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries James River "Shad Cam" at Bosher's Dam, which runs late March through early June.  So, while it is currently "offline", mark your calendars to return:

Over the past 35 years, populations of American shad, hickory shad, alewife, blueback herring, striped bass, and other anadromous fish species have steadily declined in Virginia.  VDGIF, in collaboration with a number of other partners, has been working to bring back these fish, mostly by restoring access to historic spawning areas throughout coastal Virginia.  In the James River, these species were known to spawn as far upstream as Eagle Rock until two sets of dams, in Lynchburg and Richmond, cut off over 400 miles of the river and tributaries.  In 1999, a fishway was constructed at Bosher's Dam, providing fish with access to 137 miles of the James River and 168 miles of its tributaries for the first time in nearly 200 years.  A camera at the fishway provides visitors a peek into this incredible journey as the fish return to spawn in the spring.

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