It’s fairly easy to get out and about in Vancouver, becoming one with nature on seaside paths and forest trails. However it’s not often that you can get up close with wildlife–especially birds–and that’s where strategically located webcams come in handy. Here are just a few online spaces where you can view creatures and critters around BC without leaving your house.
Eric Pittman has been filming birds in his Esquimalt backyard for five years on his Hummingbird Cam.
Sea Otter Cam
Rehabilitated otters at the Vancouver Aquarium, who themselves became pretty “internet famous” with a video of two creatures holding hands or “rafting”, can be found on one of the aquarium’s many live cams.
SPCA Kitty and Racoon Webcam
The BC SPCA hosts two webcams, one is the Critter Cam hosted by Wild ARC — who cares for almost 2,500 injured and orphaned wild animals each year — and another is the live Kitty Cam hosted by BC SPCA South Okanagan/Similkameen Branch.
Earl and Pearl Pigeon Webcam
James Keller found a pigeon nest on his fire escape complete with two eggs so he began documenting the day-to-day of parents he named Earl and Pearl.
There used to be a selection of Heron webcams available as well (from New York and Victoria) but if you’re up for the quick walk into Stanley Park, you can visit the heronry near English Bay in person. Learn more in the Heron Report that the Stanley Park Ecology Society contributed to Miss604 in December.
Update: March 2015 The Stanley Park Heron Cam is back!
The heron cam gives you the ultimate close up view of one of North America’s largest urban colonies of Pacific great blue herons. It is a window on the world of these magnificent birds from courtship through egg laying, until the grown chicks fledge in late summer.