A letter to the fans and supporters of the YECL Eagle Camera:
Yukon Electrical installed a web camera early in 2013 with the support of Environment Yukon and the City of Whitehorse. We all thought of it as a window into the life of a pair of bald eagles – something for the local community to enjoy. None of us envisioned the number of people that would be touched by this interesting family of eagles, and we certainly did not think we would reach so many people across the world.
Viewers from Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Mexico, England, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and almost every province, territory and state across Canada and the United States have contacted us with inquiries about the eagles or to tell us how much they love the eagle cam. As of the date of this letter, over a million hits have been registered by the camera. It’s amazing to think a family of Yukon bald eagles could reach across the world and give people a view into the very special life we are all privileged to experience here in the territory.
Not only must we thank our community of eagle followers, but we need to extend a huge thank you to all the organizations that have assisted us in making the eagle camera a reality.
To NorthwesTel for their support in assisting us with the Internet feed for the camera, you really came through for us on this project. Tundra Tech and Absolute Security did a fantastic job installing our equipment and helping us keep it running. To EDI and especially Anne, Joel and Mike who taught us so much about eagles and reassured the thousands of people who have fretted over the health of all the eagles over the season. Lastly, to our Yukon Electrical team, who have worked tirelessly from installation to shutdown to ensure the camera’s success.
Now that the eagle season is over, we all will experience a little withdrawal. I know I personally will miss having breakfast with the family each morning. But worry not, the camera will be back next season. Keep watching yecleagles.com for new photos and video of the season as well as the announcement of the camera coming back to life in March 2014.