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TMCNet:  Ustream Announces Live Hatch Watch 2012 for the Decorah Eagles

[March 19, 2012]

Ustream Announces Live Hatch Watch 2012 for the Decorah Eagles

SAN FRANCISCO --(Business Wire)--

Ustream Inc., the leader in live, interactive, streaming video, today announced hatch watch for its most popular channel, the Decorah Eagles. Three eggs were laid in late February and the first egg is expected to hatch this week around March 23 or 24, with each remaining egg hatching about a week apart. Last year, the live-streaming Decorah Eagles channel garnered more than 200 million views, making it the number one, most viewed Ustreaming video ever. To view the live channel of the Eagles nesting on Ustream (News - Alert), please visit http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles.

The now-famous Decorah Eagles attracted fans to revisit the Ustream channel in mass on December 29, 2011 when the Eagles returned to the nest in Decorah, Iowa to start their nesting ritual. Since then, there have been more than 11 million total global views of the Decorah Eagles channel on Ustream and viewership has reached as high as 23 thousand live viewers at a time. Viewers can track the Eagles' daily activity through an interactive map online at http://www.raptorresource.org/maps/latest.php.

"We're thrilled to offer Ustream fans with another season of the wildly-popular Decorah Eagles," said Ruby Tugade, non-profit content manager at Ustream. "Last year, viewership of the Decorah Eagles made history by becoming the most popular live video in the world. With the improvements like night vision, HD, and panning cameras, we expect this year to be more amazing than ever."

The man behind the camera is Bob Anderson, a modern conservationist and founder of Raptor Resource Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the natural habitat of birds around the country. Bob is dedicated to providing the world with a glimpse of the nature that surrounds us through his more than 24 bird cams across the country. Other camera technicians that are contributing to the Decorah Eagles channel include Jim Womeldorf, Charlie Forman and Willard Holthaus. The nest is about 80 feet high, about six feet wide and weighs nearly 1.5 tons.

"The Decorah Eagles channel on Ustream has touched so many people - from teachers sharing nature with their students, to the elderly and ill seeking comfort from the soothing sounds of nature," said Bob Anderson, executive director of Raptor Resource Project. "Being able to bring a little nature to viewers around the world and connect people in new ways is what drives me to continue my conservation work and bird cams."

This year, Ustream is also incorporating its Social Stream feature, where fans from around the world can communicate through a real-time and interactive chat module and share their insights, as the video streams. In addition, Ustream has created a Superchannel for fans to experience all Raptor Resource Project cameras in one, consolidated channel online at http://www.ustream.tv/user/raptorresource.

The Superchannel highlights other Raptor Resource Project channels on Ustream including; the Decorah Screech Owls, where the nest and camera are live but we are waiting on the Owls to appear; the Eaglecrest Nest with Canadian Geese nesting; the Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, which is temporarily undergoing repairs due to wind damage; and the Missouri Turkey Vultures. Viewers are able to navigate through this interactive and directory-like landing page where they are able to select between any of the five live broadcasts offered by Raptor Resource Project.



Decorah Eagles Timeline (News - Alert) of Events:

Copulation & Nesting: Three eggs were laid in late February. Egg one arrived on February 17, egg two arrived on February 20 and egg three arrived on February 24.

Incubation: 35 days

Hatch Watch: Late March - Hatch watch begins March 23

Fledge Watch: Late June

 

Additional Resources:

For an infographic timeline of the Decorah Eagles events, please visit:

http://www.ustream.tv/blog/2012/03/09/hatch-watch-2012/

For photos and snapshots of the Decorah Eagles 2011 egg hatchings, please visit:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150153917817378.307303.98541147377&type=3

For photos and snapshots of recent Decorah Eagles nesting moments, please visit:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150654711932378.419058.98541147377&type=3

About Raptor Resource Project

Established in 1988, the non-profit Raptor Resource Project specializes in the preservation of falcons, eagles, ospreys, hawks, and owls. We create, improve, and directly maintain over 40 nests and nest sites, provide training in nest site creation and management, and develop innovations in nest site management and viewing that bring people closer to the natural world. Our mission is to preserve and strengthen raptor populations, expand participation in raptor preservation, and help foster the next generation of preservationists. More information can be found online at http://www.raptorresource.org.

About Ustream

Ustream Inc. is the leader in live and interactive video streaming. The interactive platform connects broadcasters and viewers of unlimited size through innovative technology including co-hosting video features, IRC chat, Facebook (News - Alert), and Twitter. Ustream's free and premium solutions allow any broadcaster to create their own customizable channel with robust social and notification features to enhance visibility and virility across multiple platforms. In addition to activating the embeddable features on external websites, users are able to broadcast and view content while interacting in real-time directly from mobile phone devices, tablets, streaming players, smart TVs, and more. The company attracts millions of users ranging from music artists, celebrities, politicians, athletes, corporate executives, animal enthusiasts and gamers, all which have contributed to Ustream's Guinness World Record for the "Most Content Ingested by An Online Video Service." For more information, visit www.ustream.com and follow Ustream's socials: Twitter (@Ustream); Facebook (facebook.com/Ustream).


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