Audubon Starr Ranch Web Cams

03/02/15 Someone else checks out the Kestrel box. Hopefully decided it was too big. (There are lots of natural cavities and other bird boxes at Starr Ranch for these guys to use.) Pete

02/27/15 Bobcat on the trail cam around 2:15PM today. Nice light, too! Pete

02/18/15 After months of not seeing any on the trail cam, Surprise!
Trail cam at 1AM on 02/17/15. Pete

02/15/15 Jorge is doing some updates, backups, etc. on the server today so there may be times where the cavity, PTZ, and RSHA nest cams are down. Pete

02/08/15 Due to some water now in Bell Creek, activity at the water hole has tapered off considerably because so many other sources are available. I also recently noticed some territorial behavior by the RSHAs by our office. So I’ve switched the watering hole cam to last year’s RSHA nest. While RSHAs don’t typically lay eggs here until around the middle of March, if they’re going to use this nest we could see some new sticks and greenery brought in soon. Please let me know if you see new activity.  Pete

Female Kestrel checks out the box!
Will they eventually use it?
Another trail cam visitor on 1/31/15.

01/28/15 And also a Mule Deer Doe a little while ago. Pete
Mule Deer Doe
01/28/15 Two recent visitors on the trail cam.
(A little quiz: What’s unique about an opossum’s skull?)
Spike Buck Mule Deer
The buck is the one seen at the watering hole and is also the one who hasn’t dropped his antlers in at least four years. Pete

01/21/15 If you want to see some excellent video of a BNOW in action and in some amazing slow motion, check this out:
BNOW hunting in hi-res slow motion (from BBC).     Pete

12/28/14 IMPORTANT END OF 2014 INFO: This is now THE site for Starr Ranch webcams, including the BNOWs. The “BNOW only” cam site (; 2 cams) is currently telling you to come here and will soon redirect you here automatically if you have it bookmarked. The comments from that site will soon be archived and available here, but going forward and to keep things as organized and as clear as possible – especially regarding comments – this is going to be THE page you want to go to to view and comment. As always, feel free to email me if you are having any problems watching or commenting.

On another note, thank you to all who have made this site so much of what I was hoping it would become. It has evolved into a camaraderie of sharing, caring, education and learning that I truly wasn’t expecting. Really, thanks so much. Among other things you have made this easy for me. The nuts and bolts of putting up and maintaining the cams, servers, etc. is actually fun for me and I love doing it. But that I have not had to “police” the site is simply awesome. You guys look after each other and zealously protect what we all have here. Wow.

Also, a sincere thank you to everyone who has helped keep it all going. I think it’s obvious that it takes $ to keep the wheels on it all (buying/installing cams, paying a third party for the bandwidth so many can watch, and just all the other things needed that unfortunately aren’t free). Without you folks, I can’t make this happen. So again, thanks. Onward to 2015.  Pete

11/26/14 Gretchen and I (mostly Gretchen…) are working on some tweaks to the site that will allow some other cams to be watched – like the Kestrel box – We’re also exploring giving you the choice of what cams you want to view because I suspect as I try to add more on the same page not all of you might have enough bandwidth to stream them all simultaneously. Gretchen is also going to make the page wider since most laptops and desktop screens these days can accommodate more than the current view width. Last, comment length is now limited to 2500 characters (about 30 lines), and may get shorter after trying out, so that no single comment monopolizes an entire page. I think most of what can be said in a comment should easily fit within this limit. Pete

11/12/14 Kestrel box is up. Until I have time to work with Gretchen to put this on a page, you can check it out here:
This cam records continuously in a 7 day buffer meaning on the 8th day, the 1st day gets overwritten. But I have motion sensing set up at the cavity entrance so if something sticks its head in I’ll get an email and can take a look. I’ll be out of town from tomorrow until the following Thursday but will still be able to monitor any activity. Also, I might point the PTZ at the box during the day so you can see the setting and also if something checks it out. Pete

11/12/14 10AM PST Cavity and PTZ cams will be off for a bit while I put up the Kestrel box and make some adjustments. Hopefully for just a few hours. Also, if you heard some chainsaw activity this morning it’s just ground cleanup of the limbs I pruned last weekend. Pete

11/09/14 Cams will be off and on for a bit today while a finally get to make some adjustments, clean lenses, etc. Am also going to see what it looks like when I move the PTZ in and a bit higher if possible to get a better angle. I’m also going to place the Kestrel box nearby so that the PTZ can be used to view the entrance hole (there will also be a cam inside the box). Pete

11/08/14 Euc pruning done but took longer than expected, but is done. Cams back up now but will be down for a bit tomorrow when I make some adjustments to them. When I turned cams back on I saw female Kestrel was roosting in the cavity. All is well… Pete

11/08/14 Sometime today the BNOW cavity and PTZ cams will be offline for a while. I need to make some adjustments and further support the boom that holds the PTZ cam. I also hope to put up a Kestrel box w/ cam that the female Kestrel might check out and use. I’ll also be pruning some of the adjacent eucs so there would be a few hours of a lot of chainsaw noise… Cams will be back up by end of day. Pete

09/19/14 I talked to Gretchen this afternoon (who, if you don’t know by now, is awesome and is playing a major role keeping the wheels on this site) about providing an encrypted email address for you folks to use to let me know you accurately guessed launch and return times to win a Starr Ranch t-shirt. She told me how to do this and I will be providing it tomorrow. Because if I just simply post the email address (and none of you should ever put an email address in a comment) for tshirt winners to use then spammers are all over it immediately and I start getting 50-100 emails a day from them. Sad, but true, and too bad there are some bad people out there who spend time doing this – and think it’s OK to do so.  Shame on them.  Pete

09/05/14 A little different watering hole view for a while. Hopefully will give better views of the deer and squirrels. In any case, should give you some context of the setting. Pete

08/30/14 While we are in between nesting seasons and the BNOW cavity has been empty or at least just had an occasional visitor I figured I’d get all our cams up for you to watch. All should play fine, but if you don’t have a high speed internet connection you may find watching all simultaneously will not work well. If so, just click on any screen – that’s lowest on your list to view – to stop the feed. Clicking it again should restart it. BTW, comments here will be unique to this page and not appear on the BNOW cam page to keep things from getting confused. Pete

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  1. This AM. I photographed some interesting Pigeon like birds. In our Redwood tree. 12 was the count, in photos. Got out field guide to ID. They were Band Tailed Pigeons. Lovely birds. My first time getting a photo. Or ever taking notice, of these kinds. They have white on the back of the neck. Yellow Feet & beak. Pretty birds. So I look them up a bit.
    ►Found this info, to be very alarming too. Glad to see a dozen who look healthy, here today. CA NEWS:
    “An alarming increase in the number of dead and dying band-tailed pigeons along the California coast has prompted wildlife biologists to ask the public for help documenting the apparent decline of the only native pigeon left in the state.” ►”About 500 dead band-tailed pigeons have been found over the past two months in the Saratoga and Los Gatos areas of Santa Clara County. An additional 500 carcasses were found in the Solvang, Los Olivos and Santa Ynez areas of Santa Barbara County. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife Investigations Laboratory determined the cause of death to be avian trichomonosis or, more specifically, Trichomonas gallinae.”

    If you would like to be added to our fantastic list of screen names/locations, please hit the reply button in the upper right hand corner of this post. We would love to have you join and see how many people are watching and where they live (city/state/country only), but there is no pressure whatsoever. Everyone should enjoy this site in their own way. The list has grown to 228 names/locations in 42 states and 8 countries. I’ve tried to catch all names since the last list was published on Saturday. If I missed anyone, my apologies and just reply here. Please join this wonderful group of owl/wildlife lovers. Thanks and have a great day! Patti
    NOTE: The list is by your SCREEN name/location

    LET’S TRY FOR #230
    Pete has authorized us to continue the contest and once again the prize is a coveted Starr Ranch T-Shirt. The rules: a T-shirt to the 230th viewer to join our Starr Ranch viewer/location list which is 228 long as of this moment; don’t miss out on this exciting contest as you really do want one of the T-Shirts!!!

    As mentioned numerous times, we have viewers from 42 States within the U.S. Let’s see if we can get one viewer from each of the following States: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Iowa, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Vermont. Pete has generously offered a coveted Starr Ranch T-Shirt to the first person to sign in from each State. Let the contest begin!

    • This is the second annual World Wildlife Day, held on the anniversary of when CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) was begun (signed in 1973 took effect in 1975, so this is its second, 40th Anniversary. They are the group that controls the trade and status of animals worldwide. For example, endangered, is a listing of animals (only the fourth category of nine categories on their list of Conservation Status behind, extinct; extinct in the wild; and critically endangered).

      • There is good and bad going on in the wildlife area. China’s wildlife regulatory agency, the State Forestry Administration, last week announced “a one-year import suspension on carved ivory.”
        But, it does NOT apply to raw tusks. Most of the ivory legally allowed to be imported into China are raw tusks; carved ivory represents a tiny portion of imports. It’s not the total ban of ivory importation and sale domestically that would help more, but it’s a start. Chinese protestors in Hong Kong have forced the four largest department stores to remove ivory items from their stock. Now, they just have to get the “mom and pop” stores to stop selling it, and the people from buying it. Still, it is a start.

      • Another good/bad story: “The endangered Bornean rainbow toad (Ansonia latidisca) was photographed for the first time in 2011. It had last been spotted in the 1920s.” But, “habitat loss and degradation are threatening this species, which is known from just two locations in western Borneo.” Just check out its camouflage, and you can guess why it was hard to find.8f31d1b0-81ec-48f7-b786-dc00cabfabfd_zps6irwnppo.jpg

      • Good news: In mid-January, The Dallas Safari Club decided NOT to auction off the trip to kill an elephant after much protest.
        Yet, the bad: The hunt of a Namibian Black rhino they auctioned off last year is still postponed, but not eliminated, pending whether the “hunter” will be allowed to import his “trophy.”
        And the worse: This year they still had an auction prize of a 14-day trophy hunt in Mozambique for an adult male leopard.
        ALL big cats are endangered.

      • Petition 1:
        to sign the petition:
        to read the full petition:

        This petition is asking the next CITES Conference, to be held in 2016 in South Africa, to vote on behalf of the animals and get some real protection and regulations into effect for many species.
        The major goals in the petition —
        We demand that CITES: Take urgent action against canned / trophy hunting of Tigers, Leopards, Lions, Cheetahs and other endangered cats.
        Immediately ban all trophy hunting of Polar bears permanently.
        Immediately ban all sales of ivory permanently.
        Urge CITES to upgrade ALL species of rhinos in ALL Countries to Appendix I (the list with the most protection).
        Act to save the Great Apes – (already on Appendix I, but over 3,000 are taken a year for bushmeat or pet/zoo trafficking.)
        List Lions on Appendix I.
        We urge CITES to close the loopholes regarding the so-called “scientific” whaling by Japan and Iceland.
        So, it covers a lot of animals that are in serious trouble currently, and your signing would be most appreciated.
        Think this is enough for now. I’ll put up a few more as the day goes on.

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