Though your travel plans have been delayed, the wildlife of the world are going about their routines as usual, and probably enjoying a little extra personal space! We live in an amazing world where your connection to wildlife doesn’t have to be cut off any more than your connection with your human loved ones. It may not be a Zoom family dinner or a birthday party parade, but you can still go wildlife watching online, no binoculars necessary.
Here are some of our favorites:
Cascades Raptor Center
The Cascades Raptor Center in Willamette Valley, Oregon, hosts live Facebook chats with their on-staff experts and feathered residents. Tune in to hear from the Center staff and see raptors of all varieties living at the Center. Ask questions about owls and hawks, or just enjoy a peaceful moment with a nesting eagle and her eggs. Give them a like to get advance notice about upcoming Facebook live events.
Not far from the Cascades Raptor Center is a family willing to let you drop by anytime: the stars of the Live Osprey Nest feed. Settle into your couch with a cup of tea or glass of wine and practice living in the moment.
Sea Otter Cam
The best way to prepare for this feed is to settle into a recliner with a bowl full of ice cream on your stomach. Then tune in and join the sea otters of the Monterey Bay Aquarium as they hang out on their backs and snack. After getting your dose of adorable for the day, learn a bit about otters and the work the Monterey Bay Aquarium does to help sea otters of all ages.
Inspired to visit places like this someday? Learn more about the Willamette Valley and check out our National Parks and Southwest itinerary.