Marshlands Duck Cam
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The 2018 Duck Cam Is Sponsored By
A new camera was recently assembled in a pond in the middle of the Great Marsh accessible only by canoe. The pond was created about 60 years ago and is located on private property in Elverson, East Nantmeal, Chester County, owned by the Moore Family. The Great Marsh is a periglacial landform that was created over 30,000 years ago. It is home to 200 plant species, and 155 species of birds.
This Live Duck Cam will enable the public to catch glimpses of the creatures that inhabit this unique area, in the hopes of raising awareness about protecting the environment. What you see will change depending on the time of year. The video from the cameras streams at all times of the day, and can be viewed online.
The camera is solar powered and is only operational during daylight hours. HD video and audio is sent via WiFi to a server. You can operate the camera’s Pan, tilt, and zoom functions with sliders and buttons visible as overlays on the picture. The camera location is near the turnpike so you do hear background noise from that but you can clearly hear the calls of birds and crickets. There is a queue for camera control so you may have to wait your turn and note there is about a 5 second delay on the controls, so please be patient. You can click anywhere on the live stream and the camera will center at that point then you can zoom in to whatever you are trying to see. You can also take a snapshot if you see something interesting. Click on the snapshot button and then right click on the image to select an option to save locally. See sample below, click on photo to view gallery from the duck cam:
Setting up a camera costs between $1,200 and $1,400 per year. French & Pickering is currently looking for sponsors so we can set up more in the future.