"The Best Wildlife Cams to Celebrate World Wildlife Day"

"These live streams provide a front-row seat to wildlife across the globe"

"There are about 2 million animal species on Earth. Of those species, 74,400 are vertebrates, 1.5 million are invertebrates (just over 1 million are insects!), 420,000 are plants, and 140,000 are fungi. You could spend a lifetime traveling the world to see them—or you can watch them from your kitchen table through live wildlife cams.

March 3 is World Wildlife Day, proclaimed in 2013 by the United Nations General Assembly. The date is the same day the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was created in 1973. CITES, an international agreement, helps regulate the wildlife trade to ensure no species are threatened by it.

This year’s World Wildlife Day theme is all about exploring digital innovation in wildlife conservation, like these live feeds. “The celebrations will explore digital innovation and highlight how digital technologies and services can drive wildlife conservation and human-wildlife coexistence, now and for future generations in an increasingly connected world,” CITES said in a November press release.

To celebrate, here’s a roundup of wildlife webcams from every corner of the world. Even if you don’t spot any animals the moment you’re viewing, you can still take in the landscapes they call home. You can even join in YouTube chat conversations on some feeds to learn animals’ nicknames and catch up on what they’ve been up to."

Alison Harford reports for Sierra magazine February 28, 2024.


"Hatch Watch Is Underway At A California Bald Eagle Nest Monitored By A Popular Online Camera Feed" (AP)

Source: Sierra, 03/01/2024