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About the Lily Black Bear Den Camera


Camera Information

This camera streams a live video feed of Lily the Black Bear in her den near Ely, Minnesota for the forth year in a row. The two previous years viewers watched Lily give birth to three cubs.

More information on Lily, other bears and the research can by found on the websites of the North American Bear Center (bear.org) and the Wildlife Research Institute (bearstudy.org).

While Lily and Faith will be hibernating the camera inside the den will broadcast live streaming video with sound. If the bears move leave the den area there is a second pan-tilt-zoom camera that can be controller remotely by the bear center biologists to watch the bears outside the den.

Lily and Faith can also be followed on Facebook: facebook.com/lily.the.black.bear

The Cellular 4G data plans are being provided by Verizon Wireless.



Camera Technology

There are two cameras connected to the system. One camera is a small camera that is placed inside the bear den. This is a day color/night infrared (IR) camera which can see in complete darkness. The second camera is installed outside the den and is a pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera, which will be used to watch and follow the bears if they come out of the den site.

Only one camera will be streaming at a time, and these cameras can be selected and remotely controlled by members of the Bear Center or PixController, Inc. Engineers. The camera system is also equipped with custom electronics which will monitor the systems battery supply.

The webcam electronics contain the state-of-the-art PixController Raptor electronics which monitor the battery level and temperature. The Raptor is setup to automatically send out daily status emails to the engineers and biologists in order to keep the camera system running smoothly throughout the project.

There is a portable shed constructed by members of the bear center which contains the solar panels, batteries, and webcam streaming electronics. The shed is about 500' from the den opening. Cables are run between the cameras installed at the den site to the shed.

We thoroughly enjoy being able to use our technology to share these educational experiences and unique insights into nature with our viewers.

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