11 Mesmerizing Live Wildlife Webcams You Can Watch Right Now

These live cams offer a rare glimpse at some of nature's most magnificent creatures.

April 17, 2017
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When you live in the city or suburbs, nature can sometimes seem very, very far away. But your weekend hikes and occasional trips to national parks don’t need to be the only time you get the chance to feel close to the wild. While technology can isolate us from nature, it can also bring us closer by providing a unique view into the animal kingdom—these days you can find dozens of mesmerizing wildlife webcams online (many of them thanks to the awesome educational media organization Explore.org). Here, 11 of our favorite live cams offering a rare glimpse at some of nature’s most magnificent creatures.

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DC Eagle Cam

Here you can see bald eagle mates Mr. President and The First Lady going about their business in their home in the National Arboretum in Washington DC. This year they’ve got two young eaglets, and if you’re lucky, you tune in to see Mom or Dad feeding them a freshly caught fish.

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Grasslands National Park Bison Cam

Here you can spot some of the 400-bison herd that roams the Great Plains in Canada's Grasslands National Park. Eighty percent of Canada’s grasslands have been lost, but here they remain intact, supporting the bison that depend on them.

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Rosie Hummingbird Nest Cam

Hummingbird nests are so tiny, it’s easy to miss them—they’re about half the size of a golf ball and typically up in a tree ten to ninety feet off the ground. But here you’ll have a prime view of this nest in La Verne, California when Bella the Hummingbird lays her eggs, each only slightly bigger than a Tic-Tac.

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Related: 5 Plants That Attract Hummingbirds

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Chesapeake Conservancy Osprey Nest Cam

Osprey couple Tom and Audrey nest in an undisclosed location along Maryland’s Eastern Shore each year. They migrate thousands of miles each winter to South America and then return to this spot in spring to build their nest. You can read all about Tom and Audrey and the citizen scientists who set up the webcam with the help of the Chesapeake Conservancy at Osprey Camera Blog.

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Mpala Research Center and Wildlife Center African Safari Cam

It’s tough to catch a live glimpse of the hippos, zebras, and other visitors to this watering hole in Laikipia County, what with the time difference. But if all you see is darkness on the live cam, switch to the previous day’s highlights. This spot is teeming with life and is stomping ground to some truly amazing creatures.

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Owl Research Institute Great Horned Owl Nest Cam

Great horned owls are one of the most common types of owls in North America, but it isn’t often we get to see inside one of their nests. Typically regarded as fierce predators that can take down other birds of prey and mammals bigger than themselves, here you'll see a great horned owl mama sitting serenely on her nest. These owls take up residence in nests abandoned by other species, tree cavities, cliffs, and abandoned buildings, and usually mate for life.

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Related: How To Attract Owls To Your Backyard

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Channel Islands National Park Kelp Forest Cam

Being able to see what is happening under the ocean right now is pretty damn cool. Nearly a thousand different species live in this spot off the coast of California near Anacapa Island.

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St. Augustine Alligator Farm Alligator and Spoonbill Nest Cam

This camera switches between the nesting site of a spoonbill family way up in the trees and the alligators basking in the sun below. The birds have been nesting in this site for generations, knowing the alligators who live below will keep their nest safe from tree-climbing predators.

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Related: I Volunteer At A Wildlife Rehab Center And It’s The Best Job I Ever Had

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Owl Research Institute Great Gray Owl Nest Cam

This big fluffy ball of feathers is the largest owl species in North America, with a wingspan of up to five feet. Great gray owls don’t do any nest building themselves—they will either takeover nests abandoned by other large birds of prey or lay their eggs right in a broken-topped tree.

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Chesapeake Conservancy Peregrine Falcon Nest Cam

Peregrine falcons, which are found on every continent except Antarctica, were nearly eradicated during the 1950-1970s due to pesticide poisoning. Thankfully, you are still able to watch them nesting here due to a very successful conservation effort of captive breeding and release that has stabilized the population.

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Related: 6 Things You Should Never Feed Backyard Birds

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Wapusk National Park Polar Bear Cam

If you aren’t lucky enough to catch a polar bear passing by on this livestream, check out the previous day’s highlights for some amazing footage. Wapusk National Park in northern Manitoba, Canada protects one of the world’s largest concentrations of polar bear maternity dens. Check back in October and November to catch a glimpse of the cubs!

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