After nearly 24 hours of downtime, Juliet’s Den Cam is once again transmitting video and sound. We lost the transmission last night and Lynn’s 3-mile snowmobile trip today to power-cycle the equipment did not bring it back online. With Juliet due to give birth any day the pressure was on. Any downtime is critical at this point.
The Technology Team put their heads together to troubleshoot the problem. They decided a key component had failed and a new one needed to be configured and installed. Ted Parvu rushed to configure the equipment, which Judy Thon delivered to the Research Center at 6:00 PM this evening. Lynn then snowmobiled the component to the Den Shed by moonlight to get the cam back online.
When we anxiously tuned into the cam, and saw Juliet sleeping soundly with no cub sounds—much to our relief. We hadn’t missed the birth of cubs! We have worked hard on this Den Cam. If we can catch this labor and delivery, it will all be worth it. Den Watchers and researchers continue the vigil.
Thank you for all you do.
—Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield, Biologists, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center
Wildlife Research Institute
145 West Conan Street
Ely, Minnesota 55731 USA