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Wednesday, February 23 • 9:30am - 10:00am
Track 2: Live Streaming Video: The Iceberg Below the Surface

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One of the primary objectives at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center is to connect visitors at the site to the landscape. In addition to the natural beauty at the location, the Visitor Center also operates numerous year-round and seasonal live cams. This is one of the ways the center meets the digital outreach strategy of the agency and takes advantage of the fact that people have a natural and emotional connection with fish and wildlife.
Anytime a unique perspective can be shown, interest in a subject grows. On top of that, the demand for high definition is also increasing, whether on-site or through mobile technology. Furthermore, live images are the key ingredient. These generate so much more interest than pre-recorded footage. Providing these images, however, can be a real logistical challenge. Every subject of interest and location has its unique challenges. Do you have something interesting that people want to see? Can you physically access the subject of interest? Is power available? How do you get the live video to a venue to share it? How much technology is involved? All good questions that must be addressed for your live cam to succeed.
This presentation will run through the variety of cameras we use at the Mendenhall. This includes a seasonal underwater camera and Arctic tern nesting camera, and a year-round glacier landscape camera and infrared beaver lodge camera. Discussion will focus on the unique criteria for each style of camera, the use of fiber optical cabling, encoding options used to share the images online, streaming platforms to consider, maintenance demands, and the costs involved to pull it all off.
Live streaming creates an opportunity to engage with a worldwide audience by making the experience more personal and more meaningful. Making this connection is so important and is why the public cares. In addition, a growing number of people are becoming increasingly disconnected to what is happening on our public lands. Engaging them with something as unique as watching salmon swim upstream or as simple as lake water lapping at a glacier reminds them what is out there, what is still taking place somewhere, and that people are still working to preserve and make available these natural events for the public today and into the future.

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Pete Schneider

U.S. Forest Service, Mendenhall Glacier
 Pete Schneider attended college in Idaho (Go Vandals!) and earned a degree in zoology. While in school I worked in a trout and salmon research laboratory when a professor suggested I get some outdoor experience. I looked into this and came across an opportunity to work in Metaline... Read More →

Wednesday February 23, 2022 9:30am - 10:00am MST
Room 2