Sony of Canada and a local security firm, Damar Security Systems, have teamed to help out a terrific cause.
Mark Nash of The Canadian Peregrine Foundation extended an opportunity to Damar and Sony which consisted of supplying and installing HD ptz (Pan Tilt Zoom) and fixed cameras.
These cameras allow falcon followers the ability to “look in” on falcons and keep tabs on the daily aspects of their lives in nests at eight different sites around Ontario.
The mating, nesting, and hatching at these nests are observed by millions of viewers annually.
These cameras also help volunteers during ‘fledging watches’ because most of the young falcons are unsuccessful at their first attempts at flying.
Access to the sites for camera deployments is very limited so it is extremely important that high quality products and installation standards are followed.
Damar’s first opportunity to install these cameras was at the Etobicoke Sun Life Center which is one of the most viewed nesting locations.
The existing camera had failed due to old age but could not be removed because it was now considered part of the habitat.
Sony donated a new HD ptz camera, housing, and a mount and pole adaptor.
A site visit had been conducted on September 11 and last Thursday on September 20 by Dave Currie (owner and president of Damar) and Henry Smids (technician at Damar), where the two installed the new cameras.
Extra safety precautions had to be taken. Dave and Henry both were positioned on a platform and had to go when the nest was empty to minimize the chance of upsetting the falcons.