If you’re stuck indoors during a blast of winter weather, it can be soothing to sneak a peek at animals cozying up in their respective nests. Webcams offer a way to get up close and personal with wildlife – even closer than most of us do when we’re outdoors – from the comfort of home.
Here are some of the best wildlife live videos available on the Internet:
Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Live Penguin Cam
Watch the penguins waddling around their rocky enclosure or taking a bath. There are a lot of them, so you’re likely to spot several at any given time. If you hit them at the right moment, you can see the penguins all lined up and staring quizzically as aquarium staff clean out their habitat.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center’s Bald Eagle Cam
The FWS training center is located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, near the Potomac River. Its Bald Eagle Camera shows a bald eagle nest perched high atop a tree. You may get lucky and spot the eagles, or you may get stuck staring at a snow-covered mess of branches and twigs. The nest has been active since 2005 and multiple fledgling bald eagles have left the nest since then.
Explore.org’s Gray Seal Pupping Cam
Explore is the biggest live nature cam network worldwide. Their camera on Seal Island captures some of the hundreds of gray seals who come ashore each year. The camera is set up in rugged conditions, so you’ll hear a bit of background noise and the camera will shake a little, but it’s worth it to watch seals flopping around on land with their pups. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a pup nursing.
Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Live Aviary Cam
The Monterey Bay Aquarium boasts an impressive array of feathered wildlife, from albatrosses to murres. You can catch a look at some of the birds in their aviary habitat, and it’s a little like going on a fruitful birding expedition. The camera swivels from time to time so you’re not stuck watching the same bird for hours.
See Jackson Hole’s Elk Refuge Live Cam
The Flat Creek Inn is a motel in Jackson Hole, Wyoming at the foot of Grand Teton National Park. Nearby it, you can watch the elk grazing in a snowy field as cars fly by. For locals, it may be a pretty mundane sight, but for some people, it’s novel to see elk wandering around – especially this many of them.
San Diego Zoo’s Koala Cam
Koalas are undeniably cute, if slow-moving. And what with the recent wildfires across Australia, they’re more threatened now than ever, with hundreds of them killed by fires this year alone. Catch a glimpse of the koalas at the San Diego Zoo snoozing or climbing their trees. You’ll probably only see one at a time.
International Wolf Center’s Live Wolf Webcams
The International Wolf Center is based in Ely, Minnesota. It offers three streaming cams and three “retired pack” webcams. You’d think that would boost your odds of spotting a wolf, but the wolves are elusive, so it can be frustrating to wait for a sighting. Still, it’s something to have on in the background while you work on other things. And maybe you’ll notice a wolf wandering across the screen at some point.