WebRTC Solutions Industry News

TMCNet:  Bald eagle sightings down at Thurmond Lake but increasing at SRS

[February 01, 2013]

Bald eagle sightings down at Thurmond Lake but increasing at SRS

Feb 01, 2013 (The Augusta Chronicle - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- The Augusta Chronicle Bald eagles appear scarcer than last year along Thurmond Lake but were observed in record numbers at Savannah River Site, according to annual surveys conducted in January.

Observers who fanned out across the lake Jan. 8 counted two mature eagles and four immature birds, said Ken Boyd, a conservation biologist for the Army Corps of Engineers.

Eighteen eagles -- four adults and 14 juveniles -- were sighted in a similar census last year.

At Savannah River Site, where seven eagles were seen last year, observers flew by helicopter Jan. 11 and saw 14 eagles -- four adults and 10 immature birds, said Tracy Grazian, the supervisory wildlife biologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Savannah River Forest Service office.

Both surveys were conducted as part of a broader national effort, the Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey, held each January to help track and compare both national and regional trends.

Although the number of eagles seen at Thurmond Lake was disappointing, Boyd said cloudy, overcast skies and misting rain on the day of the census could have inhibited visibility. Also, one of the survey teams had mechanical trouble and might have covered less ground.

Last year's count, by comparison, was held under clear skies offering maximum visibility.

Thurmond Lake is the site of one of the deadliest outbreaks of a condition known as avian vacuolar myelinopathy, which has killed dozens of eagles at the reservoir since the disorder was identified in the mid-1990s.

AVM is believed to be caused by unusual algae that grow on the dense mats of hydrilla that are popular feeding sites for migrating waterfowl and small aquatic birds called coots.

Because coots feed heavily on hydrilla and are often eaten by bald eagles, the small birds play a major role in AVM outbreaks.

One dead eagle, discovered in its treetop nest, has been documented at the lake this year, Boyd said.

Scientists are exploring what can be done to combat AVM. A possible approach is using grass carp to manage the submerged aquatic vegetation that is host for the algae.

Reach Rob Pavey at (706) 868-1222, ext. 119, ___ (c)2013 The Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, Ga.) Visit The Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, Ga.) at chronicle.augusta.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

[ Back To WebRTC Solutions's Homepage ]

FOLLOW US

Featured Podcasts

Delivering First Class Communications With WebRTC

This webcast captures a recent discussion about WebRTC between Jim Donovan, Director of Product Management at Oracle and Larry Hettick, Editorial Director and Senior Research Fellow at Webtorials. The topics cover WebRTC reliability, interoperability, and security--looking at how Oracle addresses these issues.

Oracle in Enterprise Communications

Most in the industry have heard of the acquisition of Acme Packet by Oracle. What you may not know is that Oracle has a number of telecommunications products including a UC suite, WebRTC Session Controller, and Operations monitoring tools. Oracle is pursuing both the enterprise and service provider.

Featured Whitepapers

ConnectCare & Unified Contact Manager

SPAN's ConnectCare is a WebRTC-based telemedicine app, which allows consumers to easily and instantly avail clinical healthcare from the providers, regardless of their location. This app is extremely useful to healthcare providers, patients and their caregivers alike.

WebRTC Security Concerns

This whitepaper covers two of the most relevant topics in communications industry today: WebRTC and security. We will introduce the problem of security in WebRTC including those traditional VoIP attacks that are going to be present in WebRTC services. Later we will mention ad-hoc WebRTC attacks and protection mechanisms, to close with an overview of identity management solutions.

Migrating Real Time Communications Services to the Web

In the Internet age, businesses that own fixed and mobile communication networks, including traditional Communications Service Providers (CSPs) of all kinds, are being challenged with some tough questions: How do we stay relevant to our customers?

Delivering Enterprise-Class Communications with WebRTC

WebRTC is an emerging industry standard for enabling Web browsers with real-time communications capabilities. It enables enterprises to enhance Web sites, empower BYOD users, and improve video collaboration and on-line meetings, to name but a few examples.

WebRTC Report Extract Reprint

This document examines the growing important of WebRTC, both generally and for telecom service providers. It considers the expanding range of use-cases, the multiple layers of interoperability likely to be desired by telcos, and some implications in terms of network integration and mobility.

WEBRTC SOLUTIONS PAPERS, SLIDES, COLLATERAL

Robust Enterprise Grade WebRTC Systems and Services


The emerging WebRTC standard has become one of the industry's hottest topics – and with good reason. Being able to "communications enable the web" has Communications Service Providers as well as Enterprises busily making plans for deployment. But, as these plans unfold, reality is starting to intrude on those plans. Our expectations of telephony services are much higher than web browsing. We expect the phone to connect instantly, operate with minimal disruption, and work seamless across any network, anywhere, at any time. There is also an understanding that phone service is inherently secure. With WebRTC, the expectation is for these applications to behave in the same manner.

This session looks at the user experience and expectations of a WebRTC Enterprise service. It will also cover how a WebRTC enterprise handles security, reliability, and interoperability within browsers and networks.

ORACLE COMMUNICATIONS WEBRTC SESSION CONTROLLER

The Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller enables communications service providers (CSPs) and enterprises to offer WebRTC services – from virtually any device, across virtually any network – with carrier-grade reliability and security.

Sales Presentation: Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller

Agenda:
- WebRTC Market and Opportunities
- WebRTC Challenges
- Oracle Communication WebRTC Session   Controller
- Summary

ORACLE COMMUNICATIONS WEBRTC SESSION CONTROLLER SOLUTION

Communication Service Provider (CSP) voice service revenues continue to face pressure due to shifts in communication preferences and competition from non-traditional service providers. Voice communications are now often embedded into applications outside the domain of traditional telephony voice usage. CSPs have been challenged to effectively leverage and monetize new web-oriented communications technologies.