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14 Live Wildlife Webcams Perfect for Getting Your Nature Fix at Home

Sometimes you need some outdoor immersion in a pinch. That’s why we’re bringing the outdoors to you with this list of our favorite livestream nature cams. They make it easy to transport yourself someplace where you might just spot an elephant seal, an exotic fish, or a wolf going about its day.

Check in on a bald eagle nest

Where: Decorah, Iowa
Watch: Here

This massive seven- by nine-foot nest is home to a pair of bald eagles who live in the Decorah North area year-round. The nest cam is at its most popular in late March and early April, when baby eaglets typically hatch out of their eggs.

See Golden State wildflowers in bloom

Where: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, California
Watch: Here

No concerns about disturbing nature here—this wildlife cam pans regularly to give you landscape views of Southern California’s orange explosion during poppy season.

Follow the Katmai bear cam

Where: Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Nature puts on a show for this Brooks River cam every June and July, when brown bears go fishing for salmon. The feed still plays past highlights outside of the sockeye salmon migration season so you can catch the feast anytime.

Take a mental vacay to Waikiki Beach

Where: Oahu, Hawaii
Watch: Here

Hawaii is always a good idea. Immerse yourself in island life with this stream offering 24-hour beach vibes and ocean sounds all the way from Waikiki Beach.

Unlock access to the remote Farallon Islands

Where: Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, California

Set just off the coast of San Francisco, the rocky Farallon Islands are off-limits to all but a small number of scientists. The islands aren’t lacking in wildlife, however—hundreds of thousands of sea lions, seals, and birds hang out here without interruption. Thanks to a lighthouse webcam, you can toggle between 19 viewpoints to see it all.

Search the sky for the northern lights

Where: Churchill, Canada
Watch: Here

Catching a glimpse of the aurora borealis takes patience, but at least with this real-time livestream, you can do it from your couch. Check in each night during winter for the best chance at spotting the light show in Canada’s polar bear country. (You can also rewind the stream back up to 12 hours to see if you might have recently missed it.)

See Niagara Falls from above

Where: Ontario, Canada
Watch: Here

Now’s your chance to experience Niagara without the crowds but still with the powerful roar of the water crashing. The falls are even visible after dark for true 24-hour footage.

Catch the sandhill crane migration on the Platte River

Where: Gibbon, Nebraska
Watch: Here

Nebraska’s Platte River ecosystem draws deer, bobcats, and a variety of birds year-round, but it’s spring when things really get wild. Use this live cam from the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary to see the 650,000 sandhill cranes that meet here to make their way north for one of the world’s largest bird migrations.

Take in the Yosemite Falls cascade

Where: Yosemite National Park, California
Watch: Here

This one may be hard to see depending on the time of day (thanks to Yosemite Valley fog), but when the 2,425-foot Yosemite Falls peeks through, it’s an epic view.

Wait for Old Faithful to erupt

Where: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Watch: Here

Is there anything better than the anticipation of waiting for a massive geyser to bubble up and erupt? Check out the live feed in winter to see Old Faithful blow what looks like snow and ice crystals. Just know that you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled during this time—the usually reliable eruption prediction times are unavailable during the colder months.

Dive deep into a kelp forest

Where: Monterey, California
Watch: Here

Get a fish-eye’s view into the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s kelp forest exhibit from 7am to 7pm daily. In addition to plenty of Pacific sardines and anchovies, you may be able to spy giant sea bass, leopard sharks, and some orange garibaldi fish swimming in the underwater forest.

Look out for an elusive wolf pack

Where: Ely, Minnesota
Watch: Here

Fill your free time with a look at the International Wolf Center exhibit that houses four resident gray wolves: Grayson, Axel, Boltz, and Denali.

Watch sunbathing elephants seal pups lounge around

Where: San Simeon, California
Watch: Here

An instant pick-me-up: Watching baby elephant seals flop around in the sand. The Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery hosts seals most of the year, from births in winter to summer molting and the fall haul-out (more bumming it on the beach).

Zoom out with views from the International Space Station

Where: Space!
Watch: Here

Take a moment to experience a version of the overview effect—the emotional reaction astronauts report once they see Earth from space.

Any favorite wildlife livestreams of your own?

Have a recommendation for a livestream nature cam we should know about? Please let us know by tweeting to us @hipcamp. And if you found our list of webcams helpful, share the article with a friend. Sharing is caring!

Jenna is Hipcamp's Managing Editor. Aside from storytelling, she spends her time reading, hiking, watching baseball, and heading out on weekend getaways to California's corners and beyond.

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