- bykassandra on24 May 10 inUSeeWildlife Staff Posts
Here is a clip of the birth of Whitetail twins. Actually, this is the birth of the 2nd one with first steps of the 1st one. This was witnessed live today (May 24th).
Check it out on our YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/useewildlife
- bybobtaylor on19 Apr 10 inUSeeWildlife Staff Posts
Hi folks. This is Bob, founder of USW. I don’t post a lot mainly because I’m still a little “keyboard challenged”. :) But I am getting better. First, I want to thank each and every member for helping us to deliver the live streams to your home and others around the world over the past year. Without your support, we clearly would not been able to do it. We have been blessed to see some amazing things over the past year. I can also tell you that receiving the wonderful feedback and stories of how USW has had an impact in your life has truly been inspiring to us. We want more than ever to continue delivering this and more over the years to come. Each and every staff member is excited as I am to make this happen.
I wanted to let you know about upcoming plans for USW. We have always had a desire to offer the streams for free viewing to the world, but had to rely on the original model to get us where we are today. We are now at the phase where offering it for free to the viewers is a reality.
No, that doesn’t mean that we don’t still have the costs for cameras, paid cam operators, streaming costs, website hosting and development costs, and enormous feed costs just to name a few. It also doesn’t mean that we’re out of the woods yet. It just means that we are now at a point where we believe we can rely on ad revenue to support the site. Our hope is that by going free to our viewers, that more will be able to come and enjoy the wildlife viewing experience. More viewers will in turn allow for more ad revenue for allowing this to continue and for bringing on more cams and changes to the site.
It will take us a bit to modify the website, but until then we will be making each 3-day sign-up a permanent account. We would like to thank you in advance for helping us to spread the word. I am attempting to answer some questions that might arise from this below. I ask that if you have a question not listed below that you send us an e-mail to email@example.com and we will answer you personally and then add the questions and response to this post.
Thank you all once again for everything you have done to make USW what it is today. We are sincerely glad you are here.
Does this mean that the site will get cluttered with ads?
No, our goal still stands to keep the site classy and not what we term “junked up” with ads. Most of what you see already will remain. A lot of great website changes will be coming but we will always focus on delivering a high quality site that is centered on the wildlife. We of course do encourage you to check out our advertisers if you see something that interests you.
Does this mean you no longer need help?
By no means. We still have the costs for cameras, paid cam operators, streaming costs, website hosting and development costs, just to name a few. It only means we are working to get these costs offset by ad revenue. We still have a need for habitat improvement projects as well as enormous feed costs support. If you have a desire to help, please feel free to contact us directly. Until changes can be made to the site, an easy way to contribute is by using the membership payment process since the payment structure will not change until the site changes can be made.
I paid $20 to be a member. What does that mean for me?
You mean the world to us. You were responsible for helping USW make it this far. You have helped make USW what it is today. You’ve also helped considerably to support the wildlife as well. While we sincerely appreciate your support our goal is not to slight anyone along the way as we change to make it free for people to view it. If you would like a refund please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will anyone be able to post in the comments box?
Anyone will be able to watch the live streams, but only registered members will be able to post comments in the comments box or on the Forum. We will also include in our development the ability to assign moderators to help keep comments in order. This is your website as well and we want to keep it a family friendly and wildlife focused site.
When will the website changes be coming?
We will begin making the 3-day trial accounts permanent accounts right away, but will be making site changes as quickly as we can. There is no set date yet as it will involve significant coding changes and costs. We will be making them as quickly as we are able.
Are you still planning to add new cams?
Absolutely. Our goal has not changed in that we intend to deliver live streams of wildlife from around the world. Some of the new cams will be purchased and setup solely by USW. Others will be provided by other entities/partners using one of the cam network programs that we offer. We have programs for individuals or entities with existing cams, as well as programs for individuals or entities wanting to put in a new cam. We can even offer revenue opportunities for each program. Please contact us at email@example.com for any serious inquires about the cam programs.
- bykassandra on10 Jan 10 inUSeeWildlife Staff Posts
Wow, what a winter so far. I love the snow we've seen this past week, but kind of ready for the cold to leave for a while. :) It sure hasn't hurt the wildlife sightings. So far this winter we've seen countelss deer, as many as 40 Eagles at one time, 23 Trumpeter Swans, a Mute Swan, 30-40 Canada Geese, a whole bunch of ducks of many varieties, brilliantly red Cardinals, Blue Jays, Tufted Titmouse, White-Throated Sparrows, Mourning Doves, a Starling, and countless Wild turkeys with even a very interesting fight between two gobblers. We also saw the return of the Coyotes on Lost Field along with a few Eagles there as well. In fact, we had an adult Golden Eagle return there as well.
The increase in activity in Lost Field is largely due to being able to fix some of the trail across the creek. It has been washed out so bad over the last couple of months that the caretakers could not make it to that cam. Yeah, we have had some rain this past year. :) We were finally able to get it smoothed out a bit so the caretakers could visit it occasionally to add some meat.
Winter also bring the shed antlers of the Whitetail bucks. Surprisingly, Stickers, the 29 point monster buck, has already dropped his antlers. It was a surprise because usually the larger bucks drop a little later. We then learned why Stickers dropped his yesterday when we saw he was injured. It appears he has a gouge in hip. This probably came from a close encounter with another large buck. We will monitor things, but he appears to be headed in the right direction as we witnessed him eating quite a bit last night. If it is a real bad injury, deer will typically hide away and not eat much. Last year, we hung a lot of the antlers on the end of the feeder after most of them had dropped. Drop us a note and let us know if you would like us to repeat that this year.
Sunshine (and a little heat) would be nice for a spell. Typical for this time of year; the daylight hours are shorter so there is less time for the large solar panels to charge the batteries. Although we designed the systems to go 4 to 5 days without sun, winter time always pushes things to the limits. At times, we just don't get enough sunshine to keep things going on some cams. Some cams are more susceptible to this problem than others due to their location and position. If the weather is not too extreme, engineers will deliver fresh batteries to the towers. When conditions are like they have been, we do not send them out and just wait for everyone to do the sunshine dance. :)
That’s all for now. Again, thank you so much for helping us celebrate our 1st anniversary. We hope you continue to enjoy your experience. All of the staff here wishes all of you a blessed 2010!
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- bykassandra on29 Dec 09 inUSeeWildlife Staff Posts
Happy Anniversary / Birthday USeeWildlife! That's right, USeeWildlife's official launch was December 30th, 2008. Wow, what a year! We started off last year watching huge bucks, Eagles, Trumpeter Swans, and much more right out of the gate. We were quickly blown away by the things we witnessed. Every corner we turned, there was something new. Just when we'd start to get settled watching, we'd see something new or unusual. We just kept saying all year "what's next?" and we were never disappointed.
It's hard to even remember all of the amazing things we saw throughout the year. It is not until you start going through all of the photos and videos we've captured that we really begin to fathom it. A fraction of the highlights include watching a coyote laying down in the middle of 7 deer and then being chased off by one of the Does, 27 eagles at one time on cam and 21 Trumpeter Swans each day in January of last year, watching 3 sets of triplet 1st year bear cubs, 2 sets of twins, and a host of other individual 2nd and 3rd year cubs as well as many other adult bears, 4 different Timber Rattlesnakes,... ok, the snake one really blew us away.
We knew there were rattle snakes in the area and we even talked about the possibility of seeing a snake on cam, but we all thought the chances might be as slim as picking winning numbers for the powerball. We really did not think we'd ever see one, let alone 4 of them and watching them hunt for days on end. Who would have thought we would have witnessed so many strikes on cam? At one point witnessing a snake strike & miss a chipmunk and less than 2 minutes later, having a bear almost step on it. That day was so wild. The staff members get so excited when something new, interesting, or unusual is spotted. Needless to say, we've had too many moments followed by excited phone calls to each other to even begin to count them this past year.
Ok, back to the highlights..., catching some awesome and rare sightings of bobcats, including one that was hunting until his cover was blown by the crows. It was kind of comical to see the look of disgust on its face when it happened. We all know the crows can get a little annoying. :) We saw 2 coyotes run down a Doe. That was a National Geographic moment. Ok, that reminds me of a truly memorable comment made by one of our members. The comment was "USeeWildlife is like National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and Animal Planet LIVE". Of course another one of the many we truly enjoyed was "I love USeeWildlife. The best $20 I've spent since I bought my marriage license. It's like facebook for animals". There are so many more that it could take up a 2 page blog to cover them all. What we would like to say to each of you is THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Ok, once again back to the highlights...., setting a record for the latest sighting of a Golden Eagle in the state mid-April, the introduction of the soon to be new World Record Bird Feeder, 100s of Turkeys strutting their stuff, an amazing close-up of a Coopers Hawk, bears swimming in the pond, tons of brilliantly colored Blue Grosbeaks and Indigo Buntings, watching Does give birth and seeing the fawns take their very first steps, the huge bucks in full velvet followed by gentle sparring and then leading to ruthless fights.
Ok, I continue to think of amazing sightings but the blog sadly has to end at some point. All of the USW staff members want to say to each and every one of you, thank you for helping USW make its first year. We are so glad you are here and we are honored to be a part of bringing this to your home. We are also truly excited about where things are headed. There are so many plans in the works that will make year 2 even better.
Wishing all of you a Happy New Year! - USW Staff
- bykassandra on23 Nov 09 inUSeeWildlife Staff Posts
Happy Thanksgiving! From our house to yours, may this Thanksgiving holiday provide you a time to reflect over the past year of blessings, count them up and be thankful! Also, we hope you all feel like these fat little racoons after your dinner; full and totally satisfied!
What do you think about all these animals? We have seen everything this week. Deer, deer fighting, deer mating, swan, eagles, racoons, turkeys, and bear. Yes, bear! We are seeing bear almost nightly at Lost Field. I know, I know, there wasn't enough sun today and the Lost Field light is down tonight, but here's to hoping for tomorrow. Last night we watched a HUGE bear. He hung around for about an hour eating. He had the shortest legs I've ever seen on a bear and the biggest belly. I think there are pics posted of him in the forum. Go take a look. We need to call this one stumpy!
Deer are fighting all over the place. Unfortunately, several of them haven't faired so well. Deer Run camera area has experienced a couple of casualties. It is the sad side of the circle of life. We certainly hate to see it, but it is the wild. We don't practice this, we can't rewind, or interfere. If we do that, it would no longer be live wildlife. That would turn it into live "tamelife" which is certainly not what you bought. And, speaking of what you bought, I want to take a minute to let you know what that is and make sure we say thanks to the staff for all they do to bring you these wonderful cameras. FROM the design and build of all the cameras and feeders, maintaining the cameras and solar systems and ensuring that all users have a great experience TO all the meetings they have to determine where the next camera will be located, working to ensure all working pieces are up at all times, buying all the feed to fill the feeders, keeping them filled and let's not forget the bills must get paid! They have a very big job keeping everything running smoothly. Your $20 membership fee makes all of this happen so thanks to you, our users for your willingness to contribute to this wonderful cause! And, don't forget to tell you friends. We need additional growth to support additional cameras and camera operators, so when you start your Christmas shopping on Black Friday, think of that special person that needs a membership to USeeWildlife.com. We would love to share this little piece of heaven with them!
And, last but not least let's cover the plan for the wonderful feast of a day, Thanksgiving! All the USeeWildlife staff will be taking the day off, this includes the camera operators. Someone will make sure all the camera settings are changed for daylight and then again at dusk just before dark. But, there will not be operators following or looking for wildlife. We will leave the cameras in the same place they are left for night viewing so you will be able to watch the action around the feeders. We want our staff to enjoy the holiday with their families as well. I'm sure we won't be able to stop the urge of checking in every now and again, but for the most part, we are going to take the day off too! Happy Thanksgiving to you, our members and viewers! We know you are a huge blessing to USeeWildlife.com and we are truly thankful for you.
- bykassandra on16 Nov 09 inThe Blog
Did I tell ya or did I tell ya? The swans are coming! We have one mute swan now guys, but that is how it all started last year. We had one mute swan for a week or two and then it left for a couple of days. I think it went to tell it's friends because next thing we knew, it was back with 5 or 6 of it's friends! Within a week or two the trumpeters were here and we had swans for several months. They are sooo beautiful and graceful. Amazing to watch. The next few weeks will be great so keep on watching.
What I promised for this week was a view into the life of a camera operator. Since Thanksgiving is just next week here in the U.S., I thought it would be a good time to tell you all about the camera operators job and offer a great big THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO to them. After all, they deserve it!
There is alot of attention to detail that must be paid when you are a camera operator for USeeWildlife. The first thing to know is a camera operator is not watching the same screen you are. At the beginning and end of an operators day, they have to make sure they set the camera for daylight and dark. Without our operators, our infrared lights would not get turned on in the evenings so we could take advantage of watching at night. They actually login to a different area of the site and have a different view than you do. When you are watching the camera feed, and you ask the camera operator to move the camera, they can't see your request. They do not have the comments section on their screen. They have a "control pad" that allows them to move the camera. They are watching through the camera and looking for wildlife at the same time. There are no retakes, there are no second chances, they are watching, operating the camera, and producing the show all at the same time. And let's not forget that we are talking about wildlife in the wild. There is no way to predict what will happen, where the animal(s) will go next or where they will come from to begin with, the operators must be able to make decisions immediately and change their minds at the drop of a hat! Wow, that makes me tired just thinking about it.
The second thing you need to know about being a camera operator is, you must love wildlife! Let's face it, if you watch wildlife everyday as your job, you have to love it or you would get bored. Our camera operators are on the hunt for wildlife. They not only watch the feeder, but when there is no action on the feeders they move the cameras all around looking for wildlife that might not be seen otherwise. So, think about it. It's Arkansas wilderness in the middle of summer. All the leaves are in full bloom as well as the underbrush. Can you imagine seeing a timber rattlesnake if you were walking through that? I certainly can't, but our wonderful camera operators not only found 1 timber rattlesnake, they found 3 or 4 and watched them for days this summer! That was a tremendous find. We were able to watch and get a better understanding of the snake. I had no idea that a snake would strike and miss more often than hit! Who knew? I actually started feeling bad for the snake, and I have to tell you, I'm not a huge fan. But, I had to keep watching. When I couldn't watch, I had to come back and read the comments so I would know what happened. It was amazing to watch the snakes just live for days at a time. I have a greater appreciation for what a snake has to go through to eat. All because our camera operators are committed to finding the wildlife, following the wildlife and showing the viewers what they came to see, ACTION!
And last but not least, a camera operator has to be able to sit still and pay attention for long periods of time. Many times a camera operator will be responsible for multiple cameras. They will be sitting in their chair for hours on end running these cameras. When the activity level is low, they need to focus on finding the wildlife for you to view. When the activity is high, they need to focus on staying on the wildlife that you are viewing. I know last winter/spring, we would have 10-12 eagles, ducks and swans on bird point cam while there were coyotes on lost field cam, lots of deer on deer run cam and turkey gallor at turkey hollow cam. How do you manage all of that? Well, you have to focus and watch many things at one time and give the best show possible. It is both exhilarating and exhausting! These camera operators love what they do, they love the wildlife and most of all they love showing you the wildlife! So, let's say a great big thanks to the camera operators of USeeWildlife! We appreciate all you do for us!
It is the goal of USeeWildlife to add camera operators as the business grows. If you are interested in the camera operator role, send a note to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- bykassandra on9 Nov 09 inThe Blog
Wow! We just thought the testosterone was flying a couple of weeks ago. We have witnessed some AMAZING buck fights this week! If you have been watching, I'm sure you have seen "Stickers" on the Deer Run web cam. He is the young buck with horns like a sticker bush - they are everywhere! We have captured some video of an amazing fight between him and another very nice buck and it has been posted to www.youtube.com/useewildlife . We have actually captured several fights that we are working to upload for your viewing pleasure, so check back often and see what we've caught on cam that you might have missed.
The Bald Eagles are here! And, there is a juvenile Golden Eagle as well. We are seeing the Bald Eagles (juvenile and adult) almost daily. I'm just sure that they will invite friends and they will all come out and take a bath in the lake for us soon. That is so fun to watch! They dip one wing, then the other wing, then their head and shake their whole body. It's almost like a rhythmic dance. Very methodical with slow intent movements. That's one of my favorite eagle viewing moments!
Turkeys are running around everywhere, and those boys are sure strutting their stuff. They are really working it, trying to impress all those pretty ladies. But, if those ladies can get past the face to see the feathers, I'll be impressed. If you haven't seen a turkey lately, I'm not afraid to tell you that they aren't the prettiest face I've ever seen on a bird! But they are fun to watch and sometimes even comical. They give us some great viewing at USeeWildlife.
Be on the look out, in December we should be seeing some Swans. They usually get back in that timeframe. You will have to leave your computer on at night and leave the sound turned up. If you have never heard a Trumpeter Swan, you have to create that opportunity. We hear them most at night, when the water is calm and the air is still. They glide across the water and call across the lake to each other. You will never wonder why they are called Trumpeter Swans again! It is a wonderful and majestic sound. And, don't think they are delicate docile creatures! We have seen them run off coyotes from the lakeside. They will trumpet and flog the coyote until he leaves. They definitely own the lake when they are here. One sure way to know when the swans arrive is to follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/useewildlife . We will send out a tweet as soon as we see the first one! You will always be in the know.
And last but certainly not least, we want to send a shout out to our camera operators. We have operators who monitor the cameras, spot the wildlife, follow them around and give you the show that you see everyday. Believe me, it can be a crazy job! There are 8 cameras and when there is activity on each camera it is very difficult to keep the camera on moving animals. So, I think we should share more information about the life of a camera operator. That is the plan for next week's blog, a day in the life. So, check back next Monday to see what it takes for these ladies to give you a show. Until then, keep watching and telling us what you see!
- bykassandra on27 Oct 09 inThe Blog
Swollen necks, locked antlers.....I think, if you sniff, you might actually smell the testosterone around USeeWildlife! Wow, we have seen some buck action this week. Big bucks fighting, little bucks fighting, medium bucks....well you get the picture. Actually, on the Lost Field camera we watched 2 medium sized bucks sparring around by the feeder in the dark, when suddenly the BIG (and I do mean BIG) buck came running in and broke up the fight. Well, apparently one of the meduim bucks didn't know that he was medium and challenged the big guy! They fought for a while in the shadows. We caught glimpses of them, but you could really hear the antlers rattling. According to the sounds we heard, this was the most aggressive fight we have ever witnessed on cam! We don't know for sure, but we think the big guy won. We also had a very large buck trying to rub the camera tower at Deer Run camera. Now, you have to know that this tower is bear/buck proofed with metal sheeting, so the deer was really rubbing this metal sheeting. He was having a great time and tearing that tower up! It's my understanding that he actually managed to tear the metal sheeting off last year and it had to be replaced. So far today he has managed to bump the camera and has affected the ability to zoom and move. Still operational, but an engineer will have to have a look at it soon. And tonight we watched two little 4 points sparring on the Deer Run cam. They were so cute. Just looked like they were walking toward each other and then they put their heads together and tried to lock horns. They didn't have enough horn to lock! But they sure tried....Told you, the testosterone is so thick I believe you can smell it.
Coyotes have decided to come closer to the camera but we believe they must be camera shy because they won't stay long - more like run throughs. You must watch closely or you will miss them! A bald eagle also made an appearance on the Bird Point cam this week. He hung out on the log in the lake for a while and then back to the tree to watch for lunch. They are awesome birds to watch! So graceful and self assured, truly amazing.
Another animal that seems to be camera shy is the beaver. We have seen him a couple of times this week also. Just when we post on twitter (follow us at twitter.com/useewildlife) that he's here, he goes under the water and disappears! Sorry if you missed him. Are you starting to see a theme this week? Bucks fighting in the shadows, coyotes running through in the blink of an eye, and beavers playing hide and seek. It's like they are all scared of something. Hmmmm, wonder if that would be the something that was screaming/crying/making a horrible noise on the Dogwood Mountain camera tonight. We were just sitting there watching deer feed and hang out, and then this noise from we don't even know where sliced through the night air and all other noise stopped. The deer immediately popped their head and ears to attention and turned tail and ran! Luckily our camera operator caught it on a recording and we are working to create a clip for you to view/hear on our YouTube channel. Check for the clip on youtube.com/useewildlife. We should have it there in the next day or two. If anyone has an idea what that noise is, we would like to know. I'm not sure guys, I think maybe Halloween has arrived early at USeeWildlife.
***update - engineers could not locate the sound on the recording. We'll have to keep an ear out for it again.
- bykassandra on19 Oct 09 inThe Blog
I've got sunshiiiine, on a cloudy day.....Oh, sorry, I was celebrating the sunshine we have experienced over the past few days. Just when we thought we would never see it again, it came back, charged all the solar batteries that run the cams, and USeeWildlife is back in full service! You just have to love that big red ball in the sky! Just keep dancing the sunshine dance folks, we need at least a full week of it before the rain comes back on Thursday. We are contemplating building an Ark and loading up the animals. I don't think we can limit our animals to two of each kind though. We love them all so much. We will just have to make room for all of them!
So, down to business, what has been going on around the cams this week? The bears are not quite gone! They are making cameo appearances on various cams. We never know when they will show up, but we are seeing more night time activity right now. Looks like an eagle or two have made an appearance on the Bird Point camera along with the fun to watch Kingfisher, Osprey, Great Blue Heron, Hawks and of course the Vultures. The turkeys are starting to come into the feeders and give us a show. All cameras have seen the turkeys this week. There were about 50 turkeys raising cane (strutting, clucking, gobbling) on the Hidden Pond cam on Saturday. It was quite a sight! Isn't it fun to watch them strut! It seems to be a good time to catch multiple animals feeding together. The bobcoon (raccoon with a bob tail - we aren't sure why) and his raccoon friends have been visiting the feeders regularly. The big bucks are starting to stake their claim. We have witnessed some smaller bucks sparing and some bigger bucks putting a stop to it. Wow, it is amazing to watch. These bucks are trying to do what bucks do, you know, fight and win and show everyone they are big (you know, to win the girl). Then what do you know, right in the middle of the fight the mac daddy shows up and runs them both off! That has to hurt the pride a little. But never fear, there's plenty of room out there for everyone to stake their claim on a little territory. And who knows, that big guy might get some real competition. Keep watching, that will be a great showdown to witness!
Stay tuned everyone - the antlers keep getting bigger, the sparing keeps getting rougher, the birds will keep coming in, and the leaves will be beautiful in about a week or so. Isn't fall a wonderful season!
- bykassandra on12 Oct 09 inThe Blog
As the season changes, so does the scenery around USeeWildlife.com. You may have noticed that there hasn't been a blog in a while. Debbie has been great to keep us up to date for all this time, unfortunately she will no longer be writing the blogs for us. Thanks for all the great stories Debbie, we will miss you. My name is Kassandra and I'm the new blogger for USeeWildlife.com. Debbie has left big shoes to fill, but I'll do my best to bring you the excitement and action on a weekly basis.
The bears we have watched all summer long have gone into hiding. They have been gone a couple of weeks now, however, we did see one run from the tree line and grab a piece of deer that some coyotes were feeding on a few days ago. We have also had several night time sightings. Maybe they are trying to get fat for the winter! At USeeWildlife.com the changing of the season brings sadness for the animals that will be missed for the next season or two, and excitement for the animals that will be seen in abundance. Saying goodbye to the black bears and cubs means that we will be saying hello to the eagles, turkeys, swans, migratory birds, and the list goes on. We look forward to all seasons and the animals that come along with it. Lately we have been watching the big bucks. Wow! We have some really nice antlers out there guys! Hope you have been watching these guys. And now they are starting to chase the doe's around. Won't be long and they will be sparing for us on camera! That will be exciting. All the little wood ducks have been enjoying the rain. It doesn't seem to bother them or ruin their day like it does ours! Maybe we could learn a thing or two from these little guys.... All the creeks are rolling because of all the rain we have had. We're just praying that we don't eventually float away! As fall settles in, so will the animals. By Thanksgiving, we will have a very active bird point camera. There will be more birds than we can count. Turkey's are coming out of the woodwork, or maybe that should be wood line. Almost all cameras are reporting turkey sightings. As it gets cooler, we will begin to see more and more until there are too many to count on one camera. We can't wait to see what happens at the biggest bird feeder in the world. It is the first fall for that feeder - so check back often and let us know what you see. The bald eagles and golden eagles should be making appearances soon. We love to watch them feed, bathe and call to each other. They are early birds, so check the cameras early to catch them. And the swans usually show up in November. Last year we had several that were banded. Wonder if they will be back this year. Wow, I've gotten excited just thinking about all the animals that are on the way! Stay tuned folks, I think it's going to be a great Fall!