Welcome to Hancock Wildlife Foundation

Established by DAVID HANCOCK in 2006 to broaden his at that time more than 50 years of lecturing and teaching about wildlife and conservation, especially bald eagles, to include the web, the Foundation's mandate is to use the Internet in general and live streaming wildlife video in particular to promote the conservation of wildlife and its habitats through science, education, and stewardship. In David's words, "Our first live eagle nest cams reached and taught more people in a 4 month period than I had in all my years of lectures combined. This is the way of the future." 

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Possible Albino Raccoon Spotted

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Rare albino raccoon may be hanging out in Richmond Hill

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Listen to David Hancock's Interview

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David Hancock's recent interview is now live and you can listen to it here: http://vancouverentrepreneur.ca/

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RE Application for Re-Zoning of The Turf Farm in Delta (Envirosmart Organics Ltd of Delta).

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Hi All: 
 
I have felt incredibly obligated to address this issue.  Not only is the Turf Farm's composting activities killing eagles and other wildlife it is a major danger to human beings -- both on the adjacent Highway 17 and the Boundary Bay Airport.
 
Attached please find my submission to the BC Environmental Protection Department.  This states my objection to the active bating of wildlife and then the direct killing of the bated-in birds.
 
Thanks for your attention to this issue.  Since my last comment on this issue we now know that several eagles have been killed by the adjacent traffic and undoubtedly more will be and it is so likely that humans will also be killed by this irresponsible activity.  I hope the government people responsible will either end such irresponsible baiting or personally get sued by the upcoming grieved parties.  Holding a party and inviting a few thousand birds is OK but holding that party on an active airport runway approach or beside a very busy highway is irresponsible, particularly when you know this is happening.
 
Thanks.
 
David Hancock
Hancock Wildlife Foundation Biologist.

 

Attached report to the BC Environmental Protection Dept:

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Save Echo Lake Eagle Night Roost

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Hancock here:  Our Chehalis Salmon and Bald Eagle Preserve is threatened by the chipping away of the key elements that make it so special, the pure water and the adjacent old-growth forest that both cleans the water and provides safe overnight roosting places for thousands of eagles.
 
I would say that this proposal to log these rare large trees would not even be considered since so few are left but some people want to extract the last dollar from every single resource, even if it is for such short lived purposes.
 
Please say, "Keep your hands and saws off the old-growth forest of Echo Lake and keep our Chehalis Salmon & Eagle Preserve safe."
 
It is incredible how we have attempted to preserve this several times before and some greed-driven individual still comes back for another dollar's worth of our heritage.  Just say NO.
 
Our live streaming CAMS on the Harrison Mills Bald Eagle Nest, when pointed to the south, look up into the Echo Lake watershed.  it is right beside the Chehalis River where our 10,000 bald eagles gather all fall and winter and largely roost in those very trees.
 
Thanks.
 
David Hancock
Hancock Wildlife Foundation
 
Click here to sign the petition to save Echo Lake Ancient Forest:
 

 

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Twelve Weeks

Hi everyone!

Twelve weeks ago, Ace at Delta 2 looked like this (screenshot thanks to Phil).
newly hatched eaglet at Delta 2, courtesy of Phil

And this is what she looks like now (screenshot thanks to Wonderosity).
12 week old eaglet branching at Delta 2, courtesy of Wonderosity

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Twelve weeks ago, Sandy at Harrison Mills looked like this (screenshot thanks to IrishEyes).
the egg that would become Sandy at Harrison Mills, courtesy of IrishEyes

And now he looks like this (screenshot thanks to Yolande).
9-wek-old Sandy at Harrison Mills, courtesy of Yolande

Isn't it amazing how fast they grow - wow!

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Twelve weeks ago, we had 18 people in our monthly donor program, donating a bit over $500 a month.
18 donors - $502

And this is what our monthly donor program looks like now.  The chicks are getting bigger, some of our expenses are getting bigger - and our monthly donations are down.
13 donors - $349


We do have more people watching and posting - and that is wonderful!  Almost 2000 people saw the pictures I posted on our Facebook page of Ace branching for the first time - also wonderful!  And there are several chat sites following one or more of our cams, and using a shared love of wildlife as the basis for forming an online community - wow!

And I know there are more than 13 people who'd like to keep this going - who want to see Ace fledge and spend a week or two coming and going, before she (or maybe he - it is hard to tell!) heads off to explore the world and look for salmon.  And who want to see Sandy make his (or maybe her) move out to branches like those Ace has been exploring - and that will probably happen in a few weeks - Sandy is exactly three weeks younger than Ace - but is doing a lot of flapping so may branch when he's a couple of days younger. 

And I'm guessing many of those watching aren't in a place where they could make a major donation (if you are, you can adopt a nest for $250 - or adopt all four of our nests for $1000!  And anyone who adopts all four nests will get a special small but cute gift from me!).  I know only too well that won't work for everyone - but - if you're enjoying the cams, and enjoying the eagles - could you make a monthly donation to keep this all happening?  $25/month would be great - but if 10 more people gave $10/month - that would be another $100 per month towards the $800/month we absolutely must have to pay for the servers, or the website, forum and cameras all go offline.

And those of you who are in our monthly donor program - any chance you could add $5 or 10 to your monthly donation? 

And - I believe in what we're doing - and I want it to continue - but I'm not a skilled fundraiser.  If a few of you who are reading this and support our work actually know how to ask for money - we could use some help.  Please contact me (judyb@hancockwildlife.org) or Karen Bills (karen@hancockwildlife.org) - I know there are people who support our work and would support us if we only knew how to approach them, and we need help with that.

I was going to say that I saved the best for last - but that's not quite true, and I love all of our eaglets, so best isn't quite right - but it is exciting news.  Our White Rock eagles chose to build a new nest this year, just barely visible at the edge of what our cams can do - and one of their chicks is our first fledge, having quite a tour of the neighborhood on July 11, and returning to the nest tree to be fed.  Here's a great picture by DDuckies2 of the adventurer in a nearby tree, before returning home for dinner (doesn't he or she blend in?  Great spotting by our ground observers!).
fledgling at White Rock, courtesy of DDuckies

So - we'd love your support - please click the cute button below to see all the ways to donate, and to support our work and keep our cams streaming.  Thank you!

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