Welcome to Hancock Wildlife Foundation

Established by DAVID HANCOCK in 2006 to broaden his at that time almost 50 years of lecturing and teaching about wildlife and conservation, 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 cameras 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." 

David Hancock

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Nel the osprey flies free

Wildlife News


 by  Will Johnson - Nelson Star

posted Sep 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM— updated Sep 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Nel flies free!

Bird care specialists from O.W.L. Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society accompanied Nel, the orphaned osprey who has been rehabilitating in Delta since July, to Kokanee Creek Provincial Park to release her back into the wild on Friday afternoon.

“I got to O.W.L. at about quarter to 7 this morning to pick up Nel. One of my co-workers went with me into the pool cage, where she was with her foster Mom. We made sure she flew, then she landed on the ground and I didn’t even need a net. I gathered her up no problem,” said bird care specialist Mindy Dyck.

“We took her and weighed her. She’s 1.710 kilos, which is perfect. A great weight. We made sure her band was correct, we put her in her kennel. She can’t see anything, so that keeps her calm.”

Dyck met the president of O.W.L., Karen Wheatley, at the airport. Pacific Coastal Airlines provided free tickets for Nel and her handlers.

“They took us out special and loaded us up. Made us feel like we were movie stars and off we went. It was a beautiful flight, calm.”

Read the rest of the story and view the video here:   http://www.nelsonstar.com/news/274955721.html




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Rivers Day 2014

Hancock here: 
  as you may note from the past I think ecologically how creatures are interdependent.  The key to all our existences is water -- pure clean rain, rivers and oceans filled with it.  The challenge for most of us is that greed driven exploitation never -- well seldom -- considers this essential component adequately.  The HWF supports the Harrison Salmon Stronghold and the water-based ecology that supports their salmon and eagles.  British Columbia has been a leader in this key resource management with our former BCIT environmental director, Dr. Mark Angelo, being the founder of Rivers Day -- here in BC, then for all of Canada and then he convinced the United Nations to support World Rivers Day.

Coming up on September 28 is the world's acknowledgement of our most important resource and Hancock Wildlife Foundation will again support one of the local initiatives at Mission, BC.  There will be displays, talks (not too much!!) and riverbank events on the shores of the Fraser  River at Mission -- just on the east side of the Mission Bridge.  Come support our Fraser River and HWF from 11 AM - 4 PM.  See you by the river.
Below are some comments on the World Rivers Day:


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Expanded Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Ė Season of the Eagle & Salmon -- a must to attend for 2014!!

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Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Schedule of Events  ---  2014

Eagle Release and preliminary schedule.

• November 12, 2014
Official ‘eagle release’ at Pretty Estates Resort 

Season of the Eagles Festivals:

The season will be marked by THREE weekends of festivities, lectures and displays.

• Weekend #1 November 15 -16     19th Annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival (FVBEF)

David Hancock will provide lectures on the Wondrous Bald Eagle Recovery at Harrison Mills, the Bald Eagle Capital of the World, at the Tapadera Estates viewing site and act as a guide on numerous Fraser River Safari Eagle Tours through November and December.  Other speakers will give presentations each weekend on other natural history topics. The FVBEF will host displays and various open houses at different locations on this first weekend – see:  www.fvbef.ca for schedule of events.

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Osprey Nelís back in Nelson, hopefully joining fledgling friends for fall migration

Wildlife News

Nel the orphaned osprey gives warning to a photographer at the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation (OWL) centre in Delta. A healthy Nel was returned Friday to Nelson, where she was born last spring.

After months of rehab at a Delta wildlife centre where she learned to fish and fend for herself, Nel the osprey has gone back to Nelson.

Workers from the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (OWL) began the short journey to Nel’s place of birth Friday morning with a free flight to Castlegar, courtesy of Pacific Coastal Airlines.

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2014 Funds For Forum September 13

What Does It Take to Make a Forum...?

Here are images from a few of our many discussion/observation threads:

Photo Credits: Thanks to algonquinlover, anna-holland, BET, byline, cococat9, debs, deewerms, eaglewoman, edkeagle, elle, Ferenz, Gabi, gemini, golden1, HikerBikerGram, IrishEyes, Janet Preston, JudyB, Karen Saunders, lianaliesma, Linda Frazier, Lonette, MaryF, mia, mjb, ostrich, queenie, sassyk, shrub, SMW, sunshinecoast, urdognu for the wonderful screenshots and photographs I used in the collage - and I could have easily made one twice as big with equally wonderful pictures from other threads, if only there were a few more days in the week!

Please click the Read More link to see where each image was taken - and by whom!


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