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." 

David Hancock

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FledgeFest 2015 will soon be here.

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This is a reminder that FledgeFest is now just a month away.  I hope you marked your calendars when we first announced it last month to give folks time to make travel plans or take a day off work if necessary.  It is important that you let us know if you are going to try to attend.   I am reposting the invitation from David Hancock.  Below it is a hot link to the forum thread devoted to FledgeFest 2015 where you will find a map and other information about the day's activities. It is also the place where the pictures from FledgeFest will be posted following the event.

Wednesday, July 22, will be here soon and we need you hear from you.  Let's make our 10th anniversary a big one as it could be our last if we are no longer able to afford streaming the eagle nest web cams.  It will be a time to assess whether we can go forward.  You can email me at karen@hancockwildlife.org if you have any questions.


FledgeFest 2015 – Harrison Mills
 
The eagles are again into final stages of nestling development.  So it's time to consider our annual gathering of eagleholics!!  Another FledgeFest is in the offering for our 10th anniversary.
 
Historically we started FledgeFest related to our estimated date the Sidney chicks were to fledge.  Then a few years back Ma & Pa Sidney had a chick get caught in some fish line in the nest. This necessitated that incredible 'rescue' with many different media in attendance.  While the rescue went unbelievably smoothly and without a hitch, as predicted the adult eagles, while successfully rearing their 3 young, did start to build another new nest two days later.  This new nest of course did not have our cams.  So the next year and since we have not had a formal 'FledgeFest'.  The last two years we compromised with a wonderful garden party here at our home.
 
The discussions as to where we should have FledgeFest 2015 again came to the surface.  With the Sidney eagles back at their old nest, and in spite of no cams being present, could we again gather somewhere in the Sidney area?  We could also again meet here at my place.  I then thought that with Betty Anne Falkner of Pretty Estates having been such an incredible sponsor of the eagles around Harrison Hills, with her help every year with the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, her sponsorship of our Harrison Mills nest cams and her development of the world's finest bald eagle observatory at Pretty Estates, perhaps we should hold the FledgeFest 2015 at Pretty Estates in Harrison Mills.  It became the unanimous choice.  So FledgeFest 2015 will be at Pretty Estates on Wednesday, July 22 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  We will be having a lunch and a tour of the site.  We might have a second tour of the nearby Chehalis Fish Hatchery.

Perhaps someone can coordinate pickups from Vancouver Island to save the vehicle ferry costs.  Of course this will depend on enough mainland volunteers to pick up people coming from Vancouver Island.
 
We hope to see as many of you as possible.

Cheers to all.

David Hancock

If you plan to attend you must let us know by posting your intention in the forum thread.  We will need to give a final number of attendees to the restaurant about a week prior to FledgeFest.

Here's the link to the forum thread for more information:


http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/viewtopic.php?topic=775044#775044

 

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Fate of Vancouver eaglets now up to widowed male

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Offspring’s future at risk following the death of their mother 

 

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Uno Is Branching!

It's not easy to see - but forum member Lavender12 managed to get a screenshot of the golden moment when Uno, the solo eaglet at the Delta 3 nest, branched for the first time!

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If you look closely at the right side of the picture, you can see that Uno's tail feathers are above the floor of the nest - which means that his or her feet are, too!  Uno accomplished this feat at about 9:04 pm on Sunday, June 14th, when he or she was 67 days old, or about 9-1/2 weeks old. 

This screenshot captured by mjb shows the branch from another perspective -

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and you can see that it's a fairly small step for a large eaglet - but also a very significant one!

And I think Uno is wondering where to go next!

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You can follow Uno's adventures on our discussion thread for Delta 3 - click here!

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Great Tragedy at Lafarge/Pandora Nest

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Hancock here:  Great Tragedy at Lafarge!



The Lafarge territory and pair of eagles have had a terrible season.  Last fall the nest tree succumbed to a combination of trunk rot, a heavy nest and high winds.  Down the nest came in a storm including the supporting limb necessary to support that or a new nest.  Would our insurance policy of putting in the artificial nest and pole pay off?  Only partially to this point.  The adult birds frequently use the nest pole perches for resting and feeding but they did not immediately, upon loss of the nest, switch to the artificial structure.  Somewhere in this I failed. 

However, just up inland was the old territory nest in a Douglas Fir and it apparently had greater appeal in spite of the extra half mile of return flights to the harbor.  This pair normally lays 3 eggs but apparently, and of course without the benefit of nest cams on the old nest, it is suspected they have 2 chicks about 7-8 weeks old.

Now a new tragedy -- Ma was electrocuted last evening.  The fire department responded to the flaming incident but she is dead.  Can Pa keep up the food supply coming and finish the rearing?  Time will tell.  There are a couple of positive options that have happened with other nests.  Pa might be able to solicit another lady to join him.  Of course at 7 -8 weeks of age in our relatively warm climate he does not likely need to do any brooding so will have more time for food gathering.

We have a whole bevy of Ma and Pa followers so you will be hearing updates to this continuing drama.  At this time we need good observations.  JUST NOW at 10:24 AM I got a call from Sharon to say some of the observers are not yet convinced the dead bird is the female  -- maybe it is the male.   So we hope OWL will undertake an autopsy to proof this.

So sorry to report on this pair that is such a favorite pair.  No eagles have been more catered to than this pair. Lafarge did so much to protect the nest and even undertook construction of the artificial pole and nest.  Certainly the artificial structure has been annually a good feeding perch and a constant fledging landing platform.  I hope this all continues.

I look forward to our groups -- the HWF and OWL teams -- keeping track of these interesting but sad happenings  -- and hopefully to a positive conclusion.


Thanks.

David

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Save The Cams - Thank You!

THANK YOU!!!

First, a big thanks to my matching fund partners, who promised to match up to $1800, getting the drive off to a great start!

Next, a huge thank you to all who donated to the Save the Cams Campaign or adopted a nest this week!

Finally, the results (and these are preliminary - some people mailed their donations, and those will be coming in over the next week or so).

Drum roll, please....

Thanks to all you wonderful people, we raised $7187 for Hancock Wildlife Foundation!

But that's not all....

As you may remember, we had a commitment from a small group of supporters to match up to $1800. So when you add their $1800 to the $7187 -

The Save the Cams Campaign raised $8987!

And that's not all....

We have had 9 nest adoptions so far this week, for a total of $2,250 -

So the total received since the drive officially started on Tuesday is $11,237!

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And this doesn't include the checks that are still in the mail - so we may have an update at some point next week.

All I can say is WOW - and Way to Go, Folks!

And thank you all, from the bottom of my heart!

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