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 at Harrison Mills Is Almost Here

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For some reason, I've not heard from many of you yet if you are coming this year.  The time is short, only 12 days from now so we need to know who is coming or trying to come. 

If your plans are not definite that's okay but it would be nice if I had an idea of how many there might be. So please let me know if you are attempting to attend.

Some of you may not realize that this will probably be our last FledgeFest.  I certainly don't have time to organize it although I've had to do so again this year.  It's our 10th anniversary and our regular volunteers are getting burnt out.  Also with little prospect of the needed funds to continue on a monthly basis, we can't guarantee how much longer any of the cams will be running.

JudyB and her hubby will be here from Maine. Others are coming up from Washington State and some from Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast.

At the lunch David will address the group to discuss what our options are if we are to continue.

Here's the link to the forum thread for all the details of time and location and other stuff and also the place to look for pictures of the event in the following days after the event:

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

Scroll on down that web page after David's initial announcement and you will see maps and other info regarding the day and the list of potential attendees.

Sharon has volunteered to design and print the name tags again this year at her own expense.  She will be using the list posted in the forum thread.  If you see your name there it is because you indicated you would try to attend.  If that is no longer the case I need to know.

Hope to see many of you soon.

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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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