Friday, January 01 2016 @ 06:30 PM EST
Contributed by: davidh
Hancock here – another Year End! December 31, 2015
Well first, I hope you had a wonderful Xmas and I wish you a tremendously healthy and successful New Year. Mary and I have sat around a few more hours this year with more time for contemplation and generally it has been a year of good thoughts and worldly interactions. Let me highlight a few items that came to the top of the pile.
Delta 2 eagle nest cam: First, it was quite a year of wind storms -- winds that were quite destructive to many local trees and eagle nests. The August 29th morning call came in early saying “The Delta 2 nest is gone”. Who would go out to confirm? Before I had time to review this Karen called that Ken confirmed the tree was down, the cams with it. The next morning I viewed the site to confirm my worst horrors. But from that moment on life was bent on succeeding. From the site I called Larry and I said I thought the tree known to the viewers as the “Barn Tree Perch” was capable of supporting an artificial platform. Larry’s immediate response was, “Would a 60 or 80 ft. lift do the job?” “80", I replied. “I’ll call you right back", he said! As I hung up the thought of not just building the platform but of the havoc brought to other neighboring nests in the past season came flashing before me. The local First Nations people had removed 4 active eagle nests to sustain their condominiums, commercial shop developments (huge mall) and the preparation for the government co-sponsored deep-sea container holding area. Few suitable trees were going to be available for any nest building for the entire area. That door closed, another door opened.