HANCOCK FORUM NEWSLETTER Issue No 2 ~ October 5, 2007

NewslettersHANCOCK FORUM NEWSLETTER

Issue No 2 ~ October 5, 2007
Editors: Cobbler39/Blue Heaven
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LOCATION OF THE HANCOCK LIVE WEB CAMS

This is a geographical reference that can be referred to if you are not familiar with the location of the various nests and estuaries on webcams.

David Hancock has made several comments about disclosing the exact locations. He believes that if we live near a nest, we should be aware of it and be good stewards of it. David wrote an article when the Haines, Alaska webcam was operating earlier this fall. His update on the Chilkat River nest, .....Hancock Wildlife Channel/Wildlife News/Haines Bald Eagle Nest gave very detailed directions to find the nest. David had this to say: "I don't want the first question to be: Are you sure you want to let someone know where an eagle is nesting? Yes I do. End of that story. Like British Columbia, Alaska has thousands of nesting pairs of bald eagles. Every Alaskan along the coast knows of many. What I want you all to do is continue to care for them, to keep their environment clean and healthy and protect them."

The Haines Highway follows the Chilkat River which flows through the "The Valley of the Eagles" in Haines, Alaska. Here is a map that shows Haines on the Alaskan Panhandle in relation to the Sidney nest on the southern end of Vancouver Island:
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This map shows southern Vancouver Island and its relation to Vancouver on the mainland.
imageThe Sidney and Burnaby eagle nests
are marked as well as the Goldstream Estuary at the end of the Saanich Inlet. The other location marked on this map is the Chehalis River Estuary to the east of Vancouver. The Chehalis River flows into the Harrison River (a well-known tourist spot is Harrison Hot Springs) which flows into the mighty Fraser River, the major river draining southern British Columbia.

Zooming in closer, the next map shows the various nests that have been followed on the forum. The southern end of Vancouver Island is shaped like a hook, with the Saanich Peninsula stretching northward and forming the Saanich Inlet.
imageThe various locations are marked. (You might also note Esquimalt, to the west of Victoria, where the Osprey Cam is situated.)

This more simplified map shows the municipal regions of the Saanich Peninsula with the urban area of the town of Sidney on the eastern side of the peninsula. The nest is located in the rural municipality of North Saanich. This is a virtual paradise for eagles with plenty of food, beaches, fields, forests, and streams.
imageIt is a short flight
over the protected waters of the Saanich Inlet, to the Goldstream Estuary, and an even shorter flight for the Brentwood Nest eagles. The white star is the Sidney nest on the shores of Patricia (Pat) Bay. The red star is the Brentwood nest, right next door to the end of the Inlet and the Goldstream Estuary.



NEST NEWS
The eagles are returning! Two nests have spotted eagles:

BURNABY EAGLE NEST
image... a shaky capture by willpatt on September 30. Will says it is probably Dad, "I'm calling it a male for now because I've read that the female's hormones take a larger dip in the fall and are not as interested in the nest." .....More Wildlife/Eagles/Burnaby Eagle Nest

SIDNEY NEST
imagefirst sighting, captured by SharonFeeney - an eagle flying over the field on September 30th .....Hancock Live WebCams/Sidney BC Bald Eagle Nest/Discussion Sidney Nest

imageand, October 3rd, Skipper's alert that an eagle has landed!.....Discussion Sidney Nest. The first thing the eagle does is try to move the stick that David placed above the microphone! (Picture of David placing the stick .....Discussion Sidney Nest)

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WINGBEATS ... image
The eagles are returning to other areas as well. Members are reporting eagle sightings where they live and David Hancock posted a new announcement on September 29th .....Hancock's Comments From The Field/They're Back Already. David says they are earlier this year.

Chehalis River Estuary
Cameras should be ready within the week. David reports that when he went out there last week, he saw only two eagles. When he went out this week, there were 12 eagles on the Chehalis Flats. They are just sitting and waiting for the salmon. Don't forget to check out the threads at .....Hancock Live WebCams/Chehalis River Estuary for information about the Chehalis River webcams. And don't forget to watch for bears on the Flats, maybe even Bigfoot!
Note: Bigfoot items for sale that are a fundraiser for the Hancock Wildlife Foundation can be found at .....HancockWildlifeFoundation/CafePress/Bigfoot Items

Goldstream Estuary
Cars and people are flocking to Goldstream Park on the Vancouver Island Highway north of Victoria. The cameras will be functioning soon and no doubt the eagles are flocking there too! You can find the Goldstream Estuary threads on the main Index Page under Hancock Live WebCams.

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Wendy Memorial Items are now available. The coffee mug features a "cucumber sunrise" on the Saanich nest and the 2008 calendar is ready with a special notation in memory of Wendy on the September page.

CafePress/Wendy Mug
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CafePress/2008 Calendarimage
(Words and arrow in yellow are not on the calendar)

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image ... HANCOCK WILDLIFE NEST BUILDERS
The Hancock Wildlife Foundation (HWF) has many nest builders and we have learned that an eagle's nest is never done. We have observed the eagles bringing and rearranging sticks all through the seasons, even after fledging. And so the HWF needs nest builders to keep adding strength and support to the nest.

David Hancock
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photo: Blue Heaven

David Hancock is the Master Nest Builder. It is David's knowledge about wildlife and the environment, combined with his deep concern that we must all look after our wildlife and their habitat, that has led to establishing the Hancock Wildlife Foundation. David's enthusiasm and dedication convey this message. The internet and the use of webcams has provided him with a means to reach out to a large number of people worldwide.

A noted biologist, conservationist, writer, publisher, and lecturer, David has specialized on west coast and arctic wildlife. Prior to starting Hancock House Publishers, he was a pilot and wildlife film producer again specializing on the native cultures and wildlife of the coast and north. His studies and travels have taken him to all continents of the world.

He has some new works underway and has completed several books: The Bald Eagles of Alaska, BC and Washington , Rocky Mountain Wildlife and The Tlingit: their Art & Culture, as well as published scientific and popular papers on whales, seals, seabirds, grouse and his speciality, the northern raptors.

imageTwo of David's booksimage

In David's own words:
"I am a graduate biologist in wildlife management and ornithology. I have almost continuously maintained a collection of animals for research, writing and photography since the age of 12. I have reared many deer, cougars, bears, seals etc and thousands of birds including some of the rarest species kept in captivity. I was the first person to establish a captive breeding facility for the endangered peregrine falcon and many of the techniques so developed inspired the massive captive breeding program for this species that has resulted in the birds wild reestablishment across North America. I provided some of the early breeding stock for the Cornell Project. I bred bald eagles and conducted studies on wild birds.

I have kept and reared a major collection of alcids and received a contract from the New York Zoological Society to supply the birds for their new aquatic bird house. Even earlier in the mid 1950's I had a unique collection of very hard to keep grouse.

My entire vocation and avocation has focused on conservation, through research into wild creatures and the study of native cultures and the interpretation of this knowledge to the public through writing, photography and books. I have written hundreds of articles, several books, produced several films and my current publishing company (Hancock House Publishers) has published many hundreds of other people's books on the above topics.

In recent years I have returned to wildlife research and avicultural conservation interests. At present my facilities house birds ranging from cranes to grouse to turacos. I have also started a project studying the Urban Bald Eagles of Greater Vancouver."

David talking to his Turaco
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Caring for a baby Sandhill CraneimagePhotos: Rich Harman

David's vision and energy have built the foundations of this nest. We must all do our share to promote conservation and to protect wildlife habitat and the environment.
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