Donations Needed for 2010-2011 Nesting Season
Monday, July 12 2010 @ 03:10 PM EDT
Contributed by: JudyB
Donations Needed to Prepare
for the 2010 - 2011 Nesting Season
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Our most urgent need is to reactivate our current nests for next year. This includes cleanup of the existing cams or replacing them with ones that have been tested and are ready to go as we can generally only go "up the tree" once per season. Our next priority is to establish some new Bald Eagle Cam Installations and to expand some cams that didn't reach their full potential last year - and we're hoping to find sponsors for a few optional sites.
NOTE from David Hancock: After hearing from some regular and some previously silent lurkers it is apparent we have a great following. Our challenge is to both provide the keeners with their favorite site, most frequently this is our old pals at Sidney, and yet prepare enough alternatives should nature or simple accidents, from disintegrating nests to dirty cameras, prevent us from having good sites for our viewers to follow. This particularly means enough nests to insure teachers we will provide them the whole reproductive cycle. The real challenge in a tight financial world is to get enough dollars in at the beginning to make the commitment for cleaning and setting up at a minimum of 5 nest sites. From some commitments already made we are well on our way.
While some of you wish to designate your funds to specific nest priorities, and we accept that, I fully believe - and hope - we can accomplish the 5 main sites and several of the key alternatives. The funds requested are the 'starter fee' and each site carries additional costs to keep it going during the year but we will be undertaking those funding campaigns as the season progresses.
Each Monday we will post the total dollar donations reached -- and what is needed. All your efforts at direct donations or assisting in fundraising efforts is very much appreciated.
Here's what we'd like to accomplish:
Plans - First priority
-- Remove cam from the Garry oak where the "old nest" collapsed this year.
-- Replace the existing nest cam with a new infrared ("night vision") cam.
-- Add a pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cam in another tree to provide an overview.
-- We need to find out what is causing the interference - the cam, the video card in the computer, worn or mouse-eaten buried cables or something else.
-- We may need to replace and bury over 1800 feet of electric wiring and signal cabling if that is the problem.
-- We will almost certainly need to bury some 600 feet of additional cable for a new PTZ cam.
-- About $4000 - 6000
This site is the most expensive to maintain -- but it is also our historic site around which all the success has emanated and followers evolved. The FledgeFest people who gathered at the Sidney nest July 5th told me how keen they are on keeping the cam functional, as am I -- along with the entire HWF membership that has fallen in love with our Sidney family. This site has earned priority.
-- Clean the existing PTZ cam
-- Insert a new close-up cam in the nest tree (with sound).
-- This will also require another set of transceivers, 2 client and 1 access points - 5 gig, and probably a higher speed connection which we were hoping Lafarge would donate. Bruce Willmer, the Lafarge VP and regional manager, has seen that all previous equipment and installation costs were covered by Lafarge. Thanks, Bruce. Our costs have been the time and effort of Richard and Ken to get it happening and functional.
-- About $1500 if Lafarge donates the new cam.
Lafarge is, of course, a key site and represents a great model for how industry can coexist with wildlife. This is my personal priority, and will likely have the two best views, along with a third view, the cam installed on the artificial nest/feeding platform already in place.
This year we are hoping for the world-wide employees of Lafarge to develop Threads on our site to encourage other Lafarge locations to undertake local cams.
-- Clean the existing infrared close-up cam.
-- Clean the existing PTZ cam in an adjacent tree.
-- The eagles took the year off after their old nest fell apart in the spring of this year.
-- About $1000
I believe this will be a winner for 2011. By making available to the eagles some additional 'strong sticks' for improving their nest we are certain this fine tree will again support this pair. This is the approach that was taken at the new White Rock site. We simply gave the birds a head-start, some good building materials, and they did the rest. I am confident this will also work at Delta OWL.
New and Expanded Cams
About the site
-- This was originally a red tail hawk nest, rebuilt by bald eagles in 1998-99. Then when the eagle nest was disturbed by a kid climbing the tree it was abandoned. The adult eagles moved to be the first local pair to nest on a high tension power line. The red tails re-occupied the site a couple of years until they were predated by the eagles which have, as of the 2010 season, again rebuilt the nest and produced two young this season. This is a super large tree with strong branches and should serve as a nest for many years to come. We had installed two cams in 2006 but when no red tails or eagles used the nest in 2007, we removed the cams for placement in Delta OWL for 2008. Now we need to replace them.
-- Buy and install two cameras - PTZ and close-up
-- About $4500 (We may be able to reduce the cost somewhat by using refurbished cams, but can't guarantee that.)
This is a must. The school teacher who lives at the site has one of our "Little Scientists" groups, and we have a computer tech, her husband, on site to keep things going.
White Rock Nest
About the site
-- This is the latest nest location for what I called the old "Block Bros. nest territory" that twice had the nest removed to allow a subdivision. This nest is 500 yards to the south. The best tree in a clump of fine Douglas fir was chosen to install a few key support branches in the hopes of enticing eagles to nest. The landowner, and longtime friend of mine, did everything hoped for -- according to the eagles -- and this season the old Block Bros. pair took up residence and built a fine nest in the modified tree. Two young will fledge this week.
-- The landowner couple love these eagles and will undertake the costs of cam installation and signal distribution and we will just have to provide the expertise.
-- About $1000 to cover Ken's costs while we get this up and running
This is a very good option, and the landowner's support is a great bonus. This is a must as these birds feed at the entrance to the world's best bald eagle habitat -- Boundary Bay. It is also along the north shore of Boundary Bay that the two Delta cam nests reside and the winter attraction of the Vancouver Landfill attracts up to 800 eagles daily. Over 24 eagle nests border this Bay.
Additional Important "Ecology Story" CAMS
Chehalis Fish Underwater Cam
About the site
-- This cam has been providing an underwater view of the salmon run for the last three years. All 5 salmon species spawn in this river which also is the home of the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival - the gathering of over 2500 eagles to feed on the spawned out salmon carcasses. Viewing these fish runs gives insight into how well we are managing our waterways, the eagle & bear food of the future, and whether or not we will have salmon to eat.
-- Clean and reinstall the underwater cam in October.
-- About $1500
Very important site as part of the cycle, showing the relation between the salmon, eagles and man.
Chehalis Flats Project
About the site
-- These two key cams show the Chehalis flats and up to 2-3000 wintering eagles - right where we have the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival. This is the site where we installed the tower and 3 cams. This year, to cut the costs and improve the transmission reliability, we are locating the cams within 'hard wiring distance' of our electrical and cable connections.
Not installed until October.
-- Clean our two or three PTZ cams for coverage of the flats.
-- Needs re-installations of microwave and cams at new closer site.
-- About $1500
This is a very important ecological site showing one of the world's largest gathering of wintering bald eagles -- probably in excess of 3000 each winter in a 1 square mile area. This site, with the associated underwater cam and this year or next, getting an adjacent bald eagle nest, gives one of the finest opportunities for telling the story of a river, our fish, our waterfowl and our eagles.
Optional Sites - Need "Nest Sponsor"
About the site
-- This is a marvelous place as it is located at the heart of the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival and will get lots of publicity. Putting in a nest cam where we already have the underwater and overview of the Chehalis Flats cams will enable the telling of the Story of the River most effectively.
-- Buy and install two cameras - PTZ and close-up
-- Needs microwaving of signals
-- About $6000
The fact that we will have some higher installation costs is unfortunate but I certainly favor the site because of the tie-in with the underwater and Chehalis Flats cams. Here we need a nest sponsor.
About the site
-- This is the cam we broadcast in 2008 and 2009 (two eaglets fledged both years!), and already has the cam housing installed. The costs are for review and re-installation of the cam in cooperation with the American Bald Eagle Foundation -- of which I am a Trustee.
-- Clean the cam and review the wiring.
-- Possibly $1000, but may cost significantly less
This site may again only support one frame per second, but I very much recommend this as it is associated with the American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines. We need more bandwidth at this location. In the past the Alaska Power & Telegraph company has given support but at this time do not have adequate bandwidth available for continuous streaming.
Gold Stream Flats
About the site
-- These are the cams that Bob Chappell has annually installed, cleaned and maintained but now need to be redone. The site host has not received any government support in the past few years and they now need more funding. This Provincial Park and Nature House is a prime site for salmon and eagle interaction and interpretation to schools and needs more support.
-- Buy and install underwater intertidal cam and PTZ cam on the flats
-- $5000 plus
The problem this past year has been to have a local nature house person capable of keeping the cams going. These are marvelous educational cams that we should encourage the people to assist in refunding. We need a Victoria or BC based company to come forward!
British Columbia Commercially Disturbed Nests
About the site
-- The Ministry of Environment in British Columbia has been working with the HWF when conflicts between bald eagles and development interests collide. Our challenge has been to recommend alternative nesting sites to enable road building etc. to proceed.
-- At this time we have several alternative nests that may be constructed over the next two months and we are attempting to have live cams installed at all or most of these. Obviously some government or commercial sites are reluctant to have cams. Others see this as a great way to show their companies positive response to their disruption of the wildlife.
-- For the 2011 nesting season I am optimistic some sites will be on target but other plans seem to be dragging along only slowly. At this point I am not counting on any being functional but some might.
-- For the most part my contribution will earn the HWF some consulting dollars which we will turn into further support. In most cases the overseeing industry will be funding the cams.
-- No details available at this time.
-- $1000 for technical assistance setting up the site and costs associated with connections to the web.
It's not certain that they will decide to broadcast the cams, but I am pushing for it.
Priority ONE: Current Cams - $7,500
1 -- Sidney - $5000
2 -- Lafarge - $1500 (if Lafarge pays for the new cam.)
3 -- Delta OWL - $1000
Priority TWO: New and Expanded Nest Cams - $5,500
4 -- Delta 2 - $4500 Priority THREE: Additional Ecological Cams - $3,000 6 -- Chehalis Fish Underwater Cam - $1500 Priority FOUR: Optional Sites - $13,000 -- Chehalis Nest - $6000 The first 3 priorities total - $16,000 -- a great first challenge. Phase two with another $13,000 covers all our possibilities outlined, totalling $29,000 for everything. ================================================= NOTE: An Emergency Fund; I do have another heart felt desire for our organization to do something additional -- be ready to support such ecological disasters as we are presently undergoing in Louisiana. I will address this later. At this time I will simply say that two years ago I spent considerable time on the same Barrier Island now being washed with oil trying to find support for cams at those incredible bird colonies. The Governor's appointed reviewer rejected sponsorship commenting: "What would happen if we had an oil spill" -- INDEED! We need to have assembled an emergency mobile set of cams to go anywhere in the world (very feasible!) to keep us informed and industry on its toes. We need another 'angel' for this. I have been working on this proposal if someone is interested. ================================================= Information provided by David Hancock. =================================================
5 -- White Rock Nest - $1000
7 -- Chehalis Flats Project - $1500
-- Haines, Alaska - $1000
-- Gold Stream Flats - $5000
-- BC Industrial Nest Sites - $1000
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Priority THREE: Additional Ecological Cams - $3,000
6 -- Chehalis Fish Underwater Cam - $1500
Priority FOUR: Optional Sites - $13,000
-- Chehalis Nest - $6000
The first 3 priorities total - $16,000 -- a great first challenge.
Phase two with another $13,000 covers all our possibilities outlined, totalling $29,000 for everything.
NOTE: An Emergency Fund; I do have another heart felt desire for our organization to do something additional -- be ready to support such ecological disasters as we are presently undergoing in Louisiana. I will address this later. At this time I will simply say that two years ago I spent considerable time on the same Barrier Island now being washed with oil trying to find support for cams at those incredible bird colonies. The Governor's appointed reviewer rejected sponsorship commenting: "What would happen if we had an oil spill" -- INDEED! We need to have assembled an emergency mobile set of cams to go anywhere in the world (very feasible!) to keep us informed and industry on its toes. We need another 'angel' for this. I have been working on this proposal if someone is interested.
Information provided by David Hancock.
Summary of Donations
Donations received as of July 19, 2010 - $5,815
Donations received as of July 26, 2010 - $8,020
Donations received as of August 2, 2010 - $8,220
Donations received as of August 9, 2010 - $9,290
Donations received as of August 16, 2010 - $10,450
Donations received as of August 23, 2010 - $11,700