2012 Fund Drive July 18
Wednesday, July 18 2012 @ 04:36 PM EDT
Contributed by: JudyB
The Number 2
I've been thinking about the number two this morning, and realize that it is an important number for Hancock Wildlife Foundation for a number of reasons. Take, for instance, our Delta 2 nest - where the eaglet we named Linux fledged not once - but twice! Or consider our nest at White Rock, where the two eaglets hatched two days apart, and fledged within two days of each other. And you might not immediately see a connection at Lafarge - but one of the three eaglets (we think Sky, the oldest one) has fledged - which means that the other two, Starlet and Sorrior, have not! Two again. And anyone who donates in support of our cams this month has a chance to win a thank you gift from David Hancock and Hancock Wildlife - and one of the gifts is an eagle-watching trip for two with David Hancock (details).
But there are two main reasons that I'm thinking about the number two. The first is that some long-time members and supporters have offered to match up to $1500 in donations made between now and midnight tomorrow (July 19). So donations made in the next 36 hours will be doubled!
And the second is that it will cost $22,000 for the annual clean-up and upgrades for the equipment at our three active nests, Delta 2, Lafarge and White Rock.
David has some great plans for the nests....
Would you like to know what Linux is saying? We'll have sound next year at Delta 2 - the site is scheduled to be upgraded with two full HD cams, at least one of which be pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ), two microphones and night vision!
Would you like to know who is hiding behind the tree at Lafarge? The site will be redone, again with HD coverage and a second cam looking down on the nest and hopefully with a directional microphone that will let us hear activity in the nest and not hear the people working nearby.
And would you like to know where Echo and Foxy will go next? We hope to upgrade the White Rock site to a full PTZ – HD cam. This will make this awesome site totally incredible!
I heard from Karen Bills, Project Coordinator for Hancock Wildlife Foundation, this morning - and we've received $1,498 so far in July, from 30 wonderful people! Added to the $2,650 we received for May and June, and we've raised about $4,148 towards the annual clean-up and upgrades for the cameras - which is about 1/5, or 20%, of what we need. Thanks to this generous matching grant - we could triple our donations for July in the next two days.
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I do have a favor to ask - this is a very busy time of year for the folks at Hancock House who handle our donations by phone, so if mailing a check or making an online donation would work for you, that will help them out - and you don't need to have an account with PayPal or CanadaHelps to make a donation online - you can pay with a credit card, the same as for any online transaction.
It is worth mentioning that we will still need some additional major donations even if our two-day drive is a rousing success. If you know a person or a business who might sponsor a cam, please get in touch with Karen Bills (karen at hancockwildlife dot org). And we do have a number of other ways in which people can support HWF.
On behalf of Hancock Wildlife, and our Forum Support Team,
Thank you all, for all you do!