2013 Fund Drive July 08
Monday, July 08 2013 @ 01:57 AM EDT
Contributed by: JudyB
The Power of One
Hi everyone! As you may have guessed from the buttons that are appearing in many of our signature lines, it's that time again. Our older eaglets are branching, which is usually one of the final steps before taking their first flight, and even 3-weeks-younger Birdie at Harrison Mills has begun standing on a stick at the edge of the nest, spreading his or her wings - and hopping to the center of the nest! I must confess that I find it cute - but I also know that it's scarcely a hop, skip and a jump from there to the powerful flapping that will carry Birdie into the air above the nest - and off to see the world!
And that means that we're in the final mad-rush countdown to raise the money needed to do the maintenance and updates required during the relatively brief period after fledging when the eagles are away - and we are, once again, having a brief but important matching drive!
for those who know David Hancock, he has some great plans for next year. High on the list is adding a second working cam at Delta 2 (replacing the one that failed right after the eagles returned), and making sure we have night vision for next year. We're not sure why the sound never worked at Harrison Mills, and hopefully a quick trip to the nest will allow the cams there to be cleaned, the connections tightened, and a new mic installed and checked out. The Lafarge cams will need cleaning - and given the tendency of the eagles there to eat wires, David and his team will probably want to replace all the wiring, just in case! And we do have four cams installed at White Rock, but seem to have trouble running more than 2 or 3 at a time, and David would like to address that.
I'm sure David will also have a surprise or two up his sleeve (he always does - never in my wildest dreams did I expect owl cams or geese cams!) - but right now we don't even have the money to do the basics.
When I started to write this post, I chose the title in honor of our solo eaglets - Tux at Delta 2, Feathers at Lafarge and Birdie at Harrison Mills (and with a nod to Heidi, the solo offspring of our much loved Sidney eagles, who are now nesting off-cam).
But as I continued to compose my post - I realized that it also applies to all of us. I think we've all heard - or thought - "What can I do? I'm only one person." But the simple fact of the matter is that a lot of us watch these cams - and if each and every one who watches makes a donation - odds are really good that we can keep them streaming for another year.
And if you've been thinking of donating - now's the time to do it! A few long-time supporters have pledged to match up to $1700 in donations between now and July 10th! That means that donations made in the next three days will be doubled! You give $25 - Hancock Wildlife gets $50! You give $100 - they get $200! That is definitely the way to make one donation more powerful - and think how great it will be if everyone donates!
I do have a big favor to ask - it's a busy time of year for everyone, so if you can donate via CanadaHelps (Link), more of your donation will go to the cams and the forum and all that we do. (And you don't need to be in Canada to use CanadaHelps - I know it works from the United States, and suspect it will work from other parts of the world as well.)
I know that doesn't work for everyone, so if you'd rather call in a donation, please do that on Tuesday, when there will be someone at Hancock House able to take your calls. And all of our Five Easy Ways to Donate do work - so if you're uncomfortable with online donations or would really like a more personal thank you - that's fine.
I'm looking forward to having night vision at Delta 2 again - it looks as if Tux is planning to spend the night on a branch for the first time - but it's mighty hard to see her there! And I'd love to hear the eagles at Harrison Mills. And with a little help from all of our friends - that can happen!
Photo Credits: The picture of Birdie breaking out of the shell is mine; the lovely shot of Feathers on her branch at Lafarge looking out over the Vancouver waterfront is by cococat9; the thoughtful image of Delta 2's Tux (who spent last night on a branch, like an adult) is by Raining22; and the charming picture of an inquisitive Birdie with Pretty Estates Resort at Harrison Mills in the background is by IrishEyes. Birdie is about 3 weeks younger than Tux and Feathers, so he still has more down among his feathers - and I think his beak hasn't changed all that much since it first peeked out of the shell. I'm not sure which of our great observers took the s'cap of Tux on the Please Donate button, but do know the image was converted to a button by gemini. Thank you all - and thanks to Hancock Wildlife for making it possible!