David Ingram and Richard Pitt - HWF History

David Ingram in an interview with Hancock Wildlife Foundation's (HWF) webmaster, Richard Pitt, about some of the history of the foundation. We're sure you'll find this interview interesting and entertaining since both Richard and David Ingram have known David Hancock for decades. Some interesting insights into the background that lead to the creation of Hancock Wildlife Foundation

The "Story of a River" and how HWF continues David Hancock's 50 years of teaching, giving lectures, and exposing the world to the wonders of wildlife in general and the eagle in particular.

David Ingram has travelled with David Hancock in collecting some of the grouse and ptarmigan that Hancock used to raise for reintroduction into areas where their numbers had dwindled to nothing. Richard's account of the life cycle of the salmon and how its dwindling numbers in many spawning runs is affecting not only the eagles that rely upon their dead carcasses for food - and in the case of the newly fledged eagles from the current season, typically their first ever meal not given them by their parents, but also the bears and even the trees in the forests.

The "canary in the mine" is how he describes these top-of-the-food-chain predators. Salmon numbers rise when the oceans are in good health, and fall when the oceans suffer from things like polution and sea lice - or even the recent migration North of the humbolt squid due to changes in ocean temperature and food availability in their typical areas. With high salmon numbers the eagles, killer whales and bears increase in numbers and the forests do well. When the oceans suffer then so does the salmon and following them the whales, eagles and bears - and forests.

 

Another piece of this interview on the Around the World web site


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