Endings... and New Beginnings
It's almost the end of July - and it's hard to imagine where the time has gone. It does seem like only yesterday that we were staring intently at eggs, wondering if there was a pip yet. And now those tiny chicks are all flying, and getting ready to head off, on the next step of their journey to become eagles. Linux from Delta 2 has probably already left. Both parents were in the nest Wednesday morning, and he didn't stop by to check for food; he's been flying for several weeks, and is almost 16 weeks old. As I write this on July 29th, Echo and Foxy from White Rock have been flying for a couple of weeks, and Sky, the oldest of the Lafarge chicks, fledged the day after Echo, so she's also been flying for two weeks now. Last year the Lafarge eaglets were older when they fledged - but didn't stay around that long afterwards, perhaps because there are less opportunities for them to practice fledgling behavior on the Vancouver waterfront than in the fields of Delta or on the shores of Boundary Bay. I'm guessing that in a week or maybe two, Echo, Foxy, Sky, Starlet and even no-longer-little Sorrior will be following in Linux's footsteps (or perhaps wingbeats) - and setting out into the world.
As the nesting season draws to a close, so too does our Campaign for the Cams. I do want to make sure that everyone knows that we still welcome your support beyond July 31st - and we need your help in finding sponsors and in finding people to take on other fundraising tasks that reach out beyond our core observers on the forum, facebook and UStream. And we really need someone to coordinate next year's campaign so it starts earlier and reaches more people. But for now - if you have been meaning to donate, and haven't done so yet - please consider doing so today or tomorrow. I'll talk about the great thank-you gifts a few lucky donors could win in a moment.
The little chicks on the button above are one reminder of why we need your support - we need to install the newer/better cams now, if we want to be able to zoom in on the little chicks next spring.
But there's more....
We'd also like to bring back the cams at Chehalis. It's not only one of the most beautiful places in the world (in my humble opinion)...
...but it's also a great place to see a whole lot of eagles (there's just one here at the moment - but wait until you see what happens when a salmon appears - and this fall we're hoping to have two powerful pan-tilt-zoom cams to watch all the action!):
And that's the action above the surface - we're also hoping to bring back the salmon cam, to provide an idea of how many fish are actually in the river!
Your support can make this happen - and while there are many ways to support HWF, if you are thinking of donating, and can do so before the end of July - I think that's the way to go! Not only does it make your donation available to help with the costs of upgrading the cams, which will be happening in late August and early September - you also could win a thank-you gift.
Thanks to David Hancock and other friends of HWF, everyone who donates to Hancock Wildlife Foundation between May 1 and July 31, 2012, will not only help make it possible for us to do the maintenance and upgrades needed so we can have better - and more - cams streaming in 2013, but will also have a chance to win one of four great prizes!
In early August, we'll be drawing four names. The first person whose name is drawn will get their choice of the following prizes, and each of the next three people drawn will get their choice of the prizes that remain. There is only one boat trip, but duplicates of the other prizes are possible, so all four winners will have their choice of at least three prizes.
Prize #1 - 2 tickets on a Fraser River Safari Tour of Harrison River with David Hancock as guide. The FRS Tour up the Harrison - Chehalis Rivers is by far the best way to view the wintering eagles. Most of us feel lucky when we see an eagle - and it's quite common to see thousands of eagles gathered here during the 60-90 minute tour, and David once counted 7,362 eagles from the boat in a two-kilometer section of the river! The most popular tours are those that have David along as a guest speaker - and one lucky person and a friend will have a chance to be there and view what just might be the largest gathering of birds of prey in the world!
Prize #2 - a 4-hour tour of eagle nests in the lower mainland of British Columbia with David Hancock.
You may not see these particular nests - but there are something like 380 eagle nests in the lower Fraser Valley area, so I think I can safely guarantee that you'll see a whole lot of eagles, and learn a whole lot about them - and I know you'll have a wonderful time! December through July is the best time for seeing lots and lots of eagles, but with David's knowledge of the area, there will be plenty to see whenever you're able to come for your tour.
Or - David is prepared to substitute a 4-hour personal tour of the Boundary Bay - Surrey nests and feeding areas. That tour can be any time David is available except between July 15 and October 1.
Prize #3 - a signed print of one of David Hancock's images. David is not only a noted biologist, conservationist, writer and publisher - he's also an excellent photographer! I don't know if David will have a photograph in the 2013 Hancock Wildlife Calendar - but I do love his picture of the bold eaglet on the cover of the 2012 calendar - and know the picture he chooses for this prize will be great!
But there's more! As you may know, Christian Sasse is another superb photographer who has taken many fantastic images of the eagles along Boundary Bay, including the White Rock eagles featured on our web cams. And the winner who chooses prize #3 will also receive their choice of one of Christian's beautiful prints:
Click "Contemplation" (above) to see larger versions of the four prints available.
Prize #4 - a tote bag and two travel mugs from our Cafe Press Store. The bag is perfect for toting binoculars and cameras as you go out in search of eagles - and knowing that early morning is the best time to see some wildlife, perhaps a cup of tea or coffee would be useful as well!
One mug features a picture of Charlie and Delta, the 2011 chicks from White Rock, being fed just a few days after they hatched. Looking at those tiny balls of fluff, it's hard to believe that they'll be as big as their parents - and flying - in about twelve weeks! The other mug features Flyer, the oldest chick from the 2011 Sidney nest, showing just how big and beautiful fledgling eagles are as they head out into the world.
Or - you can choose Linux travel mugs, or any two of our current designs, in place of those above.
More Ways to Win:
Everyone who donates to Hancock Wildlife Foundation between May 1 and July 31, 2012, gets one ticket entered into the drawing for these fabulous prizes; those who donate $100 or more get an additional ticket for each $100 donated, up to $1000; above $1000, an additional ticket is added for each additional $1000. All donations made during that time period will be combined, so if you gave $25 in May, another $25 in June and $50 in July, you would get an additional chance to win because your donations totaled $100.
Donate Now for a chance to win:
Your donation must be received or postmarked by July 31st to be eligible for a thank-you gift. All you need to do is click the button below to see the five easy ways you can donate to Hancock Wildlife Foundation - and perhaps win one of these great prizes. Thank you.