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By: JudyB (offline) on Wednesday, May 13 2015 @ 08:56 PM EDT (Read 1286 times)  
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Welcome to the Hancock Wildlife Foundation forum!

We've noticed that a lot of people watch our cameras - and perhaps are a bit nervous about sharing what they're seeing - so I'm setting up this thread to let you know we'd love to have you join us in documenting what is happening at our nests with cameras ( "cams" ) - and it really is not as hard as you might think!


First, you need to sign up - click here! Everyone can read what's posted here, but you need to be a member to post.


Next, decide which nest you'd like to observe - here are the threads for our active nests -

Harrison Mills - forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=811521

Delta 2 - forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=816409

White Rock - forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=813390 (using an alternate nest, so hard to see more than little spots where their heads are)

Lafarge (no chicks this year but the adults visit from time to time) - forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=814846


and once you click on a link, click on Last to go to the most recent post:
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Once you're at the end of the thread, I'd recommend reading back a few posts to see what has been happening and what others have posted, and then click on the Post Reply button at the top or bottom of the page:
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(The arrow at the end will take you to the top of the page.)


We like everyone to start their observations by posting the time (our cams are in the pacific time zone) - and then just say what's been happening.

It really is as easy as that. Smile

As time goes by, you can add stuff like pictures - but just saying what you saw and when you saw it truly is the most important thing.

If you're not sure where to start, we have some suggestions of things to look for in the next post.

And we have realized that it's not always easy to figure out how to do things on the forum, so have some Helpful Hints here - forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=4 - or you can post your question on this thread, and our Forum Support Team and other members will be happy to reply. (As a note, we may delete questions and responses from time to time, once we've clarified things and made any necessary changes to our explanations.)

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By: JudyB (offline) on Wednesday, May 27 2015 @ 09:44 AM EDT  
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To help you get started - these are some of the types of things people observe and post about:

We like to have records of the following types of activity:

  • Arrival or departure of an adult (and it's fine to say "one of the adults" - no need to specify which one unless you know)
  • delivery of food (and what it is, if you can tell - fish, animal, bird, pizza - whatever)
  • feeding of chicks, and for the two-chick nests, if both were fed equally or if one got more (and it's fine to say "one chick got most of the bites" if you're not sure which one it was)
  • sibling rivalry/fighting - which happily has been minimal this year - and who started it
  • adult activity on nest - keeping watch, providing shade, brooding (chick or chicks tucked underneath), etc.



We're also interested in "firsts" and new activities - including but definitely not limited to:

  • first sign of a pip or little hole in the shell (the beginning of the hatch process)
  • hatching - we generally consider a chick hatched when it's completely out of the shell
  • first feeding
  • first poop shot
  • first time out of the nest bowl (the little cup in the center of the nest)
  • first steps on "adult" feet - Uno at Delta 3 is now getting quite good at standing on his yellow toes, like an adult
  • branching - making a flap-hop to another branch in the nest tree
  • hovering - flapping hard enough to lift up above the nest
  • flying back and forth across the nest
  • fledging - first flight to another tree (or out of sight); there's a subcategory known as an unintentional fledge, when the slips and uses its wings to glide/flap to a lower branch or to the ground; it's not always easy to tell if this is a form of branching, or if it can be considered a fledge - one of those cases that reporting what you saw in as much detail as possible is the way to go
  • return to the nest - most fledglings return to the nest, though some are back in a few minutes and others may be away for a day or two or more - and a few never return but are seen flying around the area by local observers, or sometimes by the cams.



And everyone brings new eyes and new perspectives - and noting a behavior or interaction or some feature of development you found interesting will almost certainly let others also see something new or differently. I've know for years that eagles have ears that are hidden under their feathers - but thanks to the Harrison Mills zoomers, this year I really looked at the ears on a little chick before they were hidden. love And by the way, a bit of trivia - eagles have much better eyesight than humans - but their hearing is about the same, though it's possible they hear some frequencies better than we do.

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By: JudyB (offline) on Wednesday, May 27 2015 @ 09:45 AM EDT  
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By: JudyB (offline) on Wednesday, May 27 2015 @ 10:48 AM EDT  
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Invitation to be posted on Facebook:

Observers Wanted!

We know a lot of people watch our cams at White Rock, Harrison Mills, Delta 2 and Delta 3 - and that's wonderful! One of the main reasons we have cams is to introduce people to eagles, and provide an up-close look at how they interact and raise their young. But the other reason we have the cams is to gather information on eagles and other wildlife, both for those of us who just want to know more and for scientists studying eagle behavior. All four of our primary nests have night vision, so people can (and do) watch around the clock - and we would love to see observations from a variety of people being posted around the clock, so the data is readily accessible for all who are interested.

We've discovered that when several people watch an event, each one sees different things - so we'd love to have more observers for all of our nests, knowing that will lead to different perspectives on what is happening, and different insights.

It's free and easy to join our forum, and we're happy to answer any questions you might have about posting - see forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=772425.

Thank you for your support - and we're looking forward to seeing you on the forum!

~JudyB

PS - the chicks are bigger now than when I made the collage - they do grow very fast!

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