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By: eaglewoman (offline) on Saturday, October 17 2015 @ 03:05 PM EDT  
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Hi gang! Sorry I haven't been able to post anything for a bit but the cam installation was a very time consuming & exhausting project for me. I am relieved that it is finally done & I look forward to seeing the first images from the 2 new eaglecams! It won't be long now!

One of the cams has a motion detector & when an eagle lands in the nest it will take a screen shot & email it to Joe from HDonTap! Then he will send it to us & we will share it with you!
We haven't heard the date for live streaming yet but will keep you posted on that too!

Yes itsgrama I have been checking for the past month & clearing trails & preparing for the new season!
We did take into account the building up of the nest that happens each year so hopefully we got them up high enough! It was an extremely involved & complicated project that would not have happened without all of the right people we had in place!

I learned an awful lot about eaglecams & wiring & batteries & all the logistics of installing 2 eaglecams above a nest 110 feet up into a Cottonwood Tree on an island!
I'll share more of that with you at another time!

Thanks Jean for keeping everyone in the loop in my absence!
Thanks for the detailed analysis Gary!! You never cease to amaze me!
Here's to another successful nesting season folks!


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By: Jean (offline) on Saturday, October 17 2015 @ 08:05 PM EDT  
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5:04pm........ wave Great to hear from you Terri! We are all waiting for the new cams..........it should be quite different and exiting for all the regular watchers here! I'm sure they will be streaming soon.

Thanks to you and Kit and all the people involved here who worked so hard to get all these things done! Thank You


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By: eaglewoman (offline) on Sunday, October 18 2015 @ 12:20 AM EDT  
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Yes Jean, it sure will be a treat for our devoted Redding eagle fans!

Back in July when I set up the GoFundMe fundraiser, I had no idea that we would raise that much money that quickly! Then, once the money was raised, I had no idea that we would be responsible for finding and installing the eaglecams ourselves!!!

Shortly after raising the money,I realized that Ron Cordova the I.T. guy from Turtle Bay had no experience with purchasing or installing eaglecams either!

So, the past few months I researched other eaglecams from across the country, spoke to Karen at HWF & spoke to folks from those other eaglecams to get suggestions on which cams to purchase. Finally, I realized that if we were going to get this done, we were going to have to find someone else who knew a whole lot more about wildlife cams and installation than I did!!!

That's where Joe from HDonTap comes in! Kit,Mark, and I met at Starbucks in August and we decided to just call him and tell him about our situation here. Almost immediately Joe said he would work with us! (He told us while he was up here last week that once he heard we had fiber optic cable out to the island where the eagle's nest is, he jumped on this project!!!) It was as if an Angel from heaven had sent him to us!

After being a part of the Eaglecam Installation this past week, I could not be more thankful to Joe for flying up here from San Diego and spending 3 days up here making sure every last detail was attended to!

Every single person on our Team stepped up this past week and did what they had to do to get the job done!!!Bravo Although it was much more involved than I could have ever imagined, I was truly honored to be part of this TEAM!

The love for these eagles and eagles everywhere drove all of us to stay calm and persevere through every challenge that came our way!

We are all looking forward to seeing and hearing these majestic creatures who share their beautiful lives with us year after year!


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By: karenbills (offline) on Sunday, October 18 2015 @ 02:21 PM EDT  
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Hi Terri. Who is Mark? That's crummy that no one at Turtle Bay knew anything about installing or maintaining the cams. How did they get them installed in the first place then?

Now I understand why you went with HDon Tap but I can't help but wonder what's in it for them, especially the travel expense involved for Joe to come up to handle the project himself. Do they plan to run ads to pay for the streaming? They have to have a source of revenue to cover the high cost of streaming. The first four companies that streamed our HWF cams went broke!! Then we found WildEarth who gets revenue from the ads they put on our cams.

That's cool that one cam will have a motion detector to send pictures but why not just send them to you instead of making it three steps before it is seen on the forum? What happens while the eagles are in the nest? Does the cam continue to keep taking pictures when they move around the nest? I'm probably missing something here. I really hope that you and Kit are going to control the zoom this time.

Have you or anyone else seen Liberty and/or Spirit in the nest since the cams were installed? Talons crossed for that.


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By: eaglewoman (offline) on Sunday, October 18 2015 @ 04:37 PM EDT  
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There have been some random sightings of our beloved Redding eagles reported since last Friday, but at this point they are not locked into their nest. As anxious as we all are about seeing them in the nest and on the new eaglecams, this is perfectly normal behavior for this time of year.
Last year, Kit spotted Liberty on top of the Xmas Tree on October 17th for the first sighting last season. A few days later, Shawna & Mo spotted Spirit on Dead Tree on October 19th. Then, there were sporadic sightings of both of them for the next few weeks in and around the nesting territory before they really got serious about nestorations!
Check back on last year's thread for this time period last season and you will see that this is normal behavior for this time of year!Bravo




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By: eaglewoman (offline) on Sunday, October 18 2015 @ 04:46 PM EDT  
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Hi Karen!

To answer a few of your questions:

Mark is a member of FORE who also runs the Turtle Bay Bird Sanctuary facebook page. Mark is working on the documentary about our Redding eagles with Kit and I. He is a retired teacher and enjoys spending time watching the eagles & other wildlife in the Turtle Bay area. He is our techy guy for our FORE group because he knows a whole lot more about technology than Kit & I do!

Turtle Bay was not involved with the original installation because that was all done by Caltrans when they were monitoring Patriot & Liberty during the Highway 44 Bridge construction project. Once they took the cone off their nest, the following season 2008-2009 they installed our first eaglecam. When they were done with their project, they gifted the eaglecam and all of the equipment that goes with the cam to Turtle Bay.

Toby Osborn was the original I.T. guy who knew a bit more about the eaglecam and was involved in the project where we raised money to get a new eaglecam put up in the new nest tree, after P & L built a new nest in 2011-12 season. So, Toby had much more experience than Ron does in this particular area! But, as involved as this installation was, we still would've needed Joe up here to guide us through all of this!

I'm not sure what is in it for them? I know they are trying to build their company and expand around the world with wildlife cams, but I don't know much more than that?

Yes, we are anxiously awaiting the return to the nest!

Hope that answers most of your questions?


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By: karenbills (offline) on Sunday, October 18 2015 @ 05:02 PM EDT  
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Thanks, Terri. I was wondering who installed the most recent cam after CalTrans had turned their cam over to Turtle Bay. Hope all goes well down there. You've certainly undertaken more than you thought you would have to do. If only Liberty and Spirit knew how much they are loved.


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By: JudyB (offline) on Monday, October 19 2015 @ 02:09 PM EDT  
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Wonderful news that the cameras are in place and the eagles are around! I am looking forward to seeing - and hearing - the eagles in high definition! Left thumb up I know there's a lot going on in your neck of the woods right now - but did want to let people know a bit about what's happening with HWF.



What Does It Cost to Watch an Eaglet Hatch?



The image above is Birdie from Harrison Mills, showing the egg tooth on the top of his beak as he began to break out of his shell.

As many of you know, Hancock Wildlife has targeted fund drives throughout the year - the most recent being the wonderfully successful drive to raise the $7000 needed to build a nest - with cameras - in the Delta 2 territory, to replace the one that came down in a windstorm earlier this fall. And thank you to all of you who made that happen - you're the greatest! Left thumb up

What we don't talk about is what we need day in, day out, week in, week out, throughout the year - so when an egg pips - we're ready!

And that's why I'm here today.

First, something we don't often think about - and without which we would have no website, no forum and no ability to share our cams - we pay of fee of $800/month for the server in Vancouver which hosts the website and provides space for our articles, the pages where you view the cams, hundreds of thousands of images, and around 3/4 of a million forum posts. This does not include Ken's time when he needs to go to Vancouver to see why it's not working and get it working, or the variety of tech/web/server costs that come up - and very definitely does not include the new server we will need at some point because the current one is getting older and needing more maintenance than it did when it was new (sort of like me, come to think of it!).

This $800 is almost 1/4 of our average monthly expenses - and it's the sort of expense that absolutely must be paid.

And interestingly, almost 200 people have logged in to the forum so far this month - and if just 32 of them would sign up to donate $25/month - we would have this covered! And it's easy - there's a link to click in a couple of paragraphs!

I made this image a few months ago and it's the avatars of over a hundred of the people who had then posted recently (and who had avatars) - so I'm afraid I am missing the avatars of some of our newest members - but it does give a sense of how many we are and how diverse we are - and how we all can come together to make something much greater than any one of us alone could do (clicks bigger).


So - here's my challenge to all of you who enjoy the forum and like the fact that there is a place where those who are interested can accumulate information from year to year about a lot of nests (and some critters who don't have nests - like our wonderful threads for pandas!) - and a place where you can relax with friends in our Garden Chat area, and talk about practically anything, and keep in touch with the wonderful people we're meeting as we watch the cams.

If it's an option for you - please click the button below, and sign up for a monthly donation. I just did that - and signed up for $26/month - because I know CanadaHelps charges 4% to cover their expenses, so donating $26 means HWF gets $25. (Disclaimer - the US dollar is worth more than the Canadian dollar this month, so it will only cost me about $20 in US dollars to make my donation - and I used my "frequent flyer" credit card so there's no foreign transaction fee; if you're not in Canada, check with your credit card company as there are some that don't charge a fee - and if you're in the US, at this time the fee will almost certainly be less than the $5-6 you'll be gaining on the rate of exchange.)



And I do know that $25/month may be too much for some folks no matter how much they love what we all have here (been there, done that) - and $10 or 20/month is also great! What we'd really like is to have a fixed amount of money coming in each month, so we know we'll be able to pay the server fees and a couple of other things every month without hoping for some sort of little miracle or taking money from a little stockpile that was being built for a needed but not within-the-next-ten-days-critical expense.

And that does bring me to a question that I've been asked many times (and, I have to admit, have asked myself now and then) - "Why can't I say that my donation can only be used for xxx nest?"

The hard reality is that we need almost $40,000/year to do what we do - and that's assuming we don't need to install any new cams or send a climber up a tree to reconnect a cable or clean a cam that was targeted with a spectacular poop shot or rescue an eaglet in distress as we did at Sidney a few years ago or replace a failing server (which we will need to do soon, I'm afraid) or any other "capital expenses" which I think will need special fund drives like we just did for Delta 2.

About half of that $40,000 is nest-specific (and I'll be getting to that in future posts - and for anyone interested in the big picture, we have a "Fundraising Discussion" thread here - forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=812671 (it's members-only - but hey - membership is free - so please do join!) - and that's where I do the preliminary work on drafting my posts - and where I am hoping others will chime in and offer their ideas and help us make this work) - and the remaining 1/4 goes towards unexpected expenses that aren't related to a particular nest or that don't have any support base, but we'd like to have happen - stay tuned for more about that, and you can always see the big picture in the fundraising discussion thread.

So - "Why can't I say that my donation can only be used for xxx nest?" - because having the $300-400+ per nest per month that we need to cover site visits and whatever else is needed to keep each cam running is great - but if we don't have a website and a forum and an internet presence to send the signals out - it's all for nothing.

That said - letting people know in your donation which nest you'd like to support is important - actually vitally so. A few of us really enjoyed watching Uno grow and fledge at Delta 3 - but none of us (including me) pledged to keep a cam there. So those cams were moved to Delta 2, our first member-sponsored nest, to replace the cams that were lost when the nest tree came down. And when I signed up for my monthly donation through CanadaHelps - I had a chance to leave a message for HWF - and you will, too - so do let them know which nest you want us to keep streaming if we have to cut back; there are 1000+ characters, so do let us know why you enjoy watching that nest.

Thank you all for your support - and if you have suggestions for reaching out to other people or organizations, please stop by the fundraising thread and let us know!
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