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By: Pat B (offline) on Friday, May 04 2012 @ 09:39 AM EDT (Read 243915 times)  
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This is a 2012 – 2013 Review of Projects & Costs

====== HWF Projects Overview & Costs ======

A. Continued and Upgraded Projects: Summary

1.Continued Live Streaming Cam Projects:

  • a.Bald Eagles
  • b.Salmon & Tower Cams (now part of the Harrison - Chehalis Project)
  • c.Distribution of other cams.
  • d.Forum Coordination


2.Outreach Programs: David Hancock lectures etc.
3.Continued support of Bald Eagle Surveys
4.Harrison/Chehalis Expanded Project
5.Fundraising Efforts:


B. New Projects Seeking Major Funding: Summary
1.The Chehalis Bald Eagle Cafe
2.Development of Video Production & Distribution Center (Details on Request)
3.Development of Environmental Education Department (Details on Request)

Background: The Hancock Wildlife Foundation’s major directive is to support a sustainable world through scientifically based conservation principles. From the Foundation's beginnings in 2005 through today the distribution of live streaming video, additional public outreach programs and bald eagle censusing have dominated our efforts.

Building upon our pioneering efforts with streaming live video, the future offers us incredible opportunity to carry forward our educational mandate. The following budget expresses how we will carry on both the live streaming cams, eagle census work and public outreach by bringing together our strong public and scientific support.



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By: Pat B (offline) on Friday, May 04 2012 @ 10:07 AM EDT  
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By: Pat B (offline) on Friday, May 04 2012 @ 10:16 AM EDT  
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Continued Live Streaming Cam Projects:

1. Continued Live Streaming Cam Projects:

a) Bald Eagle Cams: Review of the 2011 – 2012 nesting season: This covers the nests now containing eggs and birds that will fledge in July, 2012. We have some of the most exciting happenings this season and some disappointments. First, two of the sites lost transmission on one of their cams though the second cam at each site is working. These will be repaired during the fall migration. The incredible two White Rock HD cams are again giving a super view of eagles nesting in the richest bald eagle habitat in North America. For our Canadian members associated with Shaw Cable, perhaps at different locations across Canada, in March Shaw started live TV Cable coverage of our White Rock pair. This is a Shaw public service to the community that will air 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Monday through Thursday, so that kids can keep in touch with our eagles before they go to school. Thanks to Shaw.

Plans for the 2012 – 2013 season: At the beginning of the 2012 fall migration, in July – August we will be cleaning and upgrading the sites as follows. (i) Delta 2 site will be upgraded with two full HD cams. (ii) The Lafarge site will be redone, again with HD coverage. (iii) The Delta OWL eagle cam site does not warrant further attention until a new more viable eagle pair occupies the territory. The existing pair have now failed to produce any young in 4 years. (iv) The Harrison site is new and will substitute for Sidney. This site will be part of the larger Harrison – Chehalis Project. (v) White Rock site when cleaned will hopefully be upgraded to a full PTZ – HD cam. This will make this awesome site totally incredible. (vi) New option: We are open to consider an additional site if the conditions are right. The budgets for these are listed below.

b)Salmon and Tower Cams: Now part of the Harrison – Chehalis Project below.
The budgets are listed separately below.

c)Distribution of Other Cams: Our site distributes several other cams originated by independent people and we also re-distribute related sites. This effort is, like so much of our accomplishments, totally the result of our volunteers. We thank you all for this.

d) Forum Coordination: Our Web presence, particularly through the incredible volunteer effort of so many of you, has again been exceptional, and I thank you all. And special thanks are due to Richard Pitt, who persevered during such tough personal health times, to train Mike and Ken Cillis to carry on. Thanks, Richard – we would have had no cams without you.

This season we will extend the training sessions for volunteers to further master the remote control of the several PTZ cams planned for this fall and the 2012 – 13 nesting season. We have recently had discussions with outside web developers and I am hopeful that our web site will take on a look to match the incredible efforts of our volunteers. This is budgeted separately below.



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By: Pat B (offline) on Friday, May 04 2012 @ 10:21 AM EDT  
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Outreach Programs – other than web:

David Hancock Lectures:

This is a continuing program whereby David annually lectures or guides frequently to schools, the public or private groups. It is planned this will continue at no cost to the Foundation. In fact, most institutions provide an honorarium and reimburse the costs to the Foundation. Contact for presentations is: karen@hancockwildlife.org

Continued Support for Bald Eagle Surveys:

David Hancock, the Hancock Wildlife Foundation Chairman, is also a bald eagle biologist. Over the years he has amassed a large amount of privately collected eagle data on nest locations and this has been incredibly supplemented in recent years by data supplied by the Foundation volunteers and followers.

This led to the realization that the conservation of bald eagles, and other raptors worldwide, would benefit from a coordinating project to allow the public to post bald eagle nesting success to a web based program. Hancock has initiated such a program but some additional programming is needed.

This bald eagle nest success project could be utilized continent wide as an effective management tool. It is the objective here to continue to develop this web program. The project objectives and operational development plans have been reviewed very favorably by Canadian and USA raptor biologists.

The project requires about 6 months of development time and then possibly a semi-permanent manager or set of volunteers to coordinate the collection of bald eagle nesting data from around North America for the past 60 years. The program development and full year of operations are budgeted separately.

Harrison -- Chehalis Expanded Project:

a. Continued Projects: (more details are here)
(i) Chehalis Underwater Cams: We will be cleaning the existing underwater cam and adding in at least one more underwater cam to include live coverage of sturgeon.
(ii) Tower Cams: One of the existing PTZ HD Tower cams will be cleaned and, along with a new higher resolution PTZ , will be replaced on the Tower this fall. This will enable the cams to cover the Chehalis Flats area that has been occupied with between 5,000 and 10,000 eagles each of the last two spawning seasons. This project will require volunteers to manipulate the PTZs.
(iii) Harrison Bald Eagle Nest Cam: With the loss of the Sidney nest pair and the continued failure of the Delta OWL eagle nest pair we have decided to add cams to a Harrison nest. One of the cams will be a PTZ. These cams will not just offer more options to observe nesting eagles but also offer an opportunity to view the entire Chehalis Flats where the world’s largest winter population of raptors exists.
b New Project: The Chehalis Bald Eagle Café. (project details elsewhere)

Fundraising Efforts:
This coming year the Fundraising Committee is seeking additional help with more integrated support. (Details for Donations or Fundraising are elsewhere.)

Total Annual Maintenance and Update Budget: $100,000

Budget 2012 - 13 Costs Per Site as Attached.



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By: Pat B (offline) on Friday, May 04 2012 @ 10:48 AM EDT  
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OVERVIEW: The Chehalis Bald Eagle Café Project

The Harrison – Chehalis River complex is designated as Canada’s richest salmon river system and as a result also houses the world's largest gathering of raptorial birds – in this case annually up to 10,000 bald eagles accumulate on these incredible four square kilometers of the Chehalis Flats.

The Hancock Wildlife Foundation fully cooperates with the annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival (FVBEF).

Through our cooperative support we have supported the placement of underwater cams in the Chehalis system and this was followed by placement of the tower on the Chehalis Flats from which we successfully broadcast live images of the wintering eagles. Here we have further developed cooperation with Ducks Unlimited and the local Harrison Mills Community Association to assist in making the public more aware of this unique resource.

The Chehalis Bald Eagle Project is largely a Sts’ailes First Nations project (developed from a HWF Proposal). The HWF will develop and support the distribution of live streaming videos and the live video distribution of First Nations and nature talks from the interpretative centre. The Sts’ailes First Nations has agreed to fund and develop the trail, interpretive signs, trail guides etc.

BACKGROUND: The Chehalis Bald Eagle Cafe
The original Chehalis Bald Eagle Café Project was proposed by the HWF to the Sts’ailes First Nations. This proposal is already approved by the Sts’ailes First Nations Chief, Willy Charlie, the Sts’ailes First Nations Band and the Sts’ailes Development Corporation and supported by many other conservation and cultural organizations of the region. The project is to develop a site – The Bald Eagle Café -- where bald eagles can be enticed to eat while being viewed from a blind by the public and schools. The eagles will be served with spawned-out fish and mammal carcasses of the region. The Sts’ailes First Nations will be coordinating and developing the tourist potential from this project in association with their owned and managed Sasquatch Crossing Eco Lodge. Book early!!

The HWF has worked with the Sts’ailes people on developing this project and the Foundation has offered underwriting and developing the live streaming and interpretative center broadcasts.

PURPOSE: Why the Hancock Wildlife Foundation proposed this project?

We wish to tell the river's survival story through the integration of live cams showing the extent of life in this richest of rich valleys and telling the tales through the eyes of both First Nations ancestors and today's scientists. We wish to integrate and expand our existing live underwater cams that show the 5 salmon species, the steelhead and other trout species along with one of the world's longest surviving fish species, the sturgeon.

As this annual salmon spawning takes place, it attracts a world class gathering of scavengers and predators: the waterfowl, including hundreds of wintering trumpeter swans, thousands of ducks, geese and gulls and the world’s largest gathering of bald eagles. It is this diversified richness that has supported over 6 millennia of humans at this very site. This must continue.

Between using these underwater cams to show the life of salmon and sturgeon, we will incorporate several live HD – PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras that are operated by the public or students. Finally we are planning to assist the Sts’ailes First Nations people by funding part of the proposed Chehalis Bald Eagle Café (details in a separate proposal).

Other cams will be utilized to do live interviews with the First Nations people about their life along the river, about and with the students and public coming to view this wildlife bonanza along the river or at The Bald Eagle Café and to discuss with local or visiting scientists the meaning and value of this river complex.

The Harrison -- Chehalis Project integrates 10 live cams. The Hancock Wildlife Foundation seeks sponsorship for the broadcast components of this project and the Sts’ailes First Nations is seeking support for their contributions.

Link to the costings

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The Foundation, at the next phase, will incorporate what happens when our River runs into the sea: the story of the orcas, the sealions, the seabirds and the herring – the survival of our oceans and humanity.



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OVERVIEW: Details on the Harrison–Chehalis River Projects:

a. Chehalis Underwater Live Salmon Cams: The existing cam will be upgraded and two new cams will be installed in the Chehalis system near the hatchery to follow the 8 salmonids. At least one cam will show the 175 million year old sturgeon and their current life. We have been testing for ‘holding pools of sturgeon` along the Harrison River and while we have not yet confirmed a final location we wish to install 1 or 2 live cams to show sturgeon in the rivers and possibly in an adjacent compound. This project already has the support of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and all the Chehalis River components are supported by the Fraser River Bald Eagle Festival Foundation. These cams are part of our regular budget.

b. Chehalis Flats Tower Cams: The tower has already been donated and erected. The 1.5 kilometer distance from the nearest electric power has necessitated purchase of a fuel cell. This sizable investment has also been donated. This will drive 3 cams and the transmission of signals to the nearby Eagle Point pump house, where the local facilities have been provided by the Fraser Valley Regional District Parks. Ducks Unlimited is also a sponsor.

This season we are hoping to again install 2 PTZ cams, a security scanning cam and the transmitters. The adjacent Eagle Point Observatory (observation deck) is to also be electrified so we can remotely allow live interactive broadcasts from the observatory, like at the Bald Eagle Café. This project is part of our annual cleaning and update budget.

c. Chehalis Flats – Harrison Bald Eagle Nest Live CAMS: There are several bald eagles nests in the Chehalis Flats area. We wish to install, as at other eagle nest locations, two HD cams in one of these nests to both show the local nesting eagle life but also to show the overview of the Chehalis Flats and serve as a coordinating cam for the other related projects along the river. All the above cams, from the underwater sites to the Nest sites, will be within a 2 kilometer circle in this incredible valley.

This is part of our regular maintenance and upgrade budget.

d. Chehalis Bald Eagle Café: This new component to the Harrison – Chehalis Project introduces year-long opportunities for educational programs from the interpretative centre / blind, through live broadcasts and through the use of trained guides along the associated nature paths.

This Project involves installation of a photographic – interpretive blind or hide. This is being built by the Sts’ailes First Nations to house, out of sight of the eagles, paying photographers and public viewers or students to watch the gathering of bald eagles eating the carcasses placed in situ by the First Nations guides. This will serve as a revenue generator for the First Nations and simultaneously serve to instill in the public and students that eagles have great value. The site also houses an active beaver dam.

At the site we plan on installing two PTZ live cams that can be controlled by the public or by any students from anywhere in the world. These cams will search the surrounding region to focus on the eagles, bears or dam building beavers or spawning salmon. From the same location, but from within the blind, we will be able to conduct live interviews with First Nations, visitors or scientists to bring this project to an even greater immediacy. While we have already been successfully testing this part of the project, we do need to fund the cameras and the laptop and programs specifically for this site.

The trail to the blind from the First Nations owned Sasquatch Crossing Eco Lodge will be developed with educational signs depicting the First Nations historic use of the plants. This part of the project fits into a larger First Nations development of educational trails throughout the tribal territory. The trail development and guide training needs some financial support. The site must also have electric power brought to the interpretive center and to drive the live cams.

The First Nations Sts’ailes have initiated constructing the blind but will possibly need some financial support to complete the project, acquiring the power, the signs and trails and the training of the Guides. This project has a separate proposal and budget.
Link Here to read the Proposal and objectives

Revenue Sources for the Above Projects:

After dealing with live streaming video as one of the pioneer broadcasters I have been awed by the public and educational institute interest in our product. To date we have survived and distributed signals to millions of people, who have paid for this distribution through donations or ad viewing or pay-per-view.

My point in stating this is that donations have consistently paid for capital costs and a large part of the operating expenses, increasingly supplemented by ad revenue from expanding viewing sources. We will fervently pursue ad revenues.

More efforts need to be directed to developing new revenue sources like cable TV or more intense pay-per-view educational outlets. In part we are hoping to take on a full time network manager who might contribute to ad revenues by increasing our viewer numbers. This season, as a public service gesture, the local cable company Shaw is distributing our White Rock eagle cam to the public 4 days a week in the mornings.

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