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Special Offer to Hancock Wildlife Foundation Followers:


SPECIAL XMAS OFFER!


Purchase $100 minimum value of books (invoice value) from the Hancock House Own Website and you will get 50% discount and the Hancock Wildlife Foundation will get 50% of that purchase price. So you pay 50% and HWF gets 50% of that.

The customer will have to pay the freight as normal, which will be calculated by Lorraine at our Hancock House office. We take Visa credit cards and Mastercard, the safest way is to phone us: 604 538-1114 or where the toll free works is 800 938-1114 or order from the secure Hancock Website

Ask for the "HWF Special Xmas Offer":

Merry Xmas and thanks.

David Hancock

 

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"Black Eagles~Against the Odds"

South African Black Eagle (Africam)

"Situated on a cliff adjacent to the Witpooltjie Falls in the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens in South Africa is our Black Eagle (Aquila verrearxii) pair, Emoyeni and Thulane.  They have been together since 1998, when Emoyeni's previous mate, Quatele, dissappeared.  Thulane was just becoming mature when they paired. Emoyeni is approximately 40 years old and Thulane is approximately 20.


Emoyeni (“UPON THE WIND”) and Chick

Emoyeni laid eggs this year on April 15 and 19, respectively.  Neither hatched and were declared nonviable on June 5, 2013.  That should have been the end of their nesting season, but Emoyeni had other ideas!  On August 14 and 18, Emoyeni laid a second clutch.  The first egg hatched on September 28, 2013, and since the second egg was due October 2, it is most likely nonviable.  This is the second time Emoyeni has laid a second clutch of eggs.  In 1994, Emoyeni made the history books by laying an unheard of second clutch, and the following year again for laying a history making 3 egg clutch, which is extremely rare for Black Eagles.  In 1994, the eaglet was chased from the territory before he was prepared to survive in the wild and was killed by a caracal. 

There are challenges to successfully raising a second clutch, one of which is the heat of summer.  Black Eagles do better in cooler weather.  The heat on the rock cliff is difficult for the adults at best, but brutal for a young eaglet. Normal egg laying occurs during late April and early May, which is during the S.A. winter, with fledging occurring approximately in 97 days in June.  Again, during their winter.  This eaglet hatched at the beginning of their spring, with fledging due to happen January 2, during summer. 

Another challenge will be timing.  Since nest rebuilding and renovation begins in the middle of February, the adults don't have much time to rejuvenate themselves to prepare for a new nesting season.  To quote Libby Woodcock, former Director of Black Eagle Project Roodekrans, when it looked like Emoyeni might lay a second clutch "It is way too late in the breeding season for them to lay again. For starters it will severely interfere with next years breeding cycle. Should they lay now the chick will only hatch sometime in September when the weather is hot. Fledging then will happen towards the end of the year which means the juvenile will only leave the nesting area in March. The problem being is the juvenile MAY be chased from the area sooner as the new season starts mid Feb. If the juvenile has not had the full 3 months of learning survival skills with the adults there is a good chance it will be unable to survive on its own in the wild. The adults then also don't get what we call a resting period. Breeding this late is fraught with all sorts of problems and it will be the juvenile that suffers." 

There ARE challenges, but Emoyeni has beaten the odds before and we can only hope she does again this year. She's one determined mom!  We wish her and her family well and a successful fledge for the eaglet.

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Harrison Mills - the Place of the Eagles & Salmon

Festivals and Fun

Harrison Mills, BC has become the most famous and reliable place to see bald eagles in the entire world.  In December of 2010, 7,362 bald eagles were individually counted in a small section of this area.  Over 10,000 were estimated to be in the normal Festival count area from Harrison Bay northward along the Harrison River to the Chehalis Flats.  This incredible world record aggregation of a large predator is an annual winter event.

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Season of the Eagles Video Promo

Festivals and Fun


Some of you already know that David Hancock and I are both directors of the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival held each November on the third weekend.  This year it will be Nov. 16 and 17.  Many of our Hancock Wildlife Foundation (HWF) eagle cam viewers and members come from all over to view the world's largest gathering of wintering bald eagles.  This year we are extending the viewing opportunity for a month and calling it the Season of the Eagles.  However the festival itself is only the first of the four weekends, Nov.16 and 17. 

David will be speaking both days as well as giving guided tours on the Fraser River Safari and HWF will have a booth in the exhibit hall at Laq'a:mel Hall on Lougheed Hwy. just east of Deroche, BC.  So we hope to meet many new faces this year.  Bring your binoculars and cameras of course!!

This year we are so pleased to have the opportunity to purchase public service announcements on the local media stations.  We plan to blast these promos frequently between now and then to let the public know about this amazing event that is still such a well kept secret and we want to change that.  These eagles are only 50 miles east of Vancouver but so few Vancouverites know about this gathering happening in their "backyard".

Here's the promo that will be running on our local stations: 

http://youtu.be/shIi3aZsBqA


Here's the link to the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle website for more information.  There you will also find the .pdf file that you can download and print of our 2013 program and schedule of events and a map, etc.

http://fraservalleybaldeaglefestival.ca/


Here's the link to the Fraser River Safari (FRS) where you can book one of David's guided tours to see the eagles up close in the heated and covered jet boat.  You won't be cold or wet and the windows slide open for picture taking as we pull up under the trees that are loaded with eagles.  Photographer or not, you will love it.  This is definitely the best way to see the bald eagles.  The tours with David sell out quickly but we also are on the boat certain days in the following weeks of the Season of the Eagles.  So please go to the FRS website to check the availability and dates of tours with David.

http://fraserriversafari.com/eagle-watching-tours/exclusive-eagle-tours-with-david-hancock/



 

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Why the Eagles Returned

 

Hancock here:

Peter said it all! 

Peter Nye has been studying New York eagles since 1976 when he started the NY bald eagle reintroduction project.  From the early 1980s he spent his summers collecting eaglets from Alaskan nests.  These were of course the nests my friend, Jim King, had first surveyed by air and then Jack Hodges had expanded with his boat surveys.  Northern Alaskan bald eagles from Admiralty and Chichagof Islands became the new breeding stock that Peter Nye collected for the New York introduction. The full story of Peter Nye's NY eagles and their origin is given in the book Bald Eagles in Alaska by Bruce Wright & Phil Schempf (Hancock House 2010).

http://www.hancockhouse.com/products/akbal.htm

 

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