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Declaration sought on illegal wildlife trade

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Leaders from 40 states are gathering in London to discuss the illegal wildlife trade.

The aim is to draw up a global declaration that will tackle animal trafficking.

Prince Charles and The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, will attend the meeting, hosted by the government.

Conservationists say poaching has reached a crisis point: tens of thousands of elephants, rhinos and tigers are being slaughtered each year.

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David Hancock Lectures in Langley, BC

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The following is a press release that is being sent to our local papers that serve the Langley Township area.  Here's hoping that some of our local HWF members will take this opportunity to hear David talk as quite often his lectures are to groups that are not open to the public.  This one is so we hope to see you there.

David Hancock Lectures in Fort Langley

            Pilot, film producer and author, as well as noted biologist, conservationist, and publisher, David Hancock will be guest speaker of the Derby Reach Brae Island Parks Association at the Fort Langley Community Hall, 9167 Glover Road, in Fort Langley, on February 21 at 7:30 pm.   

            Pilot, film producer and author, as well as noted biologist, conservationist, and publisher, David Hancock will be guest speaker of the Derby Reach Brae Island Parks Association at the Fort Langley Community Hall, 9167 Glover Road, in Fort Langley, on February 21 at 7:30 pm. 

             David Hancock is well known as the originator of the Eagle Nest Cams, and will be delivering a power point presentation on “The Wondrous Return of the Bald Eagle.”   With a distinguished track record of more than fifty years of teaching and lecturing about wildlife and wildlife habitat, David has found new acclaim and exponentially larger audiences bringing the domestic lives of eagles right into the homes of viewers.

             With a healthy presence of eagles in the lower reaches of the Fraser River, these magnificent birds are frequently spotted while walking the river trails through Derby Reach and Brae Island Regional Parks.  Soaring in the skies, hunting along the river, calling to a mate or guarding a nest, the eagles are resident year round and spectacular to watch.   Find out where a prominent eagle nest can be spotted from the trails in Derby—from a respectful distance, of course!

             Take the opportunity to learn more about David Hancock and his noted research on the protection and creation of better bald eagle habitat and learn more, as well, about your local regional parks. This is a free event, hosted by the Derby Reach Brae Island Parks Association, open to the public and free of charge.  David Hancock’s presentation will be preceded by a short Annual General Meeting. 


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Impact of Sibling Rivalry As Seen on Web Cams

I think everyone who has watched an eagle web cam for any length of time has probably noticed that while tiny eaglets are very cute - they really are not always warm/fuzzy little creatures.  As a human who grew up with the slogan "make love, not war" - I do find it disconcerting when the tiny fluff-ball I've been ooh-ing and ah-ing over for a day or two suddenly turns towards its newly hatched baby sibling - and starts pecking!  And I sometimes have a bit of a disconnect between the part of my brain that knows that a powerful feisty eagle will do well in the world - and the part of my brain that believes in consensus.

We've seen rivalry on the Hancock Wildlife cams from the beginning - back in 2006, the eaglet nicknamed Big and later named Victoria spent a lot of time attacking her younger brother, nicknamed Lil and later named Sidney or Sid.  But it was all good in the end - Lil Sid learned how to snatch food away from the adults and swallow it whole before Big Vic had a chance to be fed - and they both fledged successfully.  And I think they both learned skills on the nest that served them well in the future, hard as it was for us mere people to watch at times.

And that set a pattern of sorts - we saw older siblings who were quite brutal, and younger siblings who were quite clever - and all survived and thrived.

Until 2013.

Birdie and Bogey at Harrison Mills, 2013Last year, for the first time on a Hancock cam, we saw the dark side of rivalry, when little Bogey at Harrison Mills actually died. 

And now we are starting a new season - beginning down south in North America, where two nests that we observe have chicks, and at least three more have eggs.  As of the end of January, the two chicks on the Northeast Florida Eagle cam are almost 6 weeks old, and doing great!  The two chicks on the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam are about 5-1/2 weeks old - and sibling rivalry has been a major issue.  The collage at the right has two pictures from January 17, showing the size difference in eaglets only a day and a half apart in age, and showing the way the older one puts the younger in submission to avoid sharing food.  The middle picture is from January 23, and shows the area of the younger eaglet's back where downy feathers were pulled out by the older.  And the picture at the bottom is from January 29, and shows that the younger eaglet (with less dark feathers) is now about the same size as the older, and both are peacefully sitting side by side waiting to be fed.

As a long-time observer of eagle cams (a friend posted about Hornby on a folk music forum back in 2006 - I looked at the cam - and was immediately hooked), I had the impression that rivalry was common - but rarely fatal.  As someone who's analytical by nature - an impression wasn't good enough for me - so using the data I had readily available (the records I've been keeping since I started watching eagle cams), I did some analysis.  The short answer is that my impression is right.  Please keep reading for the longer answer and some additional pictures.

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Hancock House Publishers is for Sale

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After 44 years of running Hancock House, David Hancock has decided the time is right for devoting full time to the Hancock Wildlife Foundation educational efforts - “getting our live streams into more schools and homes.” The details of the two divisions of Hancock House, the Trade/Rack Division and the Bird Book/Conservation Biology Division are listed HERE.  

The publishing company has been run as a ‘home business’ and the option for new owners is to continue that option or go for an expanding company.




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Annual Brackendale eagle count numbers double from last year

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By: Yuliya Talmazan
Global News
January 5, 2014;5:04 pm


 Dozens of volunteers were out in Brackendale today to help with the 28th annual bald eagle count.

The most up-to-date tally stands at more than 1,600 birds, which is double last year’s estimate of about 800. The numbers have not been this high since 2007, when 1757 eagles were counted.

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