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Parksville eagles engage in unusual method for setting up a 'household'

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Neil Dawe / Special To The Daily News
June 12, 2014 12:00 AM

There's an unusual menage a trois within Parksville city limits. A trio of bald eagles has set up its household and is in the midst of rearing two young. 

I first noticed this arrangement while keeping an eye on a pair of Bald eagles at their nest. On one occasion, a third adult eagle flew in and perched on a snag, about 250 metres away from the nest. The nesting pair made no fuss.

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Note from Hancock Wildlife Foundation:  We also observed a pair of females with a male helping to raise chicks down in California on one of the Channel Islands a few years ago.


Neil Dawe / Special To The Daily News
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There's an unusual ménage à trois within Parksville city limits. A trio of Bald eagles has set up its household and is in the midst of rearing two young. - See more at:
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Season of the Eagles and Salmon

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Season of the Eagles & Salmon

Harrison Mills is not just the Home of the world’s largest wintering population of Bald Eagles and the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival but, due to popular demand, the entire fall salmon spawning & eagle feasting have been expanded and given the name of the “The Season of the Eagles & Salmon”. Now 3 separate weekends are devoted to honoring this wildlife phenomena as follows:
The Season of the Eagles & Salmon: at Harrison Mills - Bald Eagle Wintering Capital of the World.
1st Weekend: Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival: Nov. 15 – 16 2014
2nd Weekend: Sts’ailes Salmon Festival: Nov. 22 – 23 2014
3rd Weekend: Pretty Estates Festival – Photo Contests: Nov. 29 – 30 2014
Bald Eagles continue to feast along the Chehalis – Harrison Rivers at Harrison Mills during the rest of the winter as long as the spawned out salmon carcasses are available into the new year. However the peak viewing for both feasting eagles and spawning salmon is during November and December. See map for viewing sites at Harrison Mills.

For details on the full schedule of events for the Season of the Eagles & Salmon see: ... -schedule/

The Season of the Eagles & Salmon events are coordinated by several community groups:
Hancock Wildlife Foundation:
Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival:
Sts’ailes First Nations:
Harrison Salmon Stronghold: ... stronghold
Pretty Estates:
Kilby Historic Site:
Harrison Mills Regional Association:

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Setting Up Live Streaming Cams

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Hi All:  Some comments on the frequently asked questions about setting up live streaming cams. 

First off, our approach is to utilize the abilities and long-sought experiences of WildEarth -- the people who undertook the world's first public live streaming cams and carry all the Hancock Wildlife Foundation streams.  WildEarth (www.WildEarth.TV) also is the premier distributor to the world of live wildlife streams.  This system also gives a ready access to the viewing world relatively free of distribution costs.  As a second caveat the originator of the stream should probably have some advance knowledge that the extent of the world distribution he gets will often be dependent upon the promotion he or his group gets through supplying background data on the species broadcast and on the extra efforts they make on communicating with the social media.

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Delta 2 Eagle Cam Broadcast on SHAW TV 4

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Hancock Wildlife Foundation is pleased to announce that SHAW TV, channel 4 in Metro Vancouver this year is once again showing our Delta 2 cam. 


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Bald Eagle Study in Vancouver Area

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Hancock here:

Dan Stewart is a student of BCIT (BC Institute of Technology in Vancouver) and has a small summer grant to compare the feeding behaviors of the urban eagles from (a) food samples below nests vs. (b) food samples being brought into the nest by the adults.

This project is part of the project where HWF has already supplied an artificial nest on a pole, more recently had a tree modified to facilitate nests and will be involved putting up two more nest structures.  We have also supported the MSc. study, now about to be published by Raph Goulette (Dr. David Bird supervisor, McGill), that included food analysis from below 100 of our eagle nests.  My hope is that this study, so similar to many other studies across North America, will show that food samples that are collected below nests are substantially different from what is observably being brought into the nests. 

Request of observers:

Dan's brief study will start to show this distinction.  What I hope our observers will do is again set up a Forum thread to record all food arrivals to any of the bald eagle nests.  Dan will identify the food species.  He will also be reviewing last year's HWF forum files to take advantage of our observers last year's data.

Judyb will set up the forum thread and Dan has agreed to post updates and try and answer any questions you pose to him.

It will be interesting to see this distinction between small food items we can identify being brought into the nest compared to the samples of larger items that end up below nests.  I think we will see two major distinctions: the range of items and the percent of each will be quite different for the two samples and I believe we will start to develop a truer picture of eagle life.
Please help Dan.





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