The Splendor of Three
We are now on the third and final day of our 3-day matching drive, where donations up to a total of $1800 will be matched by a few long-time supporters - so a donation of $25 will mean $50 for Hancock Wildlife, and a donation of $50 will mean $100 for HWF.
I was reminded yesterday that in addition to donating online using CanadaHelps or PayPal - there's a third way to donate that may work well for some people - you can mail your donation! We have addresses in both Canada and the United States - and those of us in the US can avoid foreign transaction fees by mailing a check to the US address! Just send your check or money order to Hancock Wildlife Foundation at one of the following addresses:
Donations made or postmarked up to midnight today, June 11, will be eligible for the matching drive.
And thinking a bit more about the number three, we have had three eaglets now and then at our nests but we don't this year. However, we also have a number of associated cams - nests where we have a special link with the owners of the cams and/or the key observers and supporters - and Turtle Bay is one of those. And we have been enjoying their three eaglets, who fledged just this week!
And thinking of Turtle Bay is reminding me that we really have three sorts of research threads here - the threads for our primary cams, with teams of observers and zoomers; threads for other cams - lots of eagle and osprey cams, but also everything from penguins to albatrosses to pandas and beyond; and threads for all the wonderful wildlife people see in their backyards - lots of local eagle nests, but also much more. It really is amazing what we have built in the last 10 years, starting with the vision of a few people and a little patch of blue - and the eaglets known as Li'l Sid and Big Vic.
I think that's another reason I like the number 3 - a one day fund drive is very efficient (if a bit tricky, given all the time zones involved) - but this lets me be a bit more contemplative. And lets me respond to some of the comments I've heard.
It may be a natural sort of progression - but last year, for the first time, there wasn't money enough to clean all the cams, and only the cams at White Rock were updated. In some ways, it wasn't really a big deal - the cams weren't that dirty, and White Rock was the only nest that didn't have high res pan-tilt-zoom cams for really up-close views of the little chicks. But this year, as it stands right now, we don't have the funds needed to keep the cams streaming until the eaglets fledge and leave the area in search of salmon.