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Save The Cams - Last Day for Match

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.

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Save The Cams - Call Today

The Wonder of One

You might wonder why I would be talking about the number one in the middle of our 3-day matching drive, during which donations up to $1800 will be doubled (so if you donate $25 - HWF will get $50, and if you donate $50, HWF will get $100).

One reason is that today, Wednesday, June 10, is the one day when we have arranged for someone to be in the office, so if you want to make your donation to the Save the Cams Campaign by phone - today's the day! The number is 1-800-938-1114, and it's toll-free in Canada and the United States. If you are comfortable donating online, we would encourage you to use CanadaHelps or PayPal - thanks!

Another reason is that yesterday I focused on the nests with two chicks (see The Power of Two - and pretty much ignored a couple of nests with one chick each - so - meet Uno:

Uno is the solo eaglet in our newest nest at Delta 3, near the Tsawwassen ferry terminal (and have I mentioned what amazing zoom cameras we have at our nests these days - wow! You could count her eyelashes - if she (or he) had eyelashes!).

But the primary reason I'm focusing on the number 1 today is because I suspect we've occasionally thought "What can I do? I'm only one person." But the simple fact of the matter is that a lot of us watch these cams - and if each and every one who watches makes a donation - odds are really good that we can keep them streaming at least until Uno and the other eaglets fledge and leave for the salmon runs.

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Save The Cams Matching Drive

The Power of Two

eaglets from Lafarge, White Rock and Harrison MillsIt is interesting to watch the dynamics when there are two eaglets in the nest - as is the case this year for White Rock and Harrison Mills - and for Lafarge, though they have chosen to nest in a new location that doesn't have a cam. They compete a bit for food - but also push each other to their full potential. Smile

And I'm thinking that's similar to what I and several other long-time supporters are hoping to do here - we are offering to match donations, up to a total of $1800, made in the next couple of days.

This is a critical time for donations - we need to raise at least $10,000 and probably closer to $20,000 by the end of June just to keep the cameras running until the eaglets fledge. This includes ongoing tech support costs of about $3500/month, plus a number of bills that are past due.

And we are hoping that all of you who enjoy watching the cams will pitch in and help us cover those costs.

Keeping with the theme of this post - we have two preferred ways for people to donate - CanadaHelps and PayPal. CanadaHelps is the best option for people in Canada - you'll get an acknowledgement of your donation plus an official Canadian tax donation receipt (HWF is an official "not-for-profit" in Canada) - and you don't need to be in Canada to use CanadaHelps! PayPal will also provide an immediate acknowledgement of your donation - and you don't need a PayPal account to donate - just a credit card. There is a 4% service charge for CanadaHelps and PayPal so if you can give a little extra, that would be great.

We have also arranged for someone to be in the office this Wednesday - so if you want to call in your donation, please do it on Wednesday, June 10! The number is 800-938-1114, and is toll-free in Canada and the United States.

For more information about the ways to donate, and the other options - just click the button:

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Save The Cams

Fundraising Activities

The Save the Cams Campaign

Hi everyone! I'm posting here because I need a bit of help. I really hate fundraising - it's right up there with root canals - but like root canals, it's important. And it's never been more important than it is this year.

This is Hancock Wildlife's 10th year of providing a number of cameras - and a forum where we could all learn about eagles and the other wildlife we were watching. And usually around now we'd be asking for your support so we could replace a few of our older cameras and do some maintenance at the various nest sites where we have cams.

This year is different.

We need to raise at least $10,000 and probably closer to $20,000 by the end of June just to keep the cameras running until the eaglets fledge. This includes ongoing tech support costs of about $3500/month, plus a number of bills that are past due.

Unless we can find someone with vision and energy to play a much larger role in our fundraising efforts, I don't see how we can go forward after this season. And quite honestly I'm not at all sure that we'll be able to keep all the cams running through August, when the eagles typically leave for the salmon runs - but I'm going to do my level best to make that happen. And I need your help.

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Observers Wanted

Wildlife News

Observers Wanted!

We know a lot of people watch our cams at White Rock, Harrison Mills, Delta 2 and Delta 3 - and that's wonderful! One of the main reasons we have cams is to introduce people to eagles, and provide an up-close look at how they interact and raise their young. But the other reason we have the cams is to gather information on eagles and other wildlife, both for those of us who just want to know more and for scientists studying eagle behavior. All four of our primary nests have night vision, so people can (and do) watch around the clock - and we would love to see observations from a variety of people being posted around the clock, so the data is readily accessible for all who are interested.

We've discovered that when several people watch an event, each one sees different things - so we'd love to have more observers for all of our nests, knowing that will lead to different perspectives on what is happening, and different insights.

It's free and easy to join our forum, and we're happy to answer any questions you might have about posting - see Welcome New Observers!.

Thank you for your support - and we're looking forward to seeing you on the forum!


PS - the chicks are bigger now than when I made the collage - they do grow very fast!

pictures from White Rock, Harrison Mills, Delta 2 and Delta 3


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