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Save The Cams

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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

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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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FledgeFest 2015 at Harrison Mills, BC

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FledgeFest 2015 – Harrison Mills
The eagles are again into final stages of nestling development.  So it's time to consider our annual gathering of eagleholics!!  Another FledgeFest is in the offering for our 10th anniversary.
Historically we started FledgeFest related to our estimated date the Sidney chicks were to fledge.  Then a few years back Ma & Pa Sidney had a chick get caught in some fish line in the nest. This necessitated that incredible 'rescue' with many different media in attendance.  While the rescue went unbelievably smoothly and without a hitch, as predicted the adult eagles, while successfully rearing their 3 young, did start to build another new nest two days later.  This new nest of course did not have our cams.  So the next year and since we have not had a formal 'FledgeFest'.  The last two years we compromised with a wonderful garden party here at our home.
The discussions as to where we should have FledgeFest 2015 again came to the surface.  With the Sidney eagles back at their old nest, and in spite of no cams being present, could we again gather somewhere in the Sidney area?  We could also again meet here at my place.  I then thought that with Betty Anne Falkner of Pretty Estates having been such an incredible sponsor of the eagles around Harrison Hills, with her help every year with the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, her sponsorship of our Harrison Mills nest cams and her development of the world's finest bald eagle observatory at Pretty Estates, perhaps we should hold the FledgeFest 2015 at Pretty Estates in Harrison Mills.  It became the unanimous choice.  So FledgeFest 2015 will be at Pretty Estates on Wednesday, July 22 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  We will be having a lunch and a tour of the site.  We might have a second tour of the nearby Chehalis Fish Hatchery.

Perhaps someone can coordinate pickups from Vancouver Island to save the vehicle ferry costs.  Of course this will depend on enough mainland volunteers to pick up people coming from Vancouver Island.
We hope to see as many of you as possible.

Cheers to all.

David Hancock

If you plan to attend you must let us know by posting your intention in the forum thread.  We will need to give a final number of attendees to the restaurant about a week prior to FledgeFest.

Here's the link to the forum thread for more information:


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Salmon Confidential: the ugly truth about Canada's open-net salmon farms

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May 12th, 2015 9:39 AM

(May 12, 2015, Sointula, BC) A 24-page booklet released today by Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society provides an overview of the serious negative environmental and economic implications of open-net salmon farms on Canada's west and east coasts.

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HWF Seeks Volunteers for Fundraising and Calendar Design

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It's that time of year when we need to start designing the Hancock Wildlife Foundation (HWF) calendar for 2016.  For that we need a volunteer who knows how to do this on a computer.  The photos that will be sent to HWF for consideration will be scrutinized by David Hancock who will then select the ones he wants the calendar designer to use. 

In the past we were fortunate enough to have one of our members, who is a designer, donate her time to produce the 2011 - 2014 calendars and they were beautiful.  Last year she had to retire from this volunteer project and someone else volunteered who did not have a PC.  Therfore, at the last minute, David Hancock had to hire someone and the cost of producing the calendar made it less than what we would call a "fundraiser".  As beautiful as our calendars are, if they do not bring us in a profit then it is unfair to ask those involved to put in the hours to produce it.

We also are in great need of a professional fundraiser to volunteer their time to help with fundraising at HWF this year.  We are now in our tenth year of streaming the eagle web cams and our forum admins and mods have run out of ideas.  Our expenses always far exceed our yearly costs so we are in great need of attracting some major funding.  However we also need ideas for smaller campaigns as well. 

If you can volunteer to design the calendar or help with fundraising please email



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