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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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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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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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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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