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Taking Advantage of our PTZ at Lafarge

Hancock Wildlife Foundation - Lafarge New Camera - Vista of Vancouver's North ShoreNow that Tenas Chakchak, our eagleHancock Wildlife Foundation - Lafarge New Camera - Feeding Platformt at the Lafarge site, has fledged, we get to take advantage of the fact that the camera we're using has the ability to pan, tilt and zoom around the tree's neighbourhood.

The parents and Tenas have been in and out of the tree all day, and when in the tree they've been on any of several branchesHancock Wildlife Foundation - Lafarge new camera - Overall Nest Tree or up on the feeding platform.

Rather than trying to track them, a problem made difficult by the fact that the video is about 30 seconds delayed from the control inputs due to the network, we've put in place a program that visits several of the many "waypoints" that we've defined at fairly random times and in fairly random order.Hancock Wildlife Foundation - Lafarge Cement Plant Vancouver - New Camera "branch2" eagle perch

Hancock Wildlife Foundation - Lafarge New Camera - Nest cup with Tenas Chakchak eagletThe waypoints include vistas of the Vancouver harbour, North Shore and of course the Lions - the most famous of the local mountain peaks.

We'll leave this program running for the time being - chances are that you'll see one or more of the eagles on each cycle which lasts from about 1 to 5 minutes.

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Baby eagle followed by webcam dies, breaking hearts online

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Donations Needed for 2010-2011 Nesting Season


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for the 2010 - 2011 Nesting Season

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Our most urgent need is to reactivate our current nests for next year.  This includes cleanup of the existing cams or replacing them with ones that have been tested and are ready to go as we can generally only go "up the tree" once per season.  Our next priority is to establish some new Bald Eagle Cam Installations and to expand some cams that didn't reach their full potential last year - and we're hoping to find sponsors for a few optional sites. 

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NOTE from David Hancock: After hearing from some regular and some previously silent lurkers it is apparent we have a great following. Our challenge is to both provide the keeners with their favorite site, most frequently this is our old pals at Sidney, and yet prepare enough alternatives should nature or simple accidents, from disintegrating nests to dirty cameras, prevent us from having good sites for our viewers to follow. This particularly means enough nests to insure teachers we will provide them the whole reproductive cycle. The real challenge in a tight financial world is to get enough dollars in at the beginning to make the commitment for cleaning and setting up at a minimum of 5 nest sites. From some commitments already made we are well on our way.


While some of you wish to designate your funds to specific nest priorities, and we accept that, I fully believe - and hope - we can accomplish the 5 main sites and several of the key alternatives. The funds requested are the 'starter fee' and each site carries additional costs to keep it going during the year but we will be undertaking those funding campaigns as the season progresses.


Each Monday we will post the total dollar donations reached -- and what is needed. All your efforts at direct donations or assisting in fundraising efforts is very much appreciated.


Here's what we'd like to accomplish:


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Wild Cat Found Mimicking Monkey Calls; Predatory Trickery Documented for the First Time in Wild Felids in Americas

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ScienceDaily (July 9, 2010) — In a fascinating example of vocal mimicry, researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and UFAM (Federal University of Amazonas) have documented a wild cat species imitating the call of its intended victim: a small, squirrel-sized monkey known as a pied tamarin. This is the first recorded instance of a wild cat species in the Americas mimicking the calls of its prey.

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(updated) Recent Move of the Web Site from New York Host to Vancouver Host

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As some of you may have noticed, the web site was down for a bit today while it was moved from our long-time host in New York to new hosting facilities in Vancouver.

The move is still ongoing - with many systems still hitting the old server and being redirected to a temporary name ( that is the new server. Most people seem to be going directly to the new server without problem. The reason for the difference is in your local ISP's policy on timing out the Domain Name Service information; some don't respect the short (5 minute) timeout I have in the system at present, while most do. The ones that don't respect the timeout are still handing out the old IP address and so your access is a bit slower (due to the redirect taking some time for each file) and you'll see the "web153" in the browser address bar.

You might be interested in the reason we've moved the site. It certainly was not because of poor service from the supplier as they ( have been excellent - although the cost for the service was a bit higher than we'd like, but you get what you pay for.


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