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Major Changes to Web Site Planned (Updated)

Wildlife News

Over the next several months we will be making some fairly major changes to the web sites that make up the Hancock Wildlife Foundation's web presence.


  • Sites updated to glFusion version 1.1.5pl3 - soon to be updated to 1.1.6. New features will be included in the update. You'll be drawn to these new features as we turn them on.
  • November 23, 2009 - The two websites, and have now been merged under the URL.
    If you notice any items missing or broken, please send a note to richard @ with the complete URL of the broken item and an indication of what you think is broken
    Old URLs and bookmarks should still work but you'll notice that the "channel" portion of the URL will be removed on the address bar. You should update your bookmarks, although the redirect will be left in place for a long time, possibly "forever"

Please excuse us if the site is down for a few minutes (hopefully not often or long) or if your bookmarks no longer take you directly to some specific page - things will be moving around quite substantially as we bring the current 3 different sites together into one.

We are also looking for more volunteers for site moderation and administration. There is a tremendous amount of content and new postings daily, especially during the nesting season, and our moderators and administrators would love some help both with our changes and in preparation for next year's expected major boost in membership and interaction. Please contact forumadmin @ to let us know you are interested.

There will be a feedback area set up where you can note problems and tell us about things that do or don't work the way you expect them. We'll try to keep up with your suggestions and give feedback on what is happening.

Read on for more information on what we're doing and why


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Plastic Breaks Down in Ocean, After All -- And Fast

Planet Earth

Carolyn Barry

for National Geographic News

August 20, 2009


Though ocean-borne plastic trash has a reputation as an indestructible, immortal environmental villain, scientists announced yesterday that some plastics actually decompose rapidly in the ocean. And, the researchers say, that's not a good thing.

The team's new study is the first to show that degrading plastics are leaching potentially toxic chemicals such as bisphenol A into the seas, possibly threatening ocean animals, and us.

Scientists had previously thought plastics broke down only at very high temperatures and over hundreds of years.

The researchers behind a new study, however, found that plastic breaks down at cooler temperatures than expected, and within a year of the trash hitting the water.

The Japan-based team collected samples in waters from the U.S., Europe, India, Japan, and elsewhere, lead researcher Katsuhiko Saido, a chemist with the College of Pharmacy at Nihon University in Japan, said via email.

All the water samples were found to contain derivatives of polystyrene, a common plastic used in disposable cutlery, Styrofoam, and DVD cases, among other things, said Saido, who presented the findings at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C., today.

Plastic, he said, should be considered a new source of chemical pollution in the ocean.


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Eagle-nest protection helps species soar in Ariz.

Conservation & Preservation


Arizona's threatened bald- eagle population grew by near-record numbers during the 2009 nesting season but only under tightly controlled conditions that separate birds from most human contact.

By early August, 47 eaglets had taken flight for the first time, the second-highest number to reach the milestone, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.


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Fourstones Ltd. Donates Fuel Cell for Power at Remote Sites

Chehalis River + Eagle Point

Hancock Wildlife Foundation is pleased to announce that Fourstones Ltd., has donated one of their Pro 1600 Cube units to the  Foundation for our use in our remote viewing stations. Dana Brown, President of Fourstones, came to Vancouver to personally hand over the unit and also placed a backup unit into storage at the Hancock House Publishing warehouse along with several containers of methanol that the units use to produce power.

Initially this unit will be used at our Chehalis site and will likely also be used for other sites including the White Spirit Bear. See the article under that topic that talks about the requirement for power to get a perspective on what it will be used for as well as the initial announcement of Fourstones involvment with us.

Fourstones Ltd. imports the EFOY fuel cell products from their manufacturer in Germany for the off-grid industrial power market here in Canada. Dana started using these power units himself for his remote oil-patch surveylance services and has now decided to become their Canadian distributor.

You can watch an interview with Dana and his Executive Account Manager, Jason Abdi, by David Ingram, as well as the subsequent interview with David Hancock, Dana and me, talking about the uses we'll put this and hopefully other units to over the coming year and beyond.

These units are worth from about $4,000 to $10,000 each, depending on power output and accessories, and use Methanol to generate electricity to power 12 Volt or 24 Volt electronics such as our cameras and wireless radios at remote sites. We'll be detailing their use and providing feedback to Fourstones on their operation and maintenance. For our use, a single 28 liter container of methanol will run the system for close to a month, and with an expected "double container yoke", we'll be able to go 2 months without visiting the site. The units are quiet and "green" in that they give off a very small amount of carbon dioxide ("about the same as that from a baby's breath") and pure water as the byproducts of the chemical reaction that (in the case of the model 1600) generates up to 67 Watts of electricity (5 Amps at 12 Volts) that is used to keep a battery charged, while the battery supplies power to the electronics.

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We Must Save the Living Environment

Planet Earth

E. O. Wilson: We must save the living environment

Saving Earth's biodiversity will take nothing less than an IPCC for species, says the world's leading biologist and ant guru.

What's this idea all about?

It sounds immodest but I call it Wilson's law. It says that if you save the living environment, you will automatically save the physical environment. But if you only try to save the physical environment, you will lose them both. That is a defensible law.

So we need a major rethink?

When we talk about the world going green, the media and the public think of pollution or fresh-water shortage. They understand, and want to do something. But that is the physical world; concern for the living environment has been slow to take off, as Julia Marton-Lefèvre, head of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), will agree. We are not making the headway we should be in preventing the destruction of ecosystems and species. I have written book after book arguing that if we don't start caring about holding onto them, we will have big problems - some unforeseeable. Most Americans have only the vaguest notion about any of that, even though they can talk intelligently about climate change. Yet when it comes to the living world they are in danger of losing something they scarcely understand.


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