View Printable Version

Italian Children (7 years old) Create Animated Story of the Cycle of Water

Wildlife News
"Water" - The cycle of water as told by children One of the many mail lists I subscribe to is on Cinelerra - an open-source video editing suite that I've been using to compile some of the massive amounts of video we capture at the various nest sites and with cameras at conferences, etc.

Here is an example of what children in Italy have done using animation that was then completed by one of the members of the list. I think you'll find it fascinating and instructive that there is so much that can be done by our children.

As one of the Foundation's goals is education, we're always on the lookout for such interesting projects. If you know of one, please drop us a note or submit a story such as this one to tell the world about it.

View Printable Version

Chehalis River Hatchery

Chehalis River + Eagle PointOn August 29th I took a brief trip up the Lougheed Highway from my home in Pitt Meadows to look around the Chehalis River Fish Hatchery where we'll be putting an underwater camera for the upcoming salmon spawning season. The camera is part of our Chehalis Estuary project where we'll be watching eagles and other wildlife as they go after the spawning and dead salmon through the late Fall and early Winter months.Chehalis Fish Hatchery - channel that salmon spawn up Our camera will be seeing the same thing that visitors to the hatchery see when they walk across the bridge shown in the photo to the right. Thanks to Bob Chappel for his wizardry in creating the waterproof housing for this camera. He has tested it in 50 feet of water and it passed with flying colors.

We'll be putting our camera in this location toward the end of September. Please watch for it. Thanks also go to Shaw Cable who are providing us and the hatchery network access and bandwidth for this camera.

You can take a look at other photos of the facililty and its information kiosks in our Media Gallery.
View Printable Version

Annual Slaughter of Migrating Waders on Barbados

Wildlife NewsA small minority of Barbadians are responsible for shooting up to 45,000
migrating waders (shorebirds) every year between August and November in
Barbados, West Indies. These birds breed in North America, sometimes as far North as the Arctic, and then migrate South to spend the winter in Latin America. En route they fly over Barbados.

The slaughter on Barbados is highly organized and takes place in a number of shallow, man-made lakes, which are made attractive to exhausted migrating waders. The lakes have up to 4 acres of open water with specially built mud banks within range of the shooting hut. Caged birds (maimed from last years' shoot) are placed close to the mud banks and the hunters use whistles to imitate the bird calls, which are supplemented by amplified recording calls to attract entire flocks. Decoys are also used.
View Printable Version

Fledge Fest a Success! Skye has Fledged

Wildlife NewsOn July 12, 2007, about 30 of us gathered on the road beside the field where the Sidney cameras are. It was time for the eaglet, now named Skye, to become a Fledgling by taking its first flight.

Please visit the Sidney BC Bald Eagle Nest topic in our Discussion forum for pictures and lots of observations on this historic event.
View Printable Version

2007 Winding Down - Looking Forward to 2008 as the cycle continues

Wildlife NewsSkye fledged this past week and is spending less and less time in the Sidney nest. The eagle cam season is winding down for 2007 but don't go away, there are lots of things still ongoing and more to come.

The whole "Story of the River" cycle includes fish, bears, orcas and of course eagles - as well as a host of other species and concerns that together depict the cycle of nature in and around the rivers of the world. These are the lifeblood of the continents and it is our intention to bring you to an understanding of the cycle of this lifeblood through our cameras and other aspects of Hancock Wildlife Foundation. We're only just getting started. Come on along with us on this exciting adventure.

David and I have been talking quite a bit over the past weeks about a number of things, not the least of which is our need to get cameras into nests and do maintenance on the ones already there during the brief period when the eagles are gone. Much of this will depend on your donations, personal as well as corporate, and on other things in the works, but I expect that it will be a mad dash to do as much as possible with what we have for now.

In the mean time, despite the current network problem I feel confident that we'll be bringing you a full season of salmon spawning and eagle feeding in the Goldstream Estuary. Bob Chappell and Darren Copley have been working to get the underwater camera back online on the intertidal channel. In the mean time the bats will be back in the attic and with the infrared lights there those of you outside North America in timezones that are awake while the rest of us are asleep will be treated to their antics at night here.

We're also working hard to get similar cameras into a river near Vancouver where literally thousands of eagles feed in the late Fall and early Winter. By the time they start to tail off in Febrary, it will again be time to watch our birds nest-build in the nests for the new season. Bob and Darren were testing the new camera in 50' of water at the Goldstream Marina last week - passed with flying colors.

Read on for details...
?

Please Donate

Please Donate!

Current & Ongoing Promotions

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Account





Sign up as a New User
Lost your password?