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Haines Bald Eagles Nest -- 2007

Haines Alaska Bald Eagle Nest

The Haines Bald Eagle Nest Update:

This nest and site is the effort of the American Bald Eagle Foundation of Haines, Alaska.

At this time we only have the bandwidth to allow for single frames to be sent every 2 or 3 seconds. We are hoping by the time we get back to a million viewers that we get a sponsor or two to help with this.

Interestingly, this nest camera was placed in this nest tree some years ago. Because of differing times, the technology of broadband broadcasting and other variables, the world did not really find out about this CAM until after our HWF Hornby island Live CAM, which seems to have made Live Wildlife CAMS a popular topic around the world.. But the American Bald Eagle Foundation was a true pioneer of Live CAM broadcasting. Due to the cold windy winters the camera itself is removed from the housing and then replaced in the housing each spring just before the eagles return.

Haines, Alaska is literally surrounded by nesting eagles. If I remember correctly, but I am surely to be corrected as this exciting site and surrounding area becomes known to the world, Haines has 18 pairs nesting along a 23 mile section of the Chilkat River. But it is not nesting eagles that makes this place world famous for eagles. It is the fish rich waters of the Chilkat River, particularly along the 3 miles of the Council Grounds, that feeds 2500 to 4000 eagles all winter that is their claim to fame. But this is supposed to be an introduction to the pair of eagles nesting in downtown Haines that live in the nest they have 'camerized"

First, it appears that the two young just fledged this past week -- about August 29. They do show up occasionally.

If you arrive in Haines by high speed catamaran from Juneau or Skagway (a spectacular way to get there!), this nest is just beside the docks. If you come by cruise ship it is 100 yards further South.. If you come by the Alaska State Ferry System, you have to travel past several more eagle nests and across town -- that is two blocks along the waterfront -- to get to it. And if you drive in, coming down the "my favorite drive of North America, the Chilkat Highway (passing the other 18 nests) from Haines Junction in the Yukon via BC, it is at the end of the road. If you went up this road to the lovely homes along Lynn Canal, you would pass another 3 nests in about 3 miles. I say this because I don't want the first question to be: "Are you sure you want to let someone know where an eagle is nesting? Yes I do. End of that story. Like British Columbia, Alaska has thousands of nesting pairs of bald eagles. Every Alaskan along the coast knows of many. What I want you all to do is continue to care for them, to keep their environment clean and healthy and protect them. Learning of their interesting ways from these CAMS I hope is the beginning of that journey for more of you. The followers of the Sidney and Hornby Island nests are already there!!

Someone from Alaska who knows the detailed history of this nest will hopefully come forward -- maybe they will become some of the contributors and moderators we hope will surface. This is your Forum, it is up to you to inform each other. Stewardship is the collective care of the earth.

Below are a few of the photos I took of this nest site on one of the three trips I made into Haines this summer.

Also see a group of the eagles and events I shot during the 2005 Bald Eagle Festival.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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