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Hancock Wildlife Foundation is growing and changing.

The Foundation is taking on more projects, and we're working hard to make your web experience and camera watching not only educational and entertaining, but also as easy and enjoyable as we can.

We've learned a lot over the past two seasons. We know you, our members and viewers and supporters better, and we're going to get to know you even better in the coming months and years. One of the things that has bugged people the most has been the confusion over our various web pieces. We've had a Discussion Forum topic where you've told us what you felt were the major problems, and where we've discussed some of the solutions, and where we've put together a team of volunteers to help us make things better.

Our new Home Page and the changes to our main Hancock Live Camera selection page and each of the individual nest site camera pages is a direct result of your feedback. You wanted things simpler, and with a bit of technical wizardry in some areas we think we've managed to make things at least a bit easier.

Besides the new splashy Home Page, which we'll be changing periodically to introduce the various seasons and projects that happen throughout the year, the biggest change is in the way you find and select cameras, and how the camera pages themselves work. As in the past, each nest site is the topic for articles and information about the site - and we welcome you to submit articles on your experiences with the images and information you've gained. In addition, now each camera has its own separate viewing page - linked from the main camera selection page directly. In some cases the story topic and viewing page are in fact one and the same, such as our new Haines Alaska Eagle Cam page

In other cases such as our Sidney Nest site cameras, each camera (in this case the Wide and the Close-up) have their own pages that automatically start showing you the camera - and may allow you to switch back and forth between the two (or more) views if you are viewing via Windows Media. If you have the Neokast plugin installed, you'll immediately get the camera view that way. You'll also see the usual link to Insinc for our subscription viewing.

In addition to the new camera page, we've introduced a new Biology Reference Index where we've linked in all the existing items and given you an indication of where we'll be pushing our specialist authors to organize reference works on biology, anthropology and history.

We've also simplified the top menu bar and made it the same across the main web sites. We'll be changing the discussion forum site to match both the new look and the new menu system as soon as the new version of its software is ready - very shortly.

If you have any comments, good or bad, on our changes, please feel free to post them in our Web Discussion Forum area or as comments to this posting.

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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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