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Bald Eagle Nestling Age Classes-1

Bald Eagle Biology

Bald Eagle Nestling Age Classes

By: David Hancock:
Bald Eagle Biologist

Bald Eagle Nestling Age Classes:
(Waiting for DH photos)

Chicks- Colour/Size and Estimated Age

Class 1.
White and Small. Never left alone
for more than 2-3 minutes 1 - 10 day days
Class 2.
Starting Grey and Small. In warm
weather left alone 1-10 minutes 1 ½ - 3 weeks old
Class 3
Grey sit up in nest. Can be left
alone in warm weather 10-+ min. 4-5 weeks old
Class 4
Brown feather just starting to
show in a few rows 6-7 weeks old
Class 5
Brown feathers showing as
dominant tracks 8-9 weeks old
Class 6
Brown and full size body:
No grey down showing. 10-12 weeks old
Class 7
Fledglings: Uniformly brown:
Chicks fledge at 80 to 90 days of age.
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Product Donations

Wildlife News

Product Donations also Gladly Received

The Hancock Wildlife Foundation is always needing specialized, new or used equipment for which we will also issue receipts.

Camcorders, Video Editing equipment etc. For placement in nests, for upcoming school projects or testing sites. Also needed tripods etc.

Satellite Telemetry equipment: If any biologist has left over equipment we would love to use it in our upcoming eagle tracking project.

In particular we seek a sponsor who could supply high quality and high resolution cameras for the nests and other projects.

OK – here’s a Different Request: Does anybody have a spare aircraft, particularly a 2 - 4 place float plane, that they would donate for our surveys etc? I did have my commercial pilots license and would like to get back to these surveys. And of course it would support our other projects so effectively. What a dream for the Foundation and a fine way for someone to convert an aircraft, or surplus motorhome, into a full tax deduction.

A Specific Donation Needed:

Underwater or Weatherproof Video Housings needed:

The Foundation is always looking for donations of Weatherproof Housings or Underwater Housings that we can adapt to video cameras. We want them for putting in anything from eagle nests, to sitting on the bottom of rivers to sitting out in the open fields for months of exposure. Bob Chappel, our technical man on the Island, uses them in many bird nesting and school projects.

OK – here’s a Different Request:

Does anybody have a spare aircraft, particularly a 2 - 4 place float plane, that they would donate for our surveys etc? I did have my commercial pilots license and would like to get back to these surveys. And of course it would support our other projects so effectively. What a dream for the Foundation and a fine way for someone to convert an aircraft, or surplus motorhome, into a full tax deduction.

David Hancock

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A New Season and a New Look

Wildlife NewsWelcome to our new-look Hancock Wildlife Foundation web site. Over the past month or so a dedicated team of volunteers has been working toward what you are now viewing - and there is more to come. Along with the new look, we're finally getting back to the organization of the site, including getting the Biology Reference materials all into one place and organized.

You'll also notice a new banner and color scheme on our Hancock Wildlife Channel web site. Our Discussion Forum will not be changed until we have the new version of the discussion software ready for installation - likely a few weeks. At that time it too will share our new graphic logo and brighter colors.

One of the major complaints about our web presence has been that the three different sections looked so much alike that people in many cases didn't realize there were actually three different web sites with three different purposes. This caused quite a bit of a problem since all three sites also have their own "membership" database and the login info is not yet shared between them. People would sign up on one, then try to log into another and get an error message saying the system didn't know them - not good.

The three sites serve completely different yet complimentary purposes. For a look at why things are the way they are, you are invited to the Web Discussion section in our Discussion Forum. If you have time and are interested in helping, there's still lots to do and will be on an ongoing basis.

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Welcome to our new look

Wildlife NewsHancock 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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