Thanks for the invitation to assist in your raptor interest.
I have spent over 60 years studying eagles and other raptors in the field and specifically their recent invasion into the urban and suburban setting. The Hancock Wildlife Foundation also pioneered much of the live streaming from cams to the Internet in bald eagle nests and in underwater salmon habitats. I am regularly called upon to "speak for the eagles" in various raptor mitigation issues and, while our non-profit Foundation has the basic insurance policies covering my field activities, I am not a Government Registered Raptor Biologist with their liability insurance.
My position is quite simple. I donate my time to the Foundation to assist individuals, government agencies or private corporations to arrive at the best options for enticing bald eagles etc. into nesting where desired, mitigating various intrusions into raptor habitat such as nest removal or installing streaming cams into active wildlife sites.
If the entity wishing work done is or has commercial components, then I encourage them to make an appropriate contribution or donation to the Hancock Wildlife Foundation parallel to what another ecological specialist consultant would be paid. In mitigation issues the Foundation is usually contracted by the environmental consultants to give the “best possible advice on resolving an eagle mitigation issue.” If I can assist your project in the above manner as I have done with many others, including several government agencies, corporations or private individuals, I am pleased to give my experienced opinion on a satisfactory mitigation to some eagle environmental challenge. A common challenge, and one generally simple to resolve but usually with specific local conditions, is providing replacement nesting options when an eagle nest is removed. Another challenge is to get eagles or ospreys to nest where they are desired, particularly in new locations.Still another common request is to install live streaming cams as displayed on our website.
Most of the mitigation work does have readily simple field solutions and I always work towards that “Occam's razor” approach.
Perhaps your project could be resolved through a telephone or email discussion but often a field inspection is essential to give the perspective required. I am prepared to do both provided my expenses are covered and any commercial organization gives some appropriate support towards habitat preservation.
Hancock Wildlife Foundation
David Hancock, Lecturer
This noted biologist, conservationist, writer and publisher is available for speaking engagements. An enthusiastic and dynamic lecturer, David has a fine collection of beautiful PowerPoint presentations that illustrate a number of current themes. These include:
• Bald Eagles, Salmon and More
• West Coast Wildlife
• NW Native Art & Culture
• Tlingits: The Alaskan Indians
He frequently addresses conservation societies on the protection and creation of better bald eagle habitat. A few other pet lecture topics include: The Turacos of the World, The Grouse of the World, Arctic Adventures, and An African Photo Safari.
David Hancock has spent most of his life studying west coast and arctic wildlife. He has published scientific and popular books and papers on whales, seals, seabirds, grouse and his speciality, the northern raptors. Prior to starting Hancock House Publishers he was a pilot and wildlife film producer, again specializing in the Native cultures and wildlife of the coast and north.
His books include: The Bald Eagle of Alaska, BC and Washington, Story of Eagle (for children) and Rocky Mountain Wildlife as well as another book on the northwest coast Indians - Tlingit: Their Art and Culture. As well, he has a book on the Alaska-Yukon wildflowers.
He is continually undertaking studies of the bald eagles along the northwest coast and maintains a sandhill crane breeding project.
David Hancock, Raptor Biologist Hancock Wildlife Foundation Canada: 19313 Zero Ave., Surrey, BC V3S 9R9 USA: 1431 Harrison Ave., Blaine, WA 98230 WEB: www.hancockwildlife.org 604 538-1114 or 604 761-1025
For the past 4 years Nancy has done a wonderful job designing our annual HWF Calendar. Nancy only reluctantly did the 4th year but this season we need to find another designer. So first thanks again, Nancy, for the incredible job of telling the world "daily" about our eagles.
Now we need a new designer. Nancy will give the Quark Express files to the new designer but the new designer does not have to use QE. They could choose a design program of their choice as the final print-ready version needs to be a high res PDF.
Each year we have more images and this year is no exception. We have many very skilled photographers in the area that will donate images to us. The process is: I will give the basic table of contents -- the 12 months of desired image subjects and then we will solicit the image donations. The biggest & best high res images become the full page monthly feature while other related images become the smaller "day fillers".
The designer largely gets to decide the images subject to review by me.
Timing: We want this done as-soon-as-possible to get calendar orders while our viewers and members are still watching the cams, before the eagles leave on their summer migrations. The calendar must be ready for the printer by September. While we like to have as many photographers represented as possible getting the necessary high res images for the monthly feature does mean fewer entries qualify.
If you would like to consider tackling this essential HWF project please call me asap: 604-538-1114 or toll free long distance 1-800-938-1114. It does not matter where you live. Nancy lives in New England and we're on the west coast. The email distribution of the images etc. happens! Of course HWF pays for the printing of the calendars but we need a volunteer to assemble the calendar design printer-ready as a high res pdf.
Hancock Wildlife Foundation is proud to announce that our new Raptor Research News web site is now online with the first of what is hoped to be many research papers and books available to the raptor research and science community in specific as well as the general public.
With this launch we include the complete online edition of the definitive raptor science manual, Raptor Research and Management Techniques, which covers all manner of research and conservation techniques, practices and problems.
From the Preface:
In 1987, the Raptor Information Center of the National Wildlife Federation published the Raptor Management Techniques Manual. The work, which was edited by Beth Giron Pendleton, Brian Millsap, Keith Cline, and David Bird, was a 420-page manual consisting of 19 chapters divided into three sections: Field Research Techniques, Management Techniques, and Laboratory Research Techniques. Each chapter was authored by one or more experts in the field, and each was reviewed by two independent referees. Priced at $25 U.S., the book sold out quickly. Although the Raptor Managernent Techniques Manual was published in binder format with the expectation that individual chapters would be updated and replaced as warranted, this never occurred. The Raptor Information Center was disbanded in the 1990s.
In 2000, the Raptor Research Foundation (RRF) approached the National Wildlife Federation and was given permission to pursue the publication of a thoroughly updated version of the manual. RRF then asked the two of us to solicit authors for individual chapters, edit the new work, and oversee its publication. The book before you, Raptor Research and Management Techniques, is the result of these efforts.
Now that the internet is so pervasive, it has been decided to encourage interactive update to the information contained in this book.
This basic document has been made available by Hancock House Publishers in cooperation with the owners, RRF and authors, to facilitate the speedier access to and updating of these cornerstone tools of research and management. The existing Chapter authors and others will be encouraged to oversee the discussions within their topic specialty. The Hancock Wildlife Foundation, a not-for-profit society is supporting and coordinating this site.
The basis of this article was originally posted April 10, 2007 in our now archived original discussion forum.
The Hancock Wildlife Foundation (HWF) emerged to utilize the power of live WEB and TV communications to highlight the story of the earth’s plight. The Story of a River is the story of human survival, of wilderness survival, the story of what humankind is doing to our sacred land.
The uniqueness of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation arises from the incredible popularity and web presence surrounding the Live CAM presentations. This world-wide penetration was overwhelmingly supported by individuals at local levels volunteering to help. What the HWF's biggest role will be is coordinating this expansion of stewardship. Bringing together not just those already working at various local stewardship projects but enabling them to interface through the WEB and discussion forums with an expanded constituency that “wants to know”.