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The Story of the PMV (Port Metro Vancouver) Esplanade Eagles


The development of the North Shore Harbor, known as the Lower Road & Spirit Trail Development, has been the home of a pair of territorial bald eagles for at least 5 years. The pair reportedly tried twice to nest on an old crane that is slated for re-building - this did not work. Then in the spring of 2011 they built a nest in a cottonwood tree above the Esplanade road but did not succeed in raising young in 2011. Reported during the winter of 2011, much of the nest blew down. Then they again came back in the fall of 2011 and were seen on their favorite cranes beside the water’s edge and occasionally in or near the nest tree. Then I was about to get involved!

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Low Level Road Project Mitigation Measures Bald Eagle Habitat

 

 

 

Ian Galsworthy

Port Metro Vancouver

100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place

Vancouver, BC Canada V6C 3T4

direct: 604.665.9244 mobile: 604.753.9906

fax: 1.866.284.4271

Report on the Low Level Road Project Regarding Bald Eagle Nest Mitigation        Jan 30, 2013

As a long time advocate for bald eagles I was at first sad to learn that the 5 year efforts  of a bald eagle pair to establish, while unsuccessfully, a nest on the Port Metro Vancouver property in North Vancouver was coming to an end.  Then I learned that a permit to remove this nest had been given by the Ministry of Environment, but that there was a possible positive upside for eagles.  MOE was demanding mitigation, and this mitigation was being very positively viewed by Port Metro Vancouver. 

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Heart of the Fraser

Hi All: 

Those of you who have had the opportunity to visit our Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival or view our Chehalis Flats Tower Cams, or who might get views from the new Harrison Mills live streaming cam, will already know of the jewel in our midst -- The Fraser River and Valley.  Our cams and effort largely focus on one of the side tributaries of the Fraser, the Harrison River and its incredible tributary, the Chehalis -- all just an hour north of Vancouver.  This Chehalis Flats is where the world's largest flock of wintering bald eagles annually gather.

 

Coming up on this site you will learn of our collective efforts to bring together an educational campaign about how the Chehalis Flats needs some protection from vehicles, boats, seadoos, kayaks, hikers and phtographters.  The HWF, Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, the Sts'ailes First Nation and the collective of the Harrison Mill Community Group are working to preserve this incredibly productive and yet vulnerable area.  This is all part of the bigger project of Mark Angelo to bring attention to the "heart of the Fraser".  Please watch a fine short video of the Fraser lowlands.


David Hancock

 

Dear River Advocates,

For your interest, attached is a link to a great new 3 minute video with renowned river advocate Mark Angelo (also World Rivers Day Chair) on the wonders of the lower Fraser River and the need to better care for it.  A part of this stretch includes what's referred to as the Heart of the Fraser, the focus of one of the most important conservation initiatives in all of Canada. 

A special thanks is extended to sponsors North Growth Foundation and the International River Foundation. 

Hope you enjoy the video:


Heart of the Fraser

  

  Best Wishes,  Worldriversday2
     Scott Denkers
     WRD Communications Coordinator

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Report to Web Supporters on HWF Annual Meeting

 

Hi all: 

Well what a fiscal year to have gotten over and what an incredible fall for the current year to now be experiencing at this halfway position.  As many of you know the HWF has a fiscal year July 1 through June 30.  We just closed out the 2011 -2012 year with the Annual Meeting on Friday Dec 15.  So many things to touch on.

Comments on the Annual General Meeting:

1.       Dr. David Bird moved and the Directors unanimously passed to thank all the volunteers from the key mods to all those contributing by posting questions and answers to the various Forums, Facebook etc.  I am reluctant to make specific kudos simply because so many do so much.  JudyB, with her expanding group of mods and different levels of helpers, totally keeps the web going.  She has become our webmaster as well as web manager and Karen keeps me going or pointed to the next presentation.  I can't leave this without acknowledging that Mary again seems to enjoy directly assisting in my talks or being a 'bald eagle widow' -- I am not sure which prevails.  Needless to say in addition to being the Foundation Secretary she is the resident Foundation social convener:  chief cook and bottle washer -- I can only hope she does not read this!  Again, and with the confusion of fiscal years and calendar years, it is best to simply say that Nancy has again produced a wondrous calendar with image contributions by so many. The Directors and I pass along our sincere appreciation for all your time, devotion and contributions.

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HWF Report on Volunteers

HWF  Report on Volunteers by Judy Barrows.                               For period July 1, 2011 thru June 30, 2012

a)      Report on Volunteers associated with the web:

We have 66 active volunteers, not including Karen Bills and David, and our best estimate is that they put in about 22,880 hours during the year in question.  That does not include time spent with a cam streaming in the corner of one's monitor while doing something non-HWF-related and also does not include the time put in by active forum members who are not official volunteers, many of whom are online for hours at a time, posting observations and screenshots, recording videos, and otherwise contributing to making the HWF forum such a great resource.

  
 (Judy Barrows is our Forum and Web coordinator – in charge of volunteer moderators, designers etc.)

b)      Report of Key volunteers associated with HWF management by David Hancock:

Karen Bills, HWF Project Coordinator, spends a minimum of 8 hours a day monitoring, posting and informing me of various issues, and this does not include some 30 days where she is accompanying me on full days in the field cam installations, public talks, school visits, meetings, festivals, etc.   This amounts to another 2400 volunteer hours.

Several individuals have repeatedly volunteered to assist me in the installation of web cams. There were at least 22 day attempts to install cams and or undertake repairs and these days ran between 6 hours and 12 hours each.  Or 8 hr average x  3 volunteers = 528 hours.

Mary Scott, HWF secretary and chief cook and social convenor, spends at least 8 hours a week organizing and catering to HWF visitors at our headquarters.   Total volunteer time, not including the HWF correspondence:   8 x 52 =  416 hours.

David Hancock works at least 8 hours per day on HWF business or associated cams or studies or presentations.  This totals another 2400 volunteer hours.

Total volunteer hours of the HWF volunteers:     28,624 hours.

David Hancock, President of HWF

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