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Season of the Eagles and Salmon Video

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For those of you who have not yet seen the latest promotional video from Christian Sasse for this year's Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, Nov. 15 and 16, here it is:

SEASON OF THE EAGLES AND SALMON

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCygn2B3snA&feature=youtu.be

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Vote for MARS

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Hancock here:   Our eagles need the support of the various rehabilitation centers around the world.  We thank them for their incredible devotion to our birds and all animal welfare. 
 
One of my all time favorite people, committed to conservation in general, is Maj Birch.  She has devotedly saved a great many birds from a cruel death.  Maj runs the Mountainaire Avian Rescue in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, BC.  Like a lot of such facilities around the world they have run out of room and need a new facility. She has brilliantly organized her fundraising around an AVIVA competition.  AVIVA is an insurance company that has a public conscience and hosts competitions with enormous prizes for those that gain the most public support through a daily vote.

I have been voting for MARS each day and would recommend you do the same.

You can learn about MARS at:  www.wingtips.org
 
Thanks.

David

P.S.   If you are on the Island in late February come to the MARS Bald Eagle Festival.  I will be there giving a talk.
 
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A British Columbia fisherman made the most unusual catch of his lifetime -- a bald eagle.

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CTV News.ca Staff
Published Monday, September 22, 2014 8:02PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 10:00PM EDT

Recreational fisherman Don Dunbar was fishing off the coast of Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island on Sept. 7, when he spotted a bald eagle in distress swimming toward his boat.

Dunbar dropped his fishing lines and picked up his net to scoop the bird out of the water.




It's unknown how long the eagle was floating. When Dunbar picked it up onto his boat, the eagle was exhausted and its wings were drenched.

Read the rest of the story and view the amazing video here:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/fisherman-rescues-bald-eagle-floating-off-the-coast-of-british-columbia-1.2019398#ixzz3E9E8VL00

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Nel the osprey flies free

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 by  Will Johnson - Nelson Star

posted Sep 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM— updated Sep 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Nel flies free!

Bird care specialists from O.W.L. Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society accompanied Nel, the orphaned osprey who has been rehabilitating in Delta since July, to Kokanee Creek Provincial Park to release her back into the wild on Friday afternoon.

“I got to O.W.L. at about quarter to 7 this morning to pick up Nel. One of my co-workers went with me into the pool cage, where she was with her foster Mom. We made sure she flew, then she landed on the ground and I didn’t even need a net. I gathered her up no problem,” said bird care specialist Mindy Dyck.

“We took her and weighed her. She’s 1.710 kilos, which is perfect. A great weight. We made sure her band was correct, we put her in her kennel. She can’t see anything, so that keeps her calm.”

Dyck met the president of O.W.L., Karen Wheatley, at the airport. Pacific Coastal Airlines provided free tickets for Nel and her handlers.

“They took us out special and loaded us up. Made us feel like we were movie stars and off we went. It was a beautiful flight, calm.”

Read the rest of the story and view the video here:   http://www.nelsonstar.com/news/274955721.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bGsAfDvJ90&sns=em

 

 

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Expanded Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Ė Season of the Eagle & Salmon -- a must to attend for 2014!!

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Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Schedule of Events  ---  2014


Eagle Release and preliminary schedule.
 

• November 12, 2014
Official ‘eagle release’ at Pretty Estates Resort 


Season of the Eagles Festivals:

The season will be marked by THREE weekends of festivities, lectures and displays.

 
• Weekend #1 November 15 -16     19th Annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival (FVBEF)

David Hancock will provide lectures on the Wondrous Bald Eagle Recovery at Harrison Mills, the Bald Eagle Capital of the World, at the Tapadera Estates viewing site and act as a guide on numerous Fraser River Safari Eagle Tours through November and December.  Other speakers will give presentations each weekend on other natural history topics. The FVBEF will host displays and various open houses at different locations on this first weekend – see:  www.fvbef.ca for schedule of events.

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Osprey Nelís back in Nelson, hopefully joining fledgling friends for fall migration

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Nel the orphaned osprey gives warning to a photographer at the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation (OWL) centre in Delta. A healthy Nel was returned Friday to Nelson, where she was born last spring.

After months of rehab at a Delta wildlife centre where she learned to fish and fend for herself, Nel the osprey has gone back to Nelson.

Workers from the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (OWL) began the short journey to Nel’s place of birth Friday morning with a free flight to Castlegar, courtesy of Pacific Coastal Airlines.

Read the rest of the story here: 

http://www.theprovince.com/technology/Osprey+back+Nelson+hopefully+joining+fledgling+friends+fall/10199125/story.html

 

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David Hancock to Speak at Richmond Raptor Festival

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On Sunday, August 17, David Hancock will be speaking at 2:30 PM at the annual Richmond Raptor Festival.  Hancock Wildlife Foundation will also have a booth there so we hope you will come out and meet us. 

Here's the details:

http://www.richmond.ca/parks/about/programs/programs-events.htm

 

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FledgeFest 2014 Report

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Hancock here: FledgeFest 2014 & Hancock Open House: What a wonderful day for Mary and me, great weather, totally wonderful guests and so much exciting reaffirmation and good talk. The day started with a small caravan of 5 cars on a tour to various Lower Fraser Valley Bald Eagle nests. Most of the participants were out-of-towners who were up for FledgeFest and we got to visit a few nests. Mary suggests I left on the tour to get out of the final food prep!

Many of the nestlings were already fledged. The lone surviving chick from Nest #169 in Delta was feeding on the nest. The previous day we got sad news. While electrocution is still the largest killer of eagles, roadside kill by vehicles is a close second. Now we have to sadly add trains to the category of "killers". The juvenile at #169, on its 2nd or 3rd day of flying landed on the railway tracks and then flew off but in the wrong direction. It was run down by the approaching engine. OWL collected up the badly damaged bird but the vet decided the broken bones and huge open wounds were too much and the bird was sadly put down. My records will read: HWF Nest #169: 2 young fledged, 1 fledgling died 2-3 days after fledging when run over by a train engine - July 12, 2014

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