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Observers Wanted

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Observers Wanted!

We know a lot of people watch our cams at White Rock, Harrison Mills, Delta 2 and Delta 3 - and that's wonderful! One of the main reasons we have cams is to introduce people to eagles, and provide an up-close look at how they interact and raise their young. But the other reason we have the cams is to gather information on eagles and other wildlife, both for those of us who just want to know more and for scientists studying eagle behavior. All four of our primary nests have night vision, so people can (and do) watch around the clock - and we would love to see observations from a variety of people being posted around the clock, so the data is readily accessible for all who are interested.

We've discovered that when several people watch an event, each one sees different things - so we'd love to have more observers for all of our nests, knowing that will lead to different perspectives on what is happening, and different insights.

It's free and easy to join our forum, and we're happy to answer any questions you might have about posting - see Welcome New Observers!.

Thank you for your support - and we're looking forward to seeing you on the forum!


PS - the chicks are bigger now than when I made the collage - they do grow very fast!

pictures from White Rock, Harrison Mills, Delta 2 and Delta 3

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FledgeFest 2015 at Harrison Mills, BC

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FledgeFest 2015 – Harrison Mills
The eagles are again into final stages of nestling development.  So it's time to consider our annual gathering of eagleholics!!  Another FledgeFest is in the offering for our 10th anniversary.
Historically we started FledgeFest related to our estimated date the Sidney chicks were to fledge.  Then a few years back Ma & Pa Sidney had a chick get caught in some fish line in the nest. This necessitated that incredible 'rescue' with many different media in attendance.  While the rescue went unbelievably smoothly and without a hitch, as predicted the adult eagles, while successfully rearing their 3 young, did start to build another new nest two days later.  This new nest of course did not have our cams.  So the next year and since we have not had a formal 'FledgeFest'.  The last two years we compromised with a wonderful garden party here at our home.
The discussions as to where we should have FledgeFest 2015 again came to the surface.  With the Sidney eagles back at their old nest, and in spite of no cams being present, could we again gather somewhere in the Sidney area?  We could also again meet here at my place.  I then thought that with Betty Anne Falkner of Pretty Estates having been such an incredible sponsor of the eagles around Harrison Hills, with her help every year with the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, her sponsorship of our Harrison Mills nest cams and her development of the world's finest bald eagle observatory at Pretty Estates, perhaps we should hold the FledgeFest 2015 at Pretty Estates in Harrison Mills.  It became the unanimous choice.  So FledgeFest 2015 will be at Pretty Estates on Wednesday, July 22 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  We will be having a lunch and a tour of the site.  We might have a second tour of the nearby Chehalis Fish Hatchery.

Perhaps someone can coordinate pickups from Vancouver Island to save the vehicle ferry costs.  Of course this will depend on enough mainland volunteers to pick up people coming from Vancouver Island.
We hope to see as many of you as possible.

Cheers to all.

David Hancock

If you plan to attend you must let us know by posting your intention in the forum thread.  We will need to give a final number of attendees to the restaurant about a week prior to FledgeFest.

Here's the link to the forum thread for more information:



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Salmon Confidential: the ugly truth about Canada's open-net salmon farms

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May 12th, 2015 9:39 AM

(May 12, 2015, Sointula, BC) A 24-page booklet released today by Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society provides an overview of the serious negative environmental and economic implications of open-net salmon farms on Canada's west and east coasts.

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HWF Seeks Volunteers for Fundraising and Calendar Design

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It's that time of year when we need to start designing the Hancock Wildlife Foundation (HWF) calendar for 2016.  For that we need a volunteer who knows how to do this on a computer.  The photos that will be sent to HWF for consideration will be scrutinized by David Hancock who will then select the ones he wants the calendar designer to use. 

In the past we were fortunate enough to have one of our members, who is a designer, donate her time to produce the 2011 - 2014 calendars and they were beautiful.  Last year she had to retire from this volunteer project and someone else volunteered who did not have a PC.  Therfore, at the last minute, David Hancock had to hire someone and the cost of producing the calendar made it less than what we would call a "fundraiser".  As beautiful as our calendars are, if they do not bring us in a profit then it is unfair to ask those involved to put in the hours to produce it.

We also are in great need of a professional fundraiser to volunteer their time to help with fundraising at HWF this year.  We are now in our tenth year of streaming the eagle web cams and our forum admins and mods have run out of ideas.  Our expenses always far exceed our yearly costs so we are in great need of attracting some major funding.  However we also need ideas for smaller campaigns as well. 

If you can volunteer to design the calendar or help with fundraising please email karen@hancockwildlife.org


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Delta 2 Miracle Mom Having Tough Time!!

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Hi all:

Last year our Delta 2 Miracle Mom accomplished several things I would have absolutely predicted as impossible. First after she had her left leg cleanly broken - within 2 months it had solidified and she resumed nesting and initiated laying 2 eggs only one month late from the previous year. Second she not just completed the incubation, certainly getting a lot of cooperation from Pa, but she fully reared and fledged both offspring. This was quite incredible for a bird that "should"  have failed -- and I had defined her a biological reject.

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Echo Lake home to diverse and endangered species

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Jackie Korn of the Ancient Forest Alliance (left) and tree climber Tiger Devine of the Arboreal Collective (right) hang suspended from an old-growth redcedar tree during the Echo Lake Bio-Blitz. - TJ Watt
Jackie Korn of the Ancient Forest Alliance (left) and tree climber Tiger Devine of the Arboreal Collective (right) hang suspended from an old-growth redcedar tree during the Echo Lake Bio-Blitz.
— image credit: TJ Watt

by  Contributed - Agassiz Observer

Preliminary surveys by biologists reveal diverse, endangered, and new species inhabiting the extremely rare lowland old-growth forest at Echo Lake west of Agassiz. Conservationists ramp-up call for the BC government to protect the area from logging.

A biodiversity survey (ie "Bio-Blitz") of an extremely rare but endangered lowland old-growth forest between Agassiz and Mission, the Echo Lake Ancient Forest, famous for its bald eagles, has revealed that it is also home to a large diversity of flora and fauna. This includes many species at risk such as various bats, frogs, snails, dragonflies, and moss. The surveys, conducted over a weekend last year by biologists and naturalists, and co-ordinated by the Ancient Forest Alliance, have now been compiled and will be submitted to the BC Ministry of Environment’s Conservation Data Centre and Wildlife Species Inventory. Over two days, approximately 174 plant, 55 vertebrate, 153 invertebrate, and 38 fungi species were found around Echo Lake.

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Charge: Man clubbed eagles to death, tried to sell them

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Hawk gets friendly with cows in barn

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Red-tailed hawk appears in P.E.I. barn in advance of snowstorms

CBC News Posted: Mar 24, 2015 9:35 AM AT Last Updated: Mar 24, 2015 5:06 PM AT

A hawk seeking shelter from winter storms on P.E.I. has used the refuge so often this winter it is starting to get friendly with the cows there.

"He sat there while the cows were actually licking him, very close to him," Bonshaw farmer Jeff MacQuarrie told CBC News.

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