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Life with the Eagles Next Door

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The Eagles Next Door will air on CBC's The Nature of Things hosted by David Suzuki Thursday, February 4 2016 at 8pm and 8:30pm NT.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/maija-leivo/the-eagles-next-door_b_9081682.html

P.S. from Karen Bills:  This is an excellent article written by a member of the production company who filmed our episode of Nature of Things airing tomorrow night and repeating on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 7, at 2 PM.  Watch the video that is included.  Don't miss this program if you are a viewer of our HWF eagle cams.  You will love it.  The production company did an excellent job and several of our members are also featured.

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Reminder to Watch Nature of Things on Feb. 4th

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Here's a link to the upcoming Nature of Things program, on Feb. 4th, featuring Hancock Wildlife:

http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episodes/eagles-next-door

They also created a page of 'eagle facts', some of which they got from us and some from other places on the Internet.

http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/features/how-to-be-a-good-eagle-neighbour

UPDATE:  I am so sorry to report that we have just learned that the program will only be available to Canadian viewers.  For Canadians who miss it on Feb. 4th and the repeat show on Feb. 7th, they will have the option of watching it on the Nature of Things website when it becomes available probably about a week after it airs on television.  However if you are in the U.S. or elsewhere, even if you go to their website, the video will NOT play outside of Canada!!

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Another Year End

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Hancock here – another Year End!    December 31, 2015

Well first, I hope you had a wonderful Xmas and I wish you a tremendously healthy and successful New Year.    Mary and I have sat around a few more hours this year with more time for contemplation and generally it has been a year of good thoughts and worldly interactions. Let me highlight a few items that came to the top of the pile.

Delta 2 eagle nest cam:   First, it was quite a year of wind storms -- winds that were quite destructive to many local trees and eagle nests.  The August 29th morning call came in early saying “The Delta 2 nest is gone”.  Who would go out to confirm?  Before I had time to review this Karen called that Ken confirmed the tree was down, the cams with it.  The next morning I viewed the site to confirm my worst horrors.  But from that moment on life was bent on succeeding.  From the site I called Larry and I said I thought the tree known to the viewers as the “Barn Tree Perch” was capable of supporting an artificial platform.  Larry’s immediate response was, “Would a 60 or 80 ft. lift do the job?”  “80", I replied. “I’ll call you right back", he said!  As I hung up the thought of not just building the platform but of the havoc brought to other neighboring nests in the past season came flashing before me.  The local First Nations people had removed 4 active eagle nests to sustain their condominiums, commercial shop developments (huge mall) and the preparation for the government co-sponsored deep-sea container holding area.  Few suitable trees were going to be available for any nest building for the entire area.  That door closed, another door opened.

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Periscoping

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Hancock here:  

On Christmas day Christian Sasse and I were visiting various nests and viewing eagles in the Boundary Bay area.   We hardly got started down 96 St and coming towards us was an adult eagle carrying dinner.  We were stopped as she alit on the telephone pole beside us.  Out came Christian's big lens, his cell phone was snapped into place and within a few seconds he was broadcasting this eagle tearing apart a duck to the world.

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Christmas Cheers for you and the eagles

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It is hard to believe another calendar year has passed and our eagles are again settling into another breeding season.
 
First, I want to thank all of you for your assistance throughout the year and particularly those who have donated so much time and dollars to keeping the cams running.  For 10 years you have pioneered this expansion of awareness of some of our treasured beings.  Thanks.  You have stimulated so many others to start their own outreach of more cams, be that of eagles, hummingbirds or a hundred other species.  Just look at the list of species on our site.  It is quite exciting.

 

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40 Years from the Brink of Extinction

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Bad title but totally wonderful book.

As many of our eagle followers know I largely paid my way through university writing and photographing wildlife  -- and particularly eagles.  Eagles have been my life. Our live streaming cams have put the intimate behavior of bald eagles into the homes of many millions of people.  My commercial life became that of a publisher -- not insignificantly portraying eagles as often as I could, but always the thought of the ultimate book on eagles lay ahead, the dream of a lifetime.  Well here it is -- but I didn’t write, photograph or publish it – John D Chaney did and what a magnificent book it is.

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Eagles Next Door

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ATTENTION:

I promised to let you all know when the CBC's program, 'The Nature of Things' episode featuring HWF and our eagle cams would air.  The episode will be called 'Eagles Next Door' and will air on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 at 8 PM EST and again at 8 PM PST.  The episode will repeat on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 PM EST and again at 2 PM PST.  Only Canadian viewers will be able to see it unfortunately.  Here's more information:

http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episodes/eagles-next-door

Some of our local members were interviewed, along with David Hancock of course.  You will love it.  So mark those dates on your calendar.

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A Passionate Raptor Supporter Flies On.

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Maj would be the first to forgive me for forgetting to comment on her sad passing.  I was busy chasing eagles at the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival when I heard the devastating news.
 
Few people have made such a positive impression on the conservation ethic of a community as Maj.  She mobilized the masses for the benefit of all.  Her pioneering efforts to maintain the Mountainaire Avian Rescue would be enough to accord her a memorable place in history.  She interacted with everybody.  She pioneered the Campbell River Bald Eagle Festival and spread the word of need and appreciation for these big predator-scavengers.
 
Many of us suffered with her as she lost her supportive husband a while back – and now we again suffer her sudden and unexpected disappearance.  I will always remember her kind and inquisitive face – and encouragement to do more for raptors.  Maj, you're loved and missed, but aliive in our hearts.

David Hancock

 

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