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FledgeFest 2015 will soon be here.

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This is a reminder that FledgeFest is now just a month away.  I hope you marked your calendars when we first announced it last month to give folks time to make travel plans or take a day off work if necessary.  It is important that you let us know if you are going to try to attend.   I am reposting the invitation from David Hancock.  Below it is a hot link to the forum thread devoted to FledgeFest 2015 where you will find a map and other information about the day's activities. It is also the place where the pictures from FledgeFest will be posted following the event.

Wednesday, July 22, will be here soon and we need you hear from you.  Let's make our 10th anniversary a big one as it could be our last if we are no longer able to afford streaming the eagle nest web cams.  It will be a time to assess whether we can go forward.  You can email me at karen@hancockwildlife.org if you have any questions.


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:


http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/viewtopic.php?topic=775044#775044

 

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Fate of Vancouver eaglets now up to widowed male

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Offspring’s future at risk following the death of their mother 

 

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Great Tragedy at Lafarge/Pandora Nest

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Hancock here:  Great Tragedy at Lafarge!



The Lafarge territory and pair of eagles have had a terrible season.  Last fall the nest tree succumbed to a combination of trunk rot, a heavy nest and high winds.  Down the nest came in a storm including the supporting limb necessary to support that or a new nest.  Would our insurance policy of putting in the artificial nest and pole pay off?  Only partially to this point.  The adult birds frequently use the nest pole perches for resting and feeding but they did not immediately, upon loss of the nest, switch to the artificial structure.  Somewhere in this I failed. 

However, just up inland was the old territory nest in a Douglas Fir and it apparently had greater appeal in spite of the extra half mile of return flights to the harbor.  This pair normally lays 3 eggs but apparently, and of course without the benefit of nest cams on the old nest, it is suspected they have 2 chicks about 7-8 weeks old.

Now a new tragedy -- Ma was electrocuted last evening.  The fire department responded to the flaming incident but she is dead.  Can Pa keep up the food supply coming and finish the rearing?  Time will tell.  There are a couple of positive options that have happened with other nests.  Pa might be able to solicit another lady to join him.  Of course at 7 -8 weeks of age in our relatively warm climate he does not likely need to do any brooding so will have more time for food gathering.

We have a whole bevy of Ma and Pa followers so you will be hearing updates to this continuing drama.  At this time we need good observations.  JUST NOW at 10:24 AM I got a call from Sharon to say some of the observers are not yet convinced the dead bird is the female  -- maybe it is the male.   So we hope OWL will undertake an autopsy to proof this.

So sorry to report on this pair that is such a favorite pair.  No eagles have been more catered to than this pair. Lafarge did so much to protect the nest and even undertook construction of the artificial pole and nest.  Certainly the artificial structure has been annually a good feeding perch and a constant fledging landing platform.  I hope this all continues.

I look forward to our groups -- the HWF and OWL teams -- keeping track of these interesting but sad happenings  -- and hopefully to a positive conclusion.


Thanks.

David

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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!

~JudyB

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:


http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/viewtopic.php?topic=775044#775044

 

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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.

Read the rest of the article here:

http://huffstrategy.com/MediaManager/release/Pacific-Coast-Wild-Salmon-Society/12-5-15/Salmon-Confidential-the-ugly-truth-about-Canadas-open-net-salmon-/3108.html

 

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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

Thanks.

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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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