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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. 

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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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Sea eagle chick rescued after falling from its webcam nest

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A rescue mission to save a famous BBC sea eagle chick after it fell 30ft from its nest on Mull has been successful.

The eight-week-old chick became a TV star on the BBC Springwatch show and is currently being viewed from around the world on a live webcam.

The eagle was seen at the weekend but by Sunday evening the nest was empty.

Worried bird watchers raised the alarm and two tree climbers from Forestry Commission Scotland later found it in the undergrowth.

After a thorough check, the chick was confirmed to be in a healthy condition.

Full story here: www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-28111221

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Financial Needs Update for 2014 - 2015

Here are the plans for this season and specifically for the upcoming season that starts in August, 2014 as the resident eagles have departed for the northern early fish spawning.

Bald Eagle Nest Cams: all existing cams to be cleaned and redone for next year

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Nelson osprey mystery solved

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Keeping your Feeders Full!

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Comment from David Hancock re Wintering Hummers and Feeders.


Hancock here: Nature's creatures never stop amazing me, be it the rearing of 2 eaglets by our Delta2 Ma who had her leg snapped in half just as the mating season was starting, or the current attached note on Hummingbirds, now advertised winter residents of the Lower Mainland.

Sure we have seen them wintering here sporadically for years but I had not expected to see someone say not to worry about removing their feeders in late summer so we don't interfere with their southern migration. That migration is apparently only for the Rufous Hummingbird and some of the Anna's. The rest of the Anna's are now regular winter residents.

So is this largely a followup to climate change or something else. I suspect the former as far as the big picture is concerned. A few years ago I saw an Anna's choose a night perch over the White Rock cliffs, the minute bird perched on a 3 inch branch directly over a running drainage pipe that constantly oozed "warm water" and warm vapour that kept the little hummer warm through the night. Many observers have also seen how this little bird will select a small microhabitat high in the dormer of a peaked roof where warm air oozes out from the house to give the bird the needed warmth.

I guess my biggest concern is that in spite of many hummers finding food in greenhouses that generally they are dependent upon a constantly provided food supply from human provided feeders. So please keep up the supply, the cleaning of those feeders and arrange some nearby alternative feeder, like you do for your cat or dog, when you go south.


Read "Keep your Feeders Full"  from Wildbirds Unlimited


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Parksville eagles engage in unusual method for setting up a 'household'

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Neil Dawe / Special To The Daily News
June 12, 2014 12:00 AM

There's an unusual menage a trois within Parksville city limits. A trio of bald eagles has set up its household and is in the midst of rearing two young. 

I first noticed this arrangement while keeping an eye on a pair of Bald eagles at their nest. On one occasion, a third adult eagle flew in and perched on a snag, about 250 metres away from the nest. The nesting pair made no fuss.

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Note from Hancock Wildlife Foundation:  We also observed a pair of females with a male helping to raise chicks down in California on one of the Channel Islands a few years ago.


Neil Dawe / Special To The Daily News
June 12, 2014 12:00 AM - See more at: http://www.nanaimodailynews.com/news/nanaimo-region/parksville-eagles-engage-in-unusual-method-for-setting-up-a-household-1.1126842#sthash.14svo6LL.dpuf
There's an unusual ménage à trois within Parksville city limits. A trio of Bald eagles has set up its household and is in the midst of rearing two young. - See more at: http://www.nanaimodailynews.com/news/nanaimo-region/parksville-eagles-engage-in-unusual-method-for-setting-up-a-household-1.1126842#sthash.14svo6LL.dpuf
Neil Dawe / Special To The Daily News
June 12, 2014 12:00 AM - See more at: http://www.nanaimodailynews.com/news/nanaimo-region/parksville-eagles-engage-in-unusual-method-for-setting-up-a-household-1.1126842#sthash.14svo6LL.dpuf


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Season of the Eagles and Salmon

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Season of the Eagles & Salmon

Harrison Mills is not just the Home of the world’s largest wintering population of Bald Eagles and the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival but, due to popular demand, the entire fall salmon spawning & eagle feasting have been expanded and given the name of the “The Season of the Eagles & Salmon”. Now 3 separate weekends are devoted to honoring this wildlife phenomena as follows:
The Season of the Eagles & Salmon: at Harrison Mills - Bald Eagle Wintering Capital of the World.
1st Weekend: Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival: Nov. 15 – 16 2014
2nd Weekend: Sts’ailes Salmon Festival: Nov. 22 – 23 2014
3rd Weekend: Pretty Estates Festival – Photo Contests: Nov. 29 – 30 2014
Bald Eagles continue to feast along the Chehalis – Harrison Rivers at Harrison Mills during the rest of the winter as long as the spawned out salmon carcasses are available into the new year. However the peak viewing for both feasting eagles and spawning salmon is during November and December. See map for viewing sites at Harrison Mills.

For details on the full schedule of events for the Season of the Eagles & Salmon see:
http://fraservalleybaldeaglefestival.ca ... -schedule/

The Season of the Eagles & Salmon events are coordinated by several community groups:
Hancock Wildlife Foundation: www.hancockwildlife.org
Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival: www.fvbef.ca
Sts’ailes First Nations: http://www.stsailesdevcorp.com/
Harrison Salmon Stronghold: http://www.stsailesdevcorp.com/natural- ... stronghold
Pretty Estates: http://www.prettyestateresort.com/
Kilby Historic Site: http://kilby.ca/
Harrison Mills Regional Association: http://harrisonmillsra.org/

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