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Eagles in the city: Feathered Delta parents no longer empty-nesters

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Last month, members of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation turned off the cameras aimed at an eagle nest at the OWL Rehabilitation Society.

It was a disappointing spring, as the new parents, a pair of bald eagles, finally abandoned their infertile eggs to the elements.

At about the same time, researcher David Hancock's people started watching the Delta 1 nest, which itself didn't have a great track record after cameras were set up last year.

The parent eagles had arrived late this season to the small and deteriorated hawk nest east of Ladner, and there were discussions as to whether to even broadcast the activity online.

Researchers – and web surfers – were suddenly hopeful as at least one egg was seen in the formerly abandoned nest.

See the photo and read the rest of the story here:

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Vancouver Island band plans to kill sea otters for pelts

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Aboriginals on the west coast of Vancouver Island are planning to kill one per cent of sea otters per year for ceremonial reasons.

Staff of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council and the federal fisheries department have together created a draft sea otter management plan that has been submitted to native leaders for support prior to formal approval by Ottawa.

Decimated on the B.C. coast during the European fur trade of the late 1700s and early 1800s, sea otters were successfully reintroduced from Alaska between 1969 and 1972.

In 2007, the federal Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada downlisted the marine mammal’s status to “special concern” from “threatened.”

The committee estimated sea otters have repopulated 25 to 33 per cent of their historic range in B.C., but cautioned “numbers are small” at less than 3,500 and “require careful monitoring.”

Roger Dunlop, regional fisheries biologist for the tribal council, expects the hunt to generate some controversy. “Sea otters are very cute. There will potentially be some outcry at any harvest at all. But this is an aboriginal right and the harvests won’t harm the population.”


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Hornby Nest Camera Fogged - Cleaning Service Dispatched (updated again and again)

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Many people have noted that the image from our Hornby Island eagle nest camera is fogged recently.

The problem is that the chick has covered it with a "shot" that should have gone over the side of the nest but hit the camera instead.

UPDATE: The close-up camera has been restored to its former frame rate. A recent rain storm has cleared the view enough that we've relegated the wide-angle to the 1-frame/second role now.

UPDATE: May 26, 2009 - Another "fowl" moment and the camera is now completely blocked. Let's hope the Spring rains come hard for a day or two

One of our intrepid volunteers has suggested a cleaning trip to the nest site but this may have to wait for later in the season when the eagles have left for the salmon rivers, however a picture is worth a thousand words... read on

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Philadelphia Zoo-Hatched Eaglet Put Into Active Wild Nest... Again

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Philadelphia Zoo-Hatched Eaglet Put Into Active Wild Nest... Again

DOYLESTOWN, Pa., May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the second time in 13 years, Pennsylvania Game Commission and Philadelphia Zoo officials teamed up to foster a zoo-hatched eagle into a wild nest in the Commonwealth. This time the eaglet was placed in a wild nest already holding two eaglets near Doylestown, Bucks County.

The last time the two organizations worked together was on May 16, 1996, when a zoo-hatched eaglet was fostered into a wild nest holding two eaglets in a sycamore tree on Haldeman Island (State Game Land 290), at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Juniata rivers, north of Harrisburg, Dauphin County.

"Fostering is a process that the Game Commission has used successfully in the recent past to place eaglets that were in trees in which their nest was situated was blown down," said Dr. John Morgan , Game Commission Southeast Region Wildlife Management Supervisor. "In fact, in August of 2007, we fostered an eaglet into a Berks County nest that was separated from its parents when its nest in Lancaster County blew down in a wind storm.

"The decision of where to foster this Zoo-hatched eaglet was based on being able to find a nest with no more than two eaglets of similar age and size. This is not always an easy task."

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Eagle drama unfolds on Hornby Island

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BC eagles and eaglets are global on-line stars


Published: May 13, 2009 10:00 PM
Updated: May 14, 2009 2:55 PM

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The Hornby Island bald eagles captured the world’s attention in 2006, but despite fans tuning in on webcams the chicks refused to show.


This week was a different story — a true life drama in realtime.

Echo, a fluffy Island chick, delighted web-watching birders by arriving on stage as scheduled.


The new arrival was the darling of schoolchildren in classrooms around the world. Until Monday when disaster struck.


Helplessly eagle biologist, David Hancock, watched as Echo’s mom tried desperately to disentangle her precious charge who had become tangled in her feathers.


After working diligently to free the little one, the adult brooded for sometime, fed the baby and even flew out of the nest and returned in the hope of correcting the situation.


Eventually, Echo died and fell to earth beneath the nest. Doug Carrick retrieved the little Echo who was appropriately buried with respect and affection.

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A Tale of Two (or Three) Web Sites and the Eagle Cameras

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A recent change to the links on the video windows used to view the HWF Eagle (and other wildlife) cameras has confused many people. This article will hopefully help you understand what is happening behind the scenes and why things changed.

The path the video takes to get to your computer is a complex one and involves 3 distinct companies/entities:

  • Hancock Wildlife Foundation - we originate the streams, own the encoders and administer them
  • Zaplive.TV - a live streaming video service company that is a service provider to a number of live stream providers
  • WildEarth.TV - another live stream provider with a relationship with Zaplive.TV to host their own streams from Africa, and whom HWF has partnered with to host our streams this year (via Zaplive as well)

These are only the major players - the others include people like Doug Carrick and other site hosts for the actual cameras but read on for the rest of the story.

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A Wildlife Drama - Hornby Nest Chick Gone

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"Echo," the name given to one of the chicks at the Hornby Island nest where Doug Carrick put the first in-nest eagle camera, sadly was killed Monday when the chick became tangled in Mom's feathers and was dropped out of the tree.

For details of this you should take a look at the HWF discussion forum for the Hornby Nest:

Note: you need a separate login on the discussion forum site to add comments


We are priviledged to be able to watch nature in its rawest forms. Most times we see wonderful things, playful things, informative things.

Sometimes we witness tragedy, but that's part of nature too.

We all take something away with us when we spend time with nature - awe, amazement, and compassion.

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Bald Eagle Closes Part of Longview Lake

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Posted by: Shellie Nelson
Last Update: 5/06 5:17 pm
Photo Credit Wildlife Biologist Michael A. Watkins
Photo Credit Wildlife Biologist Michael A. Watkins

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — To protect an active bald eagle nest, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has temporarily closed the upper end of the Mouse Creek arm of Longview Lake.

The area will be closed through the end of July.  The Corps has determined protection of the nest is necessary as required by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.  Guidance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service directs that no activity be allowed within close proximity to the nest to prevent the disruption of nesting activities. 

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