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Hornby Island Eagle Cam

Hornby Island Eagle nest laid 2 eggs this season! The first (Hope) hatched on April 27th. The second (Echo) hatched on April 30th. Both chicks were thriving. On May 11th, Echo somehow got stuck to mom under her tail feathers. She tried for approximately an hour to get him unstuck and then flew off. He was found dead at the base of the tree by Doug Carrick. Doug gave him a beautiful burial location in his garden. Hope continues to do very well! She was 12 weeks old on July 20th and fledged on July 21st.

Echo Memory by Diana Zabunyan
Echo Memory by Diana Zabunyan
Picture of Hope taken by birdofprey
Picture of Hope

 

 

Sidney Nest

There were 3 eaglets again this year. Last year this pair successfully raised 3 chicks and have done so again this year! Breeze hatched on April 8th and successfully fledged on June 27th. Hero hatched on April 10 and successfully fledged on July 7th. Tiny Tink hatched on April 14th. As Tiny Tink was almost a week later than the first sibling, it was questionable in the early days as to whether he would survive and very painful to watch the bullying on the cam, but he learned very quickly to outsmart his older siblings for food in spite of the difference in their sizes. Tiny Tink involuntarily fledged on July 4th when he was accidentally bumped off the nest by Hero. Although he had been spotted by ground crews, it was 9 days before he made it back to a nest (old nest) for cam viewers to see for themselves that he was doing well. (Below is new eaglets, and fledglings at old nest on July 14th)

Sidney eaglets as babies
captured by lovethebabies
All three Sidney fledglings, July 14
captured by lovethebabies

 
 

Delta 1 Nest

Delta 1 nest was a surprise to everyone this year. Last year the nest crumbled under the weight of the 2 eaglets exercising their wings. It was unexpected that this young pair would use this nest this year but they did, without the necessary restorations to the nest. They had 2 chicks. First chick hatched May 11th and the second (Bandit) hatched May 13th. There was instant concern for the eaglets as the nest was so small. During the night on June 3rd, the oldest eaglet fell off the nest and died. Following that sad occasion, David Hancock created a safety net which he and Karen Bills installed around the base of the tree to catch Bandit if he fell. Fortunately, it was not needed and was removed on Saturday, July 11th by David and Karen. Bandit continues to do well on this small nest! He has learned to balance himself well and continues to exercise his wings. Thank you to Bev at O.W.L. for watching over this nest and being prepared for a rescue of Bandit if necessary!

Delta 1 by Eiguoc
captured by Eiguoc on June 2nd
Delta 1 July 28 by lovethebabies
Captured by lovethebabies on July 28th

 

 

Delta O.W.L. Nest

Our Delta O.W.L. Cam is presently off-line. There are 2 cams for this nest. The close-up cam is infra-red! This was the first year of breeding for this young pair and their two eggs did not hatch. They were amazing parents and vigilantly sat on the eggs long past the expected hatch dates. We hope to see them back next year!

Delta OWL by Janner
captured by janner

Delta OWL by lovethebabies
captured by lovethebabies
Delta OWL by lovethebabies - night cam
captured by lovethebabies
Delta OWL by terrytvgal
captured by terrytvgal


 

FledgeFest 2009 July 8th at Sidney Nest

 

Comments from David Hancock on FledgeFest:

http://discuss.hancockwildlifechannel.org/viewtopic.php?f=94&t=3444&start=0

 

A big thank you to all who took part in organizing this great event! Terry Baker, thanks for all your hard work in pulling together another successful FledgeFest! FledgeFest took place on Wednesday, July 8th at the Sidney nest. The home base and lunch venue was Holy Trinity Anglican Church in North Saanich. This church overlooks Patricia Bay and Saanich Inlet. It is the oldest church in North Saanich. Lunch was a selection of Safeway Select Cafe' Sandwiches, potato salad, fresh veggies, fresh fruit, bottled water/soft drinks. Safeway did not charge for the “tools of feasting” as David called them – utensils, plates, etc.

Weather wasn't great but didn't stop eagle fans from enjoying the day and having a chance to meet people, putting faces to the names on the forums.

 

People who attended:

David Hancock, Surrey, BC

karenb (Karen Bills), Langley, BC

Helen55 of Victoria, BC

Mr. & Mrs. Sunshinecoast, Davis Bay, BC

Mr. & Mrs. Edkeagle (Ed/Pat), Blaine, WA

Mr. & Mrs. Lantz_56 (Richard C/Alice and daughter), Lantzville, BC

Arbutus (Jo), Sidney, BC

Mr. & Mrs. Elle (Ian/Lynda), Victoria, BC

Patricia, Brentwood Bay, BC

sassyk (Kay), Victoria, BC

EnthralledInVic (Sheri), Victoria, BC

Mr. & Mrs. Parrotlady1 (Cathy), Yorba Linda,CA

Mr. & Mr. Terrytvgal (Alan/Terry Baker), Coquitlam, BC

CEIT (Catherine Drever), Victoria, BC

Gemini (Sharon), North Vancouver, BC

bluejay111 (Linda), Langford, BC

Mr. & Mrs. Ceilidh (Dennis/Barbara), Qualicum Beach, BC

jammy (Barb), Cobble Hill, BC

John Simpson, Campbell River, BC

sidneyboy (Doug), Sidney, BC

Mr. & Mrs. Humanity (Bill/Christine), Langford, BC

Malibou (Shirley), Victoria, BC

PacNorWest (Doug), Bellingham, BC

Beej, Nanaimo, BC

Whalleyworld (Brenda), Surrey, BC

dar (Darlene Collins), Victoria, BC

Wendy Klassen, Surrey, BC

George Gould, Surrey, BC

Mary & Laurie Trusty, Surrey, BC

Elaingrace (Elaine Kallal), Nanaimo, BC

pucksma (Sally), Gonzales Bay, Victoria, BC

Carmie, Victoria, BC

sandra gee (Sandra), Nanaimo, BC

Grace Mariager, Sidney, BC

Peter & Karen Saunders

Swissy (Nancy) and daughters (Corina/Natalie), Victoria, BC

Cora Anne, Sidney, BC

Frog_Barf (Rodger), Victoria, BC

Harrymilt (Harry-ace photographer), Victoria, BC

Link to Harry's video of FledgFest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qAQuAm1ibM

 

Link to Pastrudel's website to see more pictures: http://pastrudel.blogspot.com

 

We invite you to view comments and other pictures at the FledgeFest 2009 Forum:
http://discuss.hancockwildlifechannel.org/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3436&start=0

 


Ma Sidney by Pastrudel

some of the group by Pastrudel

by sandra gee
 Sidney Ma by harrymilt
Ma Sidney by Harry

 

Wendy Klassen's Painting Daily Quotes


 

 

Fundraising for Fiscal Year, June 2008 – June 2009

 

Funds raised for 2008/09 Fiscal year was $22,831.51. Thank you everyone for your generous contributions!

 

 

 

 

Fundraising Needs for 2009/2010

Education and Research

 

Bald Eagle Annual Clean-up, Refit & Re-store Project:

 

Our CAM projects are presently in urgent need of funding for the annual clean-up, re-fit and re-store. We have a window for this work, when the adult eagles have left on migration and before they return in October. This is an annual event and we will be listing this Project that way. Your contribution is a way of saying thanks for keeping the CAMS going!

 

  1. Two Sidney Nests: Each of the Sidney nests must be accessed with a 130 lift/bucket and all 3 cams cleaned — and you know what of!!!! Then we want to replace one of the wide angle cams with an Infra-Red camera so we can see what happens at night. We will also have to re-run about 600 feet of underground wiring, add in another encoder and have both Richard and Ken come over to Vancouver Island to assist David with the electronics. This kind of project, if we can do it in one day – partly weather dependent: $5000.00

  2. The Hornby Island Nest: will again require considerable attention and a couple of trips by Richard and/or Ken: $2000.00 
    Doug has his friend climb the nest and clear the lens. HWF is then responsible for the electronics and transmission.

  3. Delta 1 Nest: needs a new cam, a new encoder and considerable time up a lift and with Ken checking and proofing all connections costs are approximately: $3000.00

  4. Delta O.W.L. Nest: we will need two encoders (last year we borrowed Delta 1 encoders) so this will entail clean-up and electronic double checking: $4000.00

  5. Quilchena Nests: we have a cam in one nest but need to redo it and purchase a second cam, 2 encoders and transceivers: $6000.00
    This nest lost its female due to a fight with a neighbor and electrocution in 2009. We wish the new pair good luck.

Summary of Cleaning, Repairs and Replacement Costs for 2010 Season:

 

Location
Costs
Sidney Nests (2 nests, 3 cams) $5000.00
Hornby Island Nest (2 cams) $2000.00
Delta 1 Nest (2 cams) $3000.00
Delta O.W.L. Nest (2 cams)  $4000.00
Quilchena Nests (2 nests, 3 cams)

$6000.00
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Total $20,000.00

 

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Your donations to assist in this is much appreciated!

Donations: While it is possible for you to request that the sum be allocated to your favorite site, we would like to pool the sums received so that it can be used where most needed!

 

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Update on Delta 1 Nest:  On July 30th, Bandit fledged prematurely when a limb broke off of the nest tree and startled him.  He has been taken to O.W.L. to build up his strength and practice his flight skills.  Please watch for announcements for his release at:
http://discuss.hancockwildlifechannel.org/viewforum.php?f=27&start=0

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Hancock Wildlife News - May 17, 2009

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There certainly has been lots going on around Hancock Wildlife Foundation over the past month - and lots more to come.

Recent Events

On May 11 we had the busiest day in the history of our discussion forum - 477 viewers and members were online at once, counted over a 5 minute period at about 11AM (PDT). Our memberships in both the Channel Website (where the media gallery and live camera pages are) and the Discussion forum have grown tremendously in the past 2 months; 1390 new members in the forum and 777 new members on the web site- almost 25% more in just 2 months and the membership applications keep coming in.

Our new server (thanks again, Hancock House for allowing us to use yours - and driving you to get a larger one!) is breezing along with the load. It has allowed us to update our web software to the new glFusion package and we'll be rolling out some new and interesting features over the next while as we get used to its capabilities. You should already see one at the top of the main Channel page with the one-line scrolling list of the most recent articles.

The main close-up camera at Hornby has been "fowled" by the chick. We'll have to wait for a heavy, windy rain storm to clean it off - or until the birds leave the nest so some maintenance can be done. One of our members, Skipper, has speculated on what this cleaning party might look like - I'm sure you'll agree with us that it is appropriate when you see her picture. We've cut this camera back to 1 Frame/Second until it is cleaned - and turned the Wide-angle camera back on - it was off to conserve bandwidth at Hornby Island. Seems that high-speed internet is so popular there that the island is suffering a bit of a choke - must be all the people there watching our nests :)

The Hornby nest was in the news earlier for one of lifes more tragic moments. One of the chick became tangled in mom's feathers and ended up falling from the nest. You can read about it and link to the video from the article here which also has links to the discussion forum area for the nest.

There have been a number of changes to the video stream as well as what appear to be some unintended consequences from various upgrades to software forced on Microsoft users - like IE8. There also may be some ISPs and/or IT departments not allowing viewing of the cameras for some reason. You can check into what has been found and what problems people are having in the Technical area - and read a brief summary in the news articles.

The Delta-O.W.L. (Orphaned Wild Life) nest's eggs didn't hatch and we've moved the encoders over to the Delta-1 nest. This nest was a feature last year but due to heavy storm damage over the winter we didn't expect the eagles to use it this year - turns out we were wrong and they've laid 3 eggs, one of which rolled out and was lost. But the other two have hateched and we have another two healthy chicks. The PTZ camera in this nest allows an incrediblly close-up view currently and will be widened out and moved as the chicks get larger and start moving around the nest.

Coming Events

We're getting ready to put the underwater camera back into the outfall at the Chehalis Hatchery as well as again going for a camera platform at Eagle Point, just downstream from the hatchery where the river runs into Harrison River. This project is massive - huge batteries - over 1000 lbs, a helicopter, a 10 foot high platform to keep things above the water, 2 cameras, a 1 mile wireless link and remote control generator are on the drawing board. Anyone in the Vancouver area with talent or connections that might be useful in building and running this system should contact me (richard at@at hancockwildlife.org) 

There are several other projects also on the drawing board for the Fall, depending entirely on funding becoming available. You can help - see below. These projects include Bears and Whales as well as some ground birds and other species. All have the potential to be both fascinating subjects to watch and incredible subjects for scientific study.

We're looking for sponsors for these and other projects, as well as advertisers interested in showing their goods and services to our huge viewer base (over 300,000 unique visitors in the past month - over 5 million page views - one of the top sites on the web these days)

If you or your company might be interested please contact me for information.

Donations are up

Our new direct Paypal donation link has done a wonder for dontation. Now it is fast and easy. Hancock Wildlife Foundation is completely dependent upon your donations and our sponsors and advertising to cover the costs of our web activities, camera installations, education and research projects. It costs over $750/month for the computer system this web site is on alone - and further thousands/month for the bandwidth used to get you the video you see. Each camera installation has a capital cost of up to $10,000 or more (especially the Eagle Point one that is coming up) and an annual maintenance cost of over $3000. To date much of this has been born by our largest sponsor, Hancock House publishing and David Hancock. Doug Carrick has funded all of the camera install costs for Hornby including the outbound bandwidth. Other significant sponsors continue to contribute ongoing running costs such as the network bandwidth at Victorian Epicure and the Delta Cable's provision of network facilities for the Delta installations.

You and your companies are in excellent company when you donate to HWF and your company will surely be pleased with the results of advertising to our viewers. Every little bit helps so if you can point us to the right person to talk to in your organization we'll be that much farther ahead.

Happy Viewing

richard

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