Hancock Wildlife Foundation (HWF) was established to promote the conservation of wildlife and its habitats through science, education, and stewardship.
David Hancock, biologist, film maker, writer and publisher saw the opportunities offered by the Live Wildlife CAM projects as so important to conservation, education and research that he has brought together a group of advisors and volunteers to operate the Hancock Wildlife Foundation extensive Web outreach.
David Hancock has been studying the bald eagle for in excess of 50 years from Alaska to Florida. David and his wife, Mary, live in British Columbia just south of Vancouver on the US border. In late 2005 he was giving a lecture on eagles on Vancouver Island when Doug Carrick was introduced to show a 15 minute video as part of the program. Doug's footage included a sequence of a female eagle laying an egg. David was incredibly impressed. Never in his 50 years of eagle viewing had he seem such an intimate scene of eagle life. Within two weeks David visited Doug on Hornby Island, worked out with his techinical consultant, Richard Pitt, how to put this streaming video on the web and a new magnitude of Live Cam broadcasting was initiated.
At the time, David figured this was an excellent way to get this scientifically significant view to researchers around the world, some of whom might even be physically disabled and otherwise unable to endure the rigors of climbing trees and sitting in blinds as David himself had done many times in his past researches.
By early 2006 just as the eagles were laying their eggs of the new nesting season, the camera came up online and David told some of his raptor and conservationist friends about it; they told their friends, and they told their friends, and ... the rest is history. A new field of study and new branch of Internet use was born, that of long-term, live, wildlife viewing. David's portrayal of 'life in the slow lane' -- instantly jumped to the main lane! Other organizations had done live broadcasts but none captured the media and world attention the way the Live Eagle Cams did.
The first year David ran all the web activity out of his business, Hancock House Publishers. David's publishing business has been the mainstay source of funding for his research and conservation efforts over the years and it seemed natural at the time to add this fascinating item to his ongoing site.
Not long afterward however, David realized that the number of visitors to his publishing website who were interested in the nest cameras was overwhelming the site, and that it would be best to take this new-found method of reaching the public with his conservation ideas and turn it into a separate entity - one that could potentially grow far larger than he could ever manage. Thus was born the idea of a Hancock Wildlife Foundation separate "Live Wildlife Cams" site -- a totally "not-for-profit" organization with charitable status.
Hancock Wildlife Foundation was founded as a Not-for-profit foundation and has charitable status in Canada. The 2007 nesting season was the first full season done through the Foundation's own web site.
Who We Are
Along with David Hancock, who is President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, there are currently 4 other directors, all of whom have direct ties to the conservation and wildlife arena.
Richard Pitt has recently taken on the position of Executive Director and is currently the only employee of the foundation. His primary functions initially are in the areas of project design and funding, however Richard is not new to the Foundation. He has been the core of the Foundation's web and volunteer moderator organization and has been working with David Hancock for nearly 30 years and on the live streaming camera systems from day one.
Hancock Wildlife Foundation believes that through education and research we can better conserve our wildlife resources in the face of human interaction. Given time and encouragement the wildlife of our planet can co-exist with man as shown by the tremendous resurgence of the bald eagle in urban and suburban areas after being almost wiped out by poorly thought out laws and human greed.
The Foundation's web site has attracted huge traffic each nesting season, and from that traffic have come a number of volunteers who help keep the web site current and "kid friendly" so that teachers can bring their students to the discussion forums and read the latest information on what is going on. These volunteers form the backbone of the Foundation's stewardship program. We are actively recruiting volunteers from around the world for new programs on the web and to further stimulate conservation activities in their home regions. Stewardshlip is the root of conservation and depends on informed individuals inititating actions in their communities.
David Hancock is also a research biologist. He has, amongst other things, been studying the habitat of the urban eagles of the Vancouver region for a number of years. The Foundation has sponsored a number of projects for students in this area and is actively seeking funding for more diverse research projects on the role and dependence of the top predators, the eagles, bears and orcas, on the salmon.
Over the past 50+ years, David Hancock has conducted seminars and lectures about conservation and wildlife. Within the first week of the live stream from the Hornby Island eagle nest camera in David's own words, "We reached more people on wildlife and the importance of habitat and conservation than I had spoken to in my whole career as writer, lecturer, naturalist and film maker."
The Foundation's major tool, the live stream video of wildlife subjects, is poised to become a primary tool in the education systems of the world through the facility of the Foundation's proposed live streaming production center.
In addition, the Foundation has created and sponsored a series of in-school sessions by Grand Chief Dr. Rose Charlie on the culture of First Nations people surrounding the eagle. This series was put together to counter a spate of eagle shootings by First Nations members to collect and sell feathers for their dance costumes -- a new twist for bald eagle feather use in the northwest.
There is a big financial need to fund the Production Facilities, the hub to coordinate 100 incoming live streams. We are now ready for the support of an individual or coporate sponsor.
Hancock Wildlife Foundation (HWF) was established to further "promote the conservation of wildlife and its habitats through science, education, and stewardship". The initiation of live wildlife web streaming has become an incredibly important and major tool of that objective.
We are developing and using the live and archived streams from these cameras for direct public education as well as development of programs focused on the specific curriculum needs for K-12 students.
It is our objective to initiate projects in our backyard or your backyard, as these issues are in all back yards. Our eagles, our wilderness, our pollution are your eagles, your wilderness, your pollution. The world is so small. We will just as happily put a camera on your continent, your back 40, your exciting wildlife happening. It is your identification with the need and urgency to protect our world that is so crucial.
Stewardship, Volunteers and Donations make the Foundation:
The Hancock Wildlife Foundation is coordinating and seeking funding for projects which include research and conservation initiatives, especially in the urban and suburban environments. As the foundation grows we will be hiring full-time staff -- many younger talented people committed to our cause must still make a living. As David Hancock says, "If we can support that, then that is marvelous. In fact we will hire staff as we can afford to do so. However, it is both my position and belief that we will also find, as we already have done, so many additional talented people with some time (and or dollars) to give that "community stewardship", which is planned to be our biggest resource. You, the volunteers, the 'stewards' of your community, my community of earth, are our biggest asset."
If you can spare us some time and enjoy the computers please contact or join our moderators and other CAM teams.
If you have some teacher qualifications, some expertise on how to focus environmental issues into different curriculum around the world please contact us
If you have some technical expertise, some skills at setting up CAMS, transmitting the microwave signals or video editing some of our backlog of exciting material please contact us.
If you are a local photographer we need a number of videographers we can call upon for shoots.
If you have skills and expertise on fundraising please contact us.
If you are a photographer -- still or videographer -- perhaps you have a library of "unused film or video or still images you could donate to us! Perhaps you could reactivate your passions and take and donate images or videos to our projects or other projects near you. You would get credits, perhaps a write-off and most certainly satisfaction.
And particularly, if you have some biological background we desperately need your assistance in preparing the background reference files on different wildlife topics.
And if you have editorial and writing skills you can further help with not just putting together effective communications in the WEB files, but in preparing educational books, power points etc. for schools or the public.
If you have an anthropological and cultural background we need your help in moderating the forums or writing material to support First Nations and other cross-cultural environmental projects.
We need people, talents, time and committment. I'll bet you could help us or one of your local conservation organizations -- or BOTH at the same time.
Thanks supporters and stewards.
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