Special Fundraising Request: New high definition cams are needed at all sites
Perhaps Russ and Ellen spoiled us this year with the high resolution images at the White Rock nest -- they are so absolutely incredible to view. But this has set a new standard. Of course we knew this would happen. The TV news channel always wanted us to provide higher resolution images. Most of the world -- and it is a big and growing segment of the world -- demands HD. The images are so much better BUT the costs to us are considerably increased. What's new!
For those not yet (I am one of you who has been trying to ignore this!!!) recognizing this fact, the general challenges are three-fold. First, the cost of the HD cams themselves is considerably higher. Second, the cost of preparing the cabling, electrical power needs and the outbound bandwidth needs are considerably more demanding and expensive. And in spite of data storage costs going down, each cam demands about 2 terabites a month to archive. That amounts to another $300 per month to store the data. And finally, even our bandwidth costs are considerably higher. But the images are so superb!
Another example of demands at our end: The TV news people who so effectively tell the world of our projects really ONLY want quality high resolution image to display in any story. And of course the more easily we get them to "news broadcast" our stories, the more exposure we get for our birds. To jump into a news story when we can only deliver them low resolution backup visuals is 9 points against us. So we must go HD in the future.
Here is an example of the differences. The existing Sidney fixed focus cam is low res and only worth $200 + $500 for the all weather housing. The image is exciting but so low in resolution. Of course running the power and signals 1200 ft. is not without costs.
The HD fixed focus cams at White Rock run just over $2000 each and need another $1000 worth a wiring, another $3000 worth of computers and storage and probably an annual supervision of another $2000.
Had we installed, as we hope to do, an additional HD PTZ cam in White Rock, that would enable the keeners to zoom in on detailed behaviors etc. That cam alone runs $5000 plus the other elements. The above has nothing to do with hiring cranes, if they are not donated!
So the bottom line is that two HD cams, a fixed focus wide angle cam and a PTZ combined, makes the installation costs about $20,000 per site. This gets expensive but the quality matches the excitement of the viewing.
My point of this discussion is to allow you to understand the economics. And as most of you know I personally take nothing for my time or effort --- it is my giving back for the 60 years I have enjoyed viewing and studying eagles and wildlife. However, we do have to hire specialists, from the tree climbers to occasionally lift cranes when they are not donated, and we hire the computer specialists and, as stated above, purchase the cams, wiring and transmitter etc. Thank goodness you web site admins, forum assistants and project coordinators are all volunteers.
So here is the challenge for the fall 2011 cleaning and re-installations for broadcasting in HD the 2012 breeding season.
We want to deliver to homes, and particularly schools, the HD images of everything where possible. For eagles this means that we need to redo:
a) Sidney: two cams: Cost: $20,000
b) White Rock: Replace 1 fixed can with HD PTZ"
Cam, lift and re-wiring: Cost: $8000
- we are hopeful to talk the existing sponsors into this!
c) Lafarge: Rewire the cams & clean: Cost: $3000
- again we hope the existing sponsor will carry this.
d) Delta OWL: Until we see a successful nesting I am prepared
to only clean and double check these cams: Cost: $2500
e) Delta 2: Re set in two HD cams: Cost: $20,000
(this would apply to including a substitute or additional site)
f) New: two Florida or Louisiana Bald Eagle Nests: $40,000
- Here we need to install complete systems of two cams at two sites.
- The basic costs are about equal to that in BC.
- Here we really need a site sponsor. We already have a
number of nest sites offered that would fit our needs.
NOTE: One of the reasons for the southern sites is so we can show the eagles nesting season, from nest building, through incubation to fledging, to a total North American wide audience -- during the school year. This is needed to enable teachers to cover the whole breeding season during the period the kids are in school. This then will make the eagle annual cycle equally available to all US and Canadian teachers -- from Florida to California and Nova Scotia to Alaska & BC -- as well as the public.
g) Chehalis - Harrison Flats: HD PTZ Cams & Underwater cam:
- The 2 two cams will go on the tower we erected in 2009 but unfortunately, due to lack of funds, did not operate during the 2010 fall when we had 7300 eagles in that small area. This year we want to be ready with HD cams. Cost: $17,000
- Clean old and install a new underwater cam on Chehalis viewing salmon: Cost: $ 3,000
So - the immediate financial needs for the Foundation to complete the fall clean up of bald eagle nests and install new HD cams is:
a) In BC: $40,000
b) In US: $40,000
c) Chehalis project: $20,000 Total: $100,000
Do some of you know keen sponsors? This is the perfect time as we could also now prepare them a print run of the 2012 Eagle Calendar with their name on them as a starting point for their sponsorship recognition.
Of course buying in to our print run of calendars is one good way individuals or companies can assist and get some additional benefit. Could you buy 10 or 1000 calendars -- the latter with your company name on them?
Calendar sales go to: "HWF - 2012 Calendar" <firstname.lastname@example.org> and
Sponsorship enquiries go to: email@example.com or 604-761-1025 David Hancock
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How To Donate
The Hancock Wildlife Foundation is a "A-Not-for-Profit Society " with a Canadian Charity Number.: 83124 7127 RR0001.
We are presently pursuing the United States 501(c)(3) Tax Exemption status
Credit Cards (VISA or MC), PayPal, Checks or Money Orders: The simplest & most secure way to donate is to use the CanadaHelps link at the top right of most of our pages or the PayPal link on the left. Otherwise you can call the Hancock House 800 number and give your credit card details. Alternatively you can fax or mail in the details to the addresses below.
Phone: 800-938-1114 In Vancouver/Lower Mainland - 604-538-1114 Please Note: These numbers are NOT for comments/problems - Hancock House staff do not know what is going on with this this web site or the cameras.
From the Hancock House Shopping Cart you can also order products from the Foundation store. The Cart and Store is presently being administered and goods are stored and shipped by Hancock House Publishers in the US and Canada so you will see their name on some of the documents. However the full 100% of the profits from the Store sales go to the Foundation.
If you go through the Shopping cart procedure then the program looks like it is going to apply appropriate state/provincial Sales Tax to the Donation but this is corrected as our Invoice people process the order and donation.
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19313 Zero Avenue
Surrey, BC, Canada
United States Address:
1431 Harrison Ave,
Blaine, WA, USA
We welcome sponsors for supporting the Foundation, specific projects or individual Web Cams.
Product Donations also Gladly Received
The Hancock Wildlife Foundation is always needing specialized, new or used equipment for which we will also issue receipts.
Camcorders, Video Editing equipment etc. For placement in nests, for upcoming school projects or testing sites. Also needed tripods etc.
Satellite Telemetry equipment: If any biologist has left over equipment we would love to use it in our upcoming eagle tracking project.
In particular we seek a sponsor who could supply high quality and high resolution cameras for the nests and other projects.
OK – here’s a Different Request: Does anybody have a spare aircraft, particularly a 2 - 4 place float plane, that they would donate for our surveys etc? I did have my commercial pilots license and would like to get back to these surveys. And of course it would support our other projects so effectively. What a dream for the Foundation and a fine way for someone to convert an aircraft, or surplus motor home, into a full tax deduction.
A Specific Donation Needed:
Underwater or Weatherproof Video Housings needed:
The Foundation is always looking for donations of Weatherproof Housings or Underwater Housings that we can adapt to video cameras. We want them for putting in anything from eagle nests, to sitting on the bottom of rivers to sitting out in the open fields for months of exposure. Bob Chappell, our technical man on the Island, uses them in many bird nesting and school projects.
Promotional placement of corporate logos on the web is certainly an option. Purchasing advertising is also an additional option