Welcome to Hancock Wildlife Foundation

Established by DAVID HANCOCK in 2006 to broaden his at that time more than 50 years of lecturing and teaching about wildlife and conservation, especially bald eagles, to include the web, the Foundation's mandate is to use the Internet in general and live streaming wildlife video in particular to promote the conservation of wildlife and its habitats through science, education, and stewardship. In David's words, "Our first live eagle nest cams reached and taught more people in a 4 month period than I had in all my years of lectures combined. This is the way of the future." 

David Hancock

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FledgeFest 2015 at Harrison Mills, BC

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FledgeFest 2015 – Harrison Mills
 
The eagles are again into final stages of nestling development.  So it's time to consider our annual gathering of eagleholics!!  Another FledgeFest is in the offering for our 10th anniversary.
 
Historically we started FledgeFest related to our estimated date the Sidney chicks were to fledge.  Then a few years back Ma & Pa Sidney had a chick get caught in some fish line in the nest. This necessitated that incredible 'rescue' with many different media in attendance.  While the rescue went unbelievably smoothly and without a hitch, as predicted the adult eagles, while successfully rearing their 3 young, did start to build another new nest two days later.  This new nest of course did not have our cams.  So the next year and since we have not had a formal 'FledgeFest'.  The last two years we compromised with a wonderful garden party here at our home.
 
The discussions as to where we should have FledgeFest 2015 again came to the surface.  With the Sidney eagles back at their old nest, and in spite of no cams being present, could we again gather somewhere in the Sidney area?  We could also again meet here at my place.  I then thought that with Betty Anne Falkner of Pretty Estates having been such an incredible sponsor of the eagles around Harrison Hills, with her help every year with the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, her sponsorship of our Harrison Mills nest cams and her development of the world's finest bald eagle observatory at Pretty Estates, perhaps we should hold the FledgeFest 2015 at Pretty Estates in Harrison Mills.  It became the unanimous choice.  So FledgeFest 2015 will be at Pretty Estates on Wednesday, July 22 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  We will be having a lunch and a tour of the site.  We might have a second tour of the nearby Chehalis Fish Hatchery.

Perhaps someone can coordinate pickups from Vancouver Island to save the vehicle ferry costs.  Of course this will depend on enough mainland volunteers to pick up people coming from Vancouver Island.
 
We hope to see as many of you as possible.

Cheers to all.

David Hancock

If you plan to attend you must let us know by posting your intention in the forum thread.  We will need to give a final number of attendees to the restaurant about a week prior to FledgeFest.

Here's the link to the forum thread for more information:


http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/viewtopic.php?topic=775044#775044

 

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Salmon Confidential: the ugly truth about Canada's open-net salmon farms

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May 12th, 2015 9:39 AM

(May 12, 2015, Sointula, BC) A 24-page booklet released today by Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society provides an overview of the serious negative environmental and economic implications of open-net salmon farms on Canada's west and east coasts.

Read the rest of the article here:

http://huffstrategy.com/MediaManager/release/Pacific-Coast-Wild-Salmon-Society/12-5-15/Salmon-Confidential-the-ugly-truth-about-Canadas-open-net-salmon-/3108.html

 

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HWF Seeks Volunteers for Fundraising and Calendar Design

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It's that time of year when we need to start designing the Hancock Wildlife Foundation (HWF) calendar for 2016.  For that we need a volunteer who knows how to do this on a computer.  The photos that will be sent to HWF for consideration will be scrutinized by David Hancock who will then select the ones he wants the calendar designer to use. 

In the past we were fortunate enough to have one of our members, who is a designer, donate her time to produce the 2011 - 2014 calendars and they were beautiful.  Last year she had to retire from this volunteer project and someone else volunteered who did not have a PC.  Therfore, at the last minute, David Hancock had to hire someone and the cost of producing the calendar made it less than what we would call a "fundraiser".  As beautiful as our calendars are, if they do not bring us in a profit then it is unfair to ask those involved to put in the hours to produce it.

We also are in great need of a professional fundraiser to volunteer their time to help with fundraising at HWF this year.  We are now in our tenth year of streaming the eagle web cams and our forum admins and mods have run out of ideas.  Our expenses always far exceed our yearly costs so we are in great need of attracting some major funding.  However we also need ideas for smaller campaigns as well. 

If you can volunteer to design the calendar or help with fundraising please email karen@hancockwildlife.org

Thanks.

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Bald Eagle Laying & Hatching Sequences

Bald Eagle Biology


Hi All:   RE use of words  '"synchronized"  vs "asynchronized" to define Bald Eagle laying & hatching sequences.

I don't think I would ever have chosen these words for defining the laying and hatching sequence of an individual pair of eagles. 

Bald Eagles generally lay their 2 or 3 eggs 3 days apart.  After the mean 36 days of incubation then each egg would hatch 3 days after the previous egg.  However, that assumes the female initiated incubation with the laying of the 1st egg.  If the female did not initiate incubation until the clutch was finished then the eggs would all have a similar start date for embryonic development and for hatching.  This latter example is customary for precocial species like wood ducks or geese whose broods need to all leave the nest together and follow mom.

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Delta 2 Miracle Mom Having Tough Time!!

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Hi all:

Last year our Delta 2 Miracle Mom accomplished several things I would have absolutely predicted as impossible. First after she had her left leg cleanly broken - within 2 months it had solidified and she resumed nesting and initiated laying 2 eggs only one month late from the previous year. Second she not just completed the incubation, certainly getting a lot of cooperation from Pa, but she fully reared and fledged both offspring. This was quite incredible for a bird that "should"  have failed -- and I had defined her a biological reject.

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