Established by DAVID HANCOCK in 2006 to broaden his at that time more than 60 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.”

Tracking Bald Eagles

Nest Mitigation

Streaming Cams

Our Mission

The mission of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation is to promote the conservation of wildlife and its habitats through science, education, and stewardship.


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Our Projects

The Hancock Wildlife Foundation currently has numerous open projects that are helping to revitalize birds both in our own area and world wide. See what we have been up to on Our Projects page.


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Hancock Wildlife relies heavily on donations from our viewers. Find out how you can help keep our cams alive and running for years to come.


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Latest News

Hancock Wildlife Gets Grant from WR&S Naturalists:  2020
AN UPDATE ON THE McCRAE BEQUEST A grant of $25,000.00 has been given to the Hancock Wildlife Foundation with the approval of the membership of WRSN. The Bequest Committee and Executive felt the Hancock Wildlife Foundation application fits the criteria that have been established for the disbursement of McCrae bequest funds. These funds will be used for a project called BETA (the Bald Eagle Tracking Alliance). The purpose is to track the migratory patterns of bald eagles who return each year to their nesting sites in this area. The money will purchase ten solar-powered GPS trackers. Eagles will be captured at baited ...
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2020 Bald Eagle Breeding Season Success in Fraser Valley
 By David Hancock: Quick update on Bald Eagle nests in Surrey.  This past year we had 43 active territories of which 21 we located on the White Rock Peninsula from the Nikomekl around Kwomais Point Park to the Peace Arch – quite a triumph and responsibility.   I am always searching for more nests and they can be reported directly to me. This past year we had some highs and lows.  For the low we had more nests totally fail to produce any young.  For the high In Surrey we had 4 nests that produced 3 young each.  This must have ...
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Hancock Here: Last great tours of the Harrison River Eagles for 2020
Tomorrow, Sunday, and next weekend, both Saturday & Sunday, Liam is inviting a few “Bubble Groups” onboard our special eagle counting trip. I hope – expect to see upward of 5000 + eagles each day. Several of you might not have seen a 100 eagles on a single trip so this might be a great opportunity. It was about mid December a few years back I counted over 7000 eagles in under 3 miles of shoreline. This was about half the eagles in the Harrison - Chehalis Flats that day. This season the numbers have been fewer but they are ...
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Re:  Fraser River Safari Tours
Hancock here:  a promotion for  Fraser River Safari Tours  -- with David Hancock as a guide - if you request!  This means  I get a free eagle survey! Re Special Bald Eagle Tours on the Harrison River – the home of the world’s Bald Eagle gatherings in November through December.  We can have David Hancock of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation as a Tour Guide if you request. We often see 2000 to 7500 eagles in an outing.  You can see Hancock’s Live Eagle CAMs or tracking of their gps tagged eagles at: On Saturday Nov. 14, I counted 2848 ...
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Hancock here:  Wonderful first count on Harrison River today
2848 eagles Nov. 14  What a wonderful Covid 19 day.  The normal 24 passenger tour boat took 5 guests and we had an incredible hour on the river.  Eagles were everywhere.  Fish carcasses were piled high on many of the bars, the log booms trapped many others.  Seals were abundant working the fresh run salmon still coming in from the ocean. Everybody, including two Covid doctors who guided our security measures, was thrilled. I only had a small lens and was concentrating on trying to pick out our banded and gps tagged eagles to no avail.  But wonderful images were ...
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BETA eagles banded

BETA Eagles tracked

Meet The Team

Board of Directors

Our Volunteers

2018 Online Volunteers

The image (clicks bigger) shows the avatars of more than 40 of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation’s online volunteers who run our forum, control our cameras, post observations about the activities on the cameras at our four eagle nests and on other wildlife cameras across North America and around the world, and post observations and stunning photographs of eagles and other wildlife they observe live and in person.

There are volunteers from at least 4 countries, and from a number of Canadian provinces and US states. Several of our cam controllers (usually called “zoomers”) are from the areas near our cams – but others come from a variety of places including Alberta, Nova Scotia, Washington, Oregon, Arkansas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maine – and England (the country). The rest of our forum volunteers are equally spread out; most are in North America – but we do appreciate having observers in other parts of the world who can watch what happens on the cams in the middle of our night.

Our online volunteers make it possible for us to have a forum with reports on the activities at roughly 40 eagle nests with cams, more than 20 eagle nests without cameras in BC, a number of osprey nests, some owl nests, a cam watching Laysan Albatross in Hawaii, pandas in several zoos, sea eagles in Australia, black eagles in South Africa – and a whole lot more!

Thank you!

Our Research Campaigns

  1. Esplanade Nest

    Esplanade Nest Refurbishment

    These donations go directly towards the refurbishment of the Esplanade nest. The nest, built in 2014, needs rebranching, which will require a bucket truck.
    $834.00 donated of $3,500.00 goal
  2. Adopt a Nest

    Adopt your favourite HWF Nest & Family for the entire nesting season. Your Nest Adoption will assist with the cost of the cams, maintenance and tech support that is required all year long as well as support the mission and mandate of HWF through ongoing education and activities that promote the conservation of wildlife.
    $5,844.00 donated
  3. Eagle Cams/Repairs

    Keeping our cams running on our nests is an ongoing activity, with maintenance and repairs happening year around.
    $1,908.00 donated of $10,000.00 goal
  4. General Fund

    This helps with the expenses that come with running the Hancock Wildlife Foundation year round.
    $3,125.00 donated of $15,000.00 goal
  5. BETA Program

    Live, realtime tracking of Eagles is now a reality, help us to make this a bigger success in 2018.
    $2,500.00 donated of $20,000.00 goal
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Our Partners and Supporters

The Hancock Wildlife Foundation wishes to acknowledge the very generous bequest of Mr. Jack McRae, a long-time White Rock resident and supporter of wildlife and the natural world. These funds were provided through the support of the White Rock and Surrey Naturalists Society and will be used to further expand our Bald Eagle Tracking Alliance study of migrations and movements of Bald Eagles across the Pacific Northwest.