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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.”

Our Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival is BACK....

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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Donate Now

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

Photo of HWF tracked bald eagle BETA02
Hi Everyone; We are running a fundraiser to rebuild Delta2 Nest in BC, Canada ( see details on the link below). Every little bit helps. Thanks in advance. ...
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Hancock here: French Creek eagles are flying!
Feb 25, 2022 Hancock here: French Creek eagles are flying! Some of you will remember back to pre-covid times, that HWF had installed a new bald eagle nest and a CAM at the French Creek estuary. This had been sponsored by the local landowner. In reviewing the site I had suggested that we needed to not just save the nest, but save the entirety of this wonderfully rich estuary. The complexity of forest, ponds and the many deserted and active water channels deserved becoming the French Creek Bald Eagle Reserve. The eagles and the riparian waterways did not need more ...
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A Specific Challenge
A specific challenge, question or dilemma faces me. After 65 years of describing one behaviour one way, I believe I have had an aha moment, all of a sudden seeing something in a different light. A few observations are, I believe, now backed up by a proof from our cams.  But I am seeking more images and observations from you, our eagle watchers. I have two notes, both relating to seeing a chick from one nest fly into another nearby nest.  At branching I had personally not witnessed, nor even until recently, suspected, that chicks of one nest might visit ...
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Hancock here: British Columbia’s most productive lake is back – briefly!
David Hancock, Ecologist Nov 21, 2021  - British Columbia is in the midst of tragedy upon tragedy upon tragedy -- everywhere -- drought, forest fires and now floods. So many, many people have suffered but also there is tragedy for thousands of other mammals, hundreds of thousands of birds and millions of smaller creatures. All need understanding, compassion, and help. The recent storms that dumped unprecedented water in our coastal regions have brought untold devastation to many entire communities, destroyed thousands of personal homes, private vehicles, and businesses, but also have destroyed thousands of acres of habitat that will no ...
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Hancock Here: Where have all the eagles gone? Long time coming!!! Nov 1, 2021
Hancock here: That is the extent of my musical talents and be thankful you did not hear me sing this! However, I do keep hearing that during the past 10 days that the eagles have disappeared from the lower mainland – at least the early arrivals at the lower valley nests seem to have disappeared from around their nests or are no longer heard calling. Some Background: I think we are seeing just an extreme situation of what is quite normal. I have been reporting for years that the resident bald eagles are returning to the Great Vancouver area earlier ...
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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. Photo of TERF26/Annie just after release, courtesy of ECeaglevideo, August 1. 2022

    Fund A Tracker

    How do our 35,000 to 50,000 Northern breeding eagles find their way down to the Vancouver area to winter here? Equally important, but a very different story, what routes do the 1000 breeding pairs of south west breeding BC eagles use to fly up North to find the early spawned-out salmon runs before the freeze-up drives them back south? We now know that eaglets who have only been flying for two weeks can get to Alaska in 2 or 3 days — incredible! Help us fund a Tracker so you can follow them on our WEB site and we can all learn where our eagles come from and go to. Each Bald Eagle Tracker costs $3000 and a Peregrine Falcon Tracker costs about $2000. They can last 3 years with only a $300 additional annual phone charge. PLEASE DONATE Please Fund a tracker so we can follow these magnificent birds. Thanks, David Hancock PS: If a sponsor wishes to come with us on a day’s trapping perhaps we can arrange a day. Photo of TERF26 courtesy of ECeaglevideo.

    $400.00 donated
  2. 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.

    $1,079.00 donated of $3,500.00 goal
  3. 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.

    $8,173.00 donated
  4. Eagle Cams/Repairs

    Keeping our cams running on our nests is an ongoing activity, with maintenance and repairs happening year around.

    $2,777.00 donated of $10,000.00 goal
  5. General Fund

    This helps with the expenses that come with running the Hancock Wildlife Foundation year round.

    $4,755.00 donated of $15,000.00 goal
  6. BETA Program

    Live, real-time tracking of Eagles is now a reality – as of July 2022, 12 of our tagged eagles are checking in. Please help us expand the program and learn more!

    $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.