Hancock Wildlife Foundation

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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.”

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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2018 Online Volunteers for Website

The image above 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!

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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.
    $5,594.00 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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Latest News

David Hancock and Mike Seear building an eagle nest to place on a tall pole
Hancock Here: Why do eagles need help with building or rebuilding their nests? Can’t they build their own nests? Hundreds do this all the time! Most certainly they can build beautiful and functional nests -- they have been doing this for a million years. So why do we now need to intervene? Well, the answer is straight forward. For an eagle to build a five-to-eight foot-across nest, one hundred feet up in a big tree, several key ingredients are required. Guess what? We humans are responsible for eliminating most satisfactory trees. Sure, you see many trees - certainly we are ...
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085 TERF11 Vanier eaglet receiving a tracker and his release
085-TERF11 is a nestling who fell from his/her nest in Vanier Park in Vancouver, BC; he was rescued on June 30, 2021, and taken to OWL (the Orphaned Wildlife rehab center in Delta, BC). He appeared to be male based on measurements taken at the time of banding; He was banded and received his tracker on July 16, and was released soon afterwards. 085-TERF11 Vanier Eaglet receives a tracker and is released ...
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The French Creek Bald Eagle Preserve
A wonderful community project that the Hancock Wildlife Foundation has been supporting. Their legacy initiative is to create the 1st Bald Eagle Preserve on Vancouver Island to protect 23 acres of vital habitat for eagles and wildlife.  Several groups are working together including The Save Estuary Land Society and Friends of French Creek Conservation Society, Nanaimo and Area Land Trust, Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Regional Research Institute, Vancouver Island University, Arrowsmith Naturalists and Mid-Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement society.  A special thanks to the generous property owner, French Creek House Ltd., who is poised to gift over 12 acres of their land ...
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Pacific Salmon and their Circle of Life
Hancock here: The Great Biological Nourishment Cycle of the West Coast – where our eagles feast all winter. Bob Turner has directed & narrated a simply wonderful descriptive and visual summary of the salmon’s life cycle in cooperation with the Bev Bowler, Educational Coordinator of Fisheries & Oceans Canada. If you want to understand why our southern British Columbia region supports about 50,000 wintering bald eagles, this is what brings them historically to our southern coast, south of the frozen up rivers of the north: watch this short video. Youtube:   https://youtu.be/PHKsXQrl41c Thanks Bob and Bev for a great job ...
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A cry of protest or of thanks! I want it to be thanks!
  Yes -- Little Positive Changes in my lifetime have also yielded some positive reflections on Earth Day: I am reminded by Human Rights advocate John Lewis’s comment before he passed, on some people’s dissatisfaction with American Human Rights progress:  “If you haven’t noticed some positive change you have not walked in my shoes!”  Well, as a white male in Canada, I have been incredibly lucky to wear different shoes -- but the concept that all is lost is equally a not valid conclusion for someone with a life devoted to ecological understanding.  Some substantial progress is still needed -- ...
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