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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BETA Eagles tracked

Meet The Team

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Our Volunteers

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

Hancock here:  The Ralph Edwards Lonesome Lake story
Hancock here:  The Ralph Edwards Lonesome Lake story kind of hit home with me. I indeed hope the funds are raised to purchase this Tweedsmuir Park inholding, so the entire area is protected. (To those who missed the international announcement: The Ralph Edwards Homestead, the heart of British Columbia's Tweedsmuir Park is going up for private sale. A group of concerned citizens are promoting that it be purchased by public donation - I fully support this!) Some of your followers will know I learned to fly in the same aircraft as Ralph Edwards in 1953 and we often talked at ...
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(See our new Live Streaming French Creek CAM: HERE and the Forum for interacting: HERE) French Creek Estuary has been a wonderful experience in eagle watching and understanding for me. I want to share this with our group. As a number of you know we were contracted to give advice on how the French Creek area could retain its longtime resident pair of eagles in the face of development. I got to meet with the very cooperative developer’s agent and many of the resident conservationists. But then it got more fascinating. I remembered I had first found a pair of ...
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With California Sea Lions Assistance. “Part of Denise Foster and the Save the Estuary Society Video Library” This is neat video as it clearly shows the eagles diving at the spawning herring in the shallow waters off French Creek. Also note when the water goes “whitish” that that is the sperm of the herring that is distributed en masse as the females lay their eggs on the eelgrass strands. Also you can see the California Sea Lions – they wave their flippers in the air a lot -- the more flat-headed Steller Sea Lions don’t do this as much. These ...
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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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