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

Board of Directors

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.
    $5,844.00 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

From around the world..

Latest News

Demovicted eagles return to North Van home
Brent Richter/North Shore News October 29, 2020 02:30 PM A pair of eagles demovicted from their North Vancouver waterfront home have returned and found suitable housing in the neighbourhood, thanks to a bit of help. In August, Concert Properties informed the community they would have to remove a tree with an active eagles’ nest next to the Spirit Trail to make room for the .... Read More Here ...
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Developer plans removal of Harbourside eagles’ nest
Brent Richte North Shore News August 4, 2020 03:08 PM A long stalled development on the City of North Vancouver waterfront appears to be moving forward. But first, a pair of eagles nesting near the site will have to go. Concert Properties, which successfully rezoned Harbourside for condos and commercial development in 2014, announced last week plans to remove the tree at the eastern edge ..... Read More Here ...
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Hancock here:  (Sept 18, 2020)  A wonderful banding review – Why HWF bands & tracks our Eagles!
The Canadian Wildlife Service in cooperation with the USF&WS controls all bird banding in North America. As an aside, I started as an assistant banding birds under Doug Wood's permit on Mandarte Island off Sidney, BC in the 1950’s when I was 12.  When I was 15 or 16 Doug became physically handicapped and I did most of the banding with a few other friends providing the boat and catching up ‘smelly puking gull and cormorant chicks’!  Primarily we banded Glaucous-winged Gulls, Double-crested cormorants and I believe a few Pigeon Guillemots.  By 16 I took over his Permit and continued ...
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Hancock here;   urgent note to BC's Lower mainland residents;
Please Follow: Good morning,  From our two key Vets:   Drs Helen Schwantje & VickyBowes ""There is currently a virus outbreak in the lower mainland involving pigeons and Newcastle disease virus.  We wanted you to know and are encouraging the wildlife rehab and wildlife community to submit suspicious birds for testing – pls contact Maeve for any submissions.""   ((  Winchester, Maeve G FLNR:EX <[email protected]> )) Thanks, Helen and Vicky ...
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Hancock Here:  Loki is almost to the Alaskan panhandle
Loki has come through again.  I think she is going to be a real winner.  So far in a months life she has fledged, hit a power line and survived, been recuperated by the OWL team, supported our BETA03 tracking devise, travelled 300 miles north to Bella Coola and now has travelled to the mouth of the Nass River.  Such a rich journey of experiences.  She is now literally across the 'road' from Alaska. If she follows northward up the Portland Canal she will be at that interesting junction of BC and AK -- where Stewart, BC and Hyder, Ak for ...
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