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.
    $3,175.00 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

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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Hancock here:  Eating Crow is the Seasonal Delicacy.      May 22, 2020
May – June is the peak fledging period for crows in our area  -- it will change slightly for different areas.  World-wide crow chicks that are a week short of flying are getting too big for their nests and begin to walk – run along the branches from their nest, getting exercise.  They are world-wide called branchers.  Their flight feathers are not fully grown and they are confined to this branch.  More importantly they are also exposed to passing eagles who sense a vulnerable prey.  I have many times seen the eagles, sub adults and adults swoop in and try ...
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Hancock Here:  Covid19 and You
Note: The article below was sent to one of the HWF board members by a friend of theirs, and when David Hancock saw it, he said that sharing it is "our duty to friends." It presents a sobering truth - "cheating" a little on the rules of distancing and limiting non-essential contact isn't like cheating on a diet where the only risk is to one’s own health; cheating on this could result in the death of a loved one. Please read this. Thank you. ~~~~~~~~~~ A sobering letter from an epidemiologist  As an infectious disease epidemiologist, at this point I ...
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Hancock here:  Comment on the Impact of the Roberts Bank Terminal 2
One of North America's greatest eagle and ecological habitats gets another reprieve.  For the last decades I have been seeing nothing but negative impacts to our environment from the existing hugely disruptive truck – trailer terminal and a proposed additional new terminal.  These environmental negatives are so obvious to anybody with a interest in trying to keep our living things living. BUT NOW -- during Covid 19 – the negative impacts of a lot of elements we took for granted are in clearer focus. At every drive to visit my eagle nests I encounter fewer cars -- but most impactfully, ...
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Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival - Nov 16-17, 2019
 Hancock here:  A backgrounder on our Bald Eagles of the Fraser Valley   Vancouver has Two Distinct Bald Eagle Populations:    - November tells the tale - Southern British Columbia, particularly our lower Fraser River Valley, has two very distinct populations of bald eagles.  First, we have our very successful breeders who have 19 nests in the City of Vancouver, more than 80 nests in the City of Delta, 43 in Surrey , and I have identified over 480 nesting territories in the valley but expect there are well over 550 pairs nesting between Vancouver and Hope. For those of you ...
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