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On a private portion of the White Rock bluff overlooking Boundary Bay is a small grove of evergreens. One tree, only about 100 feet from the back porch of a home, has an eagle nest in it. The owners have donated the installation of two cameras for us to watch this active eagle nest, one in the tree near the nest (close up), and one in an adjacent tree overlooking the nest tree (wide angle) with a view of the bay in the background.
This nest was built in November of 2009 after the pair’s original nest, 500 yards north of this site, was disturbed by construction. Two chicks were successfully raised to fledging in the summer of 2010 before the cams were installed. In 2011 we watched two chicks, Charlie and Delta, mature and fledge successfully and 2012 again happily brought us two eaglets, Echo and Foxtrot, who also fledged successfully. For the 2013 season we look forward to watching the White Rock family through the lenses of two additional cameras, each offering a new and spectacular view of its own.
The Lafarge downtown Vancouver concrete plant is on the waterfront of Vancouver’s inner harbour, beside the main CP rail tracks and sidings, in the heart of Vancouver’s busy container and grain port facilities. The nest tree is alone on the property, right on the water’s edge and outside the property’s fenced area. An artificial nest structure, designed by David Hancock, sits beside the tree where it can be used by the eagles both as a perch and as a replacement nest site if something happens to the tree.
This pair successfully raised three eaglets in 2011, even though the oldest was very big, and the youngest almost a week younger. In 2012 history repeated itself as the parents again successfully reared 3 chicks to fledging. New to the Lafarge nest in the 2013 season is a PTZ cam with sound that will give us a “bird’s eye view” of this very special eagle family.
This was originally a red tail hawk nest, rebuilt by bald eagles in 1998-99. Then when the eagle nest was disturbed by someone climbing the tree, it was abandoned. The adult eagles moved, to be the first local pair to nest on a nearby high tension power line tower.
The red tails re-occupied the site for a couple of years until they were attacked by the eagles which rebuilt the nest in 2010 and produced two young that season. This is a super large tree with strong branches and should serve as a nest for many years to come.
We installed a cam in 2011 and watched two eaglets fledge. 2012 brought us two eaglets to view through our beautiful new high definition PTZ camera. The chicks were named Linux and Goldwing, in memory of the HWF’s very dear friend and supporter, Richard Pitt.
Unfortunately, Goldwing succumbed to an unknown illness at just over 7 weeks of age. However, Linux has since grown into a handsome young eagle and is off to explore the world. With the nest now sporting a second camera with sound for the 2013 season, our viewing experience of this nest promises to be the best yet!
Victoria – Wild ARC Plant Pot Hooters
The Hancock Wildlife Foundation (HWF) and Wild ARC have partnered together to bring us a live cam featuring a pair of Great Horned Owls who have decided to nest in a flower box outside the window of a government office building in Victoria. As we join our little family, Oullette (Mom) is currently incubating 3 eggs believed to have been laid approximately the second week of January. They are due to hatch at any moment now. Meanwhile, Ollie (Dad) tends to Mom by bringing her food and standing watch over the nest.
Update: the first egg hatched the evening of February 13, the second the morning of February 14, and the third either late on the 14th or early on the 15th!
A first for HWF, we look forward to viewing the world of the Victoria – Wild ARC Plant Pot Hooters and hope that you will join us in this new and wonderful adventure!
Chehalis Estuary Camera Tower
The Chehalis Estuary is home to our Chehalis Estuary Camera Tower. Within the view of PTZ cameras that are mounted on the tower in the middle of the estuary, you will see vistas of eagles, swans, and other birds that come to this area to gorge on the fish carcasses as the make their way up to the spawning grounds.
The juvenile eagles are here, as well, fresh from fledging in the past months, and ready for some of their first major meals. They’ve been farther up the BC coast at other estuaries but now are heading for the Chehalis as it will remain largely ice-free for the rest of the Winter and gets large runs of all 5 major species of salmon over the coming months.
Take time to join us in watching as the most concentrated gathering of predatory birds continues to gather here at the Chehalis Estuary.
| Harrison Mills |
The Harrison Mills nest is located in the community of harrison Mills, BC. The nest, barely visible from the ground, is 172 feet up in a huge Douglas fir on the 10th green of a golf course situated on the edge of the Chehalis – Harrison river flats.
The 2 HD PTZ cameras mounted in the tree will allow us to view the nest life in detail and see the surrounding perch and feeding trees as well. To the northeast, we can also see an incredible view of the Chehalis – Harrison Flats where the Tower Cams are located and the world’s largest gathering of bald eagles annually occurs
This is the first viewing season of the Harrison Mills nest and its history is not known other than the pair did produce at least one chick last year. The upcoming season promises to be quite exciting as we await the arrival of a new eagle family.
|Mission Nest|| Mission |
This nest is on private property in the Fraser Valley about 8 km east of Mission, BC on the way to the Chehalis – Harrison River complex. The lake and lowland drainage ditches of the area hosts all 5 species of spawning. The ditches are full of nesting duck, geese and muskrats. Unfortunately, this shallow lake has also become home to an unwelcome, invasive species – Carp. This fish is potentially damaging to the local eco-system. Fortunately our eagles take them for food and this is a great help to keep the carp population under control. Many people have seen these eagles dragging or swimming a large carp to shore. The area is definitely prime bald eagle habitat.
The eagle pair, named Jack and Jill by the property owners, built their nest in 2010 and have since fledged two eaglets, one in 2011 and one in 2012.
| Chehalis Underwater Cam |
The Chehalis River Hatchery is a salmonid enhancement facility operated by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans near Harrison Mills in the province of BC in Canada. They use modern fish culture techniques to produce coho salmon, chinook salmon, chum salmon, pink salmon, steelhead trout, and sea-run cutthroat trout
The fish are released into to the Chehalis River and the Harrison River where they migrate to the Fraser River and out to the Pacific Ocean. Those that have not been caught in various commercial and sport fisheries then return to the Chehalis and Harrison Rivers, and the hatchery to spawn. Our underwater cam is at the hatchery entrance, providing a window into what’s happening as the fish make their way to the rivers where they were released and carry on the cycle of spawning and dying.
If nature cooperates and all things are right in the world of salmon, we may just see all five species of salmon and trout swim lazily by our cam at one time or another.