Dad Hornby returned to his territory in September 2015 but despite our hopes, Mom Hornby, whom we last saw on cam March 16, 2015, has not returned to join Dad. We are unsure of her fate, but if we don't see her again we will continue to rejoice in…
Dad Hornby returned to his territory in September 2015 but despite our hopes, Mom Hornby, whom we last saw on cam March 16, 2015, has not returned to join Dad. We are unsure of her fate, but if we don't see her again we will continue to rejoice in having known and learned from her. We witnessed the strong pair bond she and Dad shared and watched them through several years of breeding successes and sorrows. They have enthralled us, made us laugh, made us cry, and taught us much about eagles and nature.
HEGPS would like to continue to broadcast the Hornby Eagles - Nest & Territory cam to see Dad's life journey continue without his longtime mate. Unfortunately, our current funds will allow us to broadcast only through the end of the 2016 season (September 30). Thanks to the generosity that Hornby Eagle fans displayed when we last held a fundraiser in 2013, we were able to fund the project well beyond our goal at that time, but those funds will soon be expended.
Our costs for one year currently run at least $5500, distributed between expenses directly related to the webcam and indirect expenses related to hosting the forum and website. Direct cam expenses are roughly $4000 (tree climbs and supplies for cleaning, insurance, technical support, telephone, and internet). Indirect expenses are about $1500 (website and forum web hosting, government registration fees, bank fees, post office box rental, postage, and miscellaneous supplies). This minimal amount does not include funding for any major repairs or potential replacement of the camera system, nor does it cover annual donations to local wildlife rehab facilities or expenses related to wildlife rescues carried out by HEART.
Please note that no member of HEGPS receives any remuneration for working on this project; it has been a labor of love for all of us.
If you have loved watching the Hornby Eagles, learning about nature, making new friends with a shared love of wildlife, and sharing the highs and lows of an eagle pair's lives, please help us to continue bringing the cam to you. A donation of any amount is greatly appreciated. Please visit our website support page (http://www.hornbyeagles.com/support.htm) for information on making a donation by cheque or PayPal. We also have a new topic in the OurNatureZone forum (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1649.0) where you can keep up to date on the fundraising effort.
If we are not successful in fully funding an additional year of the broadcast, we have two alternate plans. One is to continue to maintain the Our Nature Zone forum, which we believe is an invaluable resource for information about eagles and other wildlife on Hornby Island, but the cam and website would be closed. If we cannot maintain even the forum (minimum costs are about $60/month), then the entire project would be ended and any remaining funds would be donated to the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS).
Thank you for your support over the past several years and your continued interest in the Hornby Eagles.
If you would like to chat with other Hornby fans, please stop by the HEGPS cam & chat room at http://www.hornbyeagles.com/HEGPSchat.htm. Videos from the cam as well as ground observations and discussions are at http://www.ournaturezone.com.
Hornby Eagles - Nest and Territory is presented by the Hornby Eagle Group Projects Society (HEGPS), a not-for-profit organization registered in British Columbia, Canada. The cam provides a new view of some old friends; the world famous Hornby Eagles.
The HEGPS cam is mounted in a tree approximately 230 feet from the nest tree. The PTZ (pan, tilt, and zoom) cam is capable of viewing the nest as well as the environs in which the Hornby Eagles live. The placement of the cam allows viewers to see the eagles at the nest, where they perch, and where they spend some of their time away from the nest. The cam is operated remotely by HEGPS members. The cam operators are able to follow Mom and Dad (and eaglets) as they go about their activities. In the 2012 season, the fledging of the eaglet “Hali” was broadcast as it happened! It was a thrill for viewers to see where Hali went on her maiden flight; as well as follow her post-fledge adventures.
The Hornby Eagles have used the same nest tree since 1989 and have successfully fledged twenty-one eaglets. The HEGPS cam allows researchers and fans of the pair to continue to document and learn from this beloved pair.
The HEGPS website is www.hornbyeagles.com. There is much information about the Hornby Eagles on the site, as well as a cam page www.hornbyeagles.com/webcam.htm where one can watch the live stream without a chat. HEGPS maintains an interactive forum at www.ournaturezone.com. This site has many topics about the Hornby Eagles as well as other wildlife cams and subjects. You may read the forum topics without registering. If you wish to post, however, registration is required. Many wildlife enthusiasts use the forum to share information about wildlife and ways to help wildlife and the environment.
HEGPS has a facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Hornby-Eagle-Group-Projects-Society/292341380792123. We also post updates on the Hornby Eagles facebook page at www.facebook.com/hornbyeagles?ref=ts.
The Ustream chat and social stream are currently disabled. HEGPS maintains a friendly and informative chat room at www.hornbyeagles.com/HEGPSchat.htm. The chat page has the live cam embedded and HEGPS monitors the chat; members are usually available to answer questions about the Hornby Eagles. We invite you to visit with us and other Hornby Eagle enthusiasts in the HEGPS chat room.