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By: sassyk (offline) on Thursday, July 18 2013 @ 12:24 PM EDT  

So sorry to hear about David's beautiful bird gone missing. Will keep my fingers crossed that it is found quickly and is soon home safe and sound fingers crossed

Karen I wish that I, and the other 2 ladies I travelled with, had more time to meet people and chat. Unfortunately that's always a negative for people living on the island who go over and back on the same day Roll eyes It wouldn't have mattered to me but JoAnne had to get up early on Mon. to go to work.

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By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, July 18 2013 @ 02:29 PM EDT  

I just wish that I could have been there at all!! The pictures and the reports are terrific--it looks like a good time was had by all! 106 folks!! I'm impressed!! love

Karen---Thanks for the info on David's birds---any news yet of the missing one?


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By: karenbills (offline) on Thursday, July 18 2013 @ 04:32 PM EDT  

No word yet, Mary. We actually had 105 in attendance on Sunday. I just recalculated and forgot to cross off someone who did not attend. So it definitely was our largest FledgeFest ever. I hope that more people will post their photos.

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By: Raining22 (offline) on Thursday, July 18 2013 @ 07:53 PM EDT  

Sending good thoughts to David that his precious crane shows up soon. Thanks for the updates, Karen.

Thanks to everyone that posted pictures of the Open House. I lived vicariously though each and every one.

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By: Marg (offline) on Thursday, July 18 2013 @ 08:22 PM EDT  

Karen, I hope we get some good news soon.

A few more pictures from FF July 14, 2013.

Doug PacNorWest and his friend Marion.
Doug waiting to see the pictures that you and Marion took.Smile

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By: Steamer (offline) on Friday, July 19 2013 @ 12:46 AM EDT  

Any update on the missing bird situation :confused:

Very sorry to hear the news but based on what I saw at the party that's one striking looking bird that should in theory stand out in the crowd {adjacent area} fingers crossed


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By: Heather (offline) on Friday, July 19 2013 @ 03:12 PM EDT  

Hi There
I am very sad about this news Sad. I certainly hope that this bird returns or is returned safe and sound fingers crossed. It's such a beautiful bird, with such a beautiful home.
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By: davidh (offline) on Sunday, July 21 2013 @ 10:07 PM EDT  

The Hancock Wildlife Foundation FledgeFest Open House


July 14 was our first Hancock Wildlife Foundation FledgeFest Open House, the long-awaited substitute for the Sidney FledgeFest. Mary and I were somewhat intimidated by inviting about 40 people to the house. It only seemed natural, after discussions with my project coordinator Karen, that we make the invitation open to anybody who ever watched the streaming cams - the same as the invitation to attend our former Sidney FledgeFest.

The objective of course was to offer back to all our supporters, volunteers and viewers an opportunity to meet, mix and swap stories -- and for us to say thanks to them all for their support. We decided to post the invite to the web but to put an RSVP so we had some idea of who might come -- what a saving decision!! Then one of the volunteers also suggested, since she thought more might come since we were located on the mainland, that we allow locals to contribute a plate of finger food -- another great decision. When 110 some had RSVP'd and 109 showed up we were certainly pleased for the extra plates and more!!

But the gathering was totally awesome. Many got to meet our landowner hosts of the web cams sites, Russ & Ellen (White Rock), Percy & Debbie (Mission), Will & Tarnia (Delta 2) and Betty Anne and Doug (Harrison Mills), most of the regional key moderators and a whole gathering of posters and lurkers. Then we had an honor role of authors: Terri Lhuillier/eaglewoman was to be the honored author with her book on the Redding, California/Turtle Bay eagle family (Patriot and Liberty) but she forgot to put the box of books in her car so we just had my autographed copy to show. Then both Christian Sasse and Tina Docharty/eaglenut with their wonderful books on the White Rock pair were busy autographing copies and Mary Scott had her new book out on the life of autism superstar Benn Kramer -- the "Eagle Man of Hornby Island". I was also honored to autograph over a dozen copies of my book. Christian also contributed prints that were being bought up like hot dogs and all book & image proceeds were contributed totally to the HWF donation pot which generated $980 -- wonderful.

There was another group of attendees that seemed to draw even more "pointed" attention -- our two baby sandhill cranes and the four Demoiselle cranes that all intermingled with the guests. Getting their toes cleaned or backsides poked by sharp pointed crane beaks was a new experience for many.

The visitors included a few fine neighbors, Ed and Bev who specialize in tolerating a neighbor with noisy birds and have super eagle art throughout their house; Mary's tennis and ski buddies who also track our cams out of self defense or wonderment about what Mary does with her life when not on an outing with them; Chris, Jim and the volunteers who keep all my birds happy and fed. Jim also recently began wood carving and many visitors commented on his fine work adorning the tabletops and walls, and then there was Ildiko with some "handleable parts of eagles" from the UBC Beaty Vertebrate Museum; Metro Vancouver Parks chief coordinator Stephen & Linning Suddes with whom we are working on a barn owl streaming exhibit. There was also a U.S. gang from NW Washington -- so great to get you all together. A special thanks to Dorte and Thor for coming down from Brackendale -- they pioneered bald eagle awareness and I was so honored they came. We also had a wonderful group of "rehabers" from Mountainaire Avian Rescue on the Island, OWL here at Delta and Elizabeth's Wildlife Center in Abbotsford -- these are the people our eagles count on for a second chance. The farthest distance visitors were Terri Lhuillier, Kit Harvey and my sales manager's George Wilson's sister, Loretta, all in from California.

And of course this whole event would not have come together at all if it had not been for Karen, Terry and Sharon who coordinated it, had the name tags printed -- over and over -- I gather -- until they learned how to spell "Hancock" (!!!!), sold all the books and images and all those who brought food, but particularly our HWF Director Susan Muraja who with Mary prepared much of the food, along with Rosana and the cooperative efforts of many who chipped in to see that "everything got placed out for you" -- quite incredible. I think I was busy watering a rose!! No - that's right, we don't have roses!!

I was also complimented on not interrupting the event with announcements and thanks and inane stories -- something I was going to do but every time I was about to do this I could see a group of 20 heading off to the bird pens or 10 following Jim off "presumably" to his wood carving area, so I simply shut up -- and that was hard for me.

So here is my sincere thanks, appreciation, not just for providing us and our mutual "friends of the eagles" with your wonderful presence but your help for the entire eagle project over these past years. The streaming eagles are your project and I am so honored to be part of it.

Now with final kudos to Mary -- she not just bore the brunt of the preparation and cleanup, but puts up all year with my eagleholic friends and my lifestyle -- and more importantly, at least convincingly to me, she pretends she loves it!! Love and thanks to my best friend and life partner Mary.

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