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HWF Report on Volunteers

HWF  Report on Volunteers by Judy Barrows.                               For period July 1, 2011 thru June 30, 2012

a)      Report on Volunteers associated with the web:

We have 66 active volunteers, not including Karen Bills and David, and our best estimate is that they put in about 22,880 hours during the year in question.  That does not include time spent with a cam streaming in the corner of one's monitor while doing something non-HWF-related and also does not include the time put in by active forum members who are not official volunteers, many of whom are online for hours at a time, posting observations and screenshots, recording videos, and otherwise contributing to making the HWF forum such a great resource.

 (Judy Barrows is our Forum and Web coordinator – in charge of volunteer moderators, designers etc.)

b)      Report of Key volunteers associated with HWF management by David Hancock:

Karen Bills, HWF Project Coordinator, spends a minimum of 8 hours a day monitoring, posting and informing me of various issues, and this does not include some 30 days where she is accompanying me on full days in the field cam installations, public talks, school visits, meetings, festivals, etc.   This amounts to another 2400 volunteer hours.

Several individuals have repeatedly volunteered to assist me in the installation of web cams. There were at least 22 day attempts to install cams and or undertake repairs and these days ran between 6 hours and 12 hours each.  Or 8 hr average x  3 volunteers = 528 hours.

Mary Scott, HWF secretary and chief cook and social convenor, spends at least 8 hours a week organizing and catering to HWF visitors at our headquarters.   Total volunteer time, not including the HWF correspondence:   8 x 52 =  416 hours.

David Hancock works at least 8 hours per day on HWF business or associated cams or studies or presentations.  This totals another 2400 volunteer hours.

Total volunteer hours of the HWF volunteers:     28,624 hours.

David Hancock, President of HWF

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HWF Cams Running


HWF CAMS Running:   Of course the other big issue has been getting all the cams up and running -- and Ken has steadily been progressing.  We are a bit behind but it was marvelous to see all the Harrison Mills live cams up and running:  the Chehalis Underwater cam, the two Tower PTZ cams and the two PTZ Harrison Mills nest cams.  I think BC is a bit like NY and NJ -- a bit behind in our stinging of telephone and electric lines so we have had to suffer some power outages.

NOTE:   We will shortly have PTZ cams at all above-water sites and we hope many of you get sufficiently involved that you can devote some time to managing the pan-tilt-zoom functions of the various cams.  This is really quite exciting.  It can also be quite revealing.  During the first couple of days of the Tower cams I really realized how much disturbance kayakers, jet boats and skis could cause the feeding and resting eagles.  We are going to initiate some kind of awareness of not disturbing the flats.  We do not see boating or fishing or hiking activities along the Harrison River or even along the western shoreline as a meaningful disturbance.  The only problem is letting the eagles sit and feed and loaf on the open flats -- where they are easily disturbed.

Thank you all for so much dedicated work and I hope this fall's wintering eagles keep you excited until the upcoming breeding season gets fully underway.


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Re the 2012 --2013 Season Cam Installations & Web Activation:

Part 1:   Installation of cams and testing:
   This has been a hectic late summer getting all the nest cams, the underwater cam and the tower cams ready and installed.  This has now been completed.  All 5 nests have two HD cams with at least one of them being a PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom).  Lafarge, Harrison Mills and White Rock actually have two PTZs at each nest and also two PTZs were installed on the Chehalis Tower.  We had Ken pre-assemble each cam either at his house or here at HWF for testing.  They were again tested at the base of the tree or tower before I left so all looks good for an exciting fall.

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So Many Things - An Update


Hi All:

So many things have been happening by, in reality, so few incredible workers.  And you all deserve an update.

First, so many thanks for conducting the year's events so effectively and constantly undertaking the fundraising campaigns to keep it all going.  I do not wish to state names because so many of you have helped and you all know who has played such a key role in keeping the web and cams running.  Judyb has again tied the entire project together with help from her mods.  We all thank you.  The recent fundraising drive, coordinated by Karen, came to a finale yesterday as 10 of the keeners came here to see my birds, have a chat and we all got to meet Diana/gogee who was visiting from Ontario.  We drew the 4 names of the contest winners -- Judyb or Karen will post the results. Special thanks go to the three unnamed contributors for matching fund donations -- so so generous.


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World Rivers Day

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Greetings River Advocates,

World Rivers Day is set for September 30th this year (as always, falling on the last Sunday
in September) and, while the event is still several months away, it will be here
before we know it. Consequently, we're hoping that river advocates from around the globe
will start planning events as part of this year's World Rivers Day celebration.

In British Columbia as an example, an array of events are being planned ranging from
stream cleanups and habitat enhancement projects to community riverside celebrations
along with a major WRD promotional event and press conference a few days prior.
Across Europe, there will be Rivers Day awareness events unfolding on rivers such as the
Danube, Rhine, Seine, Rhone, and Douro led by the Uniworld cruise line.
There will be a major fisheries congress in China in the days running up to WRD,
and in Australia, WRD events will unfold across the country thanks to the International
River Foundation and shortly thereafter, the International River Symposium
will take place in Melbourne. And the list of global events will grow dramatically in the weeks and
months ahead.
Visit our Web site at: www.worldriversday.bcit.ca to find out more about
World Rivers Day, and please let us know about your event plans.
We can help your promotions via our Web site, and with e-mails like this one.


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