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INVITE to Hancock’s Open House – Our FledgeFest: July 13, 2014

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INVITE to Hancock’s Open House – Our FledgeFest 2014:  Sunday, July 13

The Hancocks and their Sandhill Cranes etc. welcome friends to our home:

"Open House -- Open Fields - Afternoon Appys” -- 3 to 7 pm, July 13, 2014”

We welcome all our HWF, eagle and biology friends. Mary and I extend this invitation to our annual Open House -- or FledgeFest 2014, July 13, Sunday 3 to 7PM.

Our party is simply an opportunity for Mary and I and the Hancock Wildlife Foundation to personally say, "Hi, welcome and thanks for your interest and support." Very few of the hosts bite - severely! Not to sound morbid but having gotten this old I want to make sure we celebrate our friends and supporters while I/we am/are still here.

We call this an Open House or FledgeFest 2014 as it is timed to coincide with our eaglets fledging in all of our nests, not just one in particular. In the morning of the 13th I will be taking those who wish to a series of the local eagle nests to view some of our eagles more closely. Please indicate to Karen if you wish to go in a car caravan to some of the eagle nests.

OPEN INVITATION: Again, this invite is to all our HWF friends, mutual supporters, people we know personally and those who just occasionally watch our cams or “lurk” on our forums or are associated with any of the conservation projects so dear to my heart. All are welcome. If you know us or our eagles from our website or other sites, associated TV or community projects, we want you here to celebrate life. We understand a few people from considerable distance will be in our area during that time and we especially hope to meet and share these visitors with our local supporters.

To help Mary our Foundation Directors, Susan Muraja & Rosana Inacio (soon-to-be-Sasse!), and my hard-working Project Coordinator, Karen Bills, will be on hand. Other helpers will be appreciated if the weather fails us. Mary and David will provide food and drink. Susan and Karen have convinced us to gladly accept locals bringing additional plates of “finger food” and/or their drinks so we greatly appreciate that contribution. The RSVP is very important as we need to know how many are coming and who is bringing what.  Will there be 25 or 125 guests? Please notify Karen at to be put on the guest list.

Thanks and we look forward to greeting old and meeting new friends.

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Mark Your Calendars for FledgeFest 2014

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I want to make this a personal request to each of you to attend our FledgeFest 2014 this summer.  The date will be July 13, Sunday.  I am sure the program will develop as the time nears.  I just wanted to let you all know well ahead of time of our summer gathering date.  This is the time when we celebrate the fledglings from all of our nests.  Stay tuned for more details.


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Eagles, Eagles, Eagles Everywhere

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Eagles, eagles, eagles everywhere -- was my line but as of today I have to amend that: Eagles and Salmon, Eagles and Salmon and Eagles and Salmon and PEOPLE everywhere! Wow!

The 18th Annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival was incredible. Twice the number of eagles heard of the buffet being offered and appeared. The salmon, live spawning and already dead and offering their bodies to the eagles, were present in the 10s of thousands and the weather supported the largest crowds ever. What more could we -- or eagles -- ask for!! Well -- we think about twice as many people also visited the Festival to view our eagles and salmon.

The Saturday "at dawn" count revealed 2380 eagles on the Chehalis Flats and Harrison Bay -- about twice the number over last year. Rain had been sparse the past couple of weeks and the river was very low revealing lots of salmon carcasses for the eagles to eat. About 260 great majestic trumpeter swans came in and over-nighted on Harrison Bay -- always a magnificent addition.

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Pretty Estates Bald Eagle Observatory getting ready!

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Hancock here: Wow -- the Pretty Estates Bald Eagle Observatory is nearing completion.

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This site will offer the public the greatest opportunity to view Bald Eagles anywhere in the world. The attached composite of Christian Sasse will be part of a regular count that we perform throughout the season to help us determine the seasonality of the eagles.

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Hancock and Sasse Count: Nov 8, 2013

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Indeed the eagles are arriving. - This morning at light Christian Sasse took a composite image of the Chehalis Flats and I just finished counting the birds present.

Nov 8, 2013: Composite Image of eagles sitting on the Chehalis Flats. I did not try counting eagles in the trees!

Adults: 343
Juveniles: 638 + 1 = 639

TOTAL: 981 + 1 sitting on our Chehalis Live Cam Tower. I didn't initially see him as he was above my count area on the first run through.

((NOTE: Here is the url to Christian's composite image. If you wish to look in more detail please allow the 20+ images to expand. I have to copy the image to my desktop before I can enlarge. Note that our Chehalis Tower is surrounded by eagles and one juvenile sits on the top. Probably that bird is full!



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