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The Hornby Eagle Group (HEG) formed in 2009 to continue broadcasting the Hornby Eagles webcam, which was first streamed in 2006. In December 2010, the Group became a registered non-profit Society in British Columbia and was renamed the Hornby Eagle Group Projects Society (HEGPS).

For two years, we were privileged to broadcast a live, intimate view of a beloved pair of bald eagles, Mom and Dad Hornby, and their eaglets Phoenix (2010) and Alexandra & David (2011). The original webcams were retired in the autumn of 2011. In April 2012, HEGPS installed a new camera on "Gregg's Tree", which is about 230 feet from the nest tree; while the view is not as intimate as provided by the older cameras, we can see the Hornby's territory and perch trees, as well as the nest tree and nest itself. The Hornby Island ground crew continues to monitor the nest and post videos and photographs of Mom and Dad Hornby in our forum (Our Nature Zone).

 

The Eagles of Hornby Island

UPDATES

October 2014
Mom and Dad returned from their salmon-feasting to the tree that has now held an eagle's nest for 25 years (1989-2014). Although several eagles were seen throughout the month in their territory, we could not confirm absolutely that any of them were Mom and Dad until October 22. Before that, one notable visitor - perhaps a five-year-old, based on the feather colorations - spent four hours sitting in the nest while a second eagle sat on a branch of the Babysitting Tree. Could that nest visitor have been Hope, who was hatched in this nest in 2009? Check the photos posted in the forum topic and see what you think: Ground Observations 2014.

As seen in this 9-minute video, Mom and Dad visited the nest together on October 24. Dad is there first, Mom arrives around five minutes into the video.

 

 

September 2014
After a season of ups-and-downs, Mom and Dad fledged one gorgeous eagle, whom we called "Scootch" for Dad Hornby's stylish manner of settling in the nest with a kick of his feet and a wiggle to ensure a perfect nest bowl.

Here is a video compilation of the season's important moments, including Scootch's fledging on August 8 at 90 days of age, her/his fall and subsequent homecoming two days later and departure with Mom for the salmon runs.

Read earlier updates here.

 

What we do

Starting in 2009, HEGPS members and friends contributed to purchasing equipment and paying the costs associated with streaming and broadcasting the Hornby Eagles webcam, but our mission statement includes more than broadcasting the live webcam. In addition, HEGPS volunteers donate their time and expertise to public education and data collection, plus building and maintaining the website and forum.

In July 2010, the Hornby eaglet Phoenix died of acute aspergillosis at 76 days of age. Working with HEGPS, Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) on Vancouver Island ensured that Phoenix was retrieved and examined. Following the outpouring of grief over her death, we began to promote and assist wildlife rehabilitation facilities to ensure that Phoenix's legacy would be that other wildlife in need of rescue would be helped. Over 35 wild creatures have since been rescued on Hornby Island and sent to local rehabs, with MARS being the first stop for almost all of them.

In July 2014, a small eaglet fell from his nest near the Tribune Bay campsite. This eaglet was rescued by HEART (see next column) and spent the next four months growing and developing at rehab facilites on Vancouver Island. On November 4, 'Camper' was released to freedom. His release was dedicated to the memory of Mojo, a valued member of HEGPS who passed away one year ago.

Camper steps out   Camper 1
Camper steps out.
©winterwren
 
HEGPS members dedicate the release to Mojo. ©madrona

Mom and Dad Hornby

Mom and Dad Hornby
©boonibarb

HEGPS supports the missions of

WiTS

and

IslandsTrust

For cameras and technical assistance, HEGPS recommendsSecurco

and

Whiskey Jack Tree Services
Hornby Island

From the Archives

Ground Observations

Ground photos from 2009 (Hope)

Ground photos from 2010 (Phoenix)

Ground photos from 2011 (Alexandra & David)

Ground photos from 2012 (Hali)

Ground photos from 2013

Ground photos from 2014 (Scootch)

Videos

Hornby Eagle videos are on You Tube

 

The HEART of Hornby Island

The Hornby Eagles Advanced Response Team (HEART) is comprised of Hornby residents who respond to calls of animals in distress.  Since 2010, more than 35 creatures ranging from a tiny hummingbird to adult eagles and malnourished seal pup orphans have been taken to rehabilitation facilities on Vancouver Island. You can see the annual list of those rescues HERE.

HEGPS has set up a "Hornby Wildlife Sponsorship Fund" to help with rehab costs for wildlife rescued by HEART. We also help the rehab centres by sponsoring releases of successfully rehabilited wildlife.  Please consider being a "Friend with HEART" by donating to the Fund, or directly to the rehabs that care for the Hornby rescues.

Read more on the forum at the link below: Be a "Friend with HEART"

Other projects we have accomplished.

 

 

 

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