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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

January 2016

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 and 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 Support page for information on making a donation by cheque or use the PayPal button on this page.

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.

 

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

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IslandsTrust

For cameras and technical assistance, HEGPS recommendsSecurco

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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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