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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 continue to monitor the nest and post videos and photographs of the Hornby Eagles in our forum (Our Nature Zone).


The Eagles of Hornby Island


April 5, 2017

Come and see what Dad and his new partner, Em, are up to. Will there be egg(s) this season? (Click "Webcam" on the top menu.)

Our new camera is up and running! As most of our followers know, the bandwidth on Hornby Island is very poor, so we are not able to broadcast in high definition (HD). Our technical partner, Securco, recommended a Hikvision camera with a 30X optical zoom (a bit less than we had with the old camera, but those models have been discontinued).

On February 27, the new camera and microphone were installed in the tree by Dan Hamilton of Whiskey Jack Tree Services and the new system was connected by a team from Securco. All photographs were taken by boonibarb.

Gregg's Tree

Dan climbs Gregg's Tree, where the cam is installed.

Camera box and microphone

Dale holds the camera box and microphone as he perches high in the tree.

Installing the camera and microphone

Dan and Dale install the camera and microphone.

Find out the latest eagle news and see the latest photos by boonibarb in the Ground Observations 2016-2017 section of our Forum.

September 26, 2016

First, a heartfelt Thank You to several generous donors who responded to our fundraising campaign. We did raise enough to allow us to continue broadcasting the cam for the 2016-2017 season.

However, on August 2, 2016, a powerful thunder and lightning storm moved through the area, resulting in several lightning strikes in the vicinity of Grassy Point. At 4:24 A.M., the cam went dark. It came back by itself 20 minutes later, but we no longer had sound from the microphone or the ability to move the camera via the PTZ controls. In late August, the cam was removed from the tree and sent for technical evaluation to Securco, the company that designed and installed the system. Securco was unable to get the camera working again, the DVR is only semi-responsive and they were also unsuccessful with the microphone. They are bringing in another DVR to see if the microphone, at least, can be "brought back."

We are exploring options to replace the system - it is apparently now possible to get a high definition camera that is analog rather than digital (Hornby Island's internet will not support digital). Hopefully, a new system will be within our budget.

Eagle News!

Things were quiet during the spring and summer. Em, the female that attached herself to Dad last year, returned and stuck to him like glue again, helping to defend the territory. A good herring spawn in March brought other eagles to the area, but there were no huge battles like the ones we saw last year. At first, Dad did not seem all that interested in Em as a mate, but later on they mated and even did a bit of nestoration. There were no eggs and both eagles eventually withdrew from the nest area. Of course, we don't know what happened in August, but presumably Dad left to go look for salmon and Em did too.

Yesterday (September 25), booni photographed an eagle in Dad's perch tree in Hidden Beach. It sure looks like Dad is back! Check the forum for notes and photos: Ground Observations 2016-2017

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.

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.

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.
HEGPS members dedicate the release to Mojo. ©madrona

Mom and Dad Hornby

Mom and Dad Hornby

HEGPS supports the missions of




For cameras and technical assistance, HEGPS recommendsSecurco


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)


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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