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Offline Blue

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Freedom for Decker - Fundraising for his release
« on: May 29, 2011, 10:12:54 PM »
FREEDOM FOR DECKER



Decker in the NIWRA flight pen


Decker, the Hornby eaglet, will be ready to be released in three or four weeks!

It has been a long road to recovery for Decker. He has grown new tail feathers to replace those missing when he was found in a malnourished condition on Hornby Island last August.

The Hornby Eagle Group Projects Society (HEGPS) is sponsoring this fundraiser in recognition of the long care that North Island Wildlife Recovery Association (NIWRA) has given Decker.

He will be released in the name of HEGPS and Friends. NIWRA would be happy to have any of us present when they free Decker. They will invite us to meet them at the chosen place, somewhere between the NIWRCentre and Hornby - but not on Hornby. They will choose a site that is within Decker's natural territory and a time when weather conditions are favourable for him. Food sources will be plentiful then and this year's babies out of the nest.

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There are two ways to donate:

1) by donating directly to HEGPS at the Support page of our website - be sure to specify it is for Decker - http://www.hornbyeagles.com/support.htm

2) by purchasing a Decker print or other items with Decker on them at SmugMug. Information is here: SALE: "Decker" prints & merchandise  
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=806.0

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It all began with H.E.A.R.T.
Please help us sponsor Decker's release to freedom!

Doug fed Decker salmon while he was stranded on the beach; boonibarb and winterwren captured him; he was transported by boat to Denman Island and then to MARS for the first stage of his rehabilitation. He was transferred to NIWRA in September.

The Hornby Eagle Advanced Rescue Team (HEART) did several rescues of fledgling eaglets last season and many came forward to help - Booni, WinterWren, caring residents, 'Enviro Mike" from Denman Island, Dan the tree climber, Jason, Sheila, and a wonderful helicopter pilot, Norman, who does rescues. What a great team!

You can read about these rescues in the Around Hornby Archives 2009-2010
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?board=35.0
 
and about Decker, in the Archives, Nest #15 - Decker
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=426.0

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We hope you will join us in thanking NIWRA for his care by donations/purchases.
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Re: FREEDOM FOR DECKER - Fundraising for his release
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2011, 10:49:40 PM »
What a gorgeous eagle! :eclove
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Re: FREEDOM FOR DECKER - Fundraising for his release
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2011, 04:10:54 PM »
Most wonderful news!   :thumbup:
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Re: FREEDOM FOR DECKER - Fundraising for his release
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2011, 04:31:29 PM »
Thank you to everyone who has donated so far for Decker.  :s*


Decker, the Hornby eaglet, will be released soon!

The date and location will be announced as soon as it is known.

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Re: FREEDOM FOR DECKER - Fundraising for his release
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2011, 11:16:55 AM »
DECKER IS READY TO GO!


He is in the company of other eagles in NIWRA's huge flight pen and waiting for this years' eaglets to fledge and settle down before joining them along the coast near his territory of Hornby Island. His release is now anticipated in about a month.

Robin Campbell and his Assistant Manager, Julie Mackey, are looking forward to this celebration of Decker's freedom. Robin says it will be a lot of fun and they are planning on taking video of the event.  


Recent news from NIWRA:
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=180.msg59947#msg59947
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Re: FREEDOM FOR DECKER - Fundraising for his release
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2011, 11:43:50 AM »
This fundraiser should be over soon. Donations have stopped coming in.

We are looking forward to seeing Decker get his freedom at last!

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Re: FREEDOM FOR DECKER - Fundraising for his release
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2011, 02:50:52 PM »
The Freedom For Decker fundraiser has come to a successful conclusion. We are pleased to announce that $3,000 will be presented to North Island Wildlife Rescue Association (NIWRA) in appreciation of the long care they have given to Decker since September, 2010, getting him ready for release - also for the work they do with wildlife, in particular the continued care of other rescued eaglets from Hornby Island last year.

The combined total of $3,000 comes from direct donations to the fundraiser “Freedom For Decker”; from the sale of prints of Mary Jane Harman’s drawing of Decker; from an overflow of funds raised by Mishikeenhquay and her group to purchase a Bow Net and Ready Kit for the Hornby Eagle Advanced Rescue Team (HEART); and the balance from the Hornby Eagle Group Projects Society (HEGPS).

Thanks!  :eclove

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When NIWRA has decided on a date and location for Decker's release, it will be announced here and elsewhere in the forum, including the News Banner at the top of each page. It is hoped that as many local members as possible of HEGPS and Our Nature Zone will attend. For those unable to attend, there will be photos and videos posted in the NIWRA topic (in Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation) so we can all rejoice in his freedom.


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Re: FREEDOM FOR DECKER - Fundraising for his release
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2011, 03:48:02 PM »
Thanks for keeping us informed.  I look forward to seeing this - a great stride - and I am very very happy for Decker - wishing him well in the world

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Re: FREEDOM FOR DECKER - Fundraising for his release
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2011, 06:26:55 PM »
Blue, that's wonderful news about the $3,000 donation to NIWRA on Decker's behalf.  It was touch-and-go for him until he was rescued by our H.E.A.R.T. team and transferred to MARS for evaluation and care.

So many people were involved, including Booni, Wren, Doug, Sheila, Ajl, the people who transported him, and many more at NIWRA and elsewhere that we don't know.    :heart

(((((Contributors))))) made this possible and we have a great group of chatters, viewers and forum members!  The extra money raised above what was needed for H.E.A.R.T., by Mishi and her group, helped bring the total up and HEGPS added a generous donation, also!   :thumbup:

Mary Jane deserves special thanks for drawing a lovely picture of Decker and donating the proceeds from the auction and print sales.

There always is a risk of leaving someone's name off when listing who was involved, and I hope that I haven't forgotten anyone...It wasn't intentional.

Great team work, everyone!

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Re: FREEDOM FOR DECKER - Fundraising for his release
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2011, 06:30:36 PM »
Not the least of all are those people who donated directly to the Freedom For Decker fundraiser. Your generosity will be gratefully received by NIWRA. 

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Re: FREEDOM FOR DECKER - Fundraising for his release
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2011, 10:50:42 PM »
I have just read all the posts on Decker and wish to thank everyone involved in the care and rehabilitation of Decker.  Your dedication, time and effort in the work that you all do is truly inspiring

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Re: FREEDOM FOR DECKER - Fundraising for his release
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2011, 05:45:45 PM »
FREEDOM FOR DECKER


11:00 a.m., Friday, July 29th has been set for Decker's release.


"We plan to do this at the beach right across the hwy from the Union Bay store along the old Hwy 19. We will be there in our truck which is marked so people should find us. Robin knows this area well and feels it is the perfect site to let Decker free:).

Cheers,
Julie Mackey
NIWRA Assistant Manager"



We will make a presentation of our donation cheque and hope that many of us (and friends) will be able to attend this exciting release.


* Please remember that photos of people should not be taken without permission. (Decker won't mind, though.) This will make people more comfortable about attending.
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Re: FREEDOM FOR DECKER - Fundraising for his release
« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2011, 06:07:26 PM »
 :biggrin3  Hip, Hip, Hooray for DECKER!
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Re: FREEDOM FOR DECKER - Fundraising for his release
« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2011, 06:18:29 PM »
I saw Decker in the flight pen in  June and although I cannot be there for the release I will be there in spirit.  Looking forward to the pics and videos of his release.  Thank you too all who lent their support in any way.

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Re: FREEDOM FOR DECKER - Fundraising for his release
« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2011, 06:32:11 PM »
I am travelling to the Comox Valley that morning from Vancouver, I really hope I can get there in time to see the release.  This would be a new and most wonderful experience for me.