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 & 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 website support page (http://www.hornbyeagles.com/support.htm
) for information on making a donation by cheque or PayPal. We also have a new topic in the forum (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1649.0
) where you can keep up to date on the fundraising effort.
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.