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Offline Marg Evans

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Re: Doug's Updates
« Reply #135 on: July 17, 2010, 04:09:33 PM »
I have been watching the Hornbys for 2 months. Can't believe how bad I felt at the news! My 8-yr. old grandson watched with me often. We were watching together when the possum was delivered to the nest. He cried when I told him about Phoenix today. He called the eaglet Junior. My condolences, Doug. If we feel this bad, I can only imagine how you and the team feel.

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« Reply #136 on: July 17, 2010, 05:24:30 PM »
Doug, thank you so much for the above update. 

From watching Dan, no-one would have guessed he had never handled an eagle before. He had obviously thought the process through and remained focused. From the time his red helmet appeared, to him waving to us and leaving our vision was about a minute.

To have Booni and Winterwren to accept Phoenix from Dan, was fitting and emotional for them and all who were watching and saw the video of them with Phoenix. 

Maj was a God-send in the process. I do hope she is able to maintain the Avian Rescue Center.

Your news that you
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think the tree will be OK for the eagles' nest for a few more years,
is good news.  I do hope that Mum and Dad will return.

The team effort to accomplish what was done was remarkable.  My sincere thanks to everyone who was involved in organizing the action; you, AJL, Maj, the Ministry, Dan, Booni, and Winterwren and others behind the scene.
 
Hopefully the necropsy results may lead to research and how to assist other eagles.

Phoenix, you did soar high ~ in a helicopter  :eclove

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« Reply #137 on: July 17, 2010, 06:51:34 PM »
Dan's efforts were absolutely heroic. Thank you Dan for your kindness and bravery during such an emotional time for us all.

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« Reply #138 on: July 18, 2010, 02:11:52 PM »
Doug made the following comment in chat and I am taking the liberty of posting it here on his behalf.

Sunday at 13:54

The two eagles have been around a lot today - in the Peters' tree for an hour, then mom flew into Hidden Beach, then both of them have been perched in the Babysitting Tree for the past hour. They seemed to be acting very normal. I threw out a salmon head but neither dad or mom bothered, which I interpreted as meaning they are getting enough food. If there was a food shortage, dad at least would have gone down to get it.

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« Reply #139 on: July 18, 2010, 02:19:19 PM »
Thanks Doug and Nancy, this is indeed good news that you have seen them.
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« Reply #140 on: July 18, 2010, 02:38:47 PM »
 Thanks Doug and Nancy for lettingus know that Mom and Dad Hornby are around.  I wondered if anyone would see them and knew you would let us know.  I can't imagine how hard this has been for those on Hornby Island.  I have been in Martha Meltdown mode three separate times so when I do get that way I think of you guys and then try to imagine how you feel.  Thanks for all you do!!!!!!

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« Reply #141 on: July 18, 2010, 05:24:34 PM »
Doug & All The Wonderful People with Hornby,
Just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the beauty and education that you have brought into my life and will continue to share with me and all of us.  I am dealing with my life being in complete change and chaos at this time and your site has given me much peace, though, now tring to handel the sudden and completely unexpected passing of Phoenix is proving to be yet another hurdle that is very difficult to clear.  I had felt better donating what I could to you and it did make me feel a bit better.  I only wish I could send more, but with no longer having a job, my funds are running low and I must save some to send to MARS this week.
Please know that I am deeply grateful to you all.
Eagerly awaiting the new life to begin again at the nest.
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« Reply #142 on: July 22, 2010, 12:57:30 AM »
Hello Flower Child.  I think a lot of us will be in your position of being on a tight budget.  :eceek  Even a few dollars will help.  :nod2 I myself will be sending a small donation in a couple of weeks (Got a lot of vet bills coming up, my 16 yr old moggie is poorly and also needs her shots  :ecrolleyes) Imagine if everyone who has posted on the site since we lost Phoenix sent Maj one dollar..that's thousands  :pray

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« Reply #143 on: July 22, 2010, 01:04:16 AM »
Right now, with the economy is the way it is, many people who would like to contribute to MARS and other places like it are not able to do so, as much as they believe in giving to these good animal and bird-oriented groups.  None of us would want anyone who loves wildlife to worry about not being able to contribute.  Your being in the chat room or as a viewer is special enough.   :heart

Several of the people who post in the chat room are volunteering time, on the phones at MARS or helping with birds and/or animals in their local area.  That way, they can contribute needed help, without having to donate money.  The rehab centers and similar groups love to have help from people like those in our chat room!   :eclove  Some have taken extensive training and others do simpler tasks, but all are valuable.
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« Reply #144 on: July 24, 2010, 11:23:37 AM »
MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY (MARS)
     It was Maj Birch of MARS who did so much to have the body of Phoenix recovered, delivered to Courtenay for examination and sent to Vancouver for Necropsy - a process too complex to describe here.  Largely because of her personality, she has a large number of volunteers who put in hours to help the cause.  One of the volunteers is a retired pilot who transports injured eagles, seals or whatever to where they can get assistance, using his own helicopter.  Phoenix's body was thus flown to Vancouver.

Yesterday I was informed about the eaglet in nest #9 (the next territory north).  It had tumbled out of the nest prematurely.  It appeared to be alright so it was decided to leave it there where the parents and neighbours could keep an eye on it an see that it is fed.  Mountainaire advises us - and there is now some concern it may have an injured wing, so they are sending a volunteer over to Hornby to check it out and do whatever is necessary.

Yesterday an abandoned baby seal was reported in this same area.  The rule is to watch it for two days and if parents don't show up, then report it to Mountainaire.  They came over, captured it and returned it to Courtenay.  I just phoned up and the seal is presently on its way to Saltspring Island where there are facilities to rehabilitate it.  The seal was believed to be slightly premature.  It is now managing very well.


It is of interest that the Government of British Columbia decided to spend $500,000,000 to put a retractable roof on BC Place to encourage a gambling casino to open larger facilities.  To counterbalance such expenditures, it is necessary to cut back on other (presumably less important) services.  Thus, all funding to animal rescue institutions like Mountainaire Avian Rescue have now been cut off.

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« Reply #145 on: July 24, 2010, 01:59:27 PM »
We are so fortunate to have a facility like MARS.  They need help now, so they can help the animals. And for ourselves, the stressed  humans who care about them :)

I can't imagine how distressful it would be without them on these occasions.
beth
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« Reply #146 on: July 24, 2010, 08:54:06 PM »
MOUNTAINAIRE AVIAN RESCUE SOCIETY (MARS)
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Doug,
Is there anything, along with donating, that any of us can do to try to get funding back where it is needed?
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« Reply #147 on: July 28, 2010, 05:42:27 PM »
Doug and Sheila,

Thank you for sharing the eagles with us.  I've been watching for years.   I had 1 question.

In past years if they had an eaglet or if they didn't,both Ma and Pa Hornby would return to the nest and tidy it up.   This was before they flew north at the end of summer.     So far it doesn't look like they've returned to the nest.    I was concerned that maybe because Phoenix was almost a juvenile ready to fledge, that his loss was different to them and they wouldn't return.   Or maybe seeing Phoenix removed had spooked them.    Is this normal behavior for them?  Do you expect that next year they'll return to the nest?   I certainly hope they do!
Thanks,
Sandy

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« Reply #148 on: July 28, 2010, 09:06:53 PM »
Nubchai,  When mom and dad have not been back to the nest after Phoenix was gone,  I thought this was completely normal.  Whether because the eaglet had fledged or the eaglet had died and been removed or the eggs didn't hatch, I was under the belief that the eagles showed little interest in the nest any more - that is, until they returned from migration the following October.  It is then they start working on the nest for the following breeding season.

But that is only my memory of things - often not that accurate.  One would have to look back to records of previous years, however that is done.  Other than my general recollections, I can't be of much help.  Maybe others can help out here?

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« Reply #149 on: July 29, 2010, 10:39:28 AM »
Thank you Doug.  That's reassuring to hear. Thanks for replying   :ecsmile

Sandy