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« on: June 16, 2011, 11:41:14 PM »

This thread is for posting any news items about the Hornby Nest or Hornby Eagles.  

Please provide links to articles written, crediting the publications and writers.  Portions of the articles may also be quoted here.
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« Post / Reply #1 on: June 16, 2011, 11:54:40 PM »

I came across the complimentary InFocus Magazine recently  - for the Comox/Courtenay area. http://www.infocusmagazine.ca/  It contained an excellent article about the Hornby nest entitled  Bird's Eye View
 
According to the 'About' blurb for the magazine:

InFocus Magazine is published 6 times a year: February/March, April/May, June/July, August/September October/November and December/January.
The magazine is available free for pick up in the Comox Valley in drop boxes and at our advertisers’ establishments.
InFocus is a team effort, bringing together writers, artists, photographers, poets, activists and pretty much anyone with an interesting point of view.
 


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Bird’s Eye View
Hornby eagle cam opens up a whole new world—to the whole world…
By Laura Busheikin • June, 2011

At the same time Doug and Sheila Carrick were building their retirement home on a waterfront lot on Hornby Island 21 years ago, a pair of bald eagles was building their nest 120 feet up in a tall Douglas fir tree right next door. It didn’t take the Carricks long to notice that the avian couple was engaged in work that paralleled theirs, and to get curious about them.

But they had no idea how these birds would take front and centre in their lives, and how that curiosity would propel them into an adventure that would put them on the leading edge of Internet innovation.  No one could have predicted a journey that began with something as simple as bird watching and ended up as an unprecedented mélange of high-tech communications, environmentalism, and international media attention.

The Carricks are the unassuming citizens at the heart of the Hornby Eagle Webcam, an Internet project that went viral big time in 2006 when it first was launched.  The live feed of the webcam, which broadcasts a close-up view of the eagles’ nest, was at one time the most viewed site on the web. Since then, hundreds of nature-observation web-cams have sprung up, many no doubt inspired by the Hornby one, which is still going strong.

“This has been the most moving experience I’ve ever had in my life,” says Carrick, a genial, silver-haired former accountant and teacher, who smiles often as we speak.  “I’ve received letters and emails from all over the world telling me that watching the eagles has been a life-changing experience.  They say they have learned so much from the eagles.  This is such an amazing way of connecting people to nature, and inspiring them to learn more and to take care of the environment.”


... For remainder of article and illustration by boonibarb, click HERE.

About the writer:
Laura Busheikin loves writing for local media because it connects her to community. “Every time I write for InFocus, I learn things about where I live, I meet great people, and I see that the articles help build community by sharing local stories,” she says. “As a writer, I am helping weave the web of communication that keeps us strong, vibrant, and connected.”
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« Post / Reply #2 on: June 17, 2011, 12:02:46 AM »

The current Issue of Island Tides is out, with Doug's most recent article about the nest.

Page 10, ISLAND TIDES, June 16, 2011 
http://www.islandtides.com/ or http://www.islandtides.com/assets/IslandTides.pdf

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Hornby eagle chicks: update from the nest
-  DOUGLAS CARRICK

The two chicks in the Hornby nest looked like cute
little puff balls, but are now at the ugly gawky stage.
Their gigantic yellow feet seem out of all proportion
to their bodies; like puppies, eagle chicks will eventually
grow into their feet. Their wings are getting long and
uncoordinated, and will grow to a span of 80 inches (just
under seven feet) in 80 days—one inch per day. They have
to eat and sleep a lot.

In the first three weeks, the first chick, Alexandra, pecked
the younger David mercilessly—it was quite frightening to
watch. She was giving him a simple message: ‘Me first’.
When the parents arrive with fish, Alexandra gulps it
down until her crop is bulging. Then David gets his turn. If
David tries to horn in when Alexandra is feeding, he gets
bopped on the head.

This is a system which works for eagles, especially if there
is insufficient food. The first one gets fed and survives,
whereas the second one is only successful if there is
sufficient food. If they fed both chicks equally, both would
be weak and neither likely to survive.

Last year in our neighbourhood there were three eaglets
which fluttered to the ground, not strong enough to fly
properly. They were taken to Mountainaire Avian Rescue
just north of Courtenay and were eventually rehabilitated
and released. In each of these three nests there were two
eaglets, one which fledged successfully and the other too
weak. This illustrates a situation in which there was
probably insufficient food.

On June 3 in the Hornby nest, young David started
pecking Alexandra; she pecked him back with greater force.
But David just turned his back and leaned away so she
couldn’t reach him. He is getting smart! This sibling rivalry
is a training ground for the future.

Alexandra was named after Alexandra Morton, the great
biologist who has done so much to save our wild salmon.
David was named after David Suzuki, who we all know. Our
two chicks Alexandra and David are a constant reminder of
those who care about the environment, with the hope we
will take time to think about what is of ultimate importance.
Right now, in the upper Island area, the overwhelming
majority see the proposed Raven Coal mine as another
affront to our environment. Both of our chicks, Alexandra
and David, are against the coal mine.

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« Post / Reply #3 on: June 17, 2011, 08:51:09 PM »

These are both lovely articles!  And I hate to admit it, but I  JUST NOW  "got it" that the nest is in a "Doug "  Fir  doh!!!
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« Post / Reply #4 on: June 18, 2011, 01:28:07 PM »

Madrona, thanks for both the excellent articles by Laura Busheikin and our resident author Doug  smile  thumbup

Too bad the editor of 'Island Tides' didn't also include our website http://www.hornbyeagles.com/
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« Post / Reply #5 on: June 18, 2011, 04:03:56 PM »

I am so delighted to see the increasing coverage of our Hornbys and their nest, as well as the recognition of the educational outreach of the Carricks.  Keep up the great work Doug - one by one people are being enlightened - thanks to you and all of the unseen team who make this amazing cam and website work.  Along with many others, I am deeply indebted and grateful to all of you.
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« Post / Reply #6 on: June 25, 2011, 01:05:02 PM »

Faerie, lol, I just now got the connection ( of Douglas Fir tree)
 through you!!
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« Post / Reply #7 on: June 25, 2011, 09:26:00 PM »

Ha! emc, welcome to the Late Bloomer's club!  wink
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« Post / Reply #8 on: June 26, 2011, 09:39:37 AM »

Because of your comments about Douglas Fir, I have done a posting on "DOUGLAS FIR" in Our Nature Zone, Nest Camera, Doug's updates.
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« Post / Reply #9 on: June 26, 2011, 11:05:05 PM »

Thank you Doug. We're always learning here.  smile
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« Post / Reply #10 on: June 27, 2011, 10:09:54 AM »

Cawatcher posted the following in the "Smiles" topic ( http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=39.msg60272#msg60272 )

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Dont know where to post this but a new chatter 2wildthing from Brazil said she found us through the TV show Animal Planet!!  

Thanks, 2wildthing and Cawatcher! That is great to know. We always like to know that others are hearing more and more about our magnificent eagles!  thumbup
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« Post / Reply #11 on: June 30, 2011, 12:01:31 PM »


Doug has written another article for Island Tides!  thumbup
Find his article on page page 9!


Click here to download the june 16-29 2011 edition of Island Tides
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« Post / Reply #12 on: June 30, 2011, 12:20:10 PM »

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« Post / Reply #13 on: June 30, 2011, 12:49:51 PM »

Nice article Doug. I am so glad that they featured "The Hornby Eagles."

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« Post / Reply #14 on: July 01, 2011, 01:07:35 PM »

This is an excellent topic!
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