Ever since I saw the bald eagle with Matt on Sunday, I’ve been obsessed with the birds. Then I came across the live video feed of the bald eagle in its nest last night. This afternoon when I watched the eagles, I noticed who made the video possible: Hancock House Publishing.
That name might not mean anything to you, but for the people of Port Moody it should mean something. One of the only books on Port Moody history, the out-of-print Early History of Port Moody was published by this Surrey business. Hancock House Publishing remains one of only two places in the world where you can even buy copies of the book (along with the Port Moody Station Museum).
But I thought Hancock specialized in Western history books. I scrounged around and found a few biographical tidbits on publisher David Hancock: he’s also a wildlife biologist and a documentary filmmaker.
The “forum” – essentially the company’s blog – shows the range of Hancock’s passions for the bald eagle. We just missed, for example, the first bald eagle festival in Campbell River (March 5, 2006). Hancock states that Vancouver is now the urban eagle capital of world: from the 1960s when only three nesting pairs hung out in the Lower Mainland to the “over 150 pairs nest and raise young in the same Greater Vancouver area—-many nesting no more than 50 feet (16 metres) above busy streets and beside occupied houses.”
Most interesting is background behind this project. While I thought I was watching the live feed last night, Hancock simply replays that day’s footage. The eagles laid the first egg on March 21 (last Tuesday) and the second on the 24th (last Friday). The projected hatching date, after a 36-day incubation period, is between April 26-30. Over 30,000 people had viewed the video as of last week.
Those interested in adding a bald eagle nest to their backyards – screw the bat boxes! – can contact David Hancock.