Our Nature Zone: The Eagles of Hornby Island

I recently posted about the live "Eagle Cam" located on Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada. Here is a little background information from the website, Our Nature Zone, that will answer some of the questions about the nest. Caution: tuning into eagle cam can be addicting!

For answers to frequently asked questions about eagles:

For information about the origin of this cam and Doug and Sheila Carrick:

For a peek at Hornby Island:

Q. Where is this nest located?
A:  The nest is located on Hornby Island, which is off the east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
An aerial map of Hornby Island

Q. Is this the only eagle nest on Hornby Island?
A. No, there are several nests on Hornby Island. Doug has monitored 36 nests over the past two decades. A map showing those nests can be viewed here:Eagle nests on Hornby Island

Q. What kind of tree is it in, and how tall is the tree?
A.  The tree is in a Douglas Fir that is 120 feet tall.

Q. The tree looks dead - is it unstable?
A. A Douglas Fir dies from the top down, as this tree has done. Only the very top is dead - the rest of the tree is very healthy and very large - about 18 feet in circumference at the base. It is very stable and in no danger of falling down.

Q. How big is the nest?
A. In 2004, the nest measured about 3.5 feet on the inside and 7 feet across on the outside.

Q. When did the eagles build this nest?
A. The nest was constructed in the fall of 1989 and has been continuously used since then.

Q. When were the cameras put in the nest and how did you get them up in the tree?
A. After obtaining permission from the owners of the eagle tree property and the Ministry of Environment, Doug had the camera installed in September 2004. A tree climber was hired to position the camera in the tree.

Q. How old are Mom and Dad Hornby? 
A. These eagles are wild, so no one knows for sure. But knowing that eagles do not begin breeding until they are at least 4 or 5 years old, and the fact that they have been observed laying eggs in this nest since 1990, they are at least 25 years old.


Doug Carrick's book The Eagles of Hornby Island can be purchased through Amazon.com.
Link:  The Eagles of Hornby Island

Note 26 April 2010:

Both Amazon.ca and Amazon.com are temporarily out of stock.

You can order through either Amazon site if you wish to wait (but it is uncertain when you will receive the order).

You can order the book directly through Hancock House Publishers.
    ~ On-line Hancock House Publishing
    ~ Phone : 1 (604) 538-1114   Fax: 1 (604) 538-2262
    ~ Call Toll Free: 1-800-938-1114    Fax: 1-800-983-226

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