Title: Forum Members' Biographies .... M To R
Description: Bios/Photos of Discussion Group Members
Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 02:54 AM (GMT)
Hi! :}^ My name is Madison also known as Ma Chick.I am Mamimobamom's daughter.I am 10 years old and I am in fourth grade.My teachers name is Mr.Fehnel and I LOVE him! :wub: He is the best teacher in the world! <3 My favorit saying is "Are you serious!" :o .I like to go bikeriding, swimming, talking ;<> <::: ;<> (mom told me to write that one!),coloring\art,and definetly shopping!I am from Pennsylvania.I have 1 dog and I hope to be getting a puppy, or a kittin.I also have a 5 year old brother, a 1 year old sister, And a mom and dad!I hope to be friends with all of you!Thanks! :)^
-------------------- Ma ChickPennsylvania
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Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 03:13 AM (GMT)
Hi, I am Margie Fink (Maggiemoo) of Palo Alto, CA which is 30 miles south of San Francisco and where Stanford University is located.
We have lived here 46 years. My husband and I are from Canada. I have Scottish (Nova Scotia) background.
Thank you for the wonderful experience of knowing you all and reading your fun, interesting and photo posts each day.
Palo Alto, CA
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Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 03:20 AM (GMT)
Hi I'm Nancy. I'm a mom of 3 plus 1. Ma
chael, and Mo
rgan. The plus one is my 13 year old english springer spaniel named Ba
rnaby! That's how I came up with my screen name! I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and now live over on the eastern side of Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley/Allentown area with my husband as well. Currently staying home with my little kids, but I was a first grade public school teacher for over 13 years.
Watching our lovely Cruz mature and take flight was an awesome experience-one I will treasure forever! I am thrilled to be a proud member of the A-49 Cruzers! Please join us and help us to make a difference in the future of all bald eagles on the Catalina Islands!
An IWS Crew Wannabee,
Lehigh Valley Pittsburgh PA.
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Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 04:09 AM (GMT)
Hi, my name is Scott Seaton, or Manu244 to my fellow nesters. I was born in Manhattan Beach, California, and except for a short time in Washington State, I spent all my early years growing up in Hermosa Beach, California. If it was anything to do with the ocean, I was all over it. We learned to swim, skin dive, body surf, and surf at a very young age. When I was around eight, I spent my hard earned car wash, window washing, and paper route money on my first boat. It was a sabot (a small 8' square nosed thing). Nobody else in my family (two brothers) was interested in boats, so it was kind of my private thing. I joined the King Harbor Yacht Club so I would have a place to keep and launch my little boat. I would ride my bike down to the harbor and crane my sabot in the water and off I would go. About two years later Warren Miller (the ski movie maker) moved in across the street from us and he had this spaceship on a trailer, behind his truck. It was a Pacific Catamaran or P-Cat. I was instantly hooked on multihulls! I crewed for Warren in races, and demonstrated his boat to prospective buyers. I eventually purchased my own P-Cat in 1965 with the proceeds from demo-ing about 25 boats that resulted in sales for Warren. The sail number of my very own P-Cat was....244. It has popped up several times in my life, so it's my lucky number. In the 60's I was a King Harbor rat! I would wash someone's boat for a chance of going sailing or to Catalina. When I was 17, a friend's dad said that if we all took scuba lessons, he would take us to Catalina on his boat. We all got certified and Big Al (my friend Mike's dad), was good to his word. He had a 57' Chris Craft Constellation, and he would rather play cards with his buddies than drive the boat, so I got to drive. During the summer of 1967 we were at the island almost every weekend, and I got to know that "Connie" very well.
After graduating from High School, I moved to Santa Cruz, eventually spending about 8 years living in Aptos, and building houses. I purchased a Sally Lightfoot Double Outrigger named Manu Kai (Bird of the SEA) and sailed down the coast to San Diego. The 80's and early 90's found me commercial fishing for Albacore Tuna and Swordfish, delivering boats, and helping my father with his produce export company. I purchased a 40' Jim Brown Searunner Trimaran that was also named Manu Kai, so the Manu part is now also told! I lived on this boat in Oceanside Harbor off and on for about 7 years. Big Manu Kai was a frequent visitor to Catalina, San Clemente, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, and at one time or another the rest of the Channel Islands.I received my Coast Guard Masters License and was now running charters on different boats for a few different companies. During this time I met the love of my life and, after pleading and begging her (about 244 times I think!) she finally consented to marry me! We each have a daughter from previous relationships, and no grandkids as yet, but four grandcats!!!! I was working on tugboats when we first were together. I love being offshore, but it is definitely not good for married life. After a long delivery to Hawaii from Louisiana, I saw this job advertised, "Couple to run Marina in Southern California" We interviewed with the owners and they liked Joanie very much, so we got the job!!! That was 1996, and we have been running Peter's Landing Marina ever since. When I was running tugs, I was gone so much, now Joanie and I are together 24 hours a day. Sometimes she gets this strange look on her face and says "Baby don't you have a %#*#ing tugboat ride to go on???????". Joanie has been a birder for many, many years, long before I met her, and she has introduced me to a whole new world. It was one evening earlier in the year that Joanie told me to check out this live cam on this eagle nest on Santa Cruz Island. Well the rest is history. I enjoy being a part of this group and hope to meet more of the A-49ers on our second trip this spring. Scott
Huntington Beach, (Surf City South) California
Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 04:30 AM (GMT)
I am Marjorie Warnix, AKA-Margie. I'm originally from Kalamazoo, MI. Migrated to Southern Ca when I was 10 so I consider my self a California Native! Lived mostly in the Long Beach area which is South of Los Angeles. I lived 10 years in Paso Robles/San Miguel on the Central Coast. I know how beautiful that area is Catzong! Love Morro Bay, Shell Beach, Cambria etc. Also spent some early years in Barstow on the Mojave Desert.
I worked in management most of my working years or had my own business. My last business was making die cuts for scrapbooking, it's a fun industry. Now I work as a temporary office clerk for Long Beach Unified School District.
I have a son and a daughter both grown. My daughter has given me 2 wonderful grandson's who are in high school, Jayson 18, a senior, and Kevin 16, a junior. I'm very proud of them, they make my life joyful!
EmmaRose, You rock girl, way to go!
Edited to add: I'm an Eagleholic and also a Cat-holic. Since Morrisa disappeared about 6 weeks ago I just have one cat, Miss Chloe. Darryl-I'm also a huge country music fan. I am totally lost with KZLA changing it's format! :angry:
In Historic California Heights area of Long Beach, CA
Taken at the aquarium April 12/08
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Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 04:36 AM (GMT)
Milena Outreach Coordinator
Montrose Settlements Restoration Program
My name is Milena Viljoen, and I live and work in Long Beach, California. I work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the majority of my job involves working on outreach and communications for the Montrose Settlements Restoration Program, both with our bald eagle work as well as with our work with other birds, wetlands, and educating local anglers about DDTs and PCBs off the coast.
I come from a biology background, with a bachelor’s from Duke University in North Carolina. My focus lately has been communications/public involvement in the environmental arena – before this job I also did a year-long Americorps internship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service up in the San Francisco Bay area, providing public programs at a wildlife refuge and running their volunteer program.
Like Annibird, I’ve had the good fortune to go out to Santa Cruz Island when the birds were being transported out there to the hack towers. Like some of the Park Service and Ventura County Office of Education folks, I’ve also had the questionable fortune of going out there to help lug 60lb solar batteries up near the nest to help power the EagleCAM! (I’m kidding of course – I definitely can’t complain when my job gets me out to a beautiful island on a gorgeous day – sure beats a day in the office in front of a computer! _)
I’m very much looking forward to the new breeding season and watching the EagleCAM again this year. I just need to get in on the virtual toast this time….
Very happy holidays!
Long Beach, California
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Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 04:42 AM (GMT)
Hello to everyone.
My name is Edith Johnston, and I live in London, Ontario, Canada, and for the past 10 years I have lived with Timothy, (in the photo) with the beautiful amber eyes and who is my little friend and companion. The other photo is myself and a little great grand daughter. I am the elder of my family, born in July 1920, and this precious baby on my lap is Breanna, the last person to join our family, born in July 2006. I have three children, many grand children and great grand children.
Twenty-five years ago, I found a little family in the West Indies, that sparked my desire to have another family, with in my family. They have been very much part of my children’s, and my life, ever since. One of my children, has given me a grandchild from another Global village, and one of my grand daughters, has brought into the family, and for me, another great grandchild, someone from the Disability Community. Enough about my family members.
I am a factory worker, who became a National Rep, with first the Auto Workers Union ((UAW) and which for Canadians became the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW).
My parents met in England, both in uniform, during World War One. They came to Canada after the war. They taught me from a very young age that I should always look out for “those people less fortunate than myself”. The only way I was able to do that was to be a political activist and I went to the extreme. I have been involved with every piece of legislation that covers “those people less fortunate than myself”. I did this until 2004 when I decided to retire. That was the 6th time I retired but it has been quite final. I have also been politically involved in the environment and every type of wildlife. The last one being eagles.
Like most everyone else, I first got watching the Hornby Island eagles, which were so beautiful, but ending so sadly. Then on to Big and Lil’l. I found the IWS nest when there was talk about just how they would do this cam. Of course this A-49 Princess and parents captured my heart and attention.
My church is important to me and I am involved there too.
It is a privilege to be a part of this wonderful group of people from so many far away places.
Timothy ...... ...... ...... ...... Edith holding Great grand-daugher Brianna
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Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 05:03 AM (GMT)
Hi to all - real name is Toni McQueen. The screen name comes from my couple of years as a student teacher with K-2 kids. My last name was unpronounceable to the little ones, and we settled for Mizqueen. I used it on my first bulletin board after trying my patience with initials,
etc. to find an available screen name.
I was born and grew up in the San Fernando Valley outside Los Angeles, and came up to Santa Barbara to go to the University in 1968. I never lived down south again, staying here summer, and then marrying in 1970. We also met on a blind date, which I had to be dragged to kicking and screaming - I only did it for my friend who introduced us, but look what happened.
We moved up to Humboldt County near the Oregon border for my husband to finish school, but returned to Santa Barbara for jobs after graduating and all our college friends moved away. By profession, I work in the office of a heavy construction company and have for 23 years - absolutely unrelated to my degrees in psychology and elementary education, but never boring and always something new.
Our other "jobs" are outdoor and water related. Fifteen years ago we got hooked on whitewater rafting and have been weekend guides during summer ever since. Indirectly that led us to Cruz, as my husband, then I, started helping guide ocean kayak trips on Santa Cruz island about 3 years ago. We're embarrassed to say how many years we spent in Santa Barbara without ever going to the Channel Islands. I so regret all that wasted time! Anyway, the kayak company told us about the many educational programs Channel Islands National Park has, and we started going to lectures about all aspects of the Islands - geology, history, birds, botany. Derek Louhis, the wonderful Naturalist Ranger, sent out an e-mail about the eagle nest and the nestcam, thus we got hooked.
Exposure to the eagles and the islands piqued my interest in birds in general, so I'm trying to observe and learn more. My Christmas present was a set of Canon stabilizing binoculars, and they are great!!
My interests otherwise are mostly outdoors - we run, love to camp and hike, water sports, cross-county skiing and gardening. We have no children, unless you count cats - which it sounds like many of us do! I've only spent a few months in my entire life without a cat and currently there are 3 who own us.
I'm looking forward to the Cruzers' spring trip, and meeting many of the forum folks. I lurk and read a lot, but don't post much as the detail called a job gets in the way. Happy New Year and best wishes to ALL.
Santa Barbara, CA
This is my husband and I at Lake Louise, Alberta, on a lovely (?) September day. We had taken the luxury rail trip across B.C. and spent the night in Banff to awaken to snow on the roof. Not what a Californian thinks of as September weather.
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Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 05:14 AM (GMT)
My screen name is mmm and my real name is Mimi Muraoka.
I live in Santa Barbara, CA and teach Registered Nursing at Santa Barbara City College.
My husband and I have owned many parrots in past years. We have a lot of native plants in our yard so we have many birds to watch year round.
I volunteer as a docent at the Santa Barbara Zoo.
I enjoyed watching the chick grow up last year and look forward to more activity this year.
Santa Barbara, CA
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Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 05:20 AM (GMT)
MSRP Team Montrose Settlements Restoration Program. This bald eagle reintroduction study is part the Montrose Settlements Restoration Program (MSRP)
, a multi-agency program dedicated to restoring natural resources harmed by DDTs and PCBs released into the environment by Montrose Chemical Corporation and other industrial sources in Southern California in the mid 20th century.
MSRP is overseen by representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, California Department of Fish and Game, California State Lands Commission, and California Department of Parks and Recreation.
Read more about the Montrose Settlements Restoration Program http://www.montroserestoration.gov/
For more information contact: Milena Viljoen at email@example.com
Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 05:31 AM (GMT)
My name is Nancy and I live in Northern California, in the city of Pleasant Hill. I was born in San Francisco and have lived here all of my life. I have two grown children, 3 kitties and soon a baby granddaughter to be born in January. I enjoy the outdoors and open spaces that surround me. I have taken up bird watching the last couple of years and enjoy it very much. There is so much to see and never enough hours in the day.
I work in San Francisco as a Teaching Dental Assistant, teaching young men and women ergonomics, time management, and 4-handed dentistry. These are skills they will need upon graduation from dental school to become successful dentists. I have been in this field for well over 18 years and love the interaction and the ability to meet people from all over the country.
I had lurked on the forum for a long time before I actually became a member. I have never looked back. I came upon the live cam purely by accident and have enjoyed getting to know all of these wonderful, informed people that make up this group. They all offer so much of themselves with a common goal and a love for nature, especially eagles :D
Never be afraid to try something new....you never know what it will do for you!
Pleasant Hill, Ca
San Francisco Bay Area
Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 05:36 AM (GMT)
My name is Carole and I live in Toronto with my husband Alan and our little yorkshire terrier named Jessica Joy who we call Jessie. We have four wonderful children who have blessed us with eight grandchildren ranging in age from 3 to 23. We are both former Montrealers but have lived in Toronto for 33 years.
Together, Alan and I enjoy boating on Georgian Bay and Lake Ontario. We also love golf and he puts up with me on the golf course as I am a newbie at the sport and he is a great golfer. We spend part of the winter down in Florida as we are retired now, and enjoy the wonderful weather down south.
I became involved in this forum in June 2006 and totally fell in love with our little Princess Cruz and her parents K10 and K26. This is the first forum I have ever participated in and it has been one of the most enlightening experiences in my life. The people I have come to know on this forum feel like old friends and they are the most sensitive and loving group of people with one common interest, the preservation and conservation of wildlife. I feel honoured to be a part of this group.
By the way, I am an eagleholic!
Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 05:42 AM (GMT)
New updated Bio and Photograph still to be received
This is NinjaShirpa's original Bio from the Who are you?/ Where From? Thread
OK, now I have to chime in here,
I'm Czech (Grandma was a Vavruska) and Scotish (Great Grandpa was Dougall McDougall Jr.), but I consider myself "American Mutt" if you know what I mean. ;) I have lived in the Santa Barbara/Ventura area for the past 25 years. I'm a second generation Californian (born in Pasadena) and have two sons ages 10 and 4 who have enough energy to run all of the equipment on Santa Cruz Island. I've been sailing and motor boating out to the local islands for many years now and have truly enjoyed the wonderful wildlife this region has to offer. I've been working for the County Office of Ed. for 11 years and love the fact that every day is different here, the Eagle Cam project notwithstanding. I graduated from Cal Poly Pomona and have only been back once. Way too hot there! Now I live a mile from the beach and our house does not even have or need air conditioning. I have to say again that you all have been great and it has been a real pleasure being a part of this experience. Thanks!
Ventura County Office of Education
David Luff - Ventura County Office of Education
Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 05:57 AM (GMT)
Greetings to all,
I am Kate Faulkner (NPS-Kate). I work for the National Park Service and have been at the Channel Islands since 1990. My position is Chief of Natural Resources Management and I work on all aspects of stewardship at the islands (ecological monitoring, environmental compliance, removal of non-native plants and animals, restoration of natives (like the island fox), and reestablishment of extirpated species (like the bald eagles).
I am also the NPS Trustee for the Montrose Settlements Restoration Program. Everybody associated with MSRP is very excited that we had two unexpected and successful bald eagle nests in 2006. Hopefully, the DDT has declined sufficiently at the islands to support many more nests at the islands (like in the old days). Time will tell.
It's a great job. I feel very good about many of the ecological changes underway at the park. Removal of non-native animals, establishment of marine protected areas, island foxes once again in the wild on three park islands, bald eagles nesting!, and reestablishment of native vegetation in extensive areas that were once browsed to nothing. However, there are lots of challenges and discouragements.
My husband, Bill, also works for the NPS. Bill works in the Interpretation Division (meaning that his job deals primarily with public outreach). He is part of the live underwater video program at Anacapa Island (which will become part of "Channel Islands Live" in the summer of 2007).
Prior to the Channel Islands, I worked at the national parklands of northwest Alaska (Kobuk Valley National Park, Noatak National Preserve, and Cape Krusenstern National Monument). Wonderful places with very different issues than the Channel Islands.
I'm originally from Michigan and am a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota.
That's it for now. Here's hoping for lots of reasons to toast bald eagle successes in 2007.
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Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 06:11 AM (GMT)
Ojai Hikers ... Name changed on June 1/08 to ... Topa Topa Hikers
Most of you know me as "Ojai Hiker", but I'm better know as Cathy Snyder. This is my family minus one grandson who wasn't born yet. This was taken at Lake Casitas, Ojai, Ca. in the summer of 2004. That is my daughter, DL, Son, Husband, Baby Tzvi, and Myself. I have lived in Ojai since 1973. Came here to hike and live in a small town. Joined the forum when I read about it on Memorial Day, 2006. I love the forum and the people more everyday.
The Moon's Nest "O'hwai" Ojai, Ca.
Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 06:18 AM (GMT)
Hi everybody.. Since I was the 3rd member to join, it is only right that I am about the last to tell you why I love this little eagle... My name is Linda and I live in Oak View, near Ojai with my husband Dick... we have 20 chickens, 5 wandering peacocks, 4 cats.. one new orange baby that my son found in his car engine.. . We've named him "Scout:.....A neighbor taught me years ago to identify all the birds in our area. Lots of bird books in our house. I raised a baby red-tail for about a year, never keeping him in captivity..just hung out with my three boys... the final time I saw him he was on a telephone pole and was not interested in the meal I had brought from the butcher.. I then realized that he had hunted that day and was successful.. The same feeling I now have for our Cruz... .When they become independant of their parent it is a joy and great sorrow too..All of you guys have been absolutly wonderful.. not a better bunch of eagle lovers anywhere. I feel like I know you all and loved hearing your profiles.
We also have a wild turkey now living here on our hill.. just showed up two weeks ago..He'll be safe in November.. . I have two granddaughters, Sasha 3 1/2 and Summer, 6 months.. my dreamgirls.. (I raised 3 sons)...We live on top of a hill in the Ojai Valley and have birds of all kinds...hard to enjoy cats and birds at the same time...
Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 06:23 AM (GMT)
I'm Ian and I live in Toronto (too far away for any of the trips but I hope I will have a chance to see Santa Cruz sometime in the future). I was drawn to watching the eagles by the Hornby, and later the Saanich cams, and found the Santa Cruz cam when people watching the Hornby cam posted it. For a long while I was so intent on watching the Hornby and Saanich cams that I only occasionally tuned into A49's nest, and because she was alone in the nest so much of the time it sometimes seemed like there wasn't much going on. But especially as she got closer to fledging I started to tune in more often and Cruz started to grow on me. Her successful fledging and being able to keep track of her life with the wonderful efforts of the IWS crew have been extremely enjoyable, and I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing another successful nesting season for the eagles next year.
Toronto, ON, Canada. Ian .. during his tour on Catalina Island .. July 18/08
Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 06:29 AM (GMT)
I was born in Ventura County (Oxnard) as were my parents. I've lived in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Orange Counties. I attended university for a while in Tucson, AZ and grew to love the desert from having lived there.
My husband and I will celebrate 20 years together in November. He's a sweet soul and I'm fortunate to have found him. Not only is he a dear man, but he's a wonderful artist. We met because we were both artists. He can create everything, but is recognized for his metal sculpture. I'm limited to drawing and painting & liked pottery in my younger days. Michael has one daughter from his previous marriage. Mia was a large part of our daily life when we first married. She's now a 31-year-old living in Los Angeles.
My life has been all about my birds for quite a number of years. I could not have children, but overcame that major disappointment. I'm close to Mia, my niece and nephews--and now their children. I'm thankful for what I have.
An African grey parrot and cockatoos are now my children. Smaller budgies, parakeets & lovebirds, as well as cockatiels, live with us. Being an artist was exciting for numerous years, but it didn't compare to handfeeding a few-days-old cockatoo/s or several week old cockatiel/s to weaning. This was my personal joy. Now I care for these (19?) birds and tend to my mother's personal & business affairs. I am happy to give back to my mother what she gave to me for decades. It comes full circle.
I would like to help the bald eagle safely come back to our Northern Channel Islands. As a group, I am proud that we may be making a difference and that we care. I'm proud to be an A-49 Cruzer!
Camarillo, CA--Ventura County
Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 06:34 AM (GMT)
Paula eaglet momster
Hi, my name is Paula, and I am an eagleholic! (whew, got that out, ok here goes!)
I'm an East-coaster (Maryland) and started watching eagles just this past spring when my boss turned me on to the NCTC Eagle Cam
in Shepherdstown, WV. Within days, I was hooked! It's really funny, all these years on the internet and I never thought about watching animals on cams. Now I can't get enough. I first started watching to try and get my son interested, since he has always loved eagles. He has eagle statues, pictures, coins, etc etc all over his room. Well, he had a girlfriend at the time and wasn't interested, but I was!
I've lived in Maryland all my life, first in Montgomery County, then moved to Frederick County when I was 18. I'm a single mom and have 2 sons, 25 and 18 (the college kid!), so I am somewhat of an empty nester for the moment (although my dogs would beg to differ!) I also have one grandson who will be 1 year old next week!
I had the pleasure for the first time in my life to visit California (San Diego) this past New Year's (2006) when my girlfriend and I visited some friends who moved there 2 years ago. Would love to pay your beautiful state another visit and visit the Channel Islands also.
I truly love watching these magnificent birds. I also have enjoyed watching Osprey this season along with eagles. (I just love the big beautiful raptors!) I helped to form the Yahoo group eaglet_momsters for a place for the NCTC cam watchers to gather and talk off-season, much as everyone here is doing now. We have visited the nest site on the NCTC grounds, and gotten together several other times. We are very much like the family I see here, in that the blog
and yahoo group all get along so well. I also developed a web site to sell items to benefit the NCTC cam. We are also exploring other avenues to raise money for the cam. You all here have done a wonderful job to raise money for IWS, a very worthy organization!
I hope to be able to get to know each other in the coming months before all the fun really starts! :)
On the East Coast in Emmitsburg, MDwww.eagletmomsters.com
Santa Cruz 'Death March' to see the nest!
Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 07:29 AM (GMT)
I am Patti from Carpinteria, CA...20 miles as the eagle flies from Santa Cruz Island...and I am an eagleholic. I have lived here since 1982. I was born in Kansas and moved to northern California when I was 11 when my dad was transferred with the US Bureau of Reclamation. I went to Chico State, University of Oregon, then back to finish up and graduate from Chico State when I changed my major from Music (oboe) to Ornamental Horticulture. My first job out of college was working in a research lab breeding onions for an onion and garlic dehydration company in Gilroy, CA. I moved to Ojai in 1980 as the assistant manager of an 80 acre grove of oranges. I thought I had truly found my niche until the hot summers did me in so I relocated to Carpinteria in 1982 to work for an interior plant maintenance company...have been in Carpinteria ever since. I was married for 16 years...and now I'm not. I have one awesome son currently attending SBCC and an orange and white cat (Corky) that totally owns us both. My professional life evolved into starting my own bookkeeping service which I operate out of my home...this allowed me to be home with my son from the time he was about 6 months old....and gave me the freedom to be able to watch this nest without TOO much interference from work related issues. I hate routine and love flexibility. You know that commercial where the woman is working at her computer at home wearing a bathrobe and bunny slippers? That's MY life!
halfway 'tween Ventura and Santa Barbara on the coast across from Santa Cruz Island
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Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 07:33 AM (GMT)
i'm petra and i'm almost 46 (10th of january)
i've met people on this forum who are very close friends now for me
one in america and one in canada who is coming from holland to and live there now.
i'm married with jan (52) and we've 1 boy jeroen (16) and we're married for 19 yrs now (sept. 87)
the eagles are my specialy favorits birds and i've watching every day for hours.....
when they're wake up (here at 14.00 noon) when i saw the mother on the nest in sunrise soooooooooo beautifull...
and both parents raising both babies.....awesome
and that other nest with one babie
and where the biologs going to care....
i've follow that of course
i hope that they're next spring coming back...
so i'm so glad for here in holland to
cause there is last spring/summer an eagle nest again to
with 1 babie
for the first time of years...
so can someone explain to me how to put pictures here on the forum ?
i hope it isn't difficult and pleace use "normal" english cause that technical
english its so difficult (????)
so till next time
many greetings from holland,
Vianen, in the neighbourhood of Utrecht
In the middle of Holland
Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 07:52 AM (GMT)
Hi. My name is Iris and like so many of you I have become an eagleholic.I am 58 years old . I have been married to DH for over 40 years. We have 3 grown children ,two boys and 1 girl , no grandchildren. We also have 3 cats and they seem to rule our lives.
We live in a small town in British Columbia and enjoy a quiet lifestyle.
I got my first computer four years ago and I can't imagine how I lived without it. I am still not that good on it , but thanks to this forum I am trying to learn new things on it.
I just want to thank all the posters for their insights, humor, care for each other,and what good people you all are.
Here is a picture of me . I cropped it out of a picture taken at my youngest son's wedding last year.
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Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 08:01 AM (GMT)
Unfortunately the Chili Eagle Cam Forum will not allow me to post yet :( (even after the very welcomed efforts of a couple of very dear friends ), so I thought I would have the same dear friends post this for me in answer to a request for a brief bio. I am a retired, overly ripe female, and 24/7 caregiver for husband who is a stroke survivor. I have 5 hrs of respite a month so this frustrating machine sitting in front of me has become my link to sanity and the outside world. I have called the 1 square mile of Mt. Healthy, Ohio home for more yrs. than I like to admit to. It is about 10 miles north of Cincinnati, so we have the best of both worlds. Everyday 'Mayberry' style living but all the amenities the big cities have to offer. When I'm not tending to hubbies needs, I enjoy gardening, needlework of all kinds, watching The Cincinnati Zoo Gorilla Cam (my favorite large mammal), Pete's Pond and of course the eagles nests. That's about it....If 'boring' needed an address, it could use mine.
I hope to be able to post soon, if I can ever figure out how to get it to work, so until then,
PS.... In answer to, Ye' the Man in Black, the origin of Pottyshed is a multiple choice question.
A. Hubby built me a Potting Shed and carved a half moon in the door
B. I'm a lousy speller
C. I'm a lousy typist
D. I'm a lousy housekeeper
E. All of the above
Mt. Healthy, Ohio This is a caricature that Eagle Duo/Jann did of Pottyshed a couple of years ago.No photograph available at this time
Cumbrian - January 3, 2007 08:12 AM (GMT)
My Name is Leo Rogers, (Roger) the Roger part is from the military, VNam vet and proud of it. I (we) DW of many years live in Simi Valley (Ventura County), CA, 34 years. Both retired and loving it. Four kids, 8 grandkids, that are so fun, as everyone says, needed grand kids first……. Both of us were raised in the central Calif. mountains. High mountains in the summer time, Dad ran a Pack Station in Sequoia National Forest/Park. At that time in the late 40’s & 50’s still had the Bald Eagles and Condors there. I lived/worked on Santa Cruz Island for 2 years in the mid/late 60’s, at the Christy Ranch. Dr. Carey was a real-real great person
Simi Valley, CA
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Cumbrian - April 7, 2007 06:24 AM (GMT)
My name is Karon Pasos and I live with my husband (Mark) and two daughters (Katherine and Kestrel) in Saratoga CA (ie Silicon Valley).
I've been watching the Catalina eagles for five years and we made our first trip to the island in the spring of '06. Sadly, we didn't see any wild eagles on that trip, but we did see, among other things, a kestrel on the back country jeep tour, and, just by chance, we were chosen to be interviewed by a LA news station about Catalina and the ongoing conservation efforts taking place there. Our 15 seconds of fame!
I was amazed to find out about this group formed last year around the hatching on Santa Cruz island (I think we heard about the hatching on our trip). I really enjoy reading the observations - for some reason I can't get the Santa Cruz cam - and seeing the pics and videos. Thanks for all the hard work!
I love animals and am especially interested in raptors, not sure why.... Our family also includes three cats and there is constant lobbying for a dog. My daughters are into horses and can't understand why we can't have one in the backyard.
I plan on making more trips to Catalina in the hopes of seeing eagles and to also volunteer for one of the work vacations. It is a special place, made even better by the efforts of Dr. Sharpe and all the eagle lovers and supporters.
I'm looking forward to reading your entries and perhaps adding my own 2 cents someday.
Thanks again for all your hard work,
Saratoga CA (ie Silicon Valley)
Video shoot on Catalina April 2006 .... mentioned above .... I am the one in pink.
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Cumbrian - April 24, 2007 12:29 AM (GMT)
Good afternoon--I really was unsure where to introduce myself, but I think I put a lot of info about myself in my profile.
I started bird watching on webcams about 4 or 5 years ago---at the Kodak Building in Rochester they have a nestbox for Falcons and the same parents have raised a brood there for the past few years.
I have taken many screenshots even though it is not a live stream. I became a member of the forum and still receive updates daily on what is happening. Mariah (the mom) is currently sitting on 4 eggs--she had five, but one mysteriously disappeared.
This year the webcam has been taken over by the Genesee Valley Audobon Society. http://rfalconcam.com/rfc-main/gvasAndKodak.php
There is a main camera and 4 other cameras that snap shots every few minutes and you can see them at the link I posted.
I also watch a Wavelit Africam and have been watching a multitude of eagle sites, stork nests, etc. Most recently I have been following all sorts of webcams at Hancock House.
I learned about this webcam through an Internet friend and wanted to check it out.
Now is this too much info for an introduction??
I can't promise to be a regular here as I am 78 and have some health restrictions, but I am very active and you can find me travelling to Syracuse or Rochester a lot as they are both about 50 miles from me.
Oh, I forgot to mention that I live a short distance from the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge where they have had many eagles hatched there throughout the years. They are magnificent birds and I found 5 nests this year outside of the refuge near a busy highway--and they were built, not in trees, but on top of the high tension electrical posts.......
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Cumbrian - May 5, 2007 05:32 AM (GMT)
Hi: Joined the Eagle group in April, 2007 after seeing a story in the Los Angeles Times.
My Background: Resident of Valencia (Santa Clarita), California. Started my working life after graduating from Humboldt University. Seventeen years as a newspaper reporter, magazine writer and photographer. Followed by two years with the California Legislature then on to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. Past 11 years the best job I've ever had working for the California Air Resources Board, the world's best and greatest environmental organization. First 8 years as a spokesman for the Board in the Communications Office and then two years working on a special project to reduce diesel smoke from trash trucks. In January 2007 became one of the three founding members of ARB's new Climate Change -- Global Warming group. I do a variety of things but the most fun is doing presentations on Climate Change to business and community groups. I'm also working on writing Climate Change materials in a way that they can be understood by the general public.
Non-work life: Swap meets, flea markets, garage sales; hiking, walking, swimming, snorkeling, bike riding, cooking and baking bread.
I like all sorts of wild things including snakes, lizards and spiders. (Butterflys too!) When I was a kid I found a sparrow hawk that had fallen out of the nest and raised it. Kept it for several years until one day it just up and flew away -- as did a raven I found several years later. The place where I work, in El Monte, has flocks of wild parrots that live in the trees on the property -- what noise from these little guys!
Valencia (Santa Clarita), California.
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Cumbrian - May 21, 2007 07:37 AM (GMT)
I am so happy to join this group of Eagle Watchers!!!
My name, as you may have guessed, is Michele. My family (Dh and two sons aged 26yrs and 20yrs) and I are from El Dorado Hills, CA, which is about 35 miles east of Sacramento in the foothills.
I am an avid Raptor fan. In our neck of the woods we have many Barn Owls, Western Screech Owls, Great Horned Owls (winter only), Red Tailed Hawks and Red Shoulder Hawks......but nary a one of my favorite.....Eagles.
About a month ago, my aunt sent me a link to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens Live Eagle Cam. I would watch for hours and would even check during lunch at school (I'm a Teacher Associate in RSP at a local middle school). Problem was.....getting home early enough to catch a good glimpse of the eaglets (three hour difference in time puts a damper on my viewing enjoyment), before night fall. This weekend I happened upon a link to the Live Cam in Calif. I thought I had died and gone to heaven!!! LOL!!!
It has been incredibly fascinating viewing your video clips as well as reading your observations. I have to tell you, I am hopelessly hooked!!! I have learned sooooo much in just this past weekend, and I look forward to learning even more as the weeks go on.
Thank You Guys!!!
El Dorado Hills, CA,
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Cumbrian - June 13, 2007 10:16 PM (GMT)
Hi; my name is Mina (pronounced My-nuh!) and I learned about this forum and all the great eagle cams in an article in the Los Angeles Times back in April. I immediately logged on , saw that gray fuzzy critter in the SC nest, and was hooked. It's been great watching those chicklets go from being a ball of fuzz to flying all over the nests.
I grew up in Maryland, lived in Ohio for a short stint while in graduate school at Bowling Green, then lived in Georgetown in Washington D.C. In 1967, I drove to California "for a few weeks" and I'm still here, living in Altadena with my daughter Ginny, who is 18. My husband, Pete (AltaPete) is at the moment living in Halethorpe, Maryland and working in Frederick. He's been watching the eaglets too.
I taught mathematics, most recently at East Los Angeles College for 32 years, and retired in 2000. Within a year I had celebrated that retirement by having 3 back surgeries and a broken back. I'm now coming back to life and am teaching part time at Citrus College.
I am a guitar player and folksinger and a writer of both non-fiction (mostly) and songs. I also like swimming and hanging out reading and doing crossword puzzles. And, of course watching eagles! I'm not quite ready to be able to go back to hiking yet, though.
Thanks to all who post all the great stuff. I hope to learn to do it too, SOON!
in Altadena CA
Cumbrian - June 27, 2007 01:38 AM (GMT)
This is my third attempt to post. I'm not too bright when is comes to computer stuff. :bam: I don't even know how to post a photo of myself, so I guess I'll remain a woman of mystery for a while.
I live in Murrieta, California and just retired from teaching high school LAST WEEK! :D It doesn't feel like retirement yet, just summer vacation.
I first found the site in April when one of the LA channels had an item about the live cams on the news. I saw the SC baby the day it was born. What a rush!
I showed the site to my students and a couple of them got hooked too. I didn't really explore the forum until yesterday because the school blocked access. I finally took time yesterday to view a lot of the archived video and stills. (A couple of hours actually.)
Thank you all for your participation. I look forward to seeing the babies fledge.
This is me with my fiance', Caesar Ricci.
Cumbrian - September 16, 2007 04:02 AM (GMT)
Hi, I am June, from Pointe Claire Quebec Canada, which is about 20 miles west of Montreal. I was born and raised about 10 blocks from where I live now. My hubby and I have been married for 35 years and have two grown children, 1 daughter [Kaleefa is her forum name, yes I got her hooked too] and 1 son and 6 wonderful, energetic grandchildren. Still at home are our furry children 10 year old Kita [shepherd/retriever] and 5 year old Yukon [shepherd/husky].
I first heard of the eagle cams through a link someone sent me of the Norfolk Nest and then did a search to find out if there were more. I found the Saanich Nest in Victoria B.C. and from there found my way here. I have been watching since the eggs were laid on the PH/SC nest and am now totally hooked and looking forward to a new season and a new beginning for many more eaglets.
It is a pleasure getting to know the members of this forum and being a part of it.
Cumbrian - October 3, 2007 01:40 AM (GMT)
We are relative newcomers to Camarillo, on the coastal plain of Ventura County, California. We retired and relocated here two years ago after living and working in Orange County for 26 years. On clear days we can see Santa Cruz Island offshore. This made us feel especially close to the little family we all watched from April until the dreadful end last month. We joined the on-line community to share in the grieving.
Phyllis is "manuloa," because it is she who learned how to use the internet enough to log on and follow events on the website. A Hawai'i-born Pearl Harbor survivor (at age 3,) she retired from a career of helping troubled children at a shelter in Los Alamitos. She now spends her time (when not with the grandchildren) raising fruits and vegetables and flowers in our back yard with the help of Sasha, our rescued German Shepherd who has developed a taste for fresh tomatos.
Jack retired from our specialty remodeling business to pursue more important priorities, like grandchildren, fiddling and writing. We both play for Civil War re-enactments and go to Santa Barbara every Wednesday to play old-time music with friends. Phyllis plays banjo and guitar, and on gigs she clogs and teaches people how to play spoons.
Our three daughters all provided us with grandsons, within the first three years of our retirement. We now have four grandsons, with another due in February!
----------------------Phyllis & Jack Phillips
Camarillo, CATaken on Catalina Island. April 2008.
Cumbrian - February 27, 2008 05:12 AM (GMT)
Hi, my name is Pam, and I live in Raleigh, NC.
My husband, Jesse, and I have been married for 37 years and have three children: Matt (36-Berkeley, CA), Caroline (34- Black Mt., NC) and Kevin (32, So. Lake Tahoe, CA). I have been a stay-at-home mom ever since; and when my mom came to live with us twelve years ago, the care-giving continued.
Jesse is a math teacher at a local community college. We have two dogs (rottweiler and chow—both of whom do not live up to their bad reputations—but they make great guard dogs, anyway) and three cats—for some reason, my neighbors call my home a zoo--?
I especially love the birds and have all my life, thanks to my dad. My favorites are bluebirds, which are absolutely breath-taking to see, and the hummingbirds. We have only one kind of hummer here—but last year and the year before I had a rufous hummer (from the northwest) spend the winter here—snow and ice and all. I have an acquaintance who came and banded each of these, so I have had the experience of really up-close to them.
Then I discovered the eagle cam last spring and have been hooked ever since. I was heartbroken when Limuw died and did not think I could deal with that kind of experience again, but here I am—as enthusiastic and awed as ever. I look forward to adopting a nest this spring—just which nest is the difficult decision.
I love the eagles and their amazing ways.
Me & DH Jesse in backyard .... Hummer on my hand.
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Cumbrian - March 23, 2008 09:13 PM (GMT)
Hi, I am watching from Ventura, CA.
I work at a middle school in the library and can only watch for brief periods due to work and band width problems. Like the Lemonwood gang I cannot get Photobucket or Youtube posts at work. Would love to be able to show the kids the posts and I am trying to figure out how to turn off the guardian for a brief time. I know it can be done.
I have been lurking since Cruz was a floppy little eaglette. Kept being afraid she would flop off the edge of the nest.
Thank you to all you dedicated watchers. I love to see all your observations.
Cumbrian - June 6, 2008 02:32 AM (GMT)
My name is Jackie Kolves and I live in Havana Illinios, born in LA, Ca in 1963 and lived in Hunting Beach area when I was young.
I now live in Illinios and I have one son who is 20yrs old. I have been married for almost 21yrs to the same wonderful man.
I love to garden, play in my greenhouse, and just being outside.
I live in central Illinios along the Il river where we have up to 50 northern bald eagles in the winter months, my husband and I have been watching eagles for at least 20yrs, along with going fishing. We live along a national refuge where we have two active nests.
One day I was searching for information on eagles and came across this site since then I've been hooked here... rofl !! I love it!
We don't have live eagle cams at the refuge so I do get a better view watching on line! Since then I've noticed everyone here is very friendly and very helpfull with any Questions we may have its been great.
My favorite nest of course is the PH nest!! And since the Spirit and Skye ordeal I haven't been getting much done around the house and my yard, wondering daily how they are doing. You have a good team of truley great professionals who really care about the American bald eagle !!
Thank you for welcoming me to your site and making me feel at home here!!
You are all great indiviuals! Keep up the good work! You all are so greatly appreciated!!!
<3 <3 <3
Me with my son Ryan (before prom).
Cumbrian - June 26, 2008 12:27 AM (GMT)
Hi, I am Gail. I was born in Hollywood, CA and raised in the Bay Area, have lived all over the world and now reside in MN. I like it here. I wish I was closer to see the eagles but that is life, thank goodness for the internet and being able to view it now.
I am a stay at home mom so don't work, lol. I raised 2 of my own kids a boy and girl and several others who came and never left. I have 4 pet parrots which I adore and they are not spoiled are they, no.
I have a wonderful husband who unfortunately has heart problems and is not doing so well but we keep plugging along.
I enjoy watching the birds and am not looking forward to their all being gone from nest.
I paint abstract paintings, knit and do crewel embrodery. I like to work with clay also but do not have the facilities to do so. Not much else to say really.
Duluth on Lake Superior, MN
Cumbrian - July 2, 2008 01:41 AM (GMT)
Hi, :}^ I'm Marie from Southside, Alabama and I discovered the wonderful world of Eagles when a client of Randall's (my HB) told us of an eagle nest in our community. I was so excited and wanted to know where, what, when how???!!!
This got me to thinking of on-line cams because I had watched a bear cam before. So I typed in eagle nest cam in my search engine and wha-la found PH nest.
This was in April when K-26 and K-10 were sitting on two eggs and I have become a bonafied/sertified eagleholic. Wobble and Bobble-aka Spirit and Skye captured my heart as soon as they popped out of their shell's. What an experience this has been!!
Then I discovered this wonderful forum of all you caring eagleholics and the heroic IWS Crew. I am so honored and thank you so much for all your hard work and letting me be a part of this fascinating eagle experience.
I treasure my wing-blings and hope to contribute more when I can.
Cumbrian - October 9, 2008 08:56 PM (GMT)
My name is Sharon and I live in Yorba Linda, CA with Lexi, my dog, and 3 cats, Maya, Rusty and Jackson Browne. I rescued 9 year old Lexi at the beginning of 2008 and after a couple weeks, she was the boss. She does not leave my side and gives lots of kisses. The cats did tell her she was not allowed on their (my) bed and so far she is listening to them. I have two grown daughters, one lives in Huntington Beach and one moved to the Bay Area (Fremont) in July.
I am a native Californian, born in Glendale and have lived in Orange County over 50 years.
My parents moved to Sedona in 1985 so I visit there a couple times a year. I also travel to Paradise, CA to visit my 103 year old grandma! My passion is gardening. I had 50 roses but have cut back to about 30. Iris and my justicia are other favorites. I also have 7 different hoya plants in pots. Taking care of two big yards keeps me sane as I have worked for attorneys since 1971.
I am an Eagles fan (both winged and guitared), an Angels fan and a winery fan! I love Sonoma, Napa and Paso Robles. Temecula is up and coming but has a ways to go - doesn't stop me from going out there once in a while.
I was introduced to the PH nest when Cruz was a teenager. I got no work done during and after lunch when they banded Limuw and cried all afternoon at work on "that day." I have a great respect for this forum, all the Cruzers, and for Dr. Sharp and his team!
Yorba Linda, CA
Cumbrian - March 9, 2009 05:15 PM (GMT)
Hi Everyone! I'm Lisa, I live in Redondo Beach, CA with my husband and cat (Katrina) and sailboat (Kaholo, which isn't at the house, of course, but in King Harbor which is also in Redondo Beach).
I'm a research librarian. I love watching all kinds of wildlife, especially marine mammals and birds. I've been visiting the IWS webcams since the first "nest" birth that was in the news.
When visiting Catalina I always watch carefully to try and spot an eagle - last fall 2008 we saw our first one, probably K-81 or K-82, flying over Cherry Cove. Then in early March 2009, again in Cherry Cove, we saw a juvenile, we think it was K-70. Not too many more weekends before it will be summer, and there are way too many people for the eagles to come around the coves then, I think.
The highlight of any travel, for me, is always the animals I may see ....
Redondo Beach, CA
Cumbrian - July 26, 2012 08:26 PM (GMT)
Hi, I'm Cindy Anderson, and just realized I never did a bio here. I am retired (which was a little earlier than planned but economy made that call for me), divorced, and living in the Willamette Valley of Oregon near the State Capital of Salem. I haver one son who with his wife, have given me two beautiful granddaughters, the eldest of which (5 years old) is picking up her Gramma's love of eagles (and all raptors for that matter)
My Mom has always loved birds, and I guess passed that on to me. I started watching a different eagle cam on the east coast, and went in search of a cam to watch in my own time zone. I ran across IWS, and have never left. The people here are friendly, and knowledgeable, and above all caring for both the eagles and the people who watch. The friendships I have found here are some of the best ever, and have certainly helped me through some tough times.
Kudos to IWS, and to all who keep the forum(s) running smoothly.
<3 <3 <3
Willamette Valley, Oregon