Summer 2020

Thank you!  As we hit the year’s halfway mark, we wanted to say “thank you” for your support of our Building the Nest 2020 campaign.  To date we’ve raised startup funding, which enabled the acquisition of the land and pre-development planning and layout.  Additionally, we’ve had pledges towards the building of one full nest and its corresponding utility building! Covid-19 …

HFC Topo

With the snow melted, Gordon took the opportunity to walk our new property and we’re so glad he did.  Look at the gorgeous view he stumbled upon!  The topo map from the USGS was sadly inaccurate.  So, Gordon plotted out HFC with a surveyor earlier this month.  Originally it looked as though we’d be building into the mountain, so upon …

Land Closing and Campaign Kick Off

The contract is signed, and the deed transferred!  Here is a short video of our land: We now begin the process of officially submitting for planning approval.  In anticipation, we’re launching our first build campaign, “Build Our First Nest 2020”.  We invite you to join our campaign with your tax-deductible donation and make a difference in the life of a …

Website Update

With the massive wheels of our Habitat For Canaries project beginning to turn into reality, we wanted to refresh the website.  Please check out each tab for the latest news in our development process. We invite you to share your story with us on our new tab, “Canaries“. “Building” is where we’ll keep you up-to-date with the big building news. …

Under Contract!

We have the most exciting news! We’re under contract for a property that meets the majority of our canary goals in Maine!!!

Land Search Update

The search continues for our property in Maine after our second unsuccessful bid earlier this year.  While checking out new listings, we frequently use the website linked in our “Tools for Discovering Air Quality” blog ~ http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/cell-towers ~ for an initial evaluation.  By happen chance we noticed a new cell tower listing and was overwhelmingly grateful when we realized the …

Land Update

While it’s been a while since we blogged last, we’ve been actively investigating Maine and potential properties. Thus far, we’ve put in 2 offers, but are now back to searching for the home for HFC. On our list – environmental suitability, with some water course for recreation, within a reasonable driving distance to organic groceries. Please keep HFC in your …

Water Quality

Water, Water, Water Everywhere – but is it safe to drink? During due diligence, an investigation of the quality of the water supply should be undertaken to properly prepare what system you’ll need to include in your build or home. If the property is undeveloped, look for streams, ponds or lakes that are on or near the property. Take a …

Radon

Especially important to canaries is the level of radon in the proposed building site. Radon is a toxic gas formed from the natural decay of uranium in soil. If allowed to accumulate within a building, the inhalation of the gas by the building’s occupants could result in death. Radon cannot be prevented. It can only be mitigated. When selecting a …

Changing Technologies

Technology changes rapidly, especially in the field of communication services. One new technology on the horizon is the delivery of internet by the use of airplanes. Typically, electromagnetic waves are generated from towers that hold the communication equipment. Now that equipment may be on airplanes, flying overhead. When a site is under consideration, be sure to examine the airplane flight …