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Re: Wildlife in the News
« Reply #30 on: May 31, 2010, 11:41:36 AM »
Here is something that you may like, especially those who have gardens.  It is a project to track bee populations in the US and Canada. Here is an article about the project: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/05/30/HOCF1DJP3P.DTL 
And here is the website for the project:
http://www.greatsunflower.org/

Honey bees need love, too.  :eclove


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Re: Wildlife in the News
« Reply #31 on: May 31, 2010, 07:05:30 PM »
Luv, there was a snippet on yesterday's TV news here about the bee project. Fascinating.

beans, your video was cool and your words added to it. Many thanks.
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Re: Wildlife in the News
« Reply #32 on: September 02, 2010, 07:19:38 AM »
this is the news blurb  about the polar bear that took a walk about south of his normal stomping grounds near hudson bay , in manitoba.



http://video.ca.msn.com/watch/video/polar-bear-wanders-400-km-south/16a9nfxxd
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Re: Wildlife in the News
« Reply #33 on: September 02, 2010, 08:18:46 AM »
Typos and Luv, thanks for the articles about the polar bear and the project for encouraging and counting the bee population.

It's nice to be introduced to news we may not see ourselves at home.   :eclove
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Re: Wildlife in the News
« Reply #34 on: December 10, 2010, 02:35:23 AM »
Eagles on Harrison River fly under the radar
Birds concentrated on small stretch of river

By Michael McCarthy, Special to Vancouver Courier. November 26, 2010

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HARRISON RIVER, B.C.
The unofficial count at the 15th annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival held last weekend was about 2,500 eagles.
There were eagles in the trees. There were eagles on the shoreline, on the gravel bars, perched on logs and flying in the sky.

The nature guide aboard the jet boat said that this small stretch of the Harrison River might boast more eagles than any other place in the entire world.

Jo-Anne Chadwick, coordinator of the 15th annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival (Nov. 20-22), said the unofficial count on this day was approximately 2,500 eagles, but that with the Alaska salmon season being so poor there might soon be as many as 5,000 of the mighty birds feasting on coho salmon carcasses, thanks to one of the strongest salmon runs in B.C. history.

Read more:http://tinyurl.com/3x8g7ho

Note: There are two beautiful photos with the story. /BBE

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Re: Wildlife in the News
« Reply #35 on: January 05, 2011, 11:40:33 AM »
Re: Birds falling out of the sky, there are many reasons & too early to speculate till all tests are in. Bev Day from OWL figures it is possible pesticides are involved. It is one theory there are many, very sad. Hope something can be done soon to prevent further deaths.

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Re: Wildlife in the News
« Reply #36 on: January 20, 2011, 09:51:59 AM »
I was struck with the amazing photography of these West Coast birds, in the UK's Daily Telegraph.  They show incredible pictures of familiar birds taken in mid-flight.  It is well worth a look ...

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British wildlife lover Roy Hancliff captures bird in mid-flight using a home-made photography set-up in his garden in Canada's British Columbia....
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Roy said: "When I take the shot it's so quick I don't see it. Our eyes simply aren't fast enough to register all the action that is happening right in your own back garden. It's only afterwards when I check what I have that I know what images I've got. You really have no idea of what you are getting until you review the pictures later. I'm stunned by the beauty of a regular bird you see all the time suddenly looking very different when it's frozen in time."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthpicturegalleries/8269306/Birds-in-mid-flight-photographed-by-Roy-Hancliff.html

Here's a link to Roy Hancliff's Flickr site.
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Re: Wildlife in the News
« Reply #37 on: January 20, 2011, 01:54:28 PM »
Madrona, thanks for the link to Roy Hancliff's flickr page.  He has some remarkable photos!
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Re: Wildlife in the News
« Reply #38 on: January 20, 2011, 03:46:03 PM »
Beautiful photos of birds in flight, gorgeous, love the flicker never mind the nuthatch & chickadee.

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Re: Wildlife in the News
« Reply #39 on: January 25, 2011, 01:46:46 PM »
Rare purple bird found in Devon
By Jemima Laing
BBC Devon
 
A bird which has only been recorded three times in the UK has been found dead in a garden in Devon.

The American purple gallinule is a species of waterbird, similar to a colourful version of our resident moorhen.




Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/local/devon/hi/people_and_places/nature/newsid_9373000/9373386.stm

Published: 2011/01/25 17:29:26 GMT

© BBC 2011

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American purple gallinule
•Found from the south east United States through central and south America
•They are birds of swamp and marsh and related to our moorhens and coots
•It has huge yellow feet, purple-blue plumage with a green back and red and yellow bill


The birds are found in the Americas, from the south east United States through central and south America. It may have been blown across to the UK in autumn storms and survived unseen until now. 


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Re: Wildlife in the News
« Reply #40 on: February 01, 2011, 02:49:32 AM »
A wild bald eagle is hanging out at the Orange County Zoo in Southern California.  It is thought that it might be a male who has come to spend some time with a captive female bald eagle who is a zoo resident.  The six-year-old female, Olivia, can't be released into the wild due to an eye injury.  (L.A. Times)

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-eagle-20110130,0,2814303.story   
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Re: Wildlife in the News
« Reply #41 on: February 25, 2011, 08:44:48 PM »

The Vancouver Sun - Eagles haunt the dump after chum run fails

    * The Vancouver Sun 24 Feb 2011
    * BY KIM PEMBERTON
    * VANCOUVER SUN kpemberton@ vancouversun. com


http://digital.vancouversun.com/epaper/viewer.aspx



There is little food around for bald eagles this year, and they are getting desperate

Starving bald eagles, desperate to find food after a failed southern B. C. chum salmon run, are gathering in record numbers at the Vancouver landfill, says eagle expert David Hancock.
DAVID HANCOCK A record number of eagles were spotted earlier this month at the Delta dump, with nearly 1,400 counted by David Hancock.

The wildlife biologist earlier this month counted nearly 1,400 eagles — triple the usual number at this time of year — at one time at the landfill, located in Delta.

“ The chum salmon didn’t come in and with no other major concentration of food they are gathering everywhere and many are starving,” said Hancock.

He said a world record was set in mid-December when 7,200 eagles were spotted on the Chehalis River, which flows into the Harrison River. Hancock said that 10 days after the raptors finished feeding off salmon carcasses, only 345 eagles were spotted on the river.

“ They had to go somewhere. They’re incredibly mobile — can move 500 to 1,000 miles a day. They’re forced to go where they can find food.”

He said young eagles are essentially scavengers because it takes them two to three years to learn how to hunt. Many rely on dead salmon and swarming masses of herring.

“ To catch a specific fish or duck, that comes later, and is a developed skill.”

He said February is typically the leanest month of the year for eagles since the chum salmon run is over then. That is followed in March by herring and oolichan in April.
He said the eagles would have come from Alaska after feeding on the earliest salmon runs in late June and July. As the rivers began freezing, the eagles would have flown to B. C.’ s southern rivers, like the Cowichan, Fraser and Pitt River, where there would normally be chum.

“ This year [ the chum] just didn’t come and the birds are spread out,” he said.

Hancock said the eagles are looking for alternative food supplies, and with no natural ones, they’re turning up at landfills. He said he counted a dozen eagles recently at his neighbour’s south Surrey farm after the farmer left out in the field a cow that had died calving.

Wildlife rescue organizations have seen an increase in the number of eagles being brought to their recovery centres.

In Ladner, OWL ( Orphan Wildlife Rehabilitation Society) has taken in a dozen eagles this winter compared with the two or three it usually gets, said executive director Bev Day. The non-profit organization, which has been saving birds of prey since 1985, released four eagles recently but has another eight in care.

“ Most have puncture wounds and beak damage. They’re infighting for the food,” said Day.

The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre’s Robin Campbell said the centre is caring for nine eagles. The eagles are congregating at the landfill in his area as well, he said, noting about 1,300 are at the Campbell River dump.

The problem with eagles scavenging for food at the dump is they can end up poisoned, he said.

“ Yes, they’re starving. There was a bad chum run and the snow isn’t helping. The rains we had earlier caused flooding and washed the chum out to sea.”
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Re: Wildlife in the News
« Reply #42 on: March 02, 2011, 09:25:32 PM »
LOTS of news stories about the failed chum salmon run and starving eagles.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/starving-eagles-falling-out-of-the-sky/article1918336/
Starving eagles ‘falling out of the sky’
MARK HUME

"Reports of starving eagles have been coming in from all over the Lower Mainland but seem concentrated in the Comox Valley,... "


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This story has a video of Bev Day at OWL in Delta, plus footage of eagles and gulls at the dump.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/02/24/bc-starving-eagles-dump.html

Starving B.C. eagles swarm to dumps
CBC News
Posted: Feb 24, 2011 6:15 PM PT
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2011 6:15 PM PT




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Re: Wildlife in the News
« Reply #43 on: March 02, 2011, 09:57:52 PM »
The media can sure twist things. The Vancouver article, above, states:

The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre’s Robin Campbell said the centre is caring for nine eagles. The eagles are congregating at the landfill in his area as well, he said, noting about 1,300 are at the Campbell River dump.

Campbell River is about 125 Km (80 miles) from NIWRA.

The Victoria paper, who spoke to Robin, quoted him more accurately:

Robin Campbell, of North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington, which is caring for nine bald eagles, said most became ill after eating at dumps in the Comox Valley and Campbell River.
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Re: Wildlife in the News
« Reply #44 on: March 03, 2011, 08:43:11 PM »
AJL brought this story to our attention today.

http://blog.nwf.org/wildlifepromise/2011/02/thousands-of-mallard-ducks-killed-in-south-dakota/

Thousands of Mallard Ducks Killed in South Dakota

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There’s been another massive bird die-off, this time in South Dakota. But while the blackbird & fish deaths in Arkansas that captivated the nation turned out to have most likely been a result of natural causes, this event is more frustrating – the deaths were man-made and preventable.

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Officials are attributing the deaths to aspergillosis (PDF), a respiratory disease caused by a fungus. The disease is deadly to birds. Mallards are often susceptible during bad weather when they may feed in waste grain and silage pits that aren’t properly covered. They can inhale spores when feeding on old moldy grain such as corn, which is the prime suspect in this case.