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Eagle poaching: B.C. judge indicates he’ll declare mistrial in high-profile North Vancouver case of two men

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Eagle poaching: B.C. judge indicates he’ll declare mistrial in high-profile North Vancouver case of two men

 

FEB 3, 2005 - SURREY, B. C. - Conservation Officers Jack Evans (left) and Colin Copland hold up a mutilated eagle, with more on the table, found in North Vancouver. They ere photographed at the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection office in Surrey. Twenty six dead eagles were found with their talons cut off.

Photograph by: ARLEN REDEKOP , PROVINCE

A B.C. provincial court judge has indicated he will declare a mistrial in the eagle poaching case against two First Nations men.

Gary Abbott and Ralph Leon were among 11 men charged with a total of 105 offences related to the unlawful possession of dead wildlife, trafficking in dead wildlife and other related offences. The charges, laid in April 2006, came after a 15-month Conservation Officer Service investigation that began with the discovery of 50 dead eagles in North Vancouver.

Read the rest of the story and see additional photos here:

http://www.leaderpost.com/news/Eagle+poaching+judge+indicates+declare+mistrial+highprofile/9117897/story.html

 

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David Hancock to Speak in Vancouver

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This Saturday, Nov. 2, Vancouver area residents will have a chance to see David Hancock give his PowerPoint presentation on the recovery of the bald eagle.  Although David has speaking tours internationally it's not that often that he is speaking to local group meetings in Vancouver that are open to the public. 

The Stanley Park Ecological Society is sponsoring David to appear at the West End Community Centre at 870 Denman St. in Vancouver - Saturday, Nov. 2 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM.

With the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival only 2 weeks away, David will also be talking about that and the great numbers of eagles that gather out on the Harrison/Chehalis River Estuary Flats at Harrison Mills, BC during the winter to feed on the salmon carcasses.  The record breaking number was 7,362 recorded on Dec. 18, 2010 making it the world's largest gathering of wintering bald eagles!!

Also we are happy to announce that the 2014 Hancock Wildlife Foundation eagle calendars have arrived and are ready for purchase.  We will also have those with us on Saturday along with David's books.  Hope to see you there.

Here's a link to the website of the Stanley Pk. Eco. Society with their announcement and more details:

http://stanleyparkecology.ca/2013/10/30/amazing-eagles-a-free-talk-this-saturday/

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2013 Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Program

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Hancock here:  The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival is firing on 1000!

This week the eagle count was already over 500 birds and next week it would not surprise me to be pushing 1000 eagles -- all lined up on the Chehalis Flats.  Will we reach 10,000 again this year? Only time will tell.

Please book your schedule to join us at the Festival or on the following weeks -- I will be out with Jo-Anne and Rob on their wonderful warm and dry tour boat many times during the fall and winter -- and that is the best way to see the most birds.

http://fraserriversafari.com/eagle-watching-tours/exclusive-eagle-tours-with-david-hancock/

Also check our our  Chehalis Tower cams:

http://www.hancockwildlife.org/index.php?topic=cam-sites

The 2013 Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival program of events is now on line:

http://fraservalleybaldeaglefestival.ca/downloads/2013-FVBEF-Festival-Program.pdf

I have even written a few short items for this publication.

See you at Harrison Mills!

David Hancock

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Readers name new bald eagle 'Spirit'

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Liberty and her new mate, Spirit, were photographed recently at their nest near the Highway 44 bridge over the Sacramento River in Redding.

Liberty and her new mate, Spirit, were photographed recently at their nest near the Highway 44 bridge over the Sacramento River in Redding.

There’s a new male in Liberty’s life and now he has a name.

After three days of online voting, the newest half of Redding’s famous bald eagle pair has been named Spirit.

The name was chosen by Redding.com readers and Record Searchlight Facebook followers in a 72-hour poll on both sites. Voting ended at noon today. Spirit received 352 votes, barely squeaking by Justice, which earned 344 votes.

Read the rest of the story here:

http://www.redding.com/news/2013/oct/22/readers-name-new-bald-eagle-spirit/

Here at Hancock Wildlife Foundation we have always had the discussion thread for the Friends of the Turtle Bay/Redding, California eagles here:

http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/viewtopic.php?topic=575521#575521

 

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Harrison River Bald Eagle & Trumpeter Swan Counts:

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Christian Sasse and I for the past couple of years have planned on a systematic methodology of counting the eagles at the Harrison River.  My former counts for the official Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival counts were done from 6 set locations from Harrison Bay around past the Highway 7 bridge northward up Morris Valley Road to Tapadera RV Estates.  I have made these counts for many years and sometimes from the date of the Festival on through the winter and we will work to replicating this information  -- but with photographic verification and accuracy.
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