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Salmon Confidential: the ugly truth about Canada's open-net salmon farms

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May 12th, 2015 9:39 AM

(May 12, 2015, Sointula, BC) A 24-page booklet released today by Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society provides an overview of the serious negative environmental and economic implications of open-net salmon farms on Canada's west and east coasts.

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HWF Seeks Volunteers for Fundraising and Calendar Design

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It's that time of year when we need to start designing the Hancock Wildlife Foundation (HWF) calendar for 2016.  For that we need a volunteer who knows how to do this on a computer.  The photos that will be sent to HWF for consideration will be scrutinized by David Hancock who will then select the ones he wants the calendar designer to use. 

In the past we were fortunate enough to have one of our members, who is a designer, donate her time to produce the 2011 - 2014 calendars and they were beautiful.  Last year she had to retire from this volunteer project and someone else volunteered who did not have a PC.  Therfore, at the last minute, David Hancock had to hire someone and the cost of producing the calendar made it less than what we would call a "fundraiser".  As beautiful as our calendars are, if they do not bring us in a profit then it is unfair to ask those involved to put in the hours to produce it.

We also are in great need of a professional fundraiser to volunteer their time to help with fundraising at HWF this year.  We are now in our tenth year of streaming the eagle web cams and our forum admins and mods have run out of ideas.  Our expenses always far exceed our yearly costs so we are in great need of attracting some major funding.  However we also need ideas for smaller campaigns as well. 

If you can volunteer to design the calendar or help with fundraising please email


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Bald Eagle Laying & Hatching Sequences

Bald Eagle Biology

Hi All:   RE use of words  '"synchronized"  vs "asynchronized" to define Bald Eagle laying & hatching sequences.

I don't think I would ever have chosen these words for defining the laying and hatching sequence of an individual pair of eagles. 

Bald Eagles generally lay their 2 or 3 eggs 3 days apart.  After the mean 36 days of incubation then each egg would hatch 3 days after the previous egg.  However, that assumes the female initiated incubation with the laying of the 1st egg.  If the female did not initiate incubation until the clutch was finished then the eggs would all have a similar start date for embryonic development and for hatching.  This latter example is customary for precocial species like wood ducks or geese whose broods need to all leave the nest together and follow mom.

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Delta 2 Miracle Mom Having Tough Time!!

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Hi all:

Last year our Delta 2 Miracle Mom accomplished several things I would have absolutely predicted as impossible. First after she had her left leg cleanly broken - within 2 months it had solidified and she resumed nesting and initiated laying 2 eggs only one month late from the previous year. Second she not just completed the incubation, certainly getting a lot of cooperation from Pa, but she fully reared and fledged both offspring. This was quite incredible for a bird that "should"  have failed -- and I had defined her a biological reject.

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Echo Lake home to diverse and endangered species

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Jackie Korn of the Ancient Forest Alliance (left) and tree climber Tiger Devine of the Arboreal Collective (right) hang suspended from an old-growth redcedar tree during the Echo Lake Bio-Blitz. - TJ Watt
Jackie Korn of the Ancient Forest Alliance (left) and tree climber Tiger Devine of the Arboreal Collective (right) hang suspended from an old-growth redcedar tree during the Echo Lake Bio-Blitz.
— image credit: TJ Watt

by  Contributed - Agassiz Observer

Preliminary surveys by biologists reveal diverse, endangered, and new species inhabiting the extremely rare lowland old-growth forest at Echo Lake west of Agassiz. Conservationists ramp-up call for the BC government to protect the area from logging.

A biodiversity survey (ie "Bio-Blitz") of an extremely rare but endangered lowland old-growth forest between Agassiz and Mission, the Echo Lake Ancient Forest, famous for its bald eagles, has revealed that it is also home to a large diversity of flora and fauna. This includes many species at risk such as various bats, frogs, snails, dragonflies, and moss. The surveys, conducted over a weekend last year by biologists and naturalists, and co-ordinated by the Ancient Forest Alliance, have now been compiled and will be submitted to the BC Ministry of Environment’s Conservation Data Centre and Wildlife Species Inventory. Over two days, approximately 174 plant, 55 vertebrate, 153 invertebrate, and 38 fungi species were found around Echo Lake.

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