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Moodyville tree cutting raises ire

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Brent Richter, North Shore News
February 26, 2014 12:00 AM

City, Port say work near eagle's nest in compliance.

A bald eagle perches near its nest in Moodyville Park. Photograph by: Mike Wakefield, North Shore News

A Moodyville resident is raising concerns about the way the City of North Vancouver and Port Metro Vancouver have handled cutting down trees and working too close to an eagle's nest as part of the Low Level Road project.

Melanie Ptashynski did a walkabout of Moodyville Park with PMV and city staff on Jan. 24 to get an idea of how many trees would be cut in order to move the Spirit Trail. After learning it would be a two-metre swath for the trail plus a two-metre buffer, Ptashynski said she was pleased.

But since the work was done, Ptashynski says it is closer to five metres.

"I got my husband to put out measuring tape.  Visually, you know it's not," she said.

Beyond that, Ptashynski was incensed to see the whole slope side "devegetated" and work being carried out next to an eagle's nest just south of Moody Avenue. The barrier placed around the eagle's tree only extends about 10 metres, when the port's wildlife habitat assessment recommends one-and-a-half tree lengths or up to 100 or 200 metres if it is during the breeding period. The report states that starts on Feb. 1. And despite almost daily trips to the park, Ptashynski said she has scarcely seen ............

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Lemmings fuel biggest snowy-owl migration

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Hancock here:  Snowy Owls largely missed us this year but a huge eruption probably picked up the weather fronts, directed by the southward shifting winter jet stream and got carried to the east, causing unusual numbers in the eastern and southeastern States.  Several were seen in early winter along Boundary Bay here in B.C. but I only saw one in the region I cover in my bald eagle surveys.

Here is an interesting article and how the invasion is being tracked in the east.   



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Re Controversy of Feeding Owls

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Hancock here: 

Another review of Feeding Wildlife:  The Controversy Surrounding Feeding Owls etc.
(Feb. 23, 2014 – prompted by letter from Daniel Dietrich)

Quite fascinating.  I had somehow missed this controversy! 

I find the issue, and the conflict surrounding feeding owls or other wildlife, a fascinating study of human behavior and a relatively simple adaption on the part of the wildlife.  Is feeding wildlife good for wildlife or bad?  I guess like food for us humans some is good while at times it gets carried away but on the whole food is essential.  Of course so are other parts of the habitat at different seasons.

My recollections about when I first started to be involved with wildlife go something like this:  It was not even news that every eagle, owl, bear, sea lion or orca that was seen was shot.  Our northwest coast eagles did not suffer from pesticides.  They suffered because people did not care to see them alive.  They were vermin and should be killed.  Some governments even paid $2.00 for a pair of eagle legs.  Orcas were machine-gunned by every Canadian Government Fisheries vessel.  A dead owl hung on a fence post was a good owl.  It was not a good time to care for wild creatures.

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How Wolves Change Rivers

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This wolf video is quite incredible.  It really shows the importance of ecology.

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David Hancock Interview Now on YouTube

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David Hancock's interview by SHAW Cable TV Chilliwack that was done last November, 2013 at the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival has just been posted to YouTube.  You can watch it here:


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