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Seal pup found at Centennial Beach

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rescued—Delta Animal Control Officer Tamara Bissett received a call from the public about a two-day-old seal pup on Centennial Beach, which she took to the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre in Vancouver. Contributed photo

The public is reminded to leave baby seals alone after a two-day-old pup was discovered on Centennial Beach.

The seal pup was found June 18 on the beach in Boundary Bay, which Delta animal control officer Tamara Bissett says is not an uncommon occurrence.

Like in past situations curious passerby did not leave the pup alone, and Bissett was called in to transport it to the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, a non-profit organization based at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Bissett described this seal pup as having a full coat of hair and sucking on its back foot, indicating it was hungry.

The rescue centre will raise and release the seal pup when it reaches an appropriate weight, said Sarah Lowe, Delta Community Animal Shelter manager.



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Local First Nations want to hunt eagles for ceremonial use

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By Suzanne Fournier, The Province

front page of The Province newspaper showing article "Native Bands Target Birds" 

First Nations leaders are demanding the right to “sustainably” harvest eagles for ceremonial use.

They will make their demand known Thursday, when National Chief Shawn Atleo of the Assembly of First Nations — along with three chiefs of B.C. communities targeted by government investigators over the sale of eagle parts — are honoured with eagle feather and cedar headdresses in downtown Vancouver.

“We were as outraged as the general public when we learned about massive eagle kills and dumping of carcasses, because eagles are highly significant in our culture,” Grand Chief Doug Kelly of the Sto:lo Tribal Council said Wednesday.

“But the B.C. Environment Ministry wasn’t interested in finding out who killed those birds. Instead they sent undercover operators in only to First Nations communities, to entrap our artisans in a mischievous sting.”

Kelly said native leaders want to “engage” the B.C. and federal governments in a “management and conservation” plan for eagles and other large birds with ceremonial First Nations significance, including swans and hawks.

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Evolution of Bird Bills: Birds Reduce Their 'Heating Bills' in Cold Climates

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This is a toco toucan, Ramphastos toco. (Credit: Glenn Tattersall)
ScienceDaily (June 24, 2010) — The evolution of bird bills is related to climate according to latest research by the University of Melbourne, Australia and Brock University, Canada.

By examining bill sizes of a diverse range of bird species around the world, researchers have found that birds with larger bills tend to be found in hot environments, whilst birds in colder environments have evolved smaller bills.

The study led by Dr Matt Symonds of the Department of Zoology at the University of Melbourne and Dr Glenn Tattersall of the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock University provides evidence that maintaining body temperature in a bird's natural environment may have shaped the evolution of bird bills.


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Vancouver Aquarium's baby beluga Nala dies

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Vancouver Sun June 22, 2010 10:39 AM

Vancouver Aquarium has reported that it's youngest beluga whale, born just a year ago, died Monday night.

Cause of death.
The youngest beluga calf at the Vancouver Aquarium has died after a penny and two small rocks became lodged in her blowhole.
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Bird lovers monitor 25-year-old osprey as her condition worsens

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The following story can also be followed here on our Hancock Wildlife Forum

Our hearts go out to our members who have been following this particular camera. 


Published Date: 21 June 2010

HUNDREDS of bird lovers from across the world are on 24-hourwatch monitoring the condition of one of Scotland's favourite birds.

Scotland's most famous osprey – known as Lady – has been lying sick in her nest unable to move since Saturday morning and experts believe she has just hours to live.

At 25 years old, the bird has amazed people around the world by successfully producing 46 chicks, including two this year.

However, now her fans are glued to an online webcam, watching as the elderly bird prepares to breathe her last.

As her two chicks stand beside her demanding food, she has been lying in her huge nest on the banks of Loch of the Lowes, near Dunkeld, Perthshire, for two days, occasionally lifting her head but unable to open her eyes.

More than 700 people have posted messages on an online blog from as far away as New Zealand, Hong Kong and America.

However, now her fans are glued to an online webcam, watching as the elderly bird prepares to breathe her last.





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