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Warming Arctic disrupts birds' breeding

Wildlife News


Some species arriving from south a month ahead of schedule


By Jane George, Nunatsiaq NewsApril 27, 2010

Snow geese land on a pond about
100 kilometres southeast of Edmonton on the weekend.

Snow geese land on a pond about 100 kilometres southeast of Edmonton on the weekend.

Photograph by: Chris Schwarz, The Journal, Nunatsiaq News

As Arctic temperatures warm and weather becomes less predictable, migratory birds may face new challenges and some nasty surprises when they return North, researchers with the Canadian Wildlife Service say.

Birds sometimes arrive at their northern breeding grounds earlier than they used to, driven by warm weather in the South, only to find no food there when they arrive.

And, once they are in the Arctic, increasingly unpredictable weather can cause them additional misery.

Due to higher than average temperatures in many parts of Nunavut this past winter, birds are already flocking back to the High Arctic.

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Killer Whales Split into Three Separate Species

Jeremy Hance
April 25, 2010

Using genetic evidence scientists have discovered that the world’s killer whales, also known as orcas (Orcinus orca), likely represent at least three separate species.

Scientists have long thought that there may in fact be more than one species of killer whales due to behavior difference, small physical differences, and the animals' primary food source: fish or seals.

Scientists analyzed genetic samples from 139 killer whales and announced their findings in the journal Genome Research.

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41 coyote carcasses discovered in southern Alberta

Planet Earth

Dead Coyotes

The man driving this truck discovered 31 coyotes illegally dumped in front of his farm near Elkwater. (Courtesy: Rick Price)

Updated: Fri Apr. 23 2010 17:28:16

Some Alberta residents are raising questions about the province's coyote hunting policy.

This comes after dozens of dead coyotes were found dumped on a roadside near Cypress Provincial Park.

All of the animals were missing a body part and fish and wildlife officers believe bounty seekers may be to blame.


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A people’s movement to protect the fish that built BC – wild salmon

Wildlife News

The Get Out Migration Begins



(April 22, 2010, Sointula, BC) After 20 years of expressing concern to governments that won’t listen and have shielded Norwegian salmon farms from the laws of Canada, the public of British Columbia is taking to the streets to get industrial salmon farming out of the ocean andaway from their wild salmon. 

The Get Out Migration begins today with an evening send-off from the fishing village of Sointula. Tomorrow morning the Namgis First Nation will perform a ceremony at the Nimpkish River at 10am for the group walking into the mountains.

“Get Out for Wild Salmon” released today on shows Biologist Alexandra Morton leaving the Meetup River with the young wild salmon and a send off by the Broughton First Nation village Gwa'yasdams Village. “When International companies come in here and lay waste to our territory we have a problem with that,” said elected chief Bob Chamberlin.

Anissa Reed of Ocean Aura and one of the planners says, “people absolutely hold salmon sacred. The outpouring to the Get Out Migration of artwork, volunteers organizing awesome events in every town, offering us shelter in their homes is a demonstration of the attachment British Columbians have to wild salmon. We expect thousands to participate.”


“Government has ignored its own studies on salmon farming since 1989. This is exactly how we lost the food security, thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars that the North Atlantic cod brought to Canada. “We in BC do not intend to play out this tragedy again,” says Alexandra Morton, “government must support the families dependant on this industry as it is removed from the ocean onto land.” 

Read more and sign the petition here:

Salmon are Sacred

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The Status of the Wolf - Part 3: Back from the Brink


In the last article Part 2: The Wolf’s Demise I presented the story of the wolf’s demise in the contiguous lower 48 states of the United States, where the wolf was nearly completely eradicated by the late 1960’s. This third article continues the wolf’s saga by describing the shift in public attitudes and legal policies that set the stage for the species’ recovery into the distinct and carefully managed populations that exist today in some portions of the predator’s former domain.


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