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Local wildlife rehab groups upset with amended regulations

Standards prohibit organizations from treating more than 20 species

Mar 16, 2011 04:23 pm | By Stacie Snow | Airdrie City View

Photo courtesy CEI

The Cochrane Ecological Institute and Wildlife Reserve recently released four bear cubs into the wild after two years of rearing and rehabilitation, something it won’t be able to do again according to Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD).

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Where eagles die

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Brendan Borrell. Published online 18 January 2011 Flaws in Alaskan island rat-eradication project laid bare.

American bald eagle

Misjudgements made two years ago during a rat-eradication programme on Alaska's aptly named Rat Island, which led to the death of more than 420 birds — including 46 bald eagles — have now been detailed.

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Travels on the Island

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Since arriving here at Hancock Wildlife a few months ago, I see eagles and raptors everywhere I look. Of course, that’s not to hard in this end of the world, with more than 50 nests just in the general neighbourhood of the office itself. The dump where David has undertaken counts a few times in the last couple of months is also not too far from here and it takes a lot of concentration just to keep my eyes glued on the road as I drive past, knowing all too well that if I glance to the left, I am quite likely to see dozens of eagles, hanging around in the trees surrounding the place, or, another dozen up in the air. Breathtaking!

And, this follows with any drive I take. If there is an eagle around, I’m much more likely to spot it. Just this weekend, I was over on the island, taking some friends to see the renowned Butchart Gardens. As we’re coming down the sole road that leads to these gardens, we noticed a new winery had opened up, and outside there were two huge banners stating that “The Raptors have Arrived!” Intrigued, we pulled in and the sign didn’t lie, there are indeed raptors being kept at the winery. The idea, which I had read about just last week is that the raptors become pest control, dealing with small rodents and starlings , along with other small birds that can wreak havoc on a winery’s grapes. Below is a story regarding a similar setup in Oregon and when I return to the island in 2 weeks, I’ll stop in again and get some pictures. I missed their final show for the day by about 10 minutes, however I did get a glimpse of a pair of hawks, an owl and a truly huge golden eagle. The winery itself is called Church and State Winery and the newspaper story is below as well as the story I had come across last week from Oregon :

Raptors at the winery

Church and State Wines

Raptors as pest control in Oregon

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Bald eagle found shot along NC road ... 89519.html

by NewsChannel 36 Staff
Posted on March 31, 2011 at 10:56 AM
Updated today at 11:07 AM"

"WARREN COUNTY, N.C. – A $2,500 reward is being offered for information involving a bald eagle that was shot in Warren County.

The injured eagle was found along the side of the road on March 20. A veterinarian examined the eagle and determined that it was shot, and had a broken wing. Despite being treated for its injuries, the eagle died on Monday.
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"Credit: West Hills Veterinary Center, Henderson, N.C.

“Because the eagle was found along a traveled roadway, someone may have seen or heard something that will help in our investigation. We are hoping that anyone with information on who is responsible for shooting the eagle will step forward and provide information that will help us solve this case,” said Sandra Allred, a special agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Anyone with information concerning the shooting of this eagle is asked to call Special Agent Allred at 919-856-4786, or North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Officer Richard Creech at 252-886-3614 or 252-438-3428.

Bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act."

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All eyes on webcam eagles as eggs set to hatch next month in Sidney, Hornby island

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An eagle nest near Sidney is a busy place after a third egg hatched in this 2009 image captured from David Hancock's wildlife webcam.

Photograph by: Hancock Wildlife Channel, .

Every intimate detail of the domestic life of the bald eagle is being recorded by webcams strategically placed beside nests in Sidney and Hornby Island.

Mom and Dad Hornby have two eggs, one laid on March 22 and the other on March 26, meaning they could start hatching April 26. The Sidney pair have three eggs — something achieved by only about four per cent of eagle couples — which could start hatching as early as April 11.

Hatching is a tense time for eagle watchers. In Hornby, where there have been more failures than successes, baby hopes are running high.

Doug and Sheila Carrick, who started watching the nest with a video camera in 2004 — and are now assisted by the Hornby Eagle Group Projects Society and — have ridden an emotional roller coaster with the eagles.

In 2006 the eggs failed to hatch; 2007, two eaglets hatched; 2008, no eggs; 2009, two eggs hatched, but one eaglet died at 11 days; last year, one egg hatched, but the eaglet died at 76 days from a type of pneumonia.

The Sidney camera is one of six eagle sites — most on the Lower Mainland — under surveillance by the not-for-profit Hancock Wildlife Foundation. A hummingbird nest in Victoria has also been added.

Dave Hancock is hoping all goes smoothly — especially in the Sidney nest where, last year, viewers were horrified to see a raven grab one of the eggs during a moment of inattention by mom.

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