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DNR seeks help from public in finding who shot osprey

Wildlife News

June 12, 2010

 

WEYAUWEGA , WISCONSIN --

A wildlife rehabilitator is offering a reward to anyone who helps catch those responsible for shooting and wounding an osprey that was found near its nest at Weyauwega High School Thursday.

The injured bird was unable to feed two chicks in the nest and they died.  The adult bird, which was found to have shotgun pellets in its body, may not survive.

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking help from the public in finding the culprits.    Tipsters may remain anonymous when they call the DNR hotline at (800) 847-9367.

Wardens suspect the osprey may have been shot some distance from the school and flew back to its young but did not have the strength to care for them.  The chicks were about a week and a half old.

Link to story:  www.thenorthwestern.com/article/20100612/OSH0101/6120356/DNR-seeks-help-from-public-in-finding-who-shot-osprey
 

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Jacques Cousteau "would be heartbroken" at our seas today

Conservation & Preservation

 

Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born a hundred years ago today. "Captain Cousteau," became synonomous with the ocean. "The sea is everything," he said. (Jacques-Yves Cousteau centennial: "The sea is everything"). French inventor, engineer, explorer, naturalist, poet, and ultimately prophet, Jacques Cousteau died in 1997, but, as his son Jean-Michel Cousteau writes in the tribute below, he remains a champion of the oceans.

By Jean-Michel Cousteau

My father, Captain Jacques Cousteau, would have been 100 years old today. He was a man of undeniable charisma, a man who always achieved his objectives, a man of such single-minded determination that he would not give up on a goal until he had achieved it. His lifelong vision was to help millions of people understand the fragility of life on what he called our "'water planet."

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Kirk's new enterprise saving B.C. salmon

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Endangered crocodiles hatched in Cambodia

Conservation & Preservation

 

This photo shows the mother of 13 rare Siamese crocodiles guarding
her nest in rural Cambodia. Experts believe as few as 250 Siamese
crocodiles are left in the wild. This photo shows the mother of 13 rare Siamese crocodiles guarding her nest in rural Cambodia. Experts believe as few as 250 Siamese crocodiles are left in the wild. (Fauna and Flora International/Associated Press)

Conservationists in Cambodia are celebrating the hatching of a clutch of eggs from one of the world's most critically endangered animals.

Thirteen baby Siamese crocodiles crawled out of their shells over the weekend in a remote part of the Cardamom Mountains in southwestern Cambodia, following a weeks long vigil by researchers who found them in the jungle.

Experts believe as few as 250 Siamese crocodiles are left in the wild, almost all of them in Cambodia but with a few spread among Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam and possibly Thailand.

The operation to protect and hatch the eggs was mounted by United Kingdom-based Fauna and Flora International, for whom conservation of this once-abundant species is a key program.


 
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Biologists eager to study rescued bald eagle

Wildlife News

 

Published: Thursday, June 10, 2010 12:53 AM MDT

PHOENIX (AP) — For a moment, the 7-year-old bald eagle seemed willing to pose for pictures, his head turned to face the cameras, his eyes flashing, his beak slightly open.

But in the instant his handler let go of his talons, the mighty raptor’s demeanor changed. He raised his head, spread his wings and flew, swooping over the shores of Watson Lake in Prescott, flying in the wild for the first time since March

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