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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.

 
UPDATE TO THIS STORY:
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 www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/viewtopic.php

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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Why do we need to look for Bigfoot?

 

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN
June 21, 2010 9:50 a.m. EDT
The Abominable Snowman was thought to have made this footprint in
1951 near Mount Everest.
The Abominable Snowman was thought to have made this footprint in 1951 near Mount Everest.

 

(CNN) -- Watch out! It's 10 feet tall and hairy, and it could be coming to get you -- or your dogs!

Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, is said to be an ape-like monster but has never been proved to exist. Still, reported sightings never stop: Tim Peeler of Cleveland County, North Carolina, says he saw a giant, hairy "man-looking person" with six fingers that was going after his dogs June 5 and told it to "git." On Thursday, a large, muddy footprint in Burke County, North Carolina, stirred up more Bigfoot speculation.

Across human societies, variations on mythical creature stories like that of Bigfoot have persisted for thousands of years, and accounts of seeing or hearing them still abound. There may be some basic culture-based need for these fantastical tales, said Todd Disotell, professor of anthropology at New York University.

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