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Earth Day 2010

Every day around Hancock Wildlife Foundation is Earth Day. Our whole reason for existing is to learn from, follow and carry on the work of our founder, David Hancock, and his ideas and ideals surrounding conservation and our planet's wildlife.

I first saw a lecture from David back when I was in high school here in Vancouver. It started with one of his films and continued with him on stage with his pet cougar. As a "boy from the city" I saw some of the beauty of our planet and was introduced to the concepts of conservation - even back then.

Ma and Pa HornbyI again met David and did some work for him and his publishing business over 20 years ago, and have grown to know him and his passion for conservation. We've had many talks about his work with re-introduction of birds to areas where they were exterminated; grouse, ptarmigan, falcons and more recently sandhill cranes. I've browsed through his library in the top floor of the book warehouse and dug into some of the history there, finding all manner of things such as old films and posters, mementos of his talks and work.

By 2006, when we unleashed the Hornby and Sidney nest cameras on the world via the internet, the planet had gotten more crowded and a lot of the species that inhabit it along with we humans had suffered hugely from pollution, human predation; hunting, overfishing, poor harvesting practices, ignorant and even criminal lack of oversight by governments, etc. What we as a species have done to the planet during out short history is all but overwhelming - but I see a change happening and it makes me realize that, while David has been working at conservation for over 50 years, the rest of us are finally getting somewhere - hopefully not too late.

 

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B.C.'s largest fish-farming company facing charges

Wildlife News

Justice Department takes over private prosecution launched by biologist

By Judith Lavoie,
Victoria Times Colonist
April 21, 2010 2:05 PM
Photograph: Bill Keay, PNG
source: The Province
 
Researcher Alexandra Morton checks out young salmon just netted in Fife Sound for sea lice.
 Researcher Alexandra Morton checks out young salmon just netted in Fife Sound for sea lice.

 VICTORIA — Charges of unlawful possession of wild salmon and herring have been laid against Marine Harvest Canada, the largest fish-farming company in British Columbia.

What began as a private prosecution — initiated by biologist and activist Alexandra Morton — was taken over by the federal Justice Department on Tuesday, said federal prosecutor Todd Gerhart.

"New information charges Marine Harvest with four counts and deals with two incidents," he said.

The first incident involves juvenile wild pink salmon. It's alleged the wild fish were mixed in with farmed Atlantic salmon as they were taken off a Marine Harvest vessel in June.

The second incident involves herring, which, it's alleged, were discarded from pens in October.

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Plastic, pants found in dead whale

Planet Earth

Stomach contents reveal dangers of 'industrial' dining

Image: Plastic found inside whale stomach
Cascadia Research Collective
This plastic bag was among the trash items found inside the gray whale that died on a West Seattle beach.
 
 
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 8:41 a.m. CT, Tues., April 20, 2010

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A gray whale that died after getting stranded on a West Seattle beach had a large amount of garbage in its stomach — ranging from plastic bags to a pair of sweat pants and even a golf ball.

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Second~YES!!~Second Chick hatches at Lafarge Sunday Evening

LaFarge Vancouver Eagle Nest

The Lafarge Eagles have had a remarkable day. This evening at about 7:30PM the second egg surprised us all by hatching! This hatch is only about 12 hours after the first hatch, which is a bit unusual. Nest watchers were there as usual and documented the event in real time. To read about it, check the Lafarge Discussion Thread

 

 

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Birds of a feather

Wildlife News

 

The millions glued to computers watching nature would agree that the allure is ‘real wildlife’

Heather Reid, Weekend Post  Published: Friday, April 16, 2010

 

“You feel like you get to know them,” Karen Bills of the Hancock
Wildlife Federation says of the webcast eagles. “This is nature’s
reality show.” National Post “You feel like you get to know them,” Karen Bills of the Hancock Wildlife Federation says of the webcast eagles. “This is nature’s reality show.”

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon in March, 198 people watched a bald eagle sitting motionless in its nest. The viewers weren't outside though; likely they were equally still, sitting by themselves as three video cameras fed the inner lives of the eagle from British Columbia on to computer screens around the world.

The first shots of the Hornby Island nest came in 2006. Since then, 15 million people have watched these birds do, well, bird things. Television executives would kill for viewership like that.

The Hancock Wildlife Foundation website (hancockwildlife.org) broadcasts a live feed from the B.C. nests and has added other wildlife cams of bears and salmon.

 

Read the rest of story here in the National Post:

http://www.nationalpost.com/life/story.html?id=2916133#ixzz0lV1xIGqW

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