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Lafarge Concrete Plant - Home of One of Vancouver's Eagle Nests (updated Apr. 8)

LaFarge Vancouver Eagle Nest

Just over a year ago, management of the Lafarge Concrete plant on Vancouver's waterfront contacted David Hancock with concerns about an eagle nest tree on the edge of their property. The surrounding trees had been removed and this lone tree stood next to their mix-plant, and they were concerned that the tree might suffer damage in the future, even though it is somewhat sheltered by the nearby gravel conveyor tower. Was there anything they could do to keep this pair of nesting eagles in the area?

At David's suggestion, and at fairly great expense, Lafarge has erected a feeding tower next to the nest tree. While it is hoped that the tree itself will continue to be the nest site, the tower provides an alternative in the event the nest tree is damaged, and having it there for the coming seasons will get the birds used to it.

Lafarge staff also created a block wall around the tree and the feedng platform / nesting tower to protect them from the trucks that are in and out of the plant during operations and, at David's suggestion, they've also installed a remote PTZ camera on the tower overlooking the nest. That camera is about to go into operation on our site here.

The images from the camera are excellent. The camera is now online - check it out here

CBC News Story and reporter Theresa Lalonde's Blog Item

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Migrating Birds Could Use a Helping Hand 10 Ways People Can Protect Birds This Spring

Wildlife News

Contact: Robert Johns, 202-234-7181 ext.210, bjohns@abcbirds.org

(Washington, D.C., March 31, 2010) As warmer temperatures begin to arrive and we spend more time outdoors, we hear the many, familiar sounds of spring, including the songs of our returning migrant birds.   At this time of year, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) often gets asked how people can help birds. Toward that end, ABC has identified the top ten things people can do to aid or protect declining birds in their homes and yards. 

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Alaska: for the Birds and Hancock.


Sparrows, Eagles and Hancock Going North to Alaska:

 

 

NOTE April 2, 2010    -- first White-crowned sparrow of season at my feeder as I write - they are on the way north.  I will see them in Alaska  and landing on the Discovery Princess Ship as we cross the Gulf of Alaska.

 

As I am catching up on the HWF emails  -- I had three meetings yesterday in Vancouver so am behind 250 emails -- I see the season's first White-crowned sparrow at my feeder.  Last year it was April 1 but maybe they were here yesterday and I wasn't.

 

The visits of the both the White-crowned and Golden-crowned -- which are usually arriving at the same time  -- is really a harbinger of the passerines long migration to Alaska.  That journey is now well underway but will involve lots of 'hold-overs' by many of the species as they wait out local weather conditions.  By my start on the season's lectures onboard the Discovery Princess,  May 15 from Whittier Alaska,

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Birds in conflict: Bald eagles attack colonies of herons across Western Washington

Wildlife News

Saturday, March 27, 2010

source:The Seattle Times

Submitted by: 'edkeagle'

Seattle Times staff reporter

Near a small pond on Renton's western edge, nests of great blue herons, perched up to 100 feet high in a stand of cottonwood trees, appear safe from any danger from below.

But not from above.

With increasing frequency, this heron colony and others throughout Western Washington are being attacked by bald eagles. It's gotten to the point that Suzanne Krom, founder of a group called Herons Forever, said eagles are treating heron nesting grounds as "all-you-can-eat, fast-food delis."

Bald eagles, roaring back from the brink of extinction, are now almost commonplace even in urban areas, searching for food in a shrinking habitat.

Their attacks against herons link two species, each of which has an emotional significance for humans: Bald eagles are proud, fierce symbols of the country. Great blue herons, named official bird of Seattle in 2003, have what bird-watcher Danny O'Keefe calls "a certain kind of meditative grace."

Particularly during the breeding season, now under way, heron watchers report seeing eagles chasing herons off their nests, then preying on the eggs and hatchlings left behind.

To read the rest of this story please visit:

The Seattle Times

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UK Government Creates World’s Largest Marine Reserve

Conservation & Preservation

source: Chagos Conservation Trust

London 01 April 2010

UK Government Creates World’s Largest Marine Reserve - ‘An inspirational decision for nature conservation and for posterity’

 The UK Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, announced today the creation of a Marine Protected Area in the British Indian Ocean Territory (the Chagos Archipelago). This will include a no-take marine reserve where commercial fishing will be banned. The decision follows several years of background research and a three month public consultation on the future management of the Chagos Islands, set out by British Government. More than 275,000 people and many leading scientific and conservation organisations from Britain and elsewhere urged the UK government to establish a strict Chagos marine protected area. 

The Chagos islands (British Indian Ocean Territory) form an archipelago remotely situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean. They consist of Diego Garcia (with its UK/US military presence) and 54 tiny uninhabited coral islands spread in 210,000 square miles of ocean. The Territory has belonged to Britain since 1814 (the Treaty of Paris). 

‘Today’s decision by the British Government is inspirational. It will protect a treasure trove of tropical, marine wildlife for posterity and create a safe haven for breeding fish stocks for the benefit of people in the region. Our Trust has worked for the protection of Chagos for 20 years and we applaud this wonderful UK contribution for 2010, International Year of Biodiversity’ - William Marsden, Chairman of the Chagos Conservation Trust. ...

 

To read the remainder of this Press Release please visit

Chagos Conservation Trust

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