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Marmot may be evicted at Empress

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yellow-bellied marmot stares at a photographer at the Fairmont Empress

A yellow-bellied marmot stares at a photographer at the Fairmont Empress hotel.

Photograph by: Bruce Stotesbury, Times Colonist

 By Rob Shaw, Times Colonist May 17, 2010


The furry critter first appeared at the Empress a year ago, much to the surprise of both hotel staff and environment ministry officials. It was identified as a member of the yellow-bellied family, native to B.C.’s southeast region, and it’s believed that it somehow hitched a ride here from Grand Forks.

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Scientists find tiny wallaby, spiky nosed frog in Asia

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Scientists exploring a remote Indonesian forest say they have uncovered a collection of new species, including a Pinocchio-nosed frog, the world's smallest known wallaby and a yellow-eyed gecko.



An international group of scientists found the species in the remote Foja Mountains on the island of New Guinea in late 2008 and released the details, including pictures, on Monday ahead of the International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22.

Many of the species found during the survey are believed to be new to science, Conservation International and the National Geographic Society said, including several new mammals, a reptile, an amphibian, and a dozen insects.

The discoveries come just as scientists warn of the growing threat of accelerating loss of species as the planet warms and forests and other habitats are destroyed to feed a growing human population.

"While animals and plants are being wiped out across the globe at a pace never seen in millions of years, the discovery of these absolutely incredible forms of life is much needed positive news," said Conservation International's Bruce Beehler, a participant on the expedition.

"Places like these represent a healthy future for all of us and show that it is not too late to stop the current species extinction crisis."

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One of VA Nature Park's Eagles Dies


One of two bald eagles at Richmond's nature park has died.

Posted: 7:00 AM May 15, 2010

One of two bald eagles at Richmond's nature park has died.

Maymont officials say Liberty, the female eagle in the city park's native Virginia wildlife collection, was pronounced dead this week. Her exact age wasn't known, but she had been at Maymont since August 2008.

The cause of death hasn't been determined but the eagle had a foot infection in the fall and had an irregular heartbeat.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia cared for Liberty after she was found in 2007 with a broken wing in a King and Queen County landfill.


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Injured eagles need surgery

Conservation & Preservation

Injured eagles need surgery
By GEOFF TURNER The London Free Press

Last Updated: May 12, 2010

It’s touch and go for two bald eaglets rescued when their nest west of Hyde Park blew down in a wind storm Friday night.

The two eaglets, thought to be about two months old, survived a 15-metre fall but suffered leg fractures requiring surgery, said Brian Salt of Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation.

The two birds are in a protected aviary at the Mt. Brydges facility.

Salt said leg fractures are very serious injuries for raptors such as eagles.

“Their legs and talons are like their guns.”

He said one of the birds will require a pin to repair a leg fracture.

In recent years other young eagles have been rescued with similar injuries and didn’t survive, Salt said.

Two bald eagles are being kept at Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre after being injured when high winds toppled their nest west of Hyde Park. The two chicks have broken legs that will require expensive surgery to fix.

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New Camera at Lafarge Eagle Nest Site

LaFarge Vancouver Eagle Nest

Thanks again to Lafarge Canada Inc. - they've purchased another camera and mounted it on their "sand tower" to the East of the nest tree. The current position is temporary while their machinist makes up a mount extension to position the camera more to the South and higher to escape another branch that has grown on this impressively surviving tree in their concrete yard on Vancouver's waterfront.

The fact this tree is growing so well is a tribute to the work Lafarge has done to halt the erosion around its roots and preserve it from further damage now that they have their plant on the property. The problem is that until we can get a camera mounted in the tree (hopefully after the chick fledges near the end of the summer) we have to rely upon looking through the tree's canopy at the nest. The original camera, situated on the newly installed feeding platform to the West of the tree, has been largely blocked by new growth and we can't get at it to move it until the eagles leave for the salmon spawning season.

The new Axis Q6032 camera should be operational on our site some time in the next few days - possibly before the mount has been changed. In the mean time I've pulled some still images from it to give you a flavor for the view it presents. You can see them in the Media gallery album and some slightly different ones in the discussion forum for this nest.


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