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Villagers told not to feed Red Kites near RAF base

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Villagers told not to feed Red Kites near RAF base
Bird strikes cause an estimated £800m damage a year to commercial aircraft worldwide, and are responsible for several accidents Photo: PA

Red Kites, which have seen their numbers soar as a result of a 20-year campaign to protect them - gather round RAF Benson base in Oxfordshire because locals are putting out scraps for them to eat.

The RAF is worried the huge birds will collide with helicopters which regularly fly in and out of the base.

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Three Eggs at Lafarge Eagle Nest again this Year

LaFarge Vancouver Eagle Nest

The Lafarge bald eagle nest in Vancouver, BC has three eggs again this season. The first egg was observed on March 11 and likely laid on the evening of the 10th.  The second was seen on March 16, the third noted on March 21st . The exact dates of laying for the second and third eggs are not known. Incubation lasts about 35+ days.  
Last year three chicks were reared to fledging at this location, too. While one or two eggs is more common, eagles in an urban environment with a readily available supply of road-kill are producing and raising three chicks more often recently.
The nest is unusual for more than its second season of three eggs, however. It is situated on waterfront property owned by concrete producer Lafarge. Other trees on the property were removed to accommodate the ready-mix concrete facility.
Concerned the lone nesting tree, a cottonwood, would succumb to the elements without the protection of other trees, Lafarge worked with eagle biologist David Hancock to construct an artificial nesting site in November 2009 for the pair to consider using.
They opted for their own nest again this year and so far it seems to have been a good decision.
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Central African gorillas may go extinct

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A gorilla looks on while relaxing in a clearing on the slopes of
Mount Mikeno in the Virunga National Park on November 28, 2008.
A gorilla looks on while relaxing in a clearing on the slopes of Mount Mikeno in the Virunga National Park on November 28, 2008.

(CNN) -- Gorillas may go extinct in much of central Africa by the mid-2020s -- victims of a meat trade, of logging and mining, and even the Ebola virus, a new report says.

Unless action is taken to guard the gorillas' habitat and counter poaching, the dire prediction will come to pass, said the joint report from the United Nations and Interpol released Wednesday.

Until now, the Congo Basin in Central Africa had been a rainforest refuge for gorillas and other apes.

But the threats to the gorillas' survival are so acute that a similar study that predicted only 10 percent of the gorilla population will remain by 2030 is now considered too optimistic.

That study -- conducted in 2002 -- did not take into account the rise in the demand for timber and metals destined for Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

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Orphaned cougars arrive at the zoo

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Male orphaned cougar

The male orphaned cougar is believed to be 14-months-old.

Updated: Wed Mar. 24 2010 11:15:23

Two orphaned cougars are now calling the Calgary Zoo home.

The male and female siblings arrived from the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter in Smithers, B.C.

The 14-month-old cubs had been living there for the past nine months.

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An oil spill could be ‘catastrophic’ for British Columbia killer whales

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Source: Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Orca population would not survive an ecological incident, researchers say


The AT1 population of Alaskan transient killer whales were in Prince William Sound at the time of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. 13 members of the 22 member pod died after the spill and more in the following years. Photo: K.Heise


By Nicholas Read, Special To The Sun

March 22, 2010

British Columbia killer whales could become extinct in the long term if an oil spill similar in scope to that from the Exxon Valdez occurred off the coast of B.C., says a conservation biologist with the Universities of Calgary and Manitoba.Paul Paquet, one of the lead scientists on a five-year, 14,000-kilometre survey of marine mammals and sea birds along the coast between 2004 and 2009, says the health of B.C. killer whales is already so fragile thanks to pollution and over-fishing that a major oil spill could devastate them.

The consequences for the population as a whole could be catastrophic, meaning that that population could be pushed over the edge and into a long-term slide to extinction,” Paquet said in an interview. “Given the small population of killer whales and as a population biologist, I don’t think that’s an over-statement. And it is something we should be prepared for.”

Paquet made his remarks to coincide with the release today of a report called What’s at Stake: The Cost of Oil on British Columbia’s Priceless Coast, published by the Raincoast Conservation Society to mark the 21st anniversary of the Exxon Valdez disaster in Prince William Sound, Alaska. ...

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