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Rare grey whale sighting near Squamish, BC draws a crowd


Migrating animals -- this one believed to be a mature male -- are searching far and wide for food

 By Kim Pemberton, Vancouver Sun May 4, 2010
 The rare sight of a grey whale feeding near the mouth of Squamish River is attracting dozens of visitors hoping to catch a glimpse for themselves.

One of the first people to identify the whale as a grey was Squamish resident John Buchanan, who was initially told by windsurfers off the spit in Squamish that they had seen a humpback. But when he went to look for himself Buchanan was surprised to see a grey whale.

"It's the first time in anyone's living memory that a grey has come into the estuary in 100 years," said Buchanan.

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Protection for lesser spotted eagles in Estonia

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Information from Estonian Ministry of the Environment
Photo: Arne Ader
Translation: Liis
Lesser spotted eagle.
15 breeding territories of the lesser spotted eagle in Estonia will be declared as protected sites. The total area is 222 hectares, mostly on state-owned land and included in the Natura 2000 network.
According to the regulation from the Ministry of the Environment, fishing and hunting is allowed on the lesser spotted eagle nesting territories from September 1 to March 14, that is, during a period when this does not disturb the nesting or the growing up of the young of the lesser spotted eagles. During the same period berry and mushroom picking is also allowed in the protected zones of the nesting sites.
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Wildlife rescue teams ready for U.S. oil spill victims

Planet Earth

U.S.  |  Green Business

That bird, recovered offshore on Friday and taken to an emergency rehabilitation center to be cleaned up and nursed back to health, is only the tip of a potential calamity facing the region's birds, sea turtles and marine mammals.

Besides the rescued Gannet, and several sperm whales seen swimming in and around the oil slick earlier, no "confirmed animal impacts" have been reported, yet, Dr. Michael Ziccardi, a veterinarian overseeing some of the wildlife rescue teams in the region, said in a telephone interview from Houma, Louisiana.

But, he added soberly: "That is not going to stay the same. We are expecting many more (casualties) in the days to come. We hope that number is not catastrophic. We're ... hoping for the best but planning for the worst."


(Reuters) - The first known wildlife casualty of the massive oil spill threatening the U.S. Gulf Coast was a single Northern Gannet seabird, found alive but coated in the toxic grime creeping ashore along Louisiana's coast.

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Volunteers recruited to help in oil spill threat

Planet Earth




  • Conservation groups seek volunteers to help in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida
  • Audubon Society making Center for Birds of Prey available for bird cleansing and rehabilitation
  • Deep Water Horizon response team looking for help in identifying affected animals

(CNN) -- Efforts to minimize the damage from the huge oil spill from last week's rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico are under way, but wildlife conservation groups say the oil could pose a disaster for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coastal areas.

How can you help? A number of organizations are recruiting volunteers.


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Oil threatens Louisiana shore

Planet Earth


Birds fly above land in Breton Sound off the coast of Louisiana on
Thursday, while containment booms are in place to try to keep the oil
spill at bay.Birds fly above land in Breton Sound off the coast of Louisiana on Thursday, while containment booms are in place to try to keep the oil spill at bay. (Liz Condo/Associated Press)

Traces of oil from a massive and growing spill in the Gulf of Mexico have reached the coast of Louisiana, which is in a state of emergency to help prevent catastrophic environmental damage.

Faint fingers of oil sheen began lapping at the state's shoreline on Thursday night while thicker oil hovered about eight kilometres offshore. Oil is expected to wash ashore in Mississippi on Saturday before reaching Alabama on Sunday and Florida on Monday.



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