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Mounds Park bald eagles become true urbanites

Urban Eagle Sightings

June 30, 2010

Sharing the backyard with protected wildlife not a cakewalk, homeowners find

Scott Nichols
staff writer

In the beginning, John and Carol laughed over how jealous their Mounds Park home's previous owner - a bird lover who bragged of the place's falcon-friendliness - would be if he were to discover the bald eagles now raising fledglings within their very urban, tiny backyard.

The owners of a West Seventh Street salon were themselves at first overjoyed at being so chosen, feeling privileged to witness countless courting behaviors not just out their windows but even the skylight in the upstairs bathroom. Even now, they can find themselves captivated by the antics of the eagle couple and two fledglings.

"I watch them at night, and it's pretty incredible," John says.



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Sea turtle eggs being moved to Atlantic

Conservation & Preservation

June 28, 2010


A sea turtle egg relocation project has been started in hopes of keeping hatchlings out of the oil that's spreading through Gulf of Mexico.

Henry Cabbage of the  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said they have  started digging up sea turtle eggs in nests  in Florida's Panhandle.

The eggs are being moved to a secure facility in Cape  Canaveral, Florida, where the turtles will be released in the Atlantic Ocean once they're hatched.


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Cat birth-control group captures elusive East Vancouver marmot

Conservation & Preservation

The lure of sweet, sticky, fresh peanut butter was just too much for the hungry East Van Marmot.

It’s pungent aroma lured the critter from his recent concrete jungle home into an animal rescue trap and now he is awaiting transportation to a more natural environment.

His rescue is all thanks to Maria Soroski and her colleagues at the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association, which captures, spays or neuters feral cats, and then releases them.

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Seal pup found at Centennial Beach

Wildlife News

rescued—Delta Animal Control Officer Tamara Bissett received a call from the public about a two-day-old seal pup on Centennial Beach, which she took to the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre in Vancouver. Contributed photo

The public is reminded to leave baby seals alone after a two-day-old pup was discovered on Centennial Beach.

The seal pup was found June 18 on the beach in Boundary Bay, which Delta animal control officer Tamara Bissett says is not an uncommon occurrence.

Like in past situations curious passerby did not leave the pup alone, and Bissett was called in to transport it to the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, a non-profit organization based at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Bissett described this seal pup as having a full coat of hair and sucking on its back foot, indicating it was hungry.

The rescue centre will raise and release the seal pup when it reaches an appropriate weight, said Sarah Lowe, Delta Community Animal Shelter manager.



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Local First Nations want to hunt eagles for ceremonial use

Wildlife News

By Suzanne Fournier, The Province

front page of The Province newspaper showing article "Native Bands Target Birds" 

First Nations leaders are demanding the right to “sustainably” harvest eagles for ceremonial use.

They will make their demand known Thursday, when National Chief Shawn Atleo of the Assembly of First Nations — along with three chiefs of B.C. communities targeted by government investigators over the sale of eagle parts — are honoured with eagle feather and cedar headdresses in downtown Vancouver.

“We were as outraged as the general public when we learned about massive eagle kills and dumping of carcasses, because eagles are highly significant in our culture,” Grand Chief Doug Kelly of the Sto:lo Tribal Council said Wednesday.

“But the B.C. Environment Ministry wasn’t interested in finding out who killed those birds. Instead they sent undercover operators in only to First Nations communities, to entrap our artisans in a mischievous sting.”

Kelly said native leaders want to “engage” the B.C. and federal governments in a “management and conservation” plan for eagles and other large birds with ceremonial First Nations significance, including swans and hawks.


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