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Re Delta 2, Lafarge, White Rock and Mission, BC Nests

Bald Eagle Biology


Hi All:  The season at times progresses slowly but the season is indeed advancing.

The Delta 2 pair, like so many pairs each year, give us predictability and change at the same time.  The eagle is largely driven by the light cycle -- each bird may respond differently but each bird is relatively constant in its migration dates, egg laying dates etc. from year to year.  The next pair may be a week or two or even three different but each pair will remain fairly consistent year to year. A prime example is the Lafarge pair that has laid its first and subsequent eggs on exactly the same day for each of the last 3 years.  This tells me that at least the female is the same bird in each year.  The White Rock pair in 2011 and 2012 laid its first egg on March 13 but this year changed by 12 days.  I suspect those 2 consistent years were due to the same female occupying the nest but this year I believe at least the female, with a new light periodicity, has taken over the territory.  From some of the recent observations on the male's behaviour, or appropriate lack thereof, the male may have also changed. if only we had banded birds to tell!

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Note on the presence of someone special - Tess Tessier, "Grandma Tess"


Few people exude the spirit and the actual human output equal to what they espouse. My long time friend, Grandma Tess, exceeded anyone's expectations. Tess was and will remain a spiritual connection to everyone who ever met her. She tramped the arctic wilderness with a dozen rag-tag dogs into every native village and school, drove her great purple bus across continents time and again to talk with kids and teachers, communicated with eagles, white spirit bears and Eskimos like nobody else. She lived the message of peace, sharing and caring. Tess invigorated everybody she met and, if you weren't careful, you too would be caught up in the 'world's cause of goodness' that she spread everywhere. She made living a great experience.
 

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Stranded porpoise rescued by Vancouver Aquarium

Wildlife News

CBC News  Posted: Mar 27, 2013

A young porpoise rescued after it became stranded on a rock in Saanich Inlet north of Victoria is recovering at the Vancouver Aquarium's Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.

It is not known why the adult male porpoise stranded, but officials said it could have been stuck by a boat, chased by a predator such as a killer whale or could be suffering from an unknown illness.

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www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/03/27/bc-porpoise-rescued.html

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7 eagles near death after eating carcass of euthanized horse

Wildlife News

by ERIC WILKINSON / KING 5 News
Posted on March 25, 2013 at 7:08 PM
Updated Tuesday, Mar 26 at 3:48 PM

Sharon Thomas couldn't believe what she saw when she took a walk on her Lewis County property near Winlock last Friday.
“I got the binoculars, was unable to tell what it was,’ she said. She found one of what turned out to be seven beautiful bald eagles - all near death. “We didn't realize what the culprit was -- why they were so sick,” she said. “It was heart wrenching, wanting them to open their eyes and stay breathing so we could get them to the people who could help us.”
Read more:
www.king5.com/news/7-eagles-near-death-after-eating-carcass-of-euthanized-horse-199966651.html

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Eagle Found In Snow Uncovers Threat Behind Minn. Church

Wildlife News


March 21, 2013 5:45 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The American Bald Eagle has made a remarkable recovery after near extinction, but there are still many things threatening their existence every day.

One of those threats was noted recently behind St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jordan, Minn. The incident has churchgoers praying for an eagle — one that Marty Huss found near the church in the snow.

Read the rest of the story and view the video here: 

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/03/2 ... nn-church/

 

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