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Bears and deer die at oil sands sites

Planet Earth


A tailings pond reflects the Syncrude
oilsands mine facility near Fort McMurray, Alta., Wednesday, July 9,
2008. (Jeff McIntosh / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

A tailings pond reflects the Syncrude oilsands mine facility near Fort McMurray, Alta., Wednesday, July 9, 2008. (Jeff McIntosh / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Updated: Thu Apr. 08 2010 17:49:56

 Government documents show that animals other than ducks have died at Alberta's oil sands sites.

Documents obtained by Greenpeace, under freedom of information legislation, show that at least 164 other animals died during oil sands operations between 2000 and 2008.

Those animals included 27 bears, 67 deer, 31 foxes and 21 coyotes.

Possible reasons for the deaths are listed as drowning, oil from tailings, animals hitting structure or vehicles, electrocution, and euthanasia of problem wildlife.

Moose, beavers and wolves also died, although the cause of death isn't specified.

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Vancouver eagle chicks hatching online

LaFarge Vancouver Eagle Nest

.slideImage{filter:progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.Fade()} Slideshow image David Hancock of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation says two eagles living along Vancouver's waterfront have an impressive track record for rearing young. April 9, 2010. (CTV) By: Date: Friday Apr. 9, 2010 6:39 PM PT Bald eagle chicks will be hatching all around the south coast in the coming days — some in more unusual places than others. For years, two eagles have made their nest in one of the few remaining trees along Vancouver's industrial waterfront. Even though the area is noisy, they keep coming back. Read the rest of the story here:

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Darn': Eagle cam catches raven making off with egg

Victoria/Sidney Nest


Kristen Thompson

08 April 2010 05:12

An image from the eagle cam at

People hoping to watch two bald eagle chicks hatch live online got a lesson on the harsh reality of nature when a raven made off with one of the eggs in full view of an eagle cam.

The Hancock Wildlife Foundation installed two tiny cameras in a nest near Sidney on Vancouver Island, and have been streaming the footage on their website.

On Monday, viewers watched live as a raven made quick lunch of one of two eggs while mom was off on errands.

She returned moments later and actually seemed dismayed – throwing her head back and opening her beak – at the sight of the one egg.

Earlier footage showed her and presumably her partner dutifully tending to the nest and two eggs.

Biologist David Hancock, who runs The Hancock Wildlife Foundation, said when he saw the raven with the egg he thought: “Darn.”

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2 Bald Eagle Babies OK After Fall from Florida Nest

Conservation & Preservation



Associated Press Writer

The national bird, the bald eagle, is often born in Florida - but sometimes it's a dangerous childhood.

Consider what happened earlier this week to a large bald eagle nest in Dunedin, a small Gulf Coast city: Part of the sofa-sized nest collapsed, sending two eight-week-old bald eaglets plummeting some 65 feet to the ground.

"The likely culprit is the wind," said Barbara Walker, Pinellas County's Audubon Society coordinator. "Combine that with very active young eagles. They can do a lot of jumping and hopping up and down on the nest."

The eaglets, which normally don't fly until they are 12 weeks old, were scooped up by volunteers and are both doing well. One is being treated for a fractured leg at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland. The other is uninjured and resting at a bird sanctuary. A third baby bird is still high in the pine tree with two adult birds, and Walker said the nest looks solid enough to last until the bird learns to fly.


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Spotted: Philly Eagles of the Feathered Kind

Wildlife News


Updated 4:31 PM EDT, Wed, Apr 7, 2010
Bill Buchanan

Real Birds are nesting near South Philly and no we aren't talking about anyone at the Linc. Philidephia eagles are causing some excitement, but it has nothing to do with football.

A couple of bald eagles had beaten high odds and are raising two eaglets in the John Heinz National Wildlife

Refuge at Tinicum. The 1,200-acre federal refuge spans parts of Philadelphia and Delaware County near Philadelphia International Airport.

Having eagles come to the park isn't new but having a pair nest here is a first.

"We've had eagles feeding in this area for a number of years now -- migrant birds," said Refuge manager Gary Stolz.

These birds started building a nest last winter, said Stolz.

"Normally its the second or third years when young birds lay eggs," he said.

The eaglets were recently hatched and first seen on Saturday, Stolz added.


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