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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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Evolution of Bird Bills: Birds Reduce Their 'Heating Bills' in Cold Climates

Wildlife News

This is a toco toucan, Ramphastos toco. (Credit: Glenn Tattersall)
ScienceDaily (June 24, 2010) — The evolution of bird bills is related to climate according to latest research by the University of Melbourne, Australia and Brock University, Canada.

By examining bill sizes of a diverse range of bird species around the world, researchers have found that birds with larger bills tend to be found in hot environments, whilst birds in colder environments have evolved smaller bills.

The study led by Dr Matt Symonds of the Department of Zoology at the University of Melbourne and Dr Glenn Tattersall of the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock University provides evidence that maintaining body temperature in a bird's natural environment may have shaped the evolution of bird bills.


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Vancouver Aquarium's baby beluga Nala dies

Wildlife News

Vancouver Sun June 22, 2010 10:39 AM

Vancouver Aquarium has reported that it's youngest beluga whale, born just a year ago, died Monday night.

Cause of death.
The youngest beluga calf at the Vancouver Aquarium has died after a penny and two small rocks became lodged in her blowhole.

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