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David Hancock to Speak at the 2009 Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

Festivals and Fun
David Hancock's 2 Presentations at the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, 2009


Saturday November 21, 2009 @ 1:00PM
Sunday November 22, 2009 @ 1:00PM

A rare opportunity to see bald eagle expert and wildlife biologist David Hancock speak amid the eagles he loves. David's 50 years as a wildlife biologist and eagle expert offer a unique perspective on these beautiful raptors and the eco-system that sustains them. From the first attempts to conduct egg counts by plane, to the successful installation of web cameras to broadcast the daily lives of bald eagles to the world live on the internet, David has been there. He shares his depth of insight and experience in a lively, educational presentation the whole family will enjoy.

A not to be missed presentation!

The Tepadera Estates is one of the best locations for eagle viewing, not only because of its wide open spectacular view of the flats but because it has washrooms and, thanks to the Tapadera Social Club, refreshments by a roaring fire to fend off the cool November air! :mrgreen:

The link below is to a wonderful Photo taken by Pam at last year's festival. Double Click to enlarge; there are eagles everywhere!

Eagles as seen from Tapadera

Tapedera Estates:14600 Morris Valley Road Agassiz, B.C.

Follow 7 East from Mission to Morris Valley Road (30 mins) turn left at Morris Valley Road and follow for 2 km. and Tapadera comes up on the right side. Watch for FVBEF signs and Harrison with #2 on it.

Venue #2 on this Map

November 21 & 22, 2009 Mission BC, Canada

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival
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Dramatic Footage of Walruses in Alaskan and Russian Arctic Highlights Threats From Climate Chang

Planet Earth


Retreating Sea Ice Forces Walruses Ashore, with Deadly Consequences for Calves 

For Release: Oct 01, 2009
Joe Pouliot
(202) 495-4730

Anchorage, Alaska, October 1, 2009 – World Wildlife Fund has obtained dramatic high definition footage along the Arctic shorelines of Russia and Alaska showing the dramatic impact climate change is having on walruses.  Earlier today, an investigative team led by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued preliminary findings explaining the mass death of young walrus calves that is captured on the WWF footage. 

The Alaska footage shows some of the more than 100 walrus carcasses that were spotted on September 14 by US Geological Survey (USGS) researchers flying near Icy Cape, southwest of Barrow, Alaska. Days prior to that sighting, a massive heard of walruses was seen congregated on the shore.  According to the preliminary report released today by the FWS team, which included USGS, the Alaska SeaLife Center and the North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management, a total of 131 carcasses, mostly calves and yearlings, were found.  Their conclusion was that “the cause of death was consistent with trampling by other walruses.”


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France-Size Shark Sanctuary Created -- A First

Conservation & Preservation
September 25, 2009

The world's first shark sanctuary will protect the declining fish in waters off the tiny island republic of Palau, the country's president said today.

Johnson Toriboing announced the creation of a shark haven without commercial fishing during an address before the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.

palau shark picture  

"I believe the physical well-being and beauty of sharks reflects the well-being of the ocean," Toriboing told reporters at a news conference."It is my honor and opportunity to tell the world to join me to protect these species, which are on the brink of extinction."Sharks are increasingly under threat as the demand for shark-fin soup—a delicacy in many Asian countries—has risen worldwide. 

"The need to save the ocean and save sharks far outweighs the need to enjoy bowls of soup," Toriboing said. 

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Cuts could bring quick death to animals

Wildlife News


Autistic children, orphaned seal pups, senior citizens, high school athletes, battered women and injured bald eagles -- it's a diverse group hit by cuts to provincial government grants, including the North Island's Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS).

MARS is among the small wildlife groups relying heavily on provincial grants which are now faced with plugging big holes in their budgets.

Less money could mean that severely injured birds would be euthanized sooner, rather than incur expensive rehabilitation bills, said Maj Birch, founder of MARS, which lost its $25,000 gaming grant.

"We may have to make decisions to put them down humanely sooner rather than try to rehabilitate with the costs involved in keeping them for the long-term," she said. "That's something we don't even want to look at. Our goal is to try and help wildlife so when you have to try and make decisions about putting them down just because you don't have the funds to care for them, it's difficult. But you hate to say it, you have to look at the bottom line."

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White buck at home in the Forest

Wildlife News
By Rob Ward, Forest of Dean
Website contributor
A white stag in the Forest of Dean
This buck could be the offspring of the white stag killed in 2007

I was saddened by the loss of our white stag in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, in 2007 and I thought I would never have the opportunity to see and photograph one of these magnificent beasts in our forest again.

However, this was until Tuesday, 22 September, 2009, when I found and photographed a young pure white buck, probably around four years old which could well be the offspring of our fallen giant.


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