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Sibling Rivalry - New Biology Reference Page

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David Hancock has added yet another piece to the growing biology reference section of our main site.

This new piece, Sibling Rivalry - the Great Survivial Technique, goes into what happens when there are multiple eggs, and eventually eaglets, in the nest and food is scarce.

Check it and the rest of the biology reference section out.

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Goodbye Delta O.W.L. - Hello (again) Delta-1 Eagle Nest (and it has 2 eggs)

Delta 1 - Eagle Nest

Just about the same time as the tragic failure of the Delta O.W.L. nest eagles' eggs to hatch this year, we discovered that the Delta-1 nest which was badly damaged in the Winter storms this year has eggs in it!

We've moved our streams to this nest as of today (they're still showing as Delta-OWL - but it is really Delta-1) and Ken reports he's seen 2 eggs.

We know that one egg rolled out of the nest last week - so this nest also started with 3 eggs it seems. Triplets are looking like they're becoming the norm in our urban eagle nests. We know of another nest (downtown Vancouver on the waterfront) that has 3 eggs in it this year too - and we may have a camera there next year (you heard it here first).

So... welcome back to Delta-1 - the smallest and closest to the ground we've seen a nest. We'll all watch anxiously to make sure nobody else falls out (O.W.L. is aware and ready to take on the challenge if they do, even before hatching - they're just around the corner)

The two cameras consist of a fixed-focus - Close-up and a Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) that we'll keep in fairly close for now but will use to watch around the tree as the kids hatch and thrive.

If you recall last year, this is the famous "Teddy-bear" nest. The adults brought a teddy bear into the nest thinking it was something good for the eaglets. Who knows what they'll bring in this year. Join us and watch.

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This is where eagles dare

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NATURE: The London area has become a "hot spot" for endangered bald eagles
This is where eagles dare

Kathy Rumleski
Sun Media

 
February 23, 2009  

 

With a couple of nests within London city limits and others on the outskirts, this area has become "a hot spot" for bald eagles, a conservationist says.

 

That's good news considering the bald eagle is still on the endangered species list in southern Ontario.

London also is home to about four osprey nests.

"We're probably the Ontario capital (of the two species)," said Peter Read of the McIlwraith Field Naturalists.

"I think it's pretty unique for Ontario, that's for sure."

He is cautious about disclosing the location of the eagle nests because of their endangered designation. One is in the north end of the city and the other is in the northwest.

"The Ministry of Natural Resources is protecting the nests, of course. That's why they don't want it well-known where it is."

Read said people started noticing the activity of eagles in the northwest area within the past year.

Read the rest of the story here:   http://www.lfpress.ca/perl-bin/publish.cgi?x=articles&p=258480&s=pets_nature

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Open Letter to an Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) User

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An open letter to a member who has complained that because we've changed our software, they can't use IE6 to view

I've posted this here because among other things, I try to teach my readers and customers about what is going on in the "Wild Wild Web" and why they should be thinking all the time about the security of their computers and access. The lesson applies not only to IE6, but to every single thing that is on any computer that might come in contact with the internet. The hackers and crackers our there - the "bad uglies" as I call them, are not sitting still - they are evolving their abuses of the internet as fast as the creators of web systems can fix and deploy them. Sometimes, as in yesterday's Adobe "zero-day" PDF problem, the hackers attack a vulnerability the day it is noted to exist.

"I think it is unfair that you would change software in the middle of the Horby Eagles' Hatchings.  Those of us living outside Canada (from BC) watched it faithfully and then one day we just could not. As I only have Microsoft Int. Explorer 6 you are now unreachable."

 

Dear member

 

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More on Hornby Viewing - cutting one of the cameras for now

Wildlife News

The saga of the video feed from Hornby Island to the rest of the world continues.

As noted in the previous item we've tried to put a second modem into the Hornby location (thanks Doug Carrick :) but are currently not able to. Telus, the provider of service, has put a hold on new accounts until it can re-do the whold island's network infrastructure.

In the mean time we're going to cut the problem in half by turning off the wide-angle camera for the next while, at least until the eaglets start moving around on the branches (branching).

There will be notices in the discussion forum and we'll post a note on the actual camera page - but nothing will be done until we can coordinate with the WildEarth.TV people - some time in the next day or so.

Turning off one of the cameras should allow the main, close-up camera, to work without any hesitations due to the crowded bandwidth on the local link. There may still be some hesitations due to the fact that the Hornby network infrastructure is stretched - but this should not be all the time as it is now.

richard

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