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Biologists begin monitoring collared jaguar

Conservation & Preservation


Animal determined to be oldest known jaguar in the wild

Early data received from the tracking device on the recently captured and collared jaguar in Arizona is already giving biologists a better understanding of the cat’s movement and foraging patterns.

With nearly a week’s worth of data, the Arizona Game and Fish Department noted that the jaguar moved several miles after collaring to a very high and rugged area that the cat has been known to use in southern Arizona. The animal has stayed in that general vicinity for a few days with apparent patterns of rest and visits to a nearby creek. During the collaring, the cat appeared to have just fed on prey, which will aid its recovery and allow it to go for a period of time without feeding. 

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The eagle has landed

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Lions-sponsored sculpture becomes centrepiece of Comox Town Circle

† A very special bald eagle has landed right in the heart of Comox - and has decided to settle there for most of the next ten months.

The bird in question is a sculpture unveiled Wednesday as the new centrepiece of the Town Circle on Comox Avenue.

It is one of 130 similar eagles that are appearing all over British Columbia as part of a B.C. Lions fundraising initiative. Another has already touched down outside Comox Valley Art Gallery in Courtenay.

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How to properly rescue a harried hummingbird

Conservation & Preservation

Campbell River Mirror


Published: July 09, 2009 3:00 PM  


A teeny bejeweled creature lay struggling on the lawn, still clinging to its little marshmallow-sized nest. Flung from the highest boughs by a fierce gust of wind, its survival was doubtful at best. One of nature’s most common summer disasters played out in Courtenay last week, following an intense storm.

Relatively speaking, the drama unfolded in the Balcombe backyard, just prior to a visit by Campbell River photographer Brian Kyle. Doreen Balcombe, Kyle’s sister-in-law, rescued a wee hummingbird after a branch, nest AND baby fell from her alder tree.


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Wildlife News
Published: July 09, 2009 1:00 PM
Updated: July 10, 2009 5:44 AM



A rare Vancouver Island marmot was recently trapped in Port Alberni, and it’s the first time one has been captured here, one official said.

Local residents Janine and Jerry Linning were hiking near Earth Land and Sea on Ship Creek Road on June 22, when they saw something they hadn’t encountered outdoors before.



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An endangered Vancouver Island Marmot has been captured in the Alberni Valley after residents spotted it at a nursery on Ship Creek Road.

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Harris hawks patrol landfill

Wildlife News


Three Harris hawks and a handler are working to keep nuisance birds such as gulls and crows from calling the Salmon Arm Landfill home and potentially interfering with air traffic.

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District has signed a three-year bird-management contract with Raptor Ranch Inc. of Abbotsford.

The centre is part of a network of rehabilitators, falconers, vets and environmentalists that specializes in non-kill, non-chemical bird control.

According to a Raptor Ranch website, handlers are trained falconers and the centre has developed procedures that are more public friendly and safer for the predatory birds and the prey birds.


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