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At Least 20 Eagles Die Looking for Easy Meal

From the Anchorage Daily News

Factory workers try to save birds from quicksand-like goo

By JAMES HALPIN
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Published: January 12th, 2008 12:25 AM
Last Modified: January 12th, 2008 04:45 AM

Dozens of bald eagles descended on a dump truck hauling fish guts at a Kodiak processing plant Friday and got tangled in the mess, leaving at least 20 of the birds drowned, buried or crushed, according to federal wildlife officials.

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Annual Bald Eagle Survey Yields Important Results

Wildlife NewsA key annual event in the recovery of bald eagle populations is entering its 30th year this week as hundreds of observers nationwide take part in the Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey. Observers from federal, state and local agencies, as well as conservation groups and private citizens, will participate in the survey by counting eagles along standard routes from January 2-16.

"The purpose of the survey is to monitor the status of wintering populations of bald eagles in the contiguous United States by estimating national and regional count trends," said Wade Eakle, the national survey coordinator and an ecologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). This is the first time the USACE is coordinating the survey. 

This week, the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) also announces results of a new analysis using the count data from 1986 through 2005. The analysis, based on 178,896 observations of wintering eagles during 8,674 surveys of 746 routes in 43 states, shows counts of wintering bald eagles increasing nationwide at a rate of 1.7% per year. Increases in counts over the 20-year period were highest in the northeast portion of the United States, with a 6% increase each year. In contrast, counts in the southwest portion decreased 1.2% each year over 20 years. Seventy-six percent of survey routes north of 40 degrees latitude had increasing count trends, but only 50% of routes south of 40 degrees latitude showed increasing trends.

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Bald Eagle Numbers Doing Well Despite Low Brackendale Count

Wildlife News

Ian Austin, The Vancouver Province

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2008

B.C.'s bald eagles are in fine shape, despite disappointing results at the annual Brackendale Bald Eagle Count.

Volunteers out in the snow last Sunday counted just 893 eagles -- the lowest tally since 1990 -- but B.C.'s top bird expert says the species is in fine shape.

"The North American eagle population is burgeoning," said Myke Chutter, provincial bird specialist with the Environment Ministry. "From 1980 to 2004, the number of bald eagles increased from 70,000 to 300,000 in North America, and from 28,500 to 60,000 in B.C."

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Sunspots affect Global climate

Planet Earth

Sunspots appear to have played a major role in the climate changes that have affected the planet for millenia.
From fish stock fluctuations to hot, dry summers or cold, wet summers, climate change has been a very real part of our earth's history.
"Ten thousand years ago, temperatures rose as much as 6C in a decade. Six thousand years ago, it was about 3C warmer than now."

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The following article is by R. Timothy Patterson, professor and director of the Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Carleton University.   Financial Post, published June 20, 2007  

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Eagle to Patrol Italian Airport

Wildlife News

The airport operator in the southern Italian port city of Bari has recruited a golden eagle to help keep the runway free of wildlife.

By Christian Fraser
BBC News, Rome

In the past few months there have been several occasions when the control tower has closed the runway because foxes were hunting dangerously close.

But now they have turned to one of the world's prodigious hunters.

The symbol of the mighty Roman legions has become a new standard - in environmental pest control.

At dawn and dusk Bari's airport fields are a rich hunting ground for mice and rabbits.

But now there is a new and rather imposing shadow descending over the airfield, and one that terrifies foxes.

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