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The eagles have banded

Wildlife News

By Jim Sutherland


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LAST SUMMER, we traded houses with a nice Scottish couple and their two young girls. The whole family was impressed by Vancouver, but especially by the preponderance of very dangerous beasts. They read all about bears and cougars and, worse, heard about the wily coyotes who cruise our alleys hoping to pick off cats and small dogs (if not small children, as one attempted a few years ago). And they gained personal experience of the fearsome North American raccoon when one of the critters quite literally came in through the bathroom window and rampaged through the house. Later, when I learned they’d spent much of their time here with the hair standing up on the back of their necks, all I could think was, good thing we didn’t send them 75 kilometres east to the Chehalis River estuary on the Harrison River. Yes indeed, because that would have put them in an area that’s believed to have the largest concentration of one species of predator anywhere on the planet.

OK, the predator in question is the bald eagle, and humans have nothing to fear from them, even skittish Europeans.

Nevertheless, it’s remarkable that an annual November count should turn up a thousand or so of the giant birds only a few kilometres from the commuter town of Mission when that’s how few lived in America’s lower 48 states as recently as the 1960s. No wonder some locals decided in 1995 to launch what’s become the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival. I’m being a little catty here, but I’m told that similar festivals in eagle-deprived America make do with a nesting pair or two.

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“Crash” the golden Eagle: Story Update 8/26/09

Wildlife News
08.26.09 - 12:21 pm

On August 4th 2009 a male golden eagle flew into the windshield of a semi-truck traveling down I-80 at 70 MPH. The force of the collision pushed the windshield into the driver’s lap and the eagle now nicknamed “Crash” ended up on the floor of the cab dazed but still alive. Crash should have died on impact, but now after his third visit to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s Avian vet, Dr. Douglas Folland of Parrish Creek Veterinary Clinic, on Monday August 25th, his condition continues to improve.

An examination x-ray of his broken wing shows good signs of healing and Dr. Folland hopes to remove the four wing pins in approximately two weeks. Crash’s eyes are slowly clearing up and both react to light stimulus although he seems to favor his right eye still (left eye received impact trauma from the collision).

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Injured Osprey reunited with fellow birds

Conservation & Preservation


Birds of a feather: Recuperated animal returns to the wild

By Robert Barron, Daily NewsAugust 25, 2009

Ferry passengers waiting to travel from Nanaimo to Gabriola Island on Monday morning were treated to rare close encounter with a large bird of prey.

A young osprey, affectionately known as "Ozzy," was rescued by crew members on the MV Quinsam when they stepped in to save the fledgling raptor after it was attacked in mid-air by a bald eagle on Aug. 2 during what may have been its maiden flight.

After spending the past three weeks recuperating from the incident at a facility in Delta, Ozzy was released in the ferry parking lot on Monday morning by Lorinne Anderson from Cedar's Wildaid and was almost immediately joined in flight by a larger pair of ospreys. Anderson speculated they may have been Ozzy's parents.


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Zoo builds new home for bald eagle

Wildlife News


Published: August 21, 2009 2:00 PM
Updated: August 21, 2009 2:58 PM

The Greater Vancouver Zoo began construction of a new bald eagle enclosure on the 39th anniversary of the Aldergrove facility on August 20.

A brilliantly sunny August day graced the groundbreaking ceremony, led by zoo general manager Jamie Dorgan, Leq'a:mel first nation chief Alice Thompson and Township councillor Jordan Bateman.

The Leq'a:mel first nation territory near Harrison Bay is one of the bald eagle's preferred areas for feasting on spawning salmon.

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Norfolk eagle treated for Avian Pox can't be released to the wild

Conservation & Preservation


 10:34 AM EDT on Monday, August 24, 2009 

By 13News  

Courtesy Wildlife Center of Virginia

The eagle on a perch in his new pen.


WAYNESBORO – The eagle born at Norfolk Botanical Garden last year and relocated to Waynesboro for treatment of Avian Pox will never be released to the wild, officials at The Wildlife Center of Virginia said Monday.

While the eagle doesn’t have an official name, fans from the Eagle Cam have nicknamed him Poink, Buddy and Easter.

He’s been a patient at the center since May.

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