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20-storey wind turbine blades helicoptered to Grouse Mountain

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The whoop-whoop-whoop of the helicopter announces the arrival of the 20-storey blade.

Gleaming in the early morning sun, the massive blade was one of three delivered to the top of Grouse Mountain on Friday, where they'll be pieced together to become Vancouver's first wind turbine.


During an environmental study of the mountain, Grouse discovered seven species of bats on its slopes. Grouse Mountain president Stuart McLaughlin told district councillors he had plans to hire two experts to monitor how bats and birds are affected by the new turbine.

Plans to study impacts on wildlife are still in place, Mbaho says.

"We already have experts (working with) our (wildlife) refuges. They will also work with third party consultants," he said.


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Harris hawks patrol landfill

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Published: July 07, 2009 6:00 PM

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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Malawi Elephant Rescue Resumes

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Thursday, June 18th, 2009

CAPE TOWN, South Africa

Today’s capture brings the tally of elephants relocated to 18 – the mission intends to rescue the entire herd of more than 60 elephants in the next few weeks and move them to put an end to years of fierce human-elephant conflict in the district.

Dozens of people have been killed by the elephants and the elephants in turn are killed and cruelly persecuted by local subsistence farmers intent on protecting their crops and livelihoods from the animals


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Scientists' tracking of seabirds yields clues to health of oceans

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CBC News:

Scientists in Nunavut and Newfoundland and Labrador are keeping a close watch on a species of seabirds known as thick-billed murres, which they say could provide clues about the health of the ocean waters around Canada.

An estimated four million thick-billed murres nest in Nunavut, but they have also been seen and harvested in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Greenland.

Scientists say they provide a good indication on the health of oceans, particularly how they're affected by a changing climate, sea ice conditions, development and the presence of contaminants such as mercury.

A research team, which includes members from Canadian universities and the Canadian Wildlife Service, attached geo-locating microchips to some thick-billed murres last year to record light and temperature conditions and to track the birds' movements.

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Eagle Point Project - 2009/2010

Chehalis River + Eagle Point

I'm expecting a couple of propane powered generators to be delivered to my doorstep literally any time. They were supposed to be here yesterday.

I have a single set of NiCad industrial batteries in my backyard and there are about 90 more of them at David's compound in South Surrey. These are used but in great condition - been in the BC forest for the past 20+ years but they've been well looked after. All together there are about 1000 Ampere-Hours of battery at 12 volts; a massive amount - but we're going to need it.

You see we're planning on putting at least 2 cameras, possibly more, about 1.5Km from shore, out on the Chehalis flats where the Chehalis river runs into the Harrison. Last year David counted over 2500 eagles there one day - and they'll be there again this coming spawning season, feasting on the salmon carcasses that float down from the spawaning beds upstream.

The cameras will have to be run from the batteries, along with the wireless link to the shore. About once per week we'll remotely start up a generator to re-charge them. We tried to put together a solar-power solution 2 years ago but it turns out there simply is not enough sunlight in the late Fall and Winter to make that a viable alternative.

We're looking for some help in putting together this project. We already have commitments for a helicopter, an 8' high platform to put the equipment on, and some muscle to help build things on site - but we'll need some other things too. We'll be posting adendums to this story with lists of things we're looking for as well as other help we need - but of course you can already help simply by donating.

One thing that would help is a new set of boxes like the ones pictured - but for 5 cells each. If you're somewhere in the Vancouver area and handy with woodworking please contact me and I'll get you the dimensions and maybe a sample. The current boxes are mostly for 6 or 7 cells and we're doing multiples of 5 so need to at least get a few made.




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