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The Bald eagle who likes to swim

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Olivia the eagle has developed into a swimmer with real talon.

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Animals at risk in Nanaimo

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By Toby Gorman - Nanaimo News Bulletin

Published: November 19, 2008 3:00 PM
Updated: November 19, 2008 4:25 PM

British Columbia needs to live up to its slogan as the ‘Best Place on Earth’ by creating endangered species legislation, several environmental groups say.
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Injured eagles go free at Arcadia

Conservation & Preservation

Kathy Toppins
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND November 17, 2008 11:27 pm

— Can bald eagles swim? For more than 70 people who attended WildCare Foundation’s eagle release on Saturday at Arcadia Lake, that became the only question that mattered as they watched an 18-month-old eaglet soar into the sky, circle above the lake and land on the water.

Looking through binoculars and high-powered camera lenses, participants reported seeing the eaglet’s head and flapping wings above water. Rondi Large, WildCare director, assured the crowd the eaglet could float, but said the situation was “not ideal.”

The eaglet landed closer to the southern shoreline, opposite the release site, with strong northern winds carrying her south. As the crowd watched and worried, Sen. John Sparks, D-Norman, and others announced that the Edmond Police Department’s Lake Patrol was on its way.

The occasion was to be extraordinary, a double release of bald eagles. A 7-year-old eagle was waiting in a large, covered kennel for her chance to be set free. Because this second bald eagle had more than six years’ experience in the wild, those responsible for her release expected she would know not to land on a lake.

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How orcas find chinook hidden in a school of sockeye

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Resident killer whales know the precise sound of their favourite dinner, according to a new study by a team of Canadian and U.S. researchers.

Orcas like their fish dinners fat and greasy, which means their prey of choice is chinook salmon, and scientists have discovered the whales can identify a juicy chinook at up to 100 metres.
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Arsenic in woodpeckers

Wildlife News

In today's Sun, Larry Pynn reported that woodpeckers in BC carry high levels of arsenic. The source is an arsenic compound (MSMA) used in BC in the recent past in a bid to reduce outbreaks of mountain pine beetle. Two scientific papers published by Christy Morrissey and her colleagues showed that BC woodpeckers forage on treated trees, they carried high, but variable amounts of MSMA, and that significant amounts of arsenic were transferred into the food chain. Other studies have shown that the toxin results in loss of weight of adult birds and increases the mortality of nestlings. Studies on the effect of MSAM on the size of woodpecker populations have not been done but the authors say that a combination of salvage logging and MSMA treatment is likely detrimental. Woodpeckers are one of nature's best predators on insects - they are drawn to infestations where they eat a lot of beetles and other insects.


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