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Caretakers Search for Missing Bald Eagle in Vero Beach

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From: TCPalm - West Palm Beach,FL,USA

By Elliott Jones
Friday, February 1, 2008

VERO BEACH (Florida) — An injured bald eagle disappeared into the night west of here — and wildlife officials are asking for public help in finding it.

The mature eagle, with a drooping wing, was in a front yard late Wednesday afternoon about two miles southwest of the intersection of Oslo Road and Interstate 95. Then it leaped and fluttered over a large clump of vegetation and vanished in an area of cattle pastures.

Vero Beach wildlife officer Bruce Dangerfield unsuccessfully searched for almost two hours Wednesday night, covering an area about 100 yards in either direction from where it was last seen.

Now Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, Jupiter, is asking anyone who sees the bird to call the wildlife rescue agency that currently is caring for six other injured bald eagles from throughout Florida.

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Wildlife | sciencetech | Bird counts puzzle experts BIRD COUNT PUZZLES EXPERTS

January 30, 2008 Ontario's eagles are soaring while sparrows fall.
Ontario survey shows steep decline for some songbirds, but trend improving for raptors.

The picture across the province is that eagles and most other big birds of prey are doing well but many smaller species, including swallows and other familiar songbirds, are in steep decline, according to a new edition of The Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario.

Those in trouble are being hurt by urban sprawl, the intensification of agriculture and a mysterious drop in insect populations that might be related to climate change.

"Population trends are generally positive for birds of prey, but biologists are expressing concern about the fate of grassland birds and those that feed on flying insects," says a statement from the organizers of a massive survey that led to the first update of the atlas in 20 years.

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Officials Fear Large Eagle Poaching Ring May Exist

Dead Golden Eagles Selling For As Much As $3,000

POSTED: 3:01 pm PST January 31, 2008
UPDATED: 4:52 pm PST January 31, 2008

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Eagles may be protected under federal law, but that doesn't seem to be helping the majestic birds in the Kern County foothills.

The federal government is in the middle of a months-long investigation into alleged eagle poaching, which can be very lucrative for the poachers

Golden Eagles are majestic in their natural habitat; but one was found shot dead by a suspected poacher on Woody Road about halfway between Bakersfield and Glennville.

“It happens all the time,” said Lt. Tom Stenson of California Fish and Game, referring to the suspects his office and the federal government have been following for months.

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First Nations Ponder Suits as Alarm over Sea Lice Spreads

Wildlife NewsStephen Hume, Special to the Vancouver Sun

Published: Monday, January 28, 2008

If British Columbia's wild salmon runs were damaged by a sea lice crisis similar to those in Norway, Scotland and Ireland, who should be accountable?

Chief Darren Blaney of the Xwemalhkwu First Nation figures government. So Blaney is urging fellow chiefs to start thinking about class action suits directed at governments constitutionally required to protect wild fish for first nations but which always seem to place industrial interests first.

"I've talked to some of the Sto:lo chiefs about it already," Blaney says. He plans to bring the idea forward again at a cross-border meeting of tribal chiefs and elders from around the Georgia Basin.

This year it's in Tulalip, Wash. Washington tribes share Fraser River sockeye stocks, so he may find sympathy south of the 49th parallel. Not to mention among upper Fraser bands who rely on sockeye runs for food.

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HANCOCK FORUM NEWSLETTER - Issue No 7 ~ January 23, 2008


Issue No 7 ~ January 23, 2008
Editor: Blue Heaven


This Issue of the Hancock Forum Newsletter is less than usual due to my preoccupation with another matter. However, I am publishing it while the content is current.

Blue Heaven


Sidney Nest
  • Snow on the nest in early December...janner
  • Adult eagle flies past the nest, December 15, 2007...jkr
  • Surprise visit at dusk, 4:50pm on December 22, 2007...queenie
  • Another flyby on January 8, 2008...SharonFeeney
  • Skipper captured Dad visiting the nest at 3:44pm on January 9th .....VIDEO: Eagle Visits the Nest (3:23)
    He plucked every tall stem off the weed in the nest bowl so we aren't likely to see the expected yellow flowers bloom.
    Later that afternoon, SharonFeeney captured an unusual approach to the attic branch:

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