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Bald Eagle's Disappearance "Suspicious"

Wildlife News

Festival of Hawks organizers launch investigation

Doug Schmidt and Craig Pearson, The Windsor Star
Published: Sunday, September 21, 2008

AMHERSTBURG -- The local birding community is all aflutter and police have launched an investigation following a series of disturbing events at the peak of the fall migratory season.

The birders fear someone may be targeting them and the work they do assisting environmental and natural scientists.

At the start of the two-day Festival of Hawks at Holiday Beach conservation area, organizers arrived before dawn on Saturday to discover their bird blinds had been raided and 25 expensive specialized nets had been cut down and taken, and the supporting poles broken.


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Eaglet Overboard Delta Dan Rescued by O.W.L.

Delta 1 - Eagle Nest

From: South Delta Leader

Eaglet overboard Delta Dan rescued by O.W.L.

Published: August 28, 2008 4:00 PM

It’s been an eventful week for Delta Dan, an internet star and eaglet rescued last month after tumbling out of his nest.

On Sunday he was banded and fitted with a microchip, so he’ll be easy to identify. And yesterday (Thursday) fans and friends gathered to watch his release from the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society’s (O.W.L.) rehabilitation centre.

Tipping the scales at a healthy 9.6 pounds, the not-so-little guy has finally gained enough weight and grown enough flight feathers to finally leave the nest—for good.

When he was first taken to the 72nd Street centre following his July 22 fall, he was scrawny and underweight. Not all his flight feathers had come in. But he’d been trying to fly anyway.

A legion of fans had been watching his progress via an Internet nest-cam operated by the Hancock Wildlife Foundation. The Surrey-based, not-for-profit society operates a number of live streaming wildlife cameras, including the Delta 1 Eagle Nest, located not far from the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal.

The baby bald eagle fell about a week before he was ready to fledge.

The nest was the focus of intense interest this spring when the camera captured the mother eagle placing a stuffed teddy bear next to her two youngsters, dubbed “Delta” and “Dawn” by viewers.

The mother eagle probably didn’t realize she was providing a soft toy for her chicks, who nonetheless were observed cuddling up to the bear at naptime.

The mother also brought in a black leather glove and a number of plastic bags and junkfood.

“That was a real mystery,” said Karen Bills, project coordinator for the foundation. “It was fun to watch this pair.”

“Dawn”, actually a male, became “Dan” after his rescue—named for a treasured volunteer who recently passed away.

Delta successfully left the nest but may still be in the area. Bills said the sister may have been spotted near O.W.L. calling out.

“Maybe she is waiting around for her sibling,” Bills said. “We would like to think that when our little Danny Boy is released, his sister will be waiting.”

People from across the Lower Mainland and even Vancouver Island hoped to come to the facility yesterday to see the young eagle take flight.

“He’s got a real fan club,” said Bills, who will be bringing the teddy bear that once acted as a cuddly nest-mate to the release party.

Bald eagles are about to migrate north in order to take advantage of salmon run returns in northern B.C. and Alaska.

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Keith Martin Birch, August 9 1948 – August 18, 2008

Keith passed away peacefully at St. Joe’s Hospital after long illness. He moved to the Comox Valley  in 1992  where he was known through his business Mountainaire Info X ( after graduating from North Island College with a Diploma in Computer Science in 1996.   Keith worked as manager of Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society, where he performed website management, fundraising, building construction & maintenance

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Eagle/Heron/Crow/Gull Interaction

The following questions were sent to David Hancock from Chris Rickwood:

I’ve just seen a spectacular wildlife event.  It was about 2pm on Tuesday 2008-Jul-08 on White Rock’s East Beach.  I heard a bird at the edge of the water giving a loud cry which sounded like “craaak”.  The bird was a blue heron.  It was being attacked by a bald eagle.  The heron flew along the coast for a short distance and then it seemed to have found a thermal.  It started circling upwards with the eagle following.  By this time, two other birds had joined the fray.  One was a crow and the other was a gull.  Both the crow and the gull started harassing the eagle.  They buzzed it but didn’t seem to make actual contact.  (The eagle completely ignored them.)  The heron kept rising in the thermal and slowly the eagle fell behind.  Eventually the eagle gave up the chase and the crow and the gull flew away.

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Eagle wounded by poacher Gets New Beak

Photo by Young Kwak/AP

ST. MARIES, Idaho — More than three years after a poacher shot off her upper beak, a bald eagle named Beauty can finally live up to her name — with the help of volunteers.
A team attached an artificial beak to the 15-pound eagle in mid-May, improving her appearance and, more importantly, helping her grasp food.
"She's got a grill," joked Nate Calvin, the Boise engineer who spent 200 hours designing the complex beak.
The "grill" was exposed when a bit of the synthetic beak broke off during application. But the new beak is only a temporary fix, designed to nail down precise measurements.




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