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Guichon Creek: back from the brink

Conservation & Preservation

Guichon Creek is a familiar and much-loved Burnaby campus landmark. Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation students study it and work to restore it. Staff and local residents enjoy its calming presence. Wildlife flocks to it.

But it wasn’t always this way. In this new video, Mark Angelo, award-winning conservationist and chair of the Rivers Institute at BCIT, shares the story of Guichon Creek, pre-restoration.

“When I first saw Guichon Creek almost 40 years ago it had been severely degraded,” he says. “It had been stripped of streamside vegetation, water quality was poor; it had been converted to almost a lifeless drainage canal.”

Since that time, efforts by BCIT; Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation students; the Rivers Institute; City of Burnaby; and countless volunteers have turned that drainage canal into a thriving urban stream.

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Guichon Creek has Fish once again

 

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Black magic behind illegal owl trade in India

Conservation & Preservation
 
 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 14:00
TRAFFIC India exposes the surreptitious owl trade in India

New Delhi, India, 2nd November 2010—Use of owls in black magic and sorcery driven by superstition, totems and taboos is one of the prime drivers of the covert owl trade, finds a TRAFFIC India investigation into the illegal trade, trapping and utilization of owls in India.

TRAFFIC India’s report entitled “Imperilled Custodians of the Night” was launched today by Shri Jairam Ramesh, Hon. Minister of Environment and Forests at his office in New Delhi.

Hunting of and trade in all Indian owl species is banned under the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 of India.

While the exact number of owls traded each year countrywide is unknown, it certainly runs into thousands of individuals and there are anecdotal reports of owls becoming rare throughout India due to loss of suitable habitat especially old growth forests. ...

 
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Syncrude says 200+ birds dead after toxic landing; blames freezing-rain storm

Tue Oct 26, 9:11 PM
By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press
 

EDMONTON - More than 200 birds died after they landed on gooey, toxic oilsands tailings ponds in northern Alberta, just days after oil giant Syncrude agreed to pay more than $3 million in a similar case where 1,600 ducks died.

Syncrude appears to have been hardest hit Monday night, with 230 birds needing to be put down after seeking refuge on the company's Mildred Lake tailings pond, which contains a thick brew of poisonous oilsands byproduct.

By Tuesday evening, Shell and Suncor had also reported a "handful" of bird landings and the province had opened a regional investigation, said Alberta Environment spokeswoman Cara Tobin. Suncor issued a news release saying "a small number of oiled birds" were euthanized at the order of provincial officials but did not specify exactly how many birds had to be killed.

Shell officials could not be reached for comment. ...

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Efforts made to save grizzlies from trains

Conservation & Preservation

Friday, December 25, 2009 | 3:06 PM MT The Canadian Press

Grizzly bears are inexorably drawn to grain spilled along railway tracks by trains en route to Vancouver from the Prairies, wildlife experts say.Grizzly bears are inexorably drawn to grain spilled along railway tracks by trains en route to Vancouver from the Prairies, wildlife experts say. (CBC)

 

Wildlife and railway experts will be thinking outside the boxcar this winter to come up with ways to reduce the number of grizzly bears that are killed by trains that rumble through the Rocky Mountain national parks straddling the B.C.-Alberta border.

Placing water cannons on trains to squirt bears away from the tracks is the most colourful idea being floated.

But the talks, involving Parks Canada and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd., are expected to focus on more practical solutions such as fencing off portions of the tracks and building special overpasses so bears can walk over the rail line instead of on it.

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The world’s key sites for conservation – on one map

Conservation & Preservation

Mon, Oct 25, 2010

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The world’s key sites for conservation – on one map

BirdLife has published a map showing the location of over 10,000 of the world’s most important sites for birds and biodiversity, and their protection status.

The map, to be presented for the first time at COP-10 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan, shows the global network of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) identified by the BirdLife Partnership.

Although chosen using standardised scientific criteria based on the distribution of key bird species, IBAs have also been shown to be important for other animals and plants. They provide a “first cut” of the overall network of the most significant sites for biodiversity conservation worldwide. ...

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