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Possible Albino Raccoon Spotted

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Rare albino raccoon may be hanging out in Richmond Hill

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Listen to David Hancock's Interview

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David Hancock's recent interview is now live and you can listen to it here: http://vancouverentrepreneur.ca/

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RE Application for Re-Zoning of The Turf Farm in Delta (Envirosmart Organics Ltd of Delta).

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Hi All: 
 
I have felt incredibly obligated to address this issue.  Not only is the Turf Farm's composting activities killing eagles and other wildlife it is a major danger to human beings -- both on the adjacent Highway 17 and the Boundary Bay Airport.
 
Attached please find my submission to the BC Environmental Protection Department.  This states my objection to the active bating of wildlife and then the direct killing of the bated-in birds.
 
Thanks for your attention to this issue.  Since my last comment on this issue we now know that several eagles have been killed by the adjacent traffic and undoubtedly more will be and it is so likely that humans will also be killed by this irresponsible activity.  I hope the government people responsible will either end such irresponsible baiting or personally get sued by the upcoming grieved parties.  Holding a party and inviting a few thousand birds is OK but holding that party on an active airport runway approach or beside a very busy highway is irresponsible, particularly when you know this is happening.
 
Thanks.
 
David Hancock
Hancock Wildlife Foundation Biologist.

 

Attached report to the BC Environmental Protection Dept:

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Save Echo Lake Eagle Night Roost

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Hancock here:  Our Chehalis Salmon and Bald Eagle Preserve is threatened by the chipping away of the key elements that make it so special, the pure water and the adjacent old-growth forest that both cleans the water and provides safe overnight roosting places for thousands of eagles.
 
I would say that this proposal to log these rare large trees would not even be considered since so few are left but some people want to extract the last dollar from every single resource, even if it is for such short lived purposes.
 
Please say, "Keep your hands and saws off the old-growth forest of Echo Lake and keep our Chehalis Salmon & Eagle Preserve safe."
 
It is incredible how we have attempted to preserve this several times before and some greed-driven individual still comes back for another dollar's worth of our heritage.  Just say NO.
 
Our live streaming CAMS on the Harrison Mills Bald Eagle Nest, when pointed to the south, look up into the Echo Lake watershed.  it is right beside the Chehalis River where our 10,000 bald eagles gather all fall and winter and largely roost in those very trees.
 
Thanks.
 
David Hancock
Hancock Wildlife Foundation
 
Click here to sign the petition to save Echo Lake Ancient Forest:
 

 

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Nature of Things 'Eagles Next Door' Program Re-Airs Thursday, July 14

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Did you miss the premier showing last Feb. 4th of CBC's Nature of Things with David Suzuki program titled 'Eagles Next Door'?  It featured David Hancock and the HWF eagle cams for a full hour.  I am pleased to announce that the show will be repeated this week on Thursday, July 14th, at 8 PM local time on CBC.  Unfortunately only Canadians will be able to view the program. 

Check it out here:

http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episodes/eagles-next-door

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Turf war erupts over federal kill permit for gulls drawn to Delta compost operation

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A Delta turf farm that receives regional food waste for composting has a federal “damage or danger” permit that allows the use of firearms to harass and kill scores of nuisance gulls per year attracted to the operation.

David Hancock of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation said he is outraged at Environment Canada for issuing the permit, saying: “That’s incredible. I find the issuance of a kill permit to be an obscene way of handling an obvious turf-farm, self-induced problem.”

Hancock said in an interview that he received three calls on Sunday from individuals who witnessed multiple gulls being shot on the turf farm. 

Read the rest of the story  and view the photo here: 

http://www.theprovince.com/technology/Turf+erupts+over+federal+kill+permit+gulls+drawn+Delta+compost+operation/11991316/story.html

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Killing Wildlife Permit at Delta Turf Farm should be illegal.

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The following is an open letter I just sent to the local and provincial governments as well as the media:

Today, June 12, 2016, my phone has rung off the wall in response to extensive shooting of gulls, crows and starlings and …..?? at the Delta Turf Farm on 72nd Ave. in Delta, BC.

As many people know the Turf Farm has taken on the processing of a significant part of the 'organic waste' from the Vancouver Landfill immediately to the north across Highway 99.  The Turf Farm policy of exposing these food sources openly for scavengers to feast upon, particularly in the location immediately between the Boundary Bay Airport active runway (10m across the road to the east) and a new major Highway 17 (South Fraser Perimeter Road bordering the Turf Farm to the west), not only endangers many wildlife species mentioned above but exposes bald eagles to incredible threat of traffic and aircraft as well as the direct threat to vehicular human life and aircraft passengers approaching the Boundary Bay Airport.  Both vehicle traffic and aircraft at this location I understand have already collided with eagles.  I suspect each level of government will be party to some pending law suit for allowing this egregious land-use policy.

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Eagle likely hit small Alaska plane before crash that killed 4

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Originally published May 7, 2016 at 7:05 pm

 

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