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Zoo camera records tree-climbing tigers up close

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The camera captured adult tigers Zambar and Alyona climbing the tree before their 7-month-old cubs, Barney and Radzi, got in on the action.
 

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Jan. 21, 2015 at 10:14 AM
 

BLACKPOOL, England, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- England's Blackpool Zoo is giving tiger fans an up-close look at the big cats with a camera mounted on a tree where zookeepers place the predators' meat.

The GoPro camera footage released by the zoo shows adult tigers Zambar and Alyona climbing the tree to retrieve meat from its branches and the pair's 7-month-old cubs, Barney and Radzi, climb the tree to emulate their parents.

 

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Bald Eagle count in Squamish draws concern

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Ever year, dozens of people gather by the Squamish River for a glimpse of the majestic bald eagle. Between the months of November and January, Squamish plays host to one of North America’s largest congregations of the wintering bald eagles, but this year there’s been a noticeable drop in the number of bald eagles.

“We’re in trouble,” said the organizer of the 29th annual bald eagle count, Thor Froslev.

 

In total, 324 bald eagles had been spotted by the afternoon, a particularly low number according to eagle experts.

Read more: globalnews.ca/news/1754861/bald-eagle-count-in-squamish-draws-concern/

 

Food for thought.  Is the CN Rail caustic soda spill in the Cheakamus river , August 5, 2005, still having an impact on the salmon runs ?

Read more: www.pskf.ca/publications/cheakums05/news60.html

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Moose stuck in avalanche freed by 3 Alaska snowmobilers

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Men saw ears, snout sticking up out of snow

The Associated Press Posted: Jan 03, 2015 11:23 AM CT Last Updated: Jan 03, 2015 12:06 PM CT

In this photo published in the Alaska Times Dispatch, Rob Uphus and Marty Mobley pose with a moose they found buried in an avalanche.

In this photo published in the Alaska Times Dispatch, Rob Uphus and Marty Mobley pose with a moose they found buried in an avalanche. (Avery Vucinich/Alaska Times Dispatch)

 

There's an extra moose alive in southcentral Alaska thanks to three snowmobilers who freed it from an avalanche.

Marty Mobley, Rob Uphus and Avery Vucinich, residents of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, on Sunday went riding on the west side of Hatcher Pass about 55 miles northeast of Anchorage, Alaska Dispatch News reported. With Alaska's unseasonably warm weather, they were wary of avalanches, Mobley said.

Read the rest of the story here:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/moose-stuck-in-avalanche-freed-by-3-alaska-snowmobilers-1.2888971

 

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Arrival of rare golden eagle in south Delta generates stir in birding community

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A juvenile golden eagle is making a rare appearance in the Boundary Bay area in South Delta.

Photograph by: Photo courtesy John Gordon, johngordonphotography.com

A golden eagle — a rare visitor to a region known for its bald eagles — had birders all aflutter on New Year’s Day in south Delta.

“I have been here a couple of days for this guy,” said Vancouver’s Michelle Lamberson, taking her place in a line of photographers along 72nd Street near Boundary Bay. “I’ve got some decent shots.”

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http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Golden+eagle+makes+rare+appearance+Boundary/10694526/story.html

 

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Eaglet with Patagial Marker Spotted on the Sunshine Coast

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Hancock here: First wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and Festive Season -- and a New Year in which all the eaglets happily fledge.
 
Here is a record of another, what we suspect, California juvenile bald eagle wintering in British Columbia. Perhaps someone can get us the details on this bird's history.
 
Thanks.
 
David Hancock
 
UPDATE on 1/5/14:  The email that was originally sent to David has been removed due to request by the writer of the email.  Here is what she reported: 
 
A young bald eagle sporting a blue patagial tag with the number 94 on the LEFT wing was seen sitting in a tree overlooking Welcome Pass on the Sunshine Coast.  There was no letter above the number 94, thus eliminating the possibility that this is one of the eagles from the Channel Islands, California.
 
Further information will be posted when the origin of the young eagle is confirmed. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Alaska also marks their eagles with patagial wing tags.  They are green and do not have a small letter "A" or "K" above the number.  As green can easily be mistaken for blue, especially at a distance and also due to some people being color blind, this juvenile eagle could easily be from Alaska.  Both the Channel Islands eagles in Southern California as well as some Alaskan eagles have been spotted and documented in BC. 


Therefore this is probably an Alaskan eagle.

 
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Update on the Harrison Mills Wintering Eagles -- the numbers are up AGAIN!

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Hancock here;  
 
Here is a quick update.  Our Bald Eagles arrive from the northern salmon runs when the cold onslaught of winter freezes the northern spawned out salmon under the ice. The eagles have no choice but to move south where the rivers continue to serve up their winter buffet.  Our Harrison Mills area has traditionally been one of the southern retreats when everything to the north is frozen.  Our Harrison-Chehalis area does not freeze.
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The eagles are at the end of the rainbow.

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Here is a short clip of the wonderful eagles that David and I saw this morning.
 

 

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Bald eagles descend on southwestern B.C. for salmon, overwintering

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Bald eagle lovers say thousands of birds are expected in the Fraser Valley

CBC News Posted: Nov 13, 2014 7:12 AM PT Last Updated: Nov 13, 2014 7:38 AM PT

Thousands of bald eagles are expected to return to the Fraser Valley this year to feast on salmon along the banks of the Harrison River.

Read the story and click on the small video window to see the CBC newscast story here:
 

 

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