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Calgary Zoo assists in release of owls

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Calgary Herald May 13, 2011

WILDLIFE . Calgary Zoo researchers helped release 84 captive-bred burrowing owls in the Kamloops-Merritt area of British Columbia in mid-April using artificial burrows.

"They do breed and fend for themselves, and get to the point where they migrate," said zoo director Jake Veasey.

But Veasey said researchers are still trying to pinpoint why only 13 per cent of the endangered birds they tag during the breeding season return the following year.

They could be finding new homes in British Columbia or in the United States, or something could be threatening their habitat, he said.

In the last 30 years the national population of burrowing owls has dropped dramatically, from 3,000 pairs to fewer than 800 pairs.

Potential reasons range from the lack of burrows created by other burrowing animals such as marmots and ground squirrels, to climate change and environmental contaminants.

Since 1992 the breeding program has released 1,164 pairs into the wild

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Hancock will talk about bald eagles at Burke meeting Tuesday


Port Moody Nest
 By Staff Writer - The Tri-City News
Published: May 05, 2011 3:00 AM


At the next meeting of the Burke Mountain Naturalists (BMN), the guest speaker will be David Hancock, who has set up remote cameras at several bald eagle nest sites, including one in Port Moody.

 These cameras, which allow live streaming of video from the nest sites, are now watched by thousands of people across North America and much new information on the nesting habits of bald eagles and other animals has been revealed by the installation of this equipment.

 “Our first live cameras reached and taught more people in a four-month period than I had in all my years of lectures combined,” Hancock said in a BMN press release.

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Grosse Tete tiger case heads to court

this article includes a picture of the magnificent tiger.....behind bars!!!

Grosse Tete tiger heads to court

The Indedpendent Weekly

Written by: Walter Pierce
Thursday, 05 May 2011

The battle over an Iberville Parish truckstop owner keeping a 550-pound Bengal-Siberian tiger in a 700-square-foot enclosure is in court in Baton Rouge Thursday. ... ed-freedom

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This week in awesome: Truckstop tiger granted freedom


 Written by: Walter Pierce  

 Friday, 06 May 2011

Independent Weekly

A Baton Rouge judge Friday granted a permanent injunction preventing the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries from renewing a truckstop owner’s license to keep a 550-pound Siberian-Bengal tiger in a 700-square-foot enclosure at his Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete. The ruling by District Judge Mike Caldwell means, barring an appeal, that Michael Sandlin will have to get rid of Tony the tiger in December when the permit lapses. Caldwell denied the plaintiffs’ motion that the permit be revoked immediately. Court costs were assessed against LDWF.


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David Hancock Speaks to Young Naturalists in Port Coquitlam, BC

Wildlife News


On Sunday, May 1, 2011, David Hancock gave his beautiful bald eagle PowerPoint presentation to the Burke Mountain Young Naturalists at Hyde Creek Park and Hatchery in Port Coquitlam.  There were over 40 children and parents attending.  The young naturalists kept David well after the talk in a lengthy question and answer period.

For local adults who are interested in attending one of David's infrequent local lectures, the public is invited to the Burke Mountain Naturalists monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m.  The address is 535 Marmot St. in Coquitlam in the church located on that corner.

Photos courtesy of Noriko Nakaya.

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Norfolk Eagles update

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Wildlife Center of Virginia to raise eaglets to be released back into the wild

NORFOLK, VA (April 27, 2011) – The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) has confirmed that the female of the eagle pair nesting at Norfolk Botanical Garden was killed by an airplane strike yesterday morning. VDGIF wildlife biologists, acting on concerns that the adult male will not be able to provide sufficient food for the three five-week-old eaglets, determined that the birds should be removed from the nest. While the male may be able to meet the needs of the chicks in the near term, the amount of food they will require as they grow will increase exponentially, likely exceeding the hunting capacity of even the most capable provider.

A number of options were considered as the VDGIF assessed the situation, including no intervention, providing supplemental food for the chicks, or separating them for placement in the nests of other eagles. Ultimately, the biologists and agency eagle expert determined that the most appropriate response would be to remove the eaglets and transport them to The Wildlife Center of Virginia (WCV). There the birds can be reared in specialized facilities and cared for by trained, permitted eagle rehabilitators until they are old enough to be released back into the wild.

According to VDGIF Biologist Stephen Living, “The agency recognizes that there is a very high degree of public investment in these birds. Thousands of people worldwide have watched these eagles over the years and followed their progress.”

The rest of the story can be seen here.

(thanks to puddzy for the link)


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Female eagle from Norfolk Botanical Garden hit by jet

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NORFOLK -- A plane landing at Norfolk International Airport struck and killed an eagle Tuesday morning, and it has been confirmed that it was one of the very popular eagles from the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

Tuesday afternoon, Stephen A. Living, a wildlife biologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries confirmed it is indeed one of the nesting pair from the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

For the rest of this sad story, follow this link :  Norfolk Eagle

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Recent Interview with David Hancock

Wildlife News

 While we all sit glued to monitors, waiting on White Rock and the O.W.L. eaglets to hatch (and the ongoing chick brawling with three in the Sidney nest!), we managed to get a copy of an interview David Hancock did with Radio Canada just the other day. Covering a wide array of feathered topics, its definitely worth a listen from the link below, so enjoy!



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