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Native Americans win approval from U.S. Government to use bald eagle feathers in religious ceremonies

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By Leslie Larson


The U.S. Government announced on Friday that it will allow Native Americans a special dispensation to use bald eagle feathers for tribal religious ceremonies.

The bald eagle has been protected under a federal mandate but since it is no longer listed as an endangered species, the Department of Justice now says tribes can possess the rare feathers provided they do not sell them.

The decision comes as a victory for Native Americans, who have long held that the stringent protection of the eagle feathers was a violation of their First Amendment right to religious freedom.


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Province urged to protect Harrison habitat

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'Bald eagle capital of the world' threatened by human activity, conservationists say


David Hancock says he has personally counted more than 7,000 bald eagles in one day on the Harrison and Chehalis rivers - a world record and almost twice the best tally of Brack-endale Eagles Provincial Park near Squamish.

Today, as the eagles arrive again to feast on the area's annual salmon runs, Hancock is counting on the B.C. government to do the right thing and increase protection for one of the planet's great avian spectacles.

"At the moment, we don't really have any legally defined protection," said Hancock, a trustee with the American Bald Eagle Foundation and chair of the Surrey-based Hancock Wildlife Foundation.

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Redding eagles return just as cameras installed

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By Damon Arthur

Originally published 10:27 a.m., October 4, 2012
Updated 06:22 p.m., October 4, 2012

Turtle Bay Exploration Park officials have installed two new cameras just in time for the return of Redding’s famous eagle pair, as the two eagles were spotted near the Sacramento River on Thursday.

Crews have been out installing the cameras and video equipment all this week and by Wednesday were already transmitting photos of the eagle nest near the Sacramento River in Redding, Turtle Bay spokesman Toby Osborn said.

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Eagle nests removed from Norfolk Botanical Garden

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The popular eagle nests at Norfolk Botanical Garden are gone. 

Nuckols Tree Service Inc. removed the nests quickly this morning after climbers found they weren't as large or "intertwined" as officials believed, city spokeswoman Lori Crouch said.

The partial nest also is gone and consisted only of a couple of small branches, but officials wanted it removed because it could be a draw to eagles attracted to old nesting sites, according to a garden spokesperson.

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Eagle nest at Norfolk Botanical Garden to be removed

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Posted on August 21, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 22 at 7:02 PM


NORFOLK--After much debate, one of three bald eagle nests at the Norfolk Botanical Garden will be removed. 

The announcement Tuesday came after meetings that included representatives of the USDA Wildlife Services and other federal, state and local agencies.

In the end, it was recommended to the city of Norfolk, which owns the land, to remove the nests, which have been watched around the world on the live Eagle Cam.

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Lafarge Eagle First to Return from Migration Today!!

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This is our first eagle to appear in any of our cam nests since we did the cam work for the new 2012 - 2013 season.

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Canada's Finest Grove of Old-Growth Cedars under Threat Speak Up!

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The following is an email sent to me from Ancient Forrest Alliance:


Citizens are still waiting for a promiised new "Legal Tool" to protect BC's largest trees and monumental groves – let's start with the Castle Grove!

Recently, survey tape for logging was discovered in the Upper Castle Grove in the Walbran Valley on Vancouver Island – that is, in Canada's finest stand of monumental old-growth red cedar trees.  The Castle Grove is an extensive stand of densely-packed enormous cedars which includes the "Castle Giant", a 16 foot (5 meter) diameter cedar in the Lower Castle Grove that is one of the largest trees in Canada. The flagging tape for the potential logging comes to within 50 meters of the Castle Giant.



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Request for Information re Richmond, BC Eagle Nest

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We've had a request for information about an eagle nest in Richmond,BC and wonder if anyone might know anything about it. The nest in question was at 3600 Rosamond  Ave. on the west side of Richmond.  A nearby homeowner reported that this has been a viable nest producing chicks each year for about 9 years, including this year, but at the end of August the nest abruptly disappeared. The person is concerned that the nest might have been vandalized or deliberately knocked down. 
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