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Flock of brown pelicans make rare appearance in Victoria's Inner Harbour

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By Sandra McCulloch, Times Colonist   December 6, 2012

A large contingent of brown pelicans has dropped into Victoria harbour for what's expected to be a short stay.

About two dozen pelicans, including at least two adults, are hanging out on rocky outcroppings - from Ogden Point and Fishermen's Wharf to the small island in the harbour where a wind sock assists the takeoff and landing of float planes.

It's not the first time brown pelicans have been spotted in Greater Victoria, but there are more of them than Victoria birder Ann Nightingale has seen at one time.

The range of the brown pelican has been moving northward up the coast over the years "likely due to climate change," Nightingale said.

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Turtle trapped in frozen puddle rescued by Scottish student

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By Nadine Kalinauskas - Good News

Theo Parvarie, an 11-year-old Aberdeen schoolboy, discovered a terrapin trapped in a frozen puddle at a park. He broke the ice and freed the turtle's legs. He brought the wounded animal to his teacher who then contacted the SPCA.

The animal is now recovering at the Scottish SPCA's Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Drumoak. She has been named Theodora, after her rescuer.

As terrapins require heat, Theo's rescue saved her life, an officer for the Scottish SPCA told BBC News.

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Bay Village nature center welcomes bald eagle

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Published: Saturday, December 01, 2012, 9:30 AM     Updated: Saturday, December 01, 2012, 9:30 AM
Bruce Geiselman, Sun News

A new resident recently moved into the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center in Bay Village — a bald eagle.

The eagle, which has an injured wing, will become a permanent exhibit at the wildlife center. The bird came from an out-of-state rehabilitation center, where efforts to heal the bird with treatment and exercise proved futile.

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Last Scheduled Eagle Viewing Tour of the Season

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Jo-Anne Chadwick of the Fraser River Safari says "the water levels were high yesterday but wow—even more birds and just the right amount of sun/clouds to make some great pictures."
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Book now so as to not be disappointed. Hurry as the boat is already over half full. This may be the last boat tour of the season.

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Eagles Making a Home on Sheriff's Communications Tower

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Published: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 4:55 p.m.
An eagle joins others on a communication tower near the Polk County Sheriff's Office operations center Monday in Winter Haven.


WINTER HAVEN | Bald eagles are a relatively common sight in Polk County, but they're a really common sight around the Polk County Sheriff's Office Operations Center.

This fall as many as 60 of these large birds of prey have been roosting at night atop the 190-foot-tall communications tower near the building.

Reinier Munguia, president of Lake Region Audubon Society, noticed the roost a few weeks ago.

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Starving snowy owl faces new threat, desperate Island search for food

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Desperate search for food brings owls to Island


Crows menace a snowy owl on top of the Times Colonist building Tuesday morning.

Photograph by: Adrian Lam, Times Colonist

Half-starved snowy owls are flying 1,500 kilometres or more to Vancouver Island in search of food, says the founder of an avian rescue group in Courtenay.

Maj Birch is urging people to avoid frightening the owls into flight just to get a good photo, as that could sap what little energy they have left.

"They're all starving," said Birch, who founded Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society in 1995. "By the time they get down here, they're usually very thin.

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Pine beetles so widespread they're contributing to climate change

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

EDMONTON -  Newly published research suggests mountain pine beetles have become so widespread that they're not just benefiting from global warming, they're starting to contribute to it.

Bob Weber, Sunday, November 25, 2012 2:16 PM

Read it on Global News: Global BC | Pine beetles adding to climate change: study
Bob Weber, Sunday, November 25, 2012 2:16 PM

Read it on Global News: Global BC | Pine beetles adding to climate change: study
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ATTENTION VICTORIA, BC: David Hancock Speaks Tonight

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Eagles, Ancient Forests, and Elections!

When: Monday, November 26 2012 @ 07:00 PM PST - 09:00PM
Event Type: Presentation by David Hancock
Where: Ambrosia Centre,
638 Fisgard St.,
Victoria, BC
Description: Presentations include:

The Natural History of BC’s Bald Eagles and the World’s Largest Eagle Congregating Area The Harrison-Chehalis Rivers
With David Hancock (Hancock Wildlife Foundation executive director, Hancock House publisher, Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival director, American Bald Eagle Foundation trustee)

Echo Lake, BC’s Endangered Ancient Forests, and the Pre-Election Campaign to Protect Them! An Ancient Forest Alliance Campaign Overview
With Ken Wu, TJ Watt, Joan Varley, and Hannah Carpendale of the Ancient Forest Alliance

Also words from the renowned Victoria conservationist Vicky Husband!

**By donation (suggested $5 to $20)**
Snacks, drinks, hobnobbing, silent auction fundraiser!

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