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Bald Eagles Back On The Attack

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By Alexandra Gutierrez, KUCB - Unalaska | May 16, 2012 - 5:03 pm

Photo by Alexandra Gutierrez, KUCB - Unalaska

Like clockwork, the ominous signs show up every May: “Danger Nesting Eagles.” They’re placed near Unalaska’s clinic and post offices, and they feature a silhouette of a bird extending its talons toward a terrified human being.

The city’s Department of Public Safety put them up last Wednesday, after getting the first report of a bald eagle attack this year. According to Deputy Chief Mike Holman, the incident took place outside the Iliuliuk Family and Health Services clinic. Holman says that while bald eagles have wounded people in the past, this attack wasn’t anything serious – just a swooping.

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A Big Day for Science: Citizens Have Contributed One Million Observations to Top Nature Database

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 Released: 5/3/2012 9:00:00 AM

RESTON, Va. — Thanks to citizen-scientists around the country, the USA National Phenology Network hit a major milestone this week by reaching its one millionth nature observation. 

The millionth observation was done by Lucille Tower, a citizen-scientist in Portland, Ore., who entered a record about seeing maple vines flowering. Her data, like all of the entries, came in  through USA-NPN’s online observation program, Nature's Notebook, which engages more than 4,000 volunteers across the country to observe and record phenology – the timing of the recurring life events of plants and animals such as when cherry trees or lilacs blossom, when robins build their nests, when salmon swim upstream to spawn or when leaves turn colors in the fall.   

Each record not only represents a single data point — the status of a specific life stage of an individual plant or animal on one day – but also benefits both science and society by helping researchers understand how plants and animals are responding to climate change and, in turn, how those responses are affecting people and ecological systems.   

"My dream is that through the wonders of modern technology and the National Phenology Network we could turn the more than six billion people on the planet into components of our scientific observing system," said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. "We could make giant leaps in science education, improve the spatial and temporal coverage of the planet, lower the cost of scientific data collection, and all while making ordinary citizens feel a part of the scientific process." 

To learn more please Visit: The U.S. Geological Survey website



Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communications and Publishing
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr, MS 119
Reston, VA 20192
Jake Weltzin, USGS 1-click interview
Phone: 703-485-5138

Bobbie Mixon, Jr., National Science Foundation
Phone: 703-292-8485



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Link to David Hancock's Interview on Studio 4

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At last the interview that David Hancock did on April 25 on Studio 4 has been posted to the Studio 4 website.  Thanks for the efforts of the producer, Ian MacAllister, to do this for us and our many viewers/members who do not live here in the local area where they can watch Shaw TV community channel 4.

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Volunteers Needed:

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The Hancock Wildlife Foundation, located in Surrey, BC, needs one or two volunteers for the entire summer - or individual parts there of.  The help is needed to assist in rearing various young cranes, pheasants or turacos and helping with the live eagle cams, record keeping etc.  We have a fine independent trailer with all the amenities and a vehicle will be available for use. The person must be capable of looking after themselves, have a driver's license and be willing to handle birds.

There is no salary, but no fee and lots of experience!  Position is available, at a minimum of a month per person, from now until October.  Call David Hancock at  604-761-1025 or email


David Hancock


The Sandhill Crane chick has hatched.  He and 6 siblings at different nests at Hancock Wildlife Foundation need a foster parent -- the volunteer!!

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Killer whales facing an airborne threat

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New research shows that killer whales are inhaling bacteria, fungi and viruses once believed to be found only on land. Some of the pathogens are highly virulent. And some are even antibiotic-resistant.

Seattle Times environment reporter


The scientists followed the killer whales by boat, trying to catch the precise moment the animals broke the surface.

Then, using a 25-foot pole strung with petri dishes, researchers leaned out and gathered samples of the moist exhaled air that shot like a geyser from each whale's blowhole. 

Read the rest of the story here:  Killer whales facing an airborne threat

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HWF at Earth Day Festival in Burnaby, BC

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Here's a few pictures from the Earth Day festival in Burnaby, BC last Sunday. HWF had an exhibit there again this year. Thanks to our volunteers who came out to help David Hancock and me man our booth. Photos are by Paul Steeves, of the Wildlife Rescue Assn. in Burnaby, who is the host of the annual event.
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Where eagles dare not fly: Waterloo looms as wind farms power town revolt

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Kym Dixon, Waterloo Wind turbines

Black Springs farmer Kym Dixon next to a dead wedge-tailed eagle, which was found 180m from wind turbines in the South Australian town of Waterloo. Picture: Vanessa Hunter Source: The Australian

A DEAD wedge-tailed eagle, chicken eggs without yolks and a dysfunctional village with residents bursting to flee. This is the clean-energy revolution Waterloo-style, where the nation's biggest wind turbines have whipped up a storm of dissent.

Adelaide University has been drawn into a controversy that threatens to spin out of control after one of its masters students asked residents of Waterloo, 120km north of Adelaide, what they really thought about living near windmills and was knocked over in an avalanche of complaint.

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David Hancock to Appear on Studio 4

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David Hancock will once again be a guest on Fanny Kiefer's show, Studio 4, this Wednesday, April 25, at 9 a.m.  If you are not a local resident that gets Shaw TV Channel 4, then you can watch the show online at a later date.  Here's the web site for Studio 4.



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