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Anne Murray: Billion-dollar boondoggle? Port infrastructure upgrades need accountability

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Billions of dollars are being spent on container port expansion at Deltaport, despite stagnation in container traffic. Many of these funds are public money. Officials at Port Metro Vancouver claim that future growth will justify the current exponential expansion, yet they have failed to demonstrate the urgency for such a huge public investment. Deltaport, Canada’s largest container port, is currently operating at only 56-percent capacity. At a time of financial constraint for many families, it is reasonable to expect accountability from federal and provincial leaders regarding both the need and the speed of these projects. Instead, developments are being fast-tracked, with minimal public discussion or consultation, and inadequate environmental oversight.

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Anne Murray: Billion-dollar boondoggle? Port infrastructure upgrades need accountability | Vancouver, Canada |*

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Red kite increase weathers storm in Scotland

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By Dave Miller

BBC Scotland environment correspondent

The latest figures show the number of red kites is increasing
The latest figures show the number of red kites is increasing

Numbers of one of Scotland's rarest birds of prey, the red kite, have increased this year despite violent storms in May and illegal poisoning.

Red kites became extinct in Scotland in the Victorian era.

But a reintroduction programme began in 1989 and the number of fledglings has reached a record high.

A report from RSPB Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage said there were now 186 breeding pairs of red kites, an increase of 22 on last year.

A total of 314 young birds fledged.

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Residents Help Bald Eagle Couple Nest in Vancouver

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Eagles live among cottonwoods in West Point Grey



picture of eagles Ethel and Bert looking at their new nest

 If you build it, they will come.


 We here at HWF have a discussion thread for this Jericho Beach nest in Vancouver.  The powers that be would not grant us permission to put a cam in this nest.  Here's the beginning of our forum thread where you can read the history of Ma and Pa Jericho and their trials and tribulations in raising young.

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Redding bald eagles fly the nest

Redding's most famous bald eagles are apparently abandoning their nest.

Patriot and Liberty have begun building a new nest a couple trees from their current home, said Terri Lhuillier, who has followed the birds the past four years.

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Turtle Bay, CA - 2012 - Bald Eagle Cam - Hancock Wildlife Foundation*




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Update - TWO Tagged Bald Eagles Spotted in Alaska

David Hancock has called me to say that they have now spotted a SECOND bald eagle with a patagial wing tag at Haines, Alaska at the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival being held this week.  He also has additional information about the first eagle spotted, whose picture is shown in the article below this one.  That eagle sports a green tag with the number 24 on it but they have now discovered that it also has a MICROWAVE TRANSMITTER on its back.  So some wildlife  organization is definitely attempting to follow this bird.

The second bald eagle has a blue tag with the number 84 on it.

The Institute for Wildlife Studies in southern California was contacted yesterday to see if the first one is one of their birds but so far we have not heard back from anyone down there.

Anyone with identifying information, please contact me at as David would like to be able to announce to the festival attendees up there who these special eagle "guests" are.

Thanks for your help.

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Tagged Bald Eagle Spotted in Alaska

This photograph was taken by William McRoberts at the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival this week in Haines, AK.  David Hancock has requested that I post this photo in the hopes that someone out there will recognize this particular pelagial wing tag. 

These are light weight plastic tags used by various bird tagging programs.  Does anyone know which organization uses tags that look like this? 

We already know all about Dr. Peter Sharpe's work at the Institute for Wildlife Studies on the Channel Islands in southern California.  This is not the same tag that Peter uses.  His are not that color and they all have an A or a K at the top of the number, etc.

Please contact  Thanks.

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Grouse Mountain grizzlies kill black bear cub

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By LARRY PYNN, Vancouver Sun November 7, 2011


Visitors watched aghast as a black bear cub squeezed under a fenced enclosure atop Grouse Mountain recently and was summarily killed by the resort’s two captive grizzlies.

“It got under the fence and Grinder and Coola do what happens in nature,” Grouse Mountain spokeswoman Sarah Lusk confirmed. “Whether he was an orphan and he was hungry and there was food around, we don’t know.

“If the bears had met in the wild, the same thing would have happened. Black bears and grizzlies are mortal enemies and nature took its course.”

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Rescue group calls on hunters to dump lead ammo

Fifth poisoned raptor euthanized

Posted: Nov 7, 2011 2:50 PM MT  Last Updated: Nov 7, 2011 2:59 PM MT


Picture of a golden eagle euthanized by the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton Monday. The bird was ill with lead poisoning, caused by the lead cartrige of a deer hunter, the group claims.Picture of a golden eagle euthanized by the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton Monday. The bird was ill with lead poisoning, caused by the lead cartrige of a deer hunter, the group claims. (Supplied)

As Alberta hunters head to the bush for the fall season, a wildlife rescue agency hopes the death of a poisoned eagle will push hunters to stop using lead-based ammunition.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton said it was forced to euthanize a golden eagle Monday after it was found scavanging a deer carcass near Evansburg, Alta., about 1 ½ hours west of Edmonton.

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