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Nesting bald eagles reign over harbour

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Staff protect tree, birds


David Hancock has installed a live-feed video camera near the nest.

Photograph by: Jenelle Schneider, PNG, The Province

Like increasing numbers of Vancouverites who value a central location, a couple of young parents have decided to forgo the spacious suburbs for a waterfront high rise to raise a family.

What the East Vancouver residence lacks in a decent-sized yard for the young ones, it makes up for with a killer view and plenty of nearby places to grab a bite.

And the landlord has done a lot to renovate the fixer-upper, which comes with 24/7 video surveillance.

The male and female bald eagles live in a lone cottonwood at the Lafarge concrete plant on Vancouver Ports land on Commissioner Avenue, just west of the old Cannery Row restaurant.

The pair are feathering their three storey-high nest in anticipation any day now of what eagle enthusiasts David Hancock and Karen Bills predict will be three eggs, the number the eagles have produced over each of the past three years.

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A New Season Is Unfolding

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Hi all: A new season is unfolding so quickly. I am just back from a trip to Costa Rica and I see our nests are starting to fill up with eggs. Wonderful.

It is so fascinating that both the Delta 2 and now today the White Rock nest have both delivered their first eggs on precisely the same dates as last year. It again indicates how the light cycle so precisely effects so many of our bird species. While the weather can change annually, the light cycle, the period of sunlight available each day, is very precisely the same each year. And of course our eagles, as well as most birds, have their hormonal cycles controlled by this period of light.

Today, in addition to attending the annual meeting of the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, we got called by the Vancouver Province newspaper to go down and do an interview about the Lafarge nest. Karen suggested we wait until Friday when their first egg would - should be visible but they could not wait. Attached are a couple of shots I took of the Lafarge pair at the nest today. With a little luck -- and drawing on their consistency of egg laying, we should have eggs by the weekend.

Tomorrow we undertake an interview with SHAW TV to provide some overview statement about the White Rock nest that will be used by SHAW to promote their presentation of a few minutes daily of live broadcast on their cable network -- initially in the Vancouver market. This may go beyond the local market -- time will tell. This could be an interesting experiment. Apparently they will be broadcasting the live stream Monday through Thursday at 7:30 a.m.

In a quick drive home from the airport Saturday it was apparent that the lower Fraser Valley still has a great many eagles, primarily sub-adults still hanging around. The local number, over and above all our breeders, is most unusual and probably still reflects that few spawning salmon were available up the coast this past fall to keep the eagles spread out. The eagles are still hanging around key food areas like Boundary Bay and the local landfill.


David Hancock

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"Eagle Whisperer" Feeds Eagles

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Thanks to Kay for finding the hot link to this fantastic news story that ran on Global TV on Wednesday.  For a short time, while this video is still on the Global web site, you can view it here:  Eagle Whisperer


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Registered eagle tree falls to a chain saw

Dan MacLennan
Campbell River Courier-Islander


The recent felling of a registered eagle nest tree in Campbell River has neighbors outraged, and also demonstrates the city's nest tree protection efforts have no teeth.

Environment Ministry officials confirm they're investigating the cutting down of a large Douglas fir on the lip of the escarpment south of Rockland Road on the morning of Feb. 27.

The tree contained a bald eagle nest and had been labeled with a Wildlife Tree tag under the provincial Wildlife Tree Stewardship (WiTS) program.

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City of Campbell River assisting Ministry of Environment investigation of felled eagle nest tree

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The City of Campbell River is working with the provincial conservation office and the Ministry of Environment to investigate the felling of an active bald eagle nest tree on the morning of Feb. 27.

The Douglas fir tree, which was registered in the Provincial nest tree data base and mapped in the SOCP as an environmentally sensitive development permit area, was cut down in a residential area located on the ridge south of Rockland Road in Campbell River. City staff attended and photographed the site, and neighbours who witnessed the tree being cut volunteered contact information.

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A birthday for the birds

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Seven-year-old Avery Gribble celebrates her birthday with a feathered friend Sunday at South Surrey Athletic Park. The South Surrey girl raised $450 in donations for the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society in Delta by having guests bring donations instead of presents.

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Transport Complete - Mountain Caribou

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Photo courtesy Government of BC

Ross Clarke helps a caribou exit the transport truck into a temporary holding pen prior to release into the Purcell Mountains west of St. Mary's Lake.

March 6, 2012
Courtesy Brennan Clarke
Help is on the way for the mountain caribou, as 19 animals from northern B.C. have been transferred to join a threatened herd in the East Kootenay.

The transfer was handled by biologists from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, working alongside local First Nations and volunteers, to bolster the fragile population. The Purcells-South herd, in the East Kootenay region, is estimated to have fewer than 15 individual animals remaining. The additional caribou are expected to increase genetic diversity and overall herd strength.

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Oil executive son's testimony at Prince Rupert Northern Gateway pipeline joint review panel

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