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From war to peace: Sierra Leone eyes bird-watching money

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A man with a binoculars at the bird park in Sierra Leone (archive shot)

 

Sierra Leone is trying to change its image as a war-torn country by promoting ecotourism, writes journalist Paige McClanahan at the launch of the new Gola Rainforest National Park.

If you are looking to plan a bird-watching holiday, Sierra Leone might not be the first destination that jumps to mind. But that could change soon, if the government of this small West African nation gets its way.

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100 Beluga whales trapped in Russian Far East

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Over 100 Beluga whales are trapped in water between ice floes in the Chukotka region of Russia's Far East, the authorities said, calling on the government to send an ice-breaker to free them.

"A group of over 100 Beluga whales are cut off from the sea and are prisoners of ice floes in the Bering Sea," the Chukotka region said in a statement on its website, saying the local governor Roman Kopin had requested an ice-breaker.

It said that the whales were trapped just 15 kilometres (10 miles) south of the village of Yanrakynot on the Bering Sea.

The statement said the Kopin had written a letter to Transport Minister Igor Levitin and Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu "to study the possibility of sending an ice-breaker to save the whales."


 
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Government reveals England badger cull trial to stop TB spread

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Badger culling will be tried out in two areas of England in the new year in an attempt to tackle bovine TB in cattle, the government has said.

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said a decision would be made after the trials in yet-to-be-decided locations on extending it across the country.

"Evidence shows that unless we tackle the disease in badgers we'll never eradicate it in cattle", she told MPs.

"We need to stop it spreading, bring it under control and eradicate it."

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Dreaming of Wolves

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It is so neat to see the wolves coming back to Europe -- as well as here.  It does give hope -- provided you're not a local rancher who considers any sharing of the world as evil. The following note on the Carpathian Wolves (about a book we just published at Hancock House) is eyeopening:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= ZlEOgXhxP2o

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Chehalis/Harrison Eagles TV News Stories on All Major Vancouver TV Stations Tonight

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David Hancock and I just returned from a day out on the Chehalis/Harrison river estuary on the Fraser River Safari with all of the major TV Vancouver stations.  So watch the evening newscasts on CBC, CTV and Global-TV.

Tomorrow's boat tour with David onboard as the guest tour guide is full but there are still seats available on Saturday, Dec. 17.  Call Jo at 1-866-348-6877 toll free.

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Urban Salmon Return

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This is a feature news story covering students assisting West Vancouver Streamkeepers, with spawning salmon surveys, that viewed on CBC TV, Wednesday, November 30th.

http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/Canada/BC/1258521056/ID=2172408035
 

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Trio rescues young eagle from clutches of icy river

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Interesting Alaska Story:

First, I am also  a Director on the American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines, Alaska.   As many of you know, just before our local Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, Nov. 19-20,  I spent the previous week in Haines, Alaska at our Chilkat-Haines Bald Eagle Festival.  

Several of  you also attended that wonderful Alaska event.  Our member, Ed Kingshott/edkeagle   was also there and he forwarded the following article.

Originally published Thursday, Nov 24, 2011; Issue: 47

Three rescuers used a rope harness, a couple two-by-fours, and a pair of Pampered Chef scissors to free a juvenile eagle frozen in the Chilkat River near 21 Mile Haines Highway on Nov. 17.

California wildlife photographer Mark Lissick spotted the bird – literally spread-eagle on the ice and not moving – while returning from a photo outing. He said he’d seen several eagles that day with ice on their wing and tail feathers.

Read the rest of the story here:

http://chilkatvalleynews.com/story.asp?Story=1966&Trio-rescues-young-eagle-from-clutches-of-icy-river

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L.D.W.F. Receives Second Group of Whooping Cranes at White Lake W.C.A. as Part of Restoration Project

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L.D.W.F. Receives Second Group of Whooping Cranes at White Lake W.C.A. as Part of Restoration Project

Dec. 5, 2011– A second group of juvenile whooping cranes was delivered Dec. 1 to White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Gueydan as part of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) species’ restoration project in progress.
 

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