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

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Eagle Nest Tree Cut Down in Campbell River, BC

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A tree with an eagle nest in Campbell River was cut down yesterday!!  It seems to have been done without permission.  Here on the Lower Mainland of BC, the Ministry of Environment usually contacts David Hancock to check out each situation before they will issue a permit for a tree removal. 
Campbell River is over on Vancouver Island and apparently no one got the approval needed for such an act.  Many of the residents there are angry about the unauthorized cut and the owner of the property isn't talking.  Thanks to Nikki for this news tip. 
Here's a link to the news report that was on the Victoria station, CHEK-6 News, tonight:
Dean Stoltz reports. http://bcove.me/nxg13jji

 

 

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Injured Bald Eagle Rescued By D.C. Metro Train

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  Injured Bald Eagle Rescued By D.C. Metro Train

D.C.’s metro system may have a few problems with their elevators and escalators, but it does have a warm heart.

On Saturday, a special Metro train rolled down the rails on one of the transit system’s more unusual missions: saving an injured bald eagle.


Read more:

http://www.care2.com/causes/injured-bald-eagle-rescued-by-d-c-metro-train.html#ixzz1niLz4800
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Appeal court decision affirms protection for killer whales

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Environmental groups celebrate victory after federal government ordered to pay costs of failed appeal
Feb 09, 2012 04:14 PM
 

The federal Court of Appeal has upheld a precedent-setting ruling that confirmed the federal government is legally bound to protect killer whale habitat, according to a judgment released today.

Feb 09, 2012

VANCOUVER – The federal Court of Appeal has upheld a precedent-setting ruling that confirmed the federal government is legally bound to protect killer whale habitat, according to a judgment released today.

In its judgment, the Court of Appeal unanimously dismissed nearly all aspects of the federal government’s appeal and ordered the government to pay the associated costs. This means that essentially all of the original ruling, which found that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) had failed to legally protect killer whale critical habitat, has been upheld.

Read the press release from Ecojustice, which represented Sierra Club BC and eight other conservation groups in the lawsuit.
 

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Canadian groundhogs predict early spring

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The fun side of wildlife news ...............

 

The Canadian Press

WIARTON, Ont. — Two out of three of Canada's furry forecasters are calling for an early spring.

Ontario's Wiarton Willie and Nova Scotia's prognosticating rodent Shubenacadie Sam didn't see their shadows when they emerged on Thursday morning.

But Manitoba's lesser known woodchuck, Winnipeg Willow, is siding with Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil, who is calling for six more weeks of winter.

Folklore has it that if a groundhog sees his shadow on Groundhog Day he'll flee to his burrow, heralding six more weeks of winter, and if he doesn't, it means spring's around the corner.

calgary.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120202/groundhog-day-winter-forecast-120202/20120202/

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$10,000 reward in sea lion killings

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Elaine Thompson / AP

This dead sea lion with bullet wounds was found on a West Seattle beach on Jan. 23.

A group best known for fighting off whalers has joined federal investigators looking into the recent killings of sea lions near Seattle, offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible.

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Snowy owls soar south from Arctic in rare mass migration

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A snowy white owl takes flight in this undated handout photo courtesy of US Fish & Wildlife Service. Bird enthusiasts are reporting rising numbers of snowy owls from the Arctic winging into the lower 48 states this winter in a mass southern migration that a leading owl researcher called “unbelievable” according to Denver Holt, head of Owl Research Institute in Montana. – Reuters Photo

 

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American Bald Eagle Vet Student Program


 
As many of you know I am a Director of the American Bald Eagle Foundation, which has our museum headquarters in Haines, Alaska and sponsors the annual Haines -- Chilkat River Bald Eagle Festival the second weekend of each November. 
This preceeds our Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival the third weekend of November.  The url below is an advertisement to avian vet students on how to gain some practical experience with eagles and other raptors.  I think you might enjoy this ABEF expanded program as it gives some good insight into our Foundation's efforts and the beautiful Chilkat Valley.
 
 
I enjoyed Dr. Scott Ford's presentation and hope you do.
 
David Hancock
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