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Poor spring blamed for affecting sea eagles

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12 December 2011

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Three fewer white-tailed sea eagle chicks fledged in 2011 than the year before, according to the latest breeding figures from RSPB Scotland.

Bad weather in May was thought to have been a factor behind the dip, from 46 to 43, with some nest sites damaged by the stormy conditions.

However, 2011 did see an increase in numbers of territorial pairs with 57 compared to 52 last year.

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Bear captured in downtown Vancouver

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Posted: Dec 12, 2011 3:45 PM PT

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Conservation authorities have successfully captured a black bear that had been standing on top of a garbage truck in downtown Vancouver.

An officer shot the bear with a tranquillizer dart Monday afternoon outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

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New Zealand releases last big group of penguins after treatment

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40 little blue penguins released on Mount Maunganui beach
40 little blue penguins released on Mount Maunganui beach

A group of around 40 little blue penguins, cleaned and treated for oil damage caused by the stricken container ship, Rena, was released on Mount Maunganui beach in the city of Tauranga, New Zealand on Thursday (December 15).

A large crowd gathered to watch the event, with the penguins transported to the beach in coloured boxes.

The birds had previously been covered in oil that was spilled by the Rena, which became grounded on a nearby reef on October 5.

They had been recuperating at the Wildlife Recovery Centre at Tauranga, where they were washed and scrubbed, and held until their beach habitat was cleared of most of the spilled oil.

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Japan whaling fleet accused of using tsunami disaster funds

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Japanese whalers have left port under heavy guard and clashes are expected with Sea Shepherd conservation activists.

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    A Japanese ship injures a whale with its first harpoon. Photograph: Kate Davidson/EPA/Corbis

    Japan's whaling fleet has left port under heavy guard as it prepares to kill almost 1,000 whales in the Antarctic, where more clashes are expected with members of the Sea Shepherd marine conservation group.

    Three ships, led by the 720-tonne Yushin Maru and accompanied by a fisheries agency guard vessel, left Shimonoseki port in south-western Japan amid accusations that the fleet was taking cash intended for fishing communities hit by the March earthquake and tsunami.

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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: ZlEOgXhxP2o


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