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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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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.



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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.

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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.


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