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How to properly rescue a harried hummingbird

Conservation & Preservation

Campbell River Mirror


Published: July 09, 2009 3:00 PM  


A teeny bejeweled creature lay struggling on the lawn, still clinging to its little marshmallow-sized nest. Flung from the highest boughs by a fierce gust of wind, its survival was doubtful at best. One of nature’s most common summer disasters played out in Courtenay last week, following an intense storm.

Relatively speaking, the drama unfolded in the Balcombe backyard, just prior to a visit by Campbell River photographer Brian Kyle. Doreen Balcombe, Kyle’s sister-in-law, rescued a wee hummingbird after a branch, nest AND baby fell from her alder tree.


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First Cranes of the Class of 2009 Arrive at Necedah NWR, June 27, 2009

Conservation & Preservation

Eight whooping crane chicks arrived June 25 at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge to begin preparation for their fall migration behind ultralight aircraft.

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Bear season begins

Conservation & Preservation

April 15, 2009 3:23 PM  North shore BC


Hibernating North Shore black bears are slowly awakening, and they’re hungry.

The North Shore Black Bear Network has issued its annual reminder to locals to manage attractants – smelly garbage, dirty diapers, bird feeders, fruit trees, etc. – so bears don’t become habituated to human food in these parts.

Fed bears almost always become dead bears, and some will leave behind cubs.

That sobering reminder was underlined last week when the provincial government announced a $400,000 grant to create a 32-hectare refuge for orphaned bear cubs in North Vancouver on Fromme Mountain.





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Bear advocate calls for bear-proof bins

Conservation & Preservation

June 18, 2009 1:16 PM


Maria Spitale-Leisk


Local bear advocate Tony Webb is urging the districts of North Vancouver and West Vancouver to follow the lead of other Metro municipalities by making new bear-proof bins available to residents.

“Approximately 80 per cent of bear situations on the North Shore are a result of mismanaged garbage,” said Webb. “Obviously if we could solve that it would be great.”

Webb is talking specifically about the 120-litre Rollins Schaefer bin, a two-wheeled, hard-plastic garbage can outfitted with heavy duty clasps and steel around the lid.

The bear-proof garbage bins have recently been issued to all residents in Port Moody. Coquitlam, meanwhile, has made the bins available to its residents at a cost of $140 per bin after receiving positive results from a study in 2007 involving citizens and a hauling contractor.




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Center gives 'ratty' bird a second chance to soar

Conservation & Preservation

Eagle rescued at King George Landfill is rehabilitated, released

Date published: 4/30/2009


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Next to a grove of pines in Caledon Natural Area, six bald eagles scattered as Ed Clark's Toyota pickup pulled up yesterday afternoon.

The resident eagles at the King George County nature preserve along the Potomac River were about to have company.

Clark, president of the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro, opened the back window of his truck--license plate 4D BIRDS--to reach a large cage containing a year-old bald eagle.




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