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Bowie Seamount Designated as Canada’s Seventh Marine Protected Area

Conservation & Preservation
Vancouver, B.C. – Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn, today announced that British Columbia’s Bowie Seamount has been designated as Canada’s newest Marine Protected Area. A formal joint ceremony marking the event took place on Saturday, April 19, 2008 in Skidegate with Parliamentary Secretary Randy Kamp and Guujaaw, President of the Council of Haida Nation.

"Bowie Seamount is an oceanic oasis in the deep sea, a rare and ecologically rich marine area, and our government is proud to take action to ensure it is protected," said Minister Lunn. "By working in partnership with the Council of the Haida Nation and groups like the World Wildlife Fund-Canada, we are ensuring this unique treasure is preserved for future generations."

Fisheries and Oceans Canada will work together with the Haida Nation, community groups and an advisory team, including the province, to effectively manage Bowie Seamount under Canada’s Federal Marine Protected Areas Strategy, and preserve the health of Canada’s oceans and marine environment.
Named Sgaan Kinghlas, meaning Supernatural Being Looking Outward, by the Haida, who played a key role in its establishment as a Marine Protected Area, Bowie Seamount is located 180 kilometres west of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) in the northeast Pacific. The new Marine Protected Area will protect a complex of three offshore seamounts – Bowie, Hodgkins and Davidson Seamounts.
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Beck's is back: Photos prove 'lost' bird still alive

Conservation & Preservation

A bird not seen for almost 80 years has been discovered in the Pacific to the delight of conservationists.

Only two records of Beck’s petrel existed previously, from the late 1920s when ornithologist Rollo Beck collected two of the tube-nosed seabirds on his quest for museum specimens from the region.

Now, an expert on a ship in the Bismarck Archipelago, north-east of Papua New Guinea, has photographed more than 30 Beck’s petrels and his account is being published (March 7) in the Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club. Young birds were amongst the group indicating that the birds have a breeding site close by.

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"Doomsday Vault"

Conservation & Preservation `Doomsday' vault opens to protect seeds
By DOUG MELLGREN, Associated Press Writer
25 February 2008

Without plants many of the denizens of the Earth could not survive. Scientists have been working with seed banks for many years to preserve plant life in case of a disaster. With over 1600 seed banks worldwide, one would think there would not need to be another, however, a new earthquake and nuclear bomb proof seed bank has just opened in Norway. It is the ultimate back up for all of the other seed banks. To learn more about this frozen vault, click here:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080225/ap_on_re_eu/norway_doomsday_vault


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Eagle eye restored by operation

Conservation & Preservation

BBC News

February 11, 2008

A golden eagle who was blinded after flying into an electricity pylon has had her vision partially restored by a ground-breaking operation.

For complete story, click on the following link:

Reference Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk:80/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7239793.stm

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Slimed Eagles, Save One, Soon to Return to Kodiak

Conservation & Preservation

ESCAPEE: The other bird gave Anchorage Cleaners the Slip

By RALPH GIBBS
Kodiak Daily Mirror

Published: February 4th, 2008 12:15 AM
Last Modified: February 4th, 2008 01:02 PM

KODIAK -- After a brief vacation to the mainland where they have been fed, bathed, blow-dried and generally pampered, many of the eagles that made pigs of themselves in the back of an Ocean Beauty Seafoods truck filled with two feet of fish guts will spend Valentine's Day back in Kodiak with their mates.

Gary Wheeler, manager of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, said he expects some of the eagles to return within the next couple of weeks to join the other estimated 500 eagles that reside in the city of Kodiak.

In anticipation of their return and release in Kodiak, volunteers at the Bird Treatment and Learning Center in Anchorage are taking the birds outside and getting them acclimated to the cold.

But one of those is unlikely to return to Kodiak.

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