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Keith Martin Birch, August 9 1948 – August 18, 2008

Keith passed away peacefully at St. Joe’s Hospital after long illness. He moved to the Comox Valley  in 1992  where he was known through his business Mountainaire Info X (Minfox.com) after graduating from North Island College with a Diploma in Computer Science in 1996.   Keith worked as manager of Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society, where he performed website management, fundraising, building construction & maintenance

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Donations to Specific Projects - 2008

Wildlife NewsHere is the breakdown of donations received to date:

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Saanich home to five eagle nests

Wildlife NewsSaanich home to five eagle nests
Saanich News also appeared in Oakbay News
June 13, 2008

Sam VanSchie
News staff

Three pairs of bald eagles are raising their young in Oak Bay nests this spring, while neighbouring Saanich has five active nests.

This is a high number for urban settings, especially because the birds protect their large hunting territories from other eagle families.

"It would suggest there is a good food supply in the area," said Gwen Greenwood the volunteer coordinator at Wildlife Trees Stewardship Program. "There are more (eagles) nesting in the area than in previous years, for sure."

Eagles are opportunistic carnivores, they eat fish and smaller birds, such as sea gulls, as well as rodents, including rabbits and rats.

"They adapt pretty well to an urban setting,” explained Greenwood, who has been researching eagles in southern B.C. for eight years on behalf of the organization that helps protect eagle habitat.

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'saanich eagle nest'

Wildlife NewsIt would be interesting to have David's commentary on this article, as it's in his territory!!

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The Red List 2008 is Coming

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Birdlife International


“Reassessing the status of 10,000 species has been a massive undertaking" —Dr Stuart Butchart, BirdLife's Global Research Coordinator


May 19 will see the release of the 2008 IUCN Red List for birds. Occurring every four years, this full update is a global assessment of every bird species on earth: a complete inventory of the conservation status of the world’s avifauna.

For birds, the Red List is maintained by BirdLife International for IUCN, and with one in eight of the world’s 10,000 species at risk of extinction, compiling an accurate and fully documented list is time consuming but vital for planning conservation action. But what goes into a Red List update?

“BirdLife staff have had to assimilate and sift through a huge amount of data. These assessments cite a total of 12,500 references, and include information from 2,800 new published sources as well as from 3,000 unpublished reports”, says Jez Bird, BirdLife’s Global Species Officer.

“We have also received input from a huge number of scientists, conservationists and birdwatchers, both in the BirdLife Partnership and a broader network of collaborating organisations and IUCN specialist groups, with 1,400 reviews received from over 1,000 species experts”, Jez adds.

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The Red List is Coming

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Hummingbird Articles

Wildlife NewsFor those of you interested in humming birds (and who speak Spanish), our member jwnix tells us of an announcement by Sociedad de Ornitologia Neotropial:

The contents of Ornitologia Neotropical vol. 1-13 (2002) are now
available online as pdf files free of charge!

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Over 100 Contaminants Found in Maine Birds

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Overall, eagles carried the greatest contaminant load and, for many contaminants, had levels multiple times higher than other species

From: Main Environmental News  March 27, 2008


The BioDiversity Research Institute recently released a new report documenting that over 100 harmful contaminants were found in Maine bird eggs.

Flame retardants (PBDEs), industrial stain and water repellants (PFCs), transformer coolants (PCBs), pesticides (OCs), and mercury were found in all 23 species of birds tested. The bird species studied live in a variety of habitats: on Maine’s ocean, salt marshes, rivers, lakes and uplands.

“This is the most extensive study of its kind to date and the first time industrial stain and water repellants were discovered in Maine birds,” says the report’s author, senior research biologist Wing Goodale.

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Sunken equipment to be raised

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Goal is to protect habitat of Robson Bight frequented by whales

Sandra McCulloch
Vancouver Sun
Friday, April 18, 2008

VICTORIA - The provincial and federal government announced Friday a fuel tanker and other logging equipment containing pollutants will be recovered from the ocean floor near Robson Bight.

But the salvage operation might not happen before the annual visit of orcas in June, said Environment Minister Barry Penner.
"We'll try to avoid the time when we know the time they'll be there just in case something went wrong," Penner said, adding that "it's possible" the operation will be delayed until after the migration.

"My preference is to do it first but for the last week or two my ministry staff have been canvassing various salvage operators to check on their availability and interest...and it's going to be a real challenge to marshal enough equipment and resources to do this before mid-June."

Eleven pieces of equipment tumbled off a barge on Aug. 20, 2007 into 350 metres of water within an area designated as an environmental reserve.



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