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Eagle to Patrol Italian Airport

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The airport operator in the southern Italian port city of Bari has recruited a golden eagle to help keep the runway free of wildlife.

By Christian Fraser
BBC News, Rome

In the past few months there have been several occasions when the control tower has closed the runway because foxes were hunting dangerously close.

But now they have turned to one of the world's prodigious hunters.

The symbol of the mighty Roman legions has become a new standard - in environmental pest control.

At dawn and dusk Bari's airport fields are a rich hunting ground for mice and rabbits.

But now there is a new and rather imposing shadow descending over the airfield, and one that terrifies foxes.

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Low Salmon Returns Could Lower Brackendale Eagle Count

Wildlife NewsCBC British Columbia Last Updated: Thursday, January 3, 2008 | 7:02 PM ET

The number of eagles flocking to Brackendale appears to have dropped this winter because of low salmon returns on the Cheakamus River, local bird watchers say.

From late November to February, Brackendale usually teems with eagles that feed on the carcasses of salmon that have finished spawning in the Cheakamus River near Squamish.

For years, bird lovers have also descended on the small town north of Vancouver to witness one of the highest concentrations of bald eagles anywhere.

The sight of the majestic birds is so popular, the local art gallery runs a Bald Eagle Festival that draws hundreds of people every January.

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Eagles Evicted--Then Invited Back for Supper

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From the Record Searchlight On-line

Editorial

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Our view: If the eagles ignore Caltransí prodding and stick around the Highway 44 bridge project, they will be elaborately coddled.
Persistence is an all-American virtue, so it's fitting that bald eagles, the symbol of our nation, would stubbornly cling to their nesting sites. No pesky bureaucrats will push them out of their tree, bridge replacement or no.

But even as Caltrans wins widespread scorn for its efforts to shoo away a pair of eagles near Highway 44 in Redding, the eagle-management plan drawn up by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service so thoroughly coddles the birds that they'd be fools to leave.

If the birds don't take the hint and fly the coop, Caltrans must specially shield and angle its lights during night construction to avoid spoiling their sleep.


Bridge crews must halt work if any "disturbance is observed." (What do you call the past few weeks' follies?)

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2008 US Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin Program

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The 2008 U.S. Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin Program

The Bald Eagle, nearing the brink of extinction just 35 years ago, has made remarkable progress and is still expanding its presence throughout our Nation's lands and skies. Public Law 108-486, signed by President George W. Bush on December 23, 2004, calls for the United States Mint to mint and issue three commemorative coins that celebrate the encouraging recovery of the Bald Eagle species, the 35th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and the removal of the Bald Eagle from the Endangered Species List.

In 1792, the Second Continental Congress selected the Bald Eagle as our National Emblem of the United States and made it the centerpiece of the Great Seal of the United States. The majestic Bald Eagle has come to symbolize America's freedom, strength and democracy.

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Robson Bight Oil Spill Investigation Update

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Robson Bight Oil Spill Investigation Update

 

Unusually benign winter weather conditions during the past 3 weeks have assisted the underwater investigation of  the aftermath of the tragic August 20th oil spill in Robson Bight.  A mini sub operated by Nuytco Research (http://www.nuytco.com) under government contract has located and documented (in high resolution video) all the equipment that fell 350m to the ocean floor when a barge dumped its load into the orcasí Ecological Reserve.  The full list of equipment can be seen on the Living Oceans Society web site (http://www.livingoceans.org/newsevents/clippings2.shtml) which also details the course of the investigation.

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Vancouver Island's Salmon Returns Dismal With Exceptions For Coho and Chum

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Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist
Published: Saturday, December 01, 2007


Salmon returns around Vancouver Island were dismal this year, despite the occasional coho and chum bright spots.First sockeye numbers plummeted and then chinook failed to turn up in hoped-for numbers.

Low chinook returns had been predicted because of poor survival rates for fish that headed into the Pacific Ocean in the spring of 2005.
It could have been the temperature or lack of food, but the conditions were unfavourable for survival," said Arlene Tompkins, Department of Fisheries and Oceans area chief of stock assessment for the South Coast. Last year, there was a sharp decline in returning coho that went into the ocean in 2005.

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Largest Freshwater Reserve in the World on Lake Superior

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This will protect habitat for species such as Bald Eagles, Black Bears, wolves and deep cold water fish....

Link to complete story:

http://wwf.ca/AboutWWF/WhatWeDo/ConservationPrograms/ForestsAndTrade/LakeSuperior.asp

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Fraser River Safari Tour - Dec 29, 2007

Wildlife News----- ANNOUNCING  SPECIAL  EXTRA  TOUR  ----- --------

Special December 29th Tour of Harrison to be guided by David Hancock.  This extra Tour is actually a HWF Tour with part of the proceeds going to the HWF.  I chose this date because generally between Xmas and New Year we have the greatest number of eagles present  -- I suspect we could see 1500 plus.
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Please book Through the Fraser River Safari Tours
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Our Dec 1, and Dec 9th 2007 Trips up the Fraser River to the Harrison and Chehalis were great successes. WE saw close to  600 eagles on Dec 1 and 1182 on Dec 9th and lots of waterfowl and several swans  and seals.
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