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Birds or planes? Dilemma at Boundary Bay Airport

By Anne Murray, Georgia Straight Online
Photo by David Blevins

East Delta residents were shocked recently by the sudden demolition of a group of large black cottonwood trees at Boundary Bay Airport. The cottonwoods were popular with roosting eagles; one tree held a nest, with an eagle already sitting near it, ready for the breeding season. This was the second round of tree cutting at the airport: another nest and stand of trees were felled last spring. The airport is attractive for eagles and many other bird species because of its location beside the shallow waters of Boundary Bay, a major migratory stop-over and wintering area for tens of thousands of shorebirds, a hundred thousand waterfowl, and the greatest number and diversity of wintering birds of prey in Canada.

Just north of the airport is Burns Bog, a wetland habitat for ducks and geese, and the location of the Vancouver Landfill, which has attracted gulls and other scavengers ever since it opened in the mid ’60s. Tens of thousands of gulls, of several species, together with northwestern crows and bald eagles, feed at the landfill every day. Big flocks of gulls regularly fly across the airport to rest or roost in the bay and many join with clouds of blackbirds and crows to feed at a nearby compost facility and turf farm.



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Eagle in Central Park, Burnaby, January 17, 2011

       Report and Photos by Chris Murphy



The eagle was sighted several times over central park. He (or she) was seen twice in the area indicated in red. When it was sighted for the photo shown, it flew into the red zone -- went right in behind the trees. I had previously walked that area, but could not see any signs of a nest

Anyway, the duck pond is very close and will likely serve as a supermarket.







                 (click to enlarge)





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Chehalis -- Harrison River

Notice to the Media:   (also good planning guidelines for the public to book their tours)


Hi Media;   Photographers / Videographers  -- TV, Radio, Magazines etc.


We want to promote our incredible bald eagles of the Chehalis -- Harrison Rivers complex, where in the winter of 2010 we had over 7000 bald eagles congregate to feast on the 5 spawning salmon species, and the fact that the Metro Vancouver -- Fraser Valley BC area, with over 360 pairs of nesting bald eagles, is the Bald Eagle Metropolis of the World.


We are offering the media this complimentary trip up the Harrison River on the Fraser River Safari Tour's beautiful covered tour boat on the basis you will honour the eagles and the joint efforts of the Fraser River Safari Tours and the Hancock Wildlife Foundation in any of your productions.  We further appreciate having copies of any photos or videos to mount on the Hancock Wildlife Foundation & Fraser River Safari Tour web sites.  We will of course give you credits for this -- and we wish to encourage you to post any personal stories you might contribute.  Copies should be sent to our two emails below. You must have a reservation.


For the 3rd  weekend of November each year we also jointly promote the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival:   


This Bald Eagle Festival features many of the regional environmental organization's info booths, lectures and tours on the wise use of our rivers to ensure the continuance of our incredibly nutrifying, productive and economically valuable salmon species -- the reason we have eagles, wolves and bears and, even more importantly,  the reason we have large forests along the BC coast.


The HWF  site is also the home of the infamous Live Bald Eagle Cams showing the nest life of bald eagles and other species -- including salmon spawning along the Chehalis River -- in season.     www.hancockwildlife.org.


Also on this site is data on the numbers of eagles along the Harrison River.


For further contact please see:

For tour boat space and timing:  (for Media or the General Public)

                 Jo-Anne Chadwick:   FRSTours at: 1-866-348-6877


For biological info on eagle numbers or interview on the bald eagles and local ecology:

                 David Hancock,  biologist:   604-761-1025
                                                                  "HWF" <
                                 See live cams at:    

Notes on the Eagles and Salmon of the Chehalis -- Harrison River:


        Start of the Season:   1st November
        Peak Season:             Mid November thru December.
                                              (Yes - make it a Christmas party!)
        Later Season:             Some years the salmon carcasses feed 
                                              the eagles through January but in some 
                                              years the salmon are gone in December 
                                              so plan your trips accordingly. 


Watch our HWF   www.hancockwildlife.org  site for details on the year's salmon runs and numbers of eagles on hand. We run a Forum Thread about the Harrison each fall.  In 2010 by early-December we had over 7000 eagles and by the end of December the salmon carcasses were eaten out and eagle numbers dropped to about 340.


Further note:   the 7200 + bald eagles seen at the confluence from the Tour Boat is probably the largest concentration of bald eagles or any large raptors ever witnessed anywhere in the world.


David Hancock



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The Garden City/Railroad Nest

Story to come!  I somehow managed to delete this one too!!   


Also, I linked this story to the Discussion Fourm Nests in BC with Ground Observers, but Garden City doesn't have it's own thread as yet.It did on the old forum but wasn't brought over because of lack of activity in the thread. I just pretended it exists in the current Discussion Forum for the exercise.   



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Hastings/PNE Nest

Hastings/PNE Nest - Story to come as I managed to delete my stories!!!!   @@#$%^&*(&%$@!!!!!!   I'm too tired to rewrite them right now!!








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Deer Population Explodes in BC

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 Deer Population Explodes in BC

Living in Cranbrook, in the East Kootenay area of British Columbia, we are very fortunate to see wildlife on a daily basis.  Unfortunately the white-tailed deer population within our city limits has exploded into an uncontrollable problem.

This past spring things came to a head when a YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADGn1GABF0Q went viral showing a doe attacking a dog when it ventured too close to her new born fawn.  Some would like to blame the deer, which was instinctively protecting her offspring, while others blame the pet owner for allowing his dog to run loose.

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A Large Miracle in Scotland

Many of you may have read about the Lady of the Loch, the female osprey at the Loch of the Lowes nest (click for original story), believed to be the oldest breeding osprey in Scotland - and believed to have been dying in June, when she collapsed on the nest and appeared unable to move.


But she survived, continued raising her two chicks - and left for her seasonal migration to Africa right on schedule.

Details to follow....

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Eagles Nest on Osprey Platform

Eagles Nest on Osprey Platform

Osprey have been making a comeback in Maine in recent years - and in a number of places, platforms have been put up in or near the edge of the water to provide them a place to nest and raise their young.  But this platform in the Sasanoa River near Bath, Maine, had some unusual occupants.  My husband and I had occasionally seen an eagle sitting there - and assumed it was an unused platform that the eagles used while looking for fish.  But this time, binoculars in hand, we discovered that it was indeed an active nest - for the eagles!


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First Ever Photos Of Rare Primate Revealed

General News

Posted on: Monday, 19 July 2010, 09:55 CDT


This has been posted by merely copying the article from HWF - pasting it here - and letting the software sort it out!

Then I put one pic to the left and one to the right.


Click on image to download
The first ever pictures of the Horton Plains slender loris, a rare and endangered breed of primate that had long been thought extinct, have been captured by scientists at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), according to a Monday press release from the conservation organization.

According to the ZSL, there were only four sightings of this loris subspecies from 1939 through 2002, which led many scientists to believe that they had all died out. However, as part of the ZSL's "Edge of Existence" program, researchers were able to snap the world's first photograph of a Horton Plains slender loris--officially known as Loris tardigradus nycticeboides.

The photographed subject is an adult male, roughly
8 inches long, with short limbs and thick fur.

The pictures come after more than 200 hours of work, as ZSL researchers conducted over 1,000 evening surveys in a Sri Lankan forest area in search of the nocturnal, wide-eyed primate. Furthermore, according to Andrew Hough of the Telegraph, they were able to capture and measure three live subjects, despite the belief that there are only 60-100 such creatures still alive today.


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A Small Miracle in West Virginia

The eagles known as Liberty (M) and Belle (F) who nest at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, are usually among the earliest of the North American nests with cameras to lay their eggs each year - making the camera sponsored by the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service a must for those of us who are eager to see nesting eagles in the early spring.  But there is a tradeoff for their early start - and in 2010 we were afraid the price was going to be high indeed.

Belle laid the first egg February 2nd.  A major snowstorm arrived February 5th, and continued through February 6th.  Belle laid her second egg February 6th, as the storm was winding down.  She made a valiant effort to keep the eggs warm and dry, as you can see by the cleared area around the first egg, but the storm left 2-3 feed of snow on the nest.  At times all one could see was a little lump, where Belle lay protecting the bowl, as snow piled up on top of her.  Many of us, who had watched a number of nests over the years, were quietly afraid that the snow would be too heavy - and Belle would be lost under the weight of the snow.  When the storm ended, Belle was able to shake the snow off and get out of the nest bowl - but there was so much snow that they couldn't keep it from drifting in.  And they couldn't dig their eggs out from the constant little avalanches of snow.

Liberty tried to help - but it looked as if he couldn't figure how to get down to where the eggs were so he could help incubate them.  So Belle did her best - and Liberty stood watch when it was his turn, not knowing what else to do.  And given the temperature, and the amount of time that the eggs were left uncovered, it didn't look good.


eagles in West Virginia look at their first egg


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