Wildlife

Posted on May 28, 2014

On March 31, 2014, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague ruled that Japan’s deliberate hunting, plus incidental killing of whales in the Southern Ocean was in violation of Japan’s legal obligations under an international treaty banning commercial whaling. Japan’s subsequent cancelling of this year’s hunt elicited jubilant responses by anti-whaling NGO communities around the world.

Posted on February 14, 2014

Good news for white sturgeon, the pacific humpback whale, the marbled murrelet, the southern mountain woodland caribou and over 200 other critters. In a spectacular victory for environmental groups and the critters, the Federal Court has ruled that the Ministers of Environment and Fisheries broke the law, and were negligent in their lack of enforcement of the Species At Risk Act.

Posted on January 29, 2014

GBR winter 2014

Standing beside dead bears.

Hanging from chains.

Blood on their hands.

Should be hanging their heads in shame.

Posted on October 17, 2012

A study on Quadra Island indicates wildlife survives group selection logging, but retention of second-growth trees is recommended.

Small clearcut and pushover logging patch cuts in the Morte Lake area of Quadra Island, in northern Georgia Strait, were the subject of a recent study which looked at the effects of group selection logging on wildlife. The study took place over the past five-and-a-half years, and wildlife populations were sampled for two years prior to logging and one year after logging.

According to the study's report, prepared by biologist Jennifer Balke of nearby Denman Island, there were no substantial effects of the first entry of group selection logging on populations of birds or small mammals sampled in the sites.

However, the study does recommend the retention of mature second growth trees and snags, in patches or buffer strips, to supply future large trees as roosts, cavities, and large coarse woody debris. Such patches or buffer strips of mature second-growth trees and snags would help to "sustain the observed wildlife diversity and abundance through repeated logging entries."

Posted on October 16, 2012

Friends of our herons can now "invest in a nest."

by Judi Stevenson

Most of the 60 species of the heron family found around the world evolved to live in tropical wetlands. Even the great blue herons that nest east of the Rockies fly south to find the sun in winter. Our friends, the coastal subspecies Ardea herodias fannini, are unique.

Posted on October 14, 2012

Has the web of life been broken, beyond any hope of repair?

by Maggie Paquet ©

Back in autumn 1999, newspapers and at least one national magazine carried an article by Tom Reimchen of the University of Victoria Biology Department on the links between bears, salmon, and forests in the coastal ecosystems of British Columbia.

Posted on October 14, 2012

Japanese discover the whales and dolphins are too contaminated to serve as sushi.

by Delores Broten

In a bitter twist of fate, the Japanese may indeed have been contributing to scientific research as they devoured illegal whale meat. For over 20 years, despite the International Whaling Commission, Japan has claimed to be doing scientific research as it harvested minke whales for food.

Posted on October 08, 2012

In November, the number of species at risk in Canada was raised by seven, following a meeting of COSEWIC, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. The number of Species at Risk in Canada now stands at 387. Among the species re-evaluated, the Killer Whale, Orcinus orca, tops the list.

Posted on September 26, 2012

The Canadian Bison Association lists 1,250 buffalo ranches operating in Canada. In the late 1990s, commercial production was expected to grow 25 percent a year until 2005. Experts predict as many as 700,000 animals will be processed 10 years from now. Some agribusiness analysts predict buffalo will displace cattle in North America.

by Don Malcolm

Forty kilometres north of the busy Trans Canada Highway at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Buffalo Pound Provincial Park offers an enchanting relief from the noisy, aggressive traffic beating its way east and west on Canada's main road. Within the park the Qu'Appelle River pursues its centuries old task of cutting a deep wide valley through the prairie flat lands.

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