Nature News #19

Bird News

Nova Scotia Piping plovers’ annual migration patterns are changing, with later nesting times making them more prone to disturbances.

Experts are worried that the white pelican, a threatened species in Ontario, may not survive after their winter migration to the Gulf of Mexico.

The Ministry of Natural Resources in Ontario is asking for the public’s help in a provincewide survey of peregrine falcons, who have been slowly returning to the province.

Bird Studies Canada is looking for volunteers to monitor the Bicknell’s thrush in the Maritimes.

Mammal News

Black-footed ferrets, reintroduced to Grasslands National Park, SK last year, have produced a litter of kits this year. You can see of video of the family here.

A grizzly charged a cyclist on the trail near Minnewanka Lake, AB, prompting closure of a trail-head near Banff.

Rescuers on the west coast of Vancouver Island released a young humpback whale that was tangled in fishing line.

Federal government regulations on the disposal of dead cattle have changed how farmers deal with the problem, resulting in an increase in grizzly conflicts.

The University of Victoria has been served with a Supreme Court injunction preventing it from killing the explosive rabbit population on campus.

Herptile News

Loggerhead turtles have returned to Atlantic Canada to feast on the over-abundant lion’s mane jellyfish.

Fish News

So far this year, enforcement officers in Newfoundland and Labrador have dealt with 210 poaching violations on inland fish stocks.

The Marine Stewardship Council has certified the Fraser River Sockeye Salmon fishery as sustainable, but conservation groups disagree.

Hot weather and strong salmon numbers in New Brunwsick have led to an increase in poaching this year.

Insect News

A species of weevil has been introduced in the interior of British Columbia to control Canada thistle, which is not a native plant species.

A disused quarry in Ontario has been converted to nature, and is now home to about 125 species of bees, as well as birds, butterflies and endangered plants.

The western bean cutworm has moved north from the USA, and is now appearing in Ontario and Quebec corn fields.

Ecosystem News

A new resort development on Pelee Island, ON plans to take advantage of the new provincial Endangered Species Act, which  allows developers to build on the habitat of endangered species if they create suitable habitat elsewhere.

A new study from Environment Canada shows how toxins in the Arctic are affecting polar bears, gulls and other wildlife.

Federal scientists planing to conduct seismic tests in Lancaster Sound are being taken to court by a Nunavut Inuit organization, who claim the tests could potentially harm marine wildlife.

Hundreds of forest fires burning in British Columbia have raised concerns that the fire retardant used to fight them may be affecting water quality in the rivers.

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