Davao’s eagle sanctuary closes amid bird flu outbreak

 / 12:45 PM August 15, 2017

Philippine Eagle Center in Baguio District, Davao City. PHILIPPINE EAGLE FOUNDATION

DAVAO CITY—The Philippine Eagle Center in Malagos, Baguio District here will be closed from August 15 to August 16 to assess the health status of its birds at the height of the avian flu outbreak.

“The avian flu outbreak poses a grave threat to the Philippine eagle population. This is to allow our team to set up necessary emergency measures and ensure the safety of the Philippine eagle and other raptors in the facility,” The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) said in a statement.

The PEF also said that they have yet to establish if this closure will be extended.

The PEF and its center, an 8.4-hectare area is located at the foothills of Mt. Apo and situated within the Malagos Watershed, is home to 27 captive-bred eagles and other raptors and other species.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) confirmed the avian influenza outbreak in San Luis, Pampanga. The DA has marked at least 132,500 birds in San Luis for extermination. JPV

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B.C. NDP government stopping contentious grizzly bear trophy hunt

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s-in-b-c-s-chilcotin-region/> ‘Famous’ grizzly bear feared shot by hunters
in B.C.’s Chilcotin region

“By bringing trophy hunting of grizzlies to an end, we’re delivering on our
commitment to British Columbians,” Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural
Resource Operations Minister Doug Donaldson said in a release.

“This action is supported by the vast majority of people across our
province. In particular, we owe it to generations past and future to do all
we can to protect the beauty and uniqueness of the Great Bear Rainforest. We
believe the action we’re taking goes beyond the commitment to Coastal First
Nations made as part of the 2016 Great Bear Rainforest agreements.”

WATCH: ‘The Grizzly Truth’ documentary looks at controversial bear hunt in


Premier John Horgan made the pledge in November 2016 after a recent poll
found 90 per cent of British Columbians were opposed to the hunt, adding the

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Time to put a stop to B.C.’s grizzly bear hunt

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Grizzly bears are very important to me and, as the polls show, are very
important to a large majority of British Columbians.

I believe NDP Premier John Horgan and Green leader Andrew Weaver made
statements opposing the grizzly bear trophy hunt and in acknowledgement of
the importance grizzly bear to the ecology and economy of British Columbia.

In 2001, the NDP government implemented a moratorium on grizzly bear
hunting, but it was overturned after the B.C. Liberals took office.

In the 2017 provincial election, NDP and Green candidates pledged support to
ban the B.C. grizzly bear trophy hunt.

I am part of the very large majority of British Columbians who applaud this
position and who did not imagine that we would be waiting with bated breath
to hear an announcement from the NDP government to immediately ban this

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Nature — Plants Belched 3 Billion Tons of Carbon into Atmosphere During Monster El Nino of 2014-2016


El Nino. This periodic warming of the Equatorial Pacific has long been known to trigger droughts, wildfires, and higher temperatures throughout the tropics. And, according to a new satellite data based report out of the scientific journal Nature, these very same El Nino feedbacks combined with record global heat to squeeze a massive volume of carbon out of the world’s tropical forests during 2014-2016. From the report:

The monster El Niño weather pattern of 2014–16 caused tropical forests to burp up 3 billion tonnes of carbon, according to a new analysis. That’s equivalent to nearly 20% of the emissions produced during the same period by burning fossil fuels and making cement.

Global Warming + El Nino Sparked Massive Fires, Droughts and Heatwaves in the Tropics During 2014-2016…

The monster El Nino of 2014 to 2016 created serious disruptions to the world’s weather and climate patterns. Emerging during a…

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B.C. wildlife struggles with summer heat and wildfires

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By Cory Correia, CBC News
<http://www.cbc.ca/news/cbc-news-online-news-staff-list-1.1294364> Posted:
Aug 13, 2017 10:00 AM PT Last Updated: Aug 13, 2017 10:00 AM PT

This Virginia Rail was found in Sechelt and is one of the tiniest birds the
Wildlife Rescue Association of B.C. has taken into its Burnaby hospital.

This Virginia Rail was found in Sechelt and is one of the tiniest birds the
Wildlife Rescue Association of B.C. has taken into its Burnaby hospital.
(Wildlife Rescue Association of BC)

A summer heat wave and extensive wildfires in the B.C. Interior have been
abnormally hard on animals in the province, especially nestlings.

Burnaby’s Wildlife Rescue Association of B.C.
<https://www.wildliferescue.ca/> services the entire province, and says
it’s taking in 20 injured animals a day, with 95 percent suffering from

“The heat is overwhelming them, particularly the past couple weeks have been
really bad. We’ve had…

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The Wolf Killers Wore Green

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The shooting of the Profanity Pack last year and now a kill order for the Smackout Pack in Northeast Washington clearly demonstrated the failure of the current strategy of many conservation groups who are involved in wolf recovery efforts.

In this case, a number of organizations, including Wolf Haven International, Conservation Northwest, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Humane Society had joined the Wolf Advisory Group or WAG, a collaborative group that worked with the state of Washington as well as other “stake holders” (read ranchers) to produce a wolf recovery strategy.

The plan, among other components, calls for the lethal removal of depredating wolves. This applies to both public and private lands. Therein lies the rub. Who should have priority on public lands? Public wildlife or private livestock?

I am sure that these organizations have the best intentions—they want to…

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Tree stand accidents increase even as hunter numbers decrease


tree stand hunter

A bowhunter waits for deer in a tree stand.

P.J. Reilly

Pennsylvania hunters are now more likely to be injured in a fall from a tree stand, than from a gunshot.

The average age of hunters who fall from tree stands is 45.

Hunters who fall 17 feet from a stand tend to survive. Hunters who fall 24 feet often die.

“That’s a staggering number that is really concerning to us,” said Andrew Hueser, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s administrator of the hunter-trapper education program.


August is Tree Stand Safety Awareness Month. Last week, the Game Commission hosted a webinar to discuss the increasing trends in tree stand accidents, and the challenges the nation faces in trying to turn those statistics around.

At the start of the webinar, Hueser noted that all data regarding tree stand accidents likely is understated, because there really is no one tracking such accidents.

In most states – including Pennsylvania – tree stand accidents do not have to be reported to the governing wildlife agency.

“The only requirement is for accidents involving gunshots to be reported to us,” Hueser said.

But trauma centers across the nation keep diligent records of the patients that come through their doors, and so several states have done studies searching for victims who have “hunting,” “hunter” and/or “tree stand” listed on their patient report forms.

The information Hueser presented last week regarding tree stand accident statistics came from three such studies – one each from Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.


The Pennsylvania study tracked 499 tree stand accidents that required trauma center visits from 1987-2006.

Hueser said there likely were many more accidents than that, because there certainly were accidents that weren’t reported at all or they weren’t labeled at trauma centers with terms that were caught by the researchers’ net.

Seven of the reported accidents were fatal. (Hueser explained the fatal accidents recorded were ones where victims died at or after visiting a trauma center. Anyone found dead in the field would not have been included in the study figures.)

Among the fatalities, the average tree stand height was 24 feet. By comparison, the average height of tree stands among those who fell and survived was 17 feet.

“That should give hunters something to think about when they hang their stands,” Hueser said. “How high do you really need to climb?”

On average, it took 4.2 hours for victims to get from the field to a trauma center.

Although hunter numbers in Pennsylvania have been on the decline, tree stand accidents have been on the rise.

“There’s no question, the popularity of tree stands is increasing, and so that’s why we’re seeing more accidents,” Hueser said.

A follow-up study in Pennsylvania is underway now to look at trauma center data here from 2007-2016.

The Ohio study focused on 130 hunting-related accidents of all types in the Columbus area from 1998-2007.

Of that total, 46 percent were tree stand related, while 29 percent involved firearms. And of the tree stand accident victims, 59 percent suffered spinal fractures, 81 percent required some type of surgery and 8 percent were left with permanent neurological problems.

The Wisconsin study, which researched trauma center records from 2009-2013, found that hang-on tree stands were the most common stands used in accident situations. Ladder stands ranked second and climbing stands third.

Nearly 60 percent of all accidents in Wisconsin occurred when hunters were either climbing into or out of their tree stands.


So what can states do to keep hunters from falling out of their stands?

That’s a tricky question, Hueser said.

In Pennsylvania, tree stand safety instruction was added to the hunter-trapper education course required of all first-time hunters. But the average age of the hunters falling is 45.

“They’re not the ones taking hunter ed,” Hueser said. “We need to educate adult hunters who are already out there.”

Social media campaigns are underway to help spread awareness of the following safety tips:

  1. Always wear a full-body restraint harness. (The majority of fall victims in all the studies were not wearing harnesses.)
  2. Stay connected to the tree from the moment your foot leaves the ground, until it returns.
  3. Don’t leave stands out in the elements all year long.
  4. Inspect your stands and ladders before using them.
  5. Let someone know where you’re hunting, and when you expect to return.

Bad Heat Rising: 4 C Global Warming Brings Super Heatwaves Packing 131 Degree (F) “Apparent Temperatures”


On the present emissions pathway, it’s likely that the world will hit 4 degrees Celsius warming by 2100. And this level of warming will be enough to bring on heatwaves so hot that staying outside for even brief periods will be deadly. Such unimaginably severe heatwaves will affect heavily populated regions such as Eastern Europe, the U.S. East Coast, coastal China, India, and South America with bi-annual frequency.

(Probability that summer heat index values will exceed 40 C [104 F] and 55 C [131 F] under 1.5, 2 and 4 C warming. Note that biannual frequency of 55 C heat indexes over large regions under 4 C warming implies that strong heatwaves would be considerably more severe. Image source: Superheatwaves of 55 C Emerge if Global Warming Continues.)

These were the findings of a ground-breaking new report produced by Europe’s Joint Research Center. The report notes that many…

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Man who shot 13 year old while squirrel hunting charged with involuntary manslaughter


OCEANA COUNTY, MICH. – A 62-year-old man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after the death of 13-year-old Billy Gort, of Wyoming.

Roger Hoeker shot Gort in the head while on a squirrel hunting trip back on Feb. 18, 2017.

The two, along with another teen, were all on a hunting trip as part of a youth outreach program called Christianity Outdoors. Hoeker was also a Michigan hunter safety instructor.

Gort and his friend were both wearing orange hunter safety gear at the time that he was shot.

The Michigan State Police in conjunction with investigators from multiple other departments have now concluded their investigation, and Hoeker was arrested on Monday for involuntary manslaughter.

Hoeker was arraigned in court earlier this morning, and will appear for his preliminary hearings later this month.