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Huge Win for Protection of Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest

A landmark deal has been struck between Indigenous tribes, timber firms and environmental groups in Canada. They are officially in agreement to protect one of the world’s largest remaining tracts of temperate rainforest: The Great Bear Rainforest, on the Pacific coast of British Columbia.

By Jon Rawlinson - This is not a polar bear. This is a spirit bear (screenshot from footage he shot in the great bear rainforest), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44204687

It is a home to thousands of species of trees and animals, like the bald eagle, the harbor seal, the wolf, and of course, the majestic spirit bear- a rare sub-species of the black bear with white fur. It is also home to 26 aboriginal groups, known as First Nations.

Logging will be banned across a huge area of the forest. Environmental campaigners say the deal is a model for resolving similar land-use disputes around the world. Thank-you YouTube Channel ProvinceofBC for the fantastic following footage. It really tug at my heartstrings!

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6n9tFQOVepHP3TIeYXnhSA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWtvgIUaerY

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35467660

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Bear_Rainforest#/media/File:Ursus_americanus_kermodei,_Great_Bear_Rainforest_1.jpg

 

First Eaglet for Scotland in 200 Years

A pair of white-tailed eagles, Scotland’s largest native raptor, have raised a male chick, after nesting at a secret location in Fife.  The country’s last native white-tailed eagle died in Shetland in 1918.

 

The species only returned to the UK following a reintroduction project in the west of Scotland, which began on the Isle of Rum in 1975.  The pair which bred this summer were both released in 2009.

 

Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse welcomed the news. “I hope this will be the first of many of this magnificent species, which will eventually spread their territories right across Scotland,” he said, “I’d like to thank all the partners who have played their part in making this exciting and special event happen.”

 

Stuart Housden, director of RSPB Scotland, said, “This success further strengthens the strong bond we have formed with the people of Norway, who kindly gifted birds for release in Scotland throughout the reintroduction process, which started over 30 years ago on the west coast.  We owe a great deal to the project staff, farmers, landowners, partners and, of course, the general public, for their support and enthusiasm.”

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-23761051

The Rabbits of Australia

 

In October of 1859, Thomas Austin released 24 wild rabbits on his property called Barwon Park, near Winchelsea, Victoria, Australia, for hunting purposes. When Austin moved from England to Australia, which had no native rabbit population, Austin asked his nephew in England to send him 12 grey rabbits and 5 hares so that he might continue his hobby in Australia by creating a local population of the species…. and things got, out of hand….

…the nephew sent grey rabbits and domestic rabbits to meet his uncle’s order. One theory as to why these Barwon Park rabbits adapted so well to Australia is that the hybrid rabbits that resulted from the interbreeding of the two distinct types were particularly hardy and vigorous.

Theses Australian rabbits now live in sandy burrows, along a wide fence to keep them contained; and the Australian golden eagles have taken notice…

… Happy Bunday ^-^