In “Bermuda is for lovers in whale community,” Sekou Hendrickson (The Royal Gazette) brings attention to Andrew Stevenson’s documentary film The Secret Lives of the Humpbacks, a sequel to his 2010 film Where the Whales Sing. Stevenson has spent many years observing North Atlantic humpback whales off Bermuda. Bermuda’s unique role as a meeting place for humpback whales […]

via Film: “The Secret Lives of the Humpbacks” — Repeating Islands

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NPR reports Since 2013, sea star wasting disease has killed so many starfish along the Pacific Coast that scientists say it’s the largest disease epidemic ever observed in wild marine animals. Where there used to be dozens of stars, scuba divers now report seeing none. Read story at Massive Starfish Die-Off Is Tied To Global Warming […]

via Massive Starfish Die-Off Is Tied To Global Warming  — Natural History Wanderings

Four Pipeline Proposals that Will Traverse Northern B.C. Could have Consequences

A 2009 Pembina Institute report indicates that the Northern British Columbia (Canada) watersheds of the Fraser, Skeena and Kittimat rivers could be threatened, and the Salmon populations in those watersheds could be adversely threatened if the four (or any one of them) proposed pipelines that are planned to traverse the Province proceed.

Look up the Pembina Institute 2009 report, entitled Pipelines and Salmon in Northern British Columbia, for the full picture, and complete list of concerns.

Already, the Southern BC salmon stocks are significantly threatened and production seriously reduced due to; habitat  destruction, alteration and loss; pollution; development and so much more…

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The New York Times reported In a rare bit of good news for North Atlantic right whales, a third newborn calf was spotted last Thursday, and the breeding season isn’t half over. Last year, no new animals were born in a population that spends its calving season along the southeastern coastline of the United States. Their […]

via 3 Newborn Endangered Right Whales Seen After Year With No Births – The New York Times — Natural History Wanderings

Alberta First Nations File a Notice Of Action With The Federal Court Re Boreal Woodland Caribou

The Athabaskan Chipewyn and Mikisew Cree, along with the Alberta Wilderness Society and the David Suzuki Foundation, have filed a Notice of Action with the Canadian Federal Court, the Globe & Mail reports.

The action’s intent is to press the Federal Government’s agencies to implement protections in the Northern Alberta oil sands region  to help save the dwindling herds of the Boreal Woodland Caribou. These herds are under threat from habitat loss and fragmentation, resource development, climate change, and other human-related pressures.

In October of last year, the Wilderness Conservation Society issued a statement indicating that the remaining pockets of this caribou in Canada will likely become extinct wherever they occur. Total  population of this widely-distributed sub-species is estimated to be 33,000.

You could help by contacting Environment & Climate Change Minister, Catharine McKenna, asking her to take  immediate action to implement  meaningful protections for these great  creatures.

Surely, we don’t have to lose everything because of our dependence on oil!

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