Friday, January 18, 2019

WHALES: 3rd 2019 Right Whale Calf Reported!

Introducing #3!
FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Right whale calf #3 spotted!!
Catalog #1204 and calf were spotted by our aerial survey team on January 17, 2019 off Amelia Island in NE Florida. FWRI researchers also photographed the pair from the water.
Catalog #1204 has given birth to at least nine calves in her lifetime which makes her one of the most successful mothers in the population. Only two other North Atlantic right whales are known to have given birth to nine calves: Catalog #1240 and #1334.
Photo credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit 20556-01

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

LOOKING BACK 10 YEARS: Irving Fined for Destroying Heron Nests

J.D. Irving fined $60,000, pleads guilty to destroying heron nests.

Originally published Monday, 9:48 PM 2008 AT CBC News (Original deleted at CBC)

Photo from Wikipedia

Forestry giant J.D. Irving Ltd. was fined $60,000 after pleading guilty Monday to destroying a blue heron habitat in New Brunswick two years ago.
 Charges were laid against J.D. Irving in 2006 for violating the Migratory Birds Convention Act by destroying a blue heron colony near Cambridge Narrows on company property, about 80 kilometres north of Saint John. The company was building a logging road in the area where eight nests were destroyed, the court was told.  J.D. Irving was charged with disrupting the nesting colony and had originally pleaded not guilty. Judge Patricia Cumming in Burton, N.B., court handed down a $60,000 penalty — a $10,000 fine and a $50,000 contribution to Bird Studies Canada, a non-profit conservation group.  
J.D. Irving spokeswoman Mary Keith said the company decided not to fight the charge once it was decided there was going to be an allocation made to Bird Studies Canada, a group the company has had a long-standing relationship with. "Understanding that and the fact that we were likely looking at a long and protracted legal case, we made the decision to proceed with the settlement that was determined in court today," Keith said.
As well, the company cannot log in the area for five years. "I make no finding of negligence … or that this was done intentionally," Cumming said when delivering the fine. She said it was fortunate that the colony, which appears to have re-established itself, is thriving. 

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Monday, January 7, 2019


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