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April 1, 2009

Company admits 1,600 ducks died in oily waste

A Canadian company is under fire this week for under-reporting duck deaths at an oil sands plant in northern Alberta.

A Syncrude executive admitted 1,606 duck carcasses were collected from the toxic oily waters – three times more than was reported following the incident last year. The ponds contain waste from the process of separating oil from sand.

The birds died in April 2008 after becoming coated with the residual oil floating on the pond’s surface.

The company was accused of failing to prevent the birds from landing near the oily waters. The mining giant is scheduled to appear next next month in a Fort McMurray court on charges that carry up to $800,000 in combined fines. The charges also could include jail time for individuals deemed directly responsible.

Syncrude says it’s working to improve waterfowl hazing protocols in an effort to discourage waterfowl from tailing ponds areas: Details

Tar sand extraction is an important Canadian industry but environmentalists have criticized the process as having a terrible affect on birds. See: Tar Sands Mining Ravages Birds

News report:

CNN: Canada oil firm confirms 1,600 bird deaths

February 5, 2009

Ubiquitous Canada Geese tangle with NY jet

The amazing story of US Airways Flight 1549 crew that helped safely land its jet into a New York river last month is over-shadowing the continuing danger that birds and planes face everyday: Collision.

Most large aircraft can handle up to a 4 pound bird being sucked through its jet engines. But the ever present Canada geese – the suspected culprits in this crash — weigh an average of 10 lbs. See Time Magazine’s story: The US Airways Crash: A Growing Bird Hazard


Hudson River US Airways Crash with Audio from Dan Nunan on Vimeo.

By the way, the best animation I’ve seen of the incident, er shredded geese, is this one from Scene Systems out of Manahattan Beach, CA. It includes a terrific showing of what happened as US Airways Airbus 320 hit the birds just after takeoff at LaGuardia Airport. I found this displayed at the Incisivemedia Legal Tech 2009 technology trade show in New York City this week. See: Info on the animation

Much has been written about bird strikes around airports. I thought Alfred J. Godin’s “Birds at airports” was a good overview on the history and prevention attempts.

As much as we love birds at IBRRC, we’re glad that everyone onboard US Airways Flight 1549 made it off alive.

October 1, 2008

Community effort saves wild goose in Los Angeles

A young female Canada goose will be released today that was found injured with monofilament fishing line wrapped tightly around her leg – yet another casualty of careless fishing activity.

Her rescuer, Tony Taylor, had watched the goose over a number of weeks until finally, he and Officer Greg Randall from Los Angeles City Animal Services, were able to capture the large skittish bird. She was taken to International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) in San Pedro where her immediate prognosis was not good.

Although the fishing line had begun to cut off circulation and infection had set in on her left leg (see photo, click over for larger image), the veterinary team was able to pull her through with extensive treatment. She is now ready to return to the wild and rejoin with her flock. Her release is scheduled for Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 6:00 PM.

We’d like to emphasize that this was a tremendous community effort – a networking of numerous individuals and agencies from the concerned citizen, Tony Taylor, whose persistence to find help for this poor bird led him to Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge who helped draw attention to the plight of this injured animal, to Greg Randall, the Wildlife Officer for Los Angeles City Animal Services.

Also involved were wildlife capture specialists from WildRescue who advised on potentially successful techniques.