Calluna Calling

“‘Calluna’, a female harrier, was tagged this summer at a nest on the National Trust for Scotland’s Mar Lodge estate, near Braemar. We were monitoring her transmitter’s data which showed that she fledged from the nest in July. She left the area in early August, and gradually headed east over the Deeside moors. However, while the tag data showed it to be working perfectly, transmissions abruptly ended on 12th August, with no further data transmitted. Calluna’s last recorded position was on a grouse moor a few miles north of Ballater, in the Cairngorms National Park.” http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/ourwork/skydancer/b/skydancer/archive/2017/09/01/calluna-has-disappeared.aspx

Representatives of the shooting lobby have already stated the ridiculous. My work is done.

Response of Scottish Land & Estates – “Estates in the area have welcomed a number of hen harriers to the area during August and only today one moor reported three harriers. Local land managers reject the inference that the loss of signal from this tag is connected to grouse moor management and are now offering every assistance in searching the area where the last transmission was recorded.“

Response of Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association – “The SGA would urge anyone who saw the bird or knows anything about it to contact Police Scotland. This is the first we have heard of this. Obviously any news like this is very disappointing. The SGA condemns raptor persecution and if any of our members are convicted of a wildlife crime they are removed from our organisation. We have learned from those monitoring tags that birds can move some distance away from where they were last recorded so it is important that, if people know anything, they alert the Police immediately.”

Response of Scottish Association for Country Sports – “We would remind the RSPB that tag technology can fail for a number of reasons, and that raptors are susceptible to natural causes of death as well as to illegal persecution.“

From https://raptorpersecutionscotland.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/satellite-tagged-hen-harrier-disappears-on-grouse-moor-in-cairngorms-national-park/

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Cooking the Chinooks

“The fish farm’s owner, Cooke Aquaculture, said on Wednesday that several thousand Atlantic salmon may have ended up in the [Pacific] waters around the San Juan Islands after part of a net suffered a ‘structural failure’ [and] blamed Saturday’s incident on ‘exceptionally high tides and currents coinciding with this week’s solar eclipse’.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/24/thousands-of-atlantic-salmon-escape-from-fish-farm-into-pacific

Tides and eclipses are notoriously difficult to predict.

Waspmail

“Volunteers to build homemade bottle traps before posting the dead wasps to entomologists to produce a clearer picture of the much-maligned insect’s decline.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/23/conservationists-slam-hateful-survey-promoting-wasp-killing

‘Lethal Sampling’: not so much bird watching as word botching.

Making Waves

“A 290 metre ship pulled into Ketchikan [an Alaskan port] with [a dead humpback] whale attached to a submerge part of the bow designed to avoid wave-making.” http://uk.whales.org/news/2017/08/cruise-ship-docks-with-dead-whale-on-bow

The cruise operator announced that having brought the whale to the doc’s it would not be seeking costs for the illegal boarding.

Bullshot

“Waitrose and Whitbread have … asked us to remove their logos from the positive list we have been circulating. … very unusual for a company which appears on one of our ‘positive buy lists’ to ask for its name to be removed. … It speaks volumes for the power and resources of the shooting lobby which, ironically, accuses Ethical Consumer and Chris Packham of ‘Corporate Bullying’ in its press release.” http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/latestnews/entryid/2180/corporate-days-shooting-campaign.aspx

Watch out for rebrands as Waitgrouse and Shotlead.

Saturday 12th August is the start of the 121-day-long grouse shooting season. Ethical Consumer is asking consumers to buy from the good and avoid the bad during this year’s shooting season.

Ethical Consumer grouse shooting infographic
http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/ethicalcampaigns/turnyourbackongrouse.aspx

Another ethical source: Ethical Superstore – 20% off all grocery until 16 August plus get £3 off your order when you spend £50 until 31 August – promo code: X3PBM

Pangolicide

“The true scale of the slaughter of pangolins in Africa has been revealed by new research showing that millions of the scaly mammals are being hunted and killed.
Pangolins were already known to be the world’s most trafficked wild mammal, with at least a million being traded in the last decade to supply the demand for its meat and scales in Asian markets.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/20/scale-of-pangolin-slaughter-revealed-millions-hunted-in-central-africa-alone

Large scale poaching.

Ocean Oxymoron

“Japanese whale hunters have finished their latest so-called ‘scientific’ expedition off the coast of Abashiri, Hokkaido, killing 47 minke whales.
The Japanese Fisheries Agency will now analyse the age and stomach contents of the whales.” http://uk.whales.org/news/2017/07/forty-seven-minke-whales-killed-to-see-how-old-they-were

Japanese research is greatly advancing knowledge of what diet doesn’t tell us about life expectancy.