Nova Scotians are invited to view the province’s official bird via a live webcam during the months of June and July. The Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History and Nova Scotia Power Inc. are partnering for a second year to bring an up-close-and-personal view of the of an osprey family to the World Wide Web. The webcam goes live today, June 26, at http://nature.museum.gov.ns.ca and will run until the young osprey leave the nest. The parent birds have been fondly dubbed Ethel and Oscar Osprey. This year, Ethel has laid three eggs. It appears that the cold, wet weather during her brooding may have had an impact on hatching. “Only one chick has hatched so far,” said Bob Bancroft, a wildlife biologist partnering with Nova Scotia Power on the project. “Given this, the chick is getting lots of attention and food from its parents and is big for its age.” Nova Scotia Power has led the osprey relocation program for more than 20 years. Osprey nest on high structures near good fishing grounds. Power poles are a favourite nesting site, with about 200 osprey nests located on the company’s structures. In most cases, the nests do not interfere with the delivery of electricity and the birds are not at risk. However, in some cases, the birds are in danger of electrocution or debris from the nest can cause an outage. Nova Scotia Power and the Department of Natural Resources provide alternative nesting platforms in these situations. “Osprey are magnificent birds. Most people only view them from a distance, so an opportunity to view their daily habits and behaviours is a remarkable opportunity for us all,” said Janet Maltby, manager of the Museum of Natural History. “The webcam allows viewers a rare chance to observe the birds without disturbance to them.” Visitors to the Museum of Natural History this summer will also enjoy a special osprey display, including a real nest, bird study skins and some humorous materials osprey have used to line their nests.
by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 3, 2015 3:03 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2015 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,710.31, up 87.30 points):Rubicon Minerals Corp. (TSX:RMX). Miner. Down 32 cents, or 55.17 per cent, to 26 cents on 20.9 million shares.Telesta Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:TST). Health-care. Up four cents, or 5.88 per cent, to 72 cents on 7.3 million shares.OceanaGold Corp. (OGC). Miner. Unchanged at $2.56 on 7.2 million shares.Penn West Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:PWT). Oil and gas. Up 21 cents, or 11.80 per cent, to $1.99 on 6.1 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 13 cents, or 4.48 per cent, to $2.77 on 5.7 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 55 cents, or 9.50 per cent, to $6.34 on 5.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP). Oil and gas. Up 22 cents, or 0.50 per cent, to $44.44 on 1.1 million shares. The company behind the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline denies the 2016 U.S. presidential election was a factor when it asked for the review of the project to be suspended. TransCanada CEO Russ Girling says the company has tried to stay out of politics throughout the more than seven years that the project has been winding its way through the regulatory process.WestJet (TSX:WJA). Airline. Down 56 cents, or 2.31 per cent, to $23.73 on 887,533 shares. Despite posting record profits, WestJet Airlines says it is eliminating free checked bags on all economy fare flights to Europe and sun destinations starting early in the new year. The Calgary-based airline announced Tuesday that a $25 baggage fee will apply to new economy bookings for flights as of Jan. 6. Most actively traded companies on the TSX