Tuesday, June 25, 2019

6/25 Jay, BC LNG, orca diet, glitter ban

Steller's jay [Audubon]
What Are Birds Saying with Their Crests?
A bird’s crest is made up of a slender array of feathers on top of its head. These feathers are a bit longer and can be spiked up or slicked back, depending on what the bird is trying to communicate. Even birds without crests, like crows or sparrows, sometimes puff up their short crown feathers. (BirdNote)

Bill Morneau announces $275 million for LNG Canada development
Ottawa is putting up $275 million in federal support for LNG Canada’s $40-billion liquefied natural gas development in Kitimat as an investment in “cleaner technology” to get Canadian resources to new markets. The contribution will include $220 million to help LNG Canada buy more energy-efficient gas turbines to power its natural gas liquefaction plant, and $55 million to replace an aging highway bridge in Kitimat on the road that leads to the town’s industrial area. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau travelled to Kitimat on Monday for the announcement, where he said the project, the largest private-sector investment in the country’s history, would diversify Canada’s trade, grow the economy and crate middle-class jobs. Derrick Penner reports. (Vancouver Sun)

UBC scientists want to see if orcas' dinner plate is empty or full
UBC researchers will track chinook salmon as they navigate the summer feeding grounds of the southern resident killer whales, to see if the whales’ dinner plate is empty or full. About 100 mature wild chinook are being fitted with high-tech acoustic tags near Port Renfrew on the west coast of Vancouver Island to see how they behave in the presence of the salmon-eating orcas, and hopefully determine why the whales appear malnourished. Is there a shortage of chinook — their preferred food — or is noise from freighters and oil tankers interfering with the whales’ ability to catch enough fish to feed themselves? Randy Shore reports. (Vancouver Sun)

No more microplastic sparkles: Richmond art centre bans glitter to protect environment
If glitter seems like a nightmare to clean up at home, just imagine what it does to the environment.  That's why a city-run art centre in Richmond is banning the sparkly, microplastic sprinkles. The ban on glitter started Monday. Clare Hennig reports. (CBC)

Now, your tug weather--

West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  250 AM PDT Tue Jun 25 2019   
 W wind to 10 kt becoming NW 5 to 15 kt in the afternoon.  Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 3 ft at 4 seconds. A slight  chance of showers. 
 W wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 3  ft at 4 seconds. A slight chance of showers.

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