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  • Good Luck to the Blog Awards finalists | Writing, life and other animals
    neglecting mine a bit of late I was plenty stoked just to make it to the long list Anyway this is just a quick post to congratulate all those who made it through and to wish them all the very best on Saturday night in Cork If you haven t already check out the blogs that made the cut they re well worth a look Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 16 04 Tagged with blog awards blogs Internet Irish awards Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Name required E mail required URI Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email Irish Blog Awards I made the longlist Feed problems now resolved Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin s

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  • Blogs | Writing, life and other animals
    finalists Blog Events Internet No Responses Feb 17 2009 The finalists of the Irish Blog Awards have been announced Unfortunately neither this blog nor the SOHO Solo West Cork blog made the cut but I can t say I m surprised The shortlisted blogs are superb and I ve been neglecting mine a bit of late I was plenty stoked just to make it to the long list Anyway this is just a quick post to congratulate all those who made it through and to wish them all the very best on Saturday night in Cork If you haven t already check out the blogs that made the cut they re well worth a look Posted by Calvin at 16 04 Tagged with blog awards blogs Internet Irish awards Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin s writing on Ireland s leading Wildlife and Nature blog Ireland s Wildlife on Facebook Recent Posts Empire it s finally out there Ireland s Wildlife sails past 4 000 likes on Facebook Web content help limited time offer Web Content Review Here comes the rain again West Cork Summer Unlimited

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  • Killer whales in West Cork | Writing, life and other animals
    via the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group website John Dennihy Two of these whales were spotted from Colin Barnes s whale watching vessel The Holly Joe not far from Galley Head West Cork on 27th March 2010 identity confirmed by Andy Foote from the University of Aberdeen with a larger group of 4 5 killer whales spotted a little further west close to Baltimore later the same day Interestingly these sightings coincided with the first West Cork basking shark sightings of the season leading Padraig Whooley the IWDG sightings coordinator to wonder whether the simultaneous arrival of the ocean s apex predator and the huge but docile basking shark in Irish waters was somehow related Could basking shark be on the killer whale s menu or were they arriving together purely by chance There s more information on these whale sightings on the IWDG website and you can see details of all recent reported killer whale sightings around Ireland here Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 19 10 Tagged with Ireland IWDG Killer Whale Orca West Cork whales Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Name required E mail required URI Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email Amazing wildlife journeys on RTE Herring Gull Larus argentatus photographs Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin s writing on Ireland s

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  • Killer Whale | Writing, life and other animals
    via the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group website John Dennihy Two of these whales were spotted from Colin Barnes s whale watching vessel The Holly Joe not far from Galley Head West Cork on 27th March 2010 identity confirmed by Andy Foote from the University of Aberdeen with a larger group of 4 5 killer whales spotted a little further west close to Baltimore later the same day Interestingly these sightings coincided with the first West Cork basking shark sightings of the season leading Padraig Whooley the IWDG sightings coordinator to wonder whether the simultaneous arrival of the ocean s apex predator and the huge but docile basking shark in Irish waters was somehow related Could basking shark be on the killer whale s menu or were they arriving together purely by chance There s more information on these whale sightings on the IWDG website and you can see details of all recent reported killer whale sightings around Ireland here Posted by Calvin at 19 10 Tagged with Ireland IWDG Killer Whale Orca West Cork whales Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin s writing on Ireland

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  • Whales | Writing, life and other animals
    the IWDG website and you can see details of all recent reported killer whale sightings around Ireland here Posted by Calvin at 19 10 Tagged with Ireland IWDG Killer Whale Orca West Cork whales Common Dolphin bow riding a Fin Whale off West Cork Photo Blog Photography Wildlife 12 Responses Dec 01 2008 West Cork is a truly amazing place for getting up close and personal with some of the largest and most spectacular creatures on the planet Every winter large baleen whales congregate off the South West coast with a lot of activity focussed off the headlands of West Cork On Friday I was lucky enough to head out on a Whale Watching Trip with Colin Barnes out of Union Hall We saw a total of five cetacean species on the trip Fin Whales Balaenoptera physalus Minke Whales Balaenoptera acutorostrata Humpback Whales Megaptera novaeangliae Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena and more than a hundred Common Dolphins Delphinus delphis A Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus surfaces not far from the boat A common dolphin Delphinus delphis appears riding the bow wave created by the large whale and behaves exactly as it would when bow riding a boat demonstrating perhaps the origins of this curious habit We had an amazing trip the second best I ve ever been on my best whale watching trip ever was one four years ago also with Colin Barnes off the West Cork coast We saw literally dozens of fin whales blowing all around us about half a dozen minke whales four humpbacks the occasional porpoise and a hundred or more common dolphins One of the highlights was seeing three different species of whale swimming together two fin whales a humpback and two minke whales in one place Amazing A humpback whale and fin whale surface together just

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  • Funding Humpback Whale Research in Ireland | Writing, life and other animals
    one we fully expect to see this whale again This shows that humpback whales are returning to Ireland each year where they are spending a considerable period of time but we do not know if they are passing through on their way to somewhere else or where they go when they leave Determining the migration patterns and movements of large whales can be explored in a number of ways Photo identification is one technique but to date none of the Irish whales have been seen in any other part of the Atlantic and none on the known breeding grounds Irish humpback whales may be breeding in the Caribbean or more likely off west Africa Maybe there is a previously unknown breeding ground we haven t found yet The IWDG have organized three expeditions to Cape Verde Islands off west Africa to try and find the breeding grounds of Irish humpback whales To date we have identified 25 of all the humpback whales recorded in Cape Verde but none are the Irish whales We can use genetics to try and determine which stock Irish humpback whales belong to and use stable isotope analysis to record latitudinal movements from breeding grounds in warm tropical waters to feeding grounds in Ireland or the Arctic Both these techniques are part of Conor Ryan s PhD which has recently started at GMIT with the support of the IWDG Another technique is satellite telemetry which is expensive but can give enormous information on migration routes and identify breeding areas At present we have no funding to continue this photo identification work next season We would also like to return to Cape Verde and try and deploy some satellite tags We have the full support of the Cape Verde government who wish to be partners in this research It costs around 10 000 each whale season September February for the photo identification work I have estimated it would cost around 10 000 to return to Cape Verde for two weeks Each tag costs then costs around 5 000 which includes satellite time We are writing to you to ask if you know of any funding sources or contacts who might be interested in supporting this important conservation research both in Ireland and even Cape Verde Only by ensuring all habitats used by Irish humpback whales are identified and protected can we hope that these whales will continue to return to Irish coastal waters in the future We hope you will be able to help us uncover one of the last remaining mysteries of the humpback whale in the North Atlantic Please write to me at simon berrow iwdg ie pr phone 086 8545450 if you have any ideas or leads for us to chase Dr Simon Berrow IWDG Co ordinator If you know of anyone who might be interested in helping out with funding some of the research please pass their details on to Simon and hopefully we can help make a few connections that will help

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/2010/01/31/funding-humpback-whale-research-in-ireland/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Humpbakc Whale | Writing, life and other animals
    species as regular visitors to our shores and finding out more about them is a crucial step to the conservation of these magnificent animals I ll let Dr Simon Berrow of the IWDG explain I hope you have all got to the see the amazing images and footage of the humpback whale off Co Wexford Hopefully too some of you will be able to go and see this magnificent creature for yourselves It might not breach but humpback whales are still one of the most enigmatic and popular species on the planet This is the 11th individual humpback whale the IWDG have recorded in Irish waters All previous whales have been photographed in more than one year and although this is the first time we have recorded this one we fully expect to see this whale again This shows that humpback whales are returning to Ireland each year where they are spending a considerable period of time but we do not know if they are passing through on their way to somewhere else or where they go when they leave Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 1 30 Tagged with humpbakc whale Ireland Irish humpback Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

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  • Child benefit cuts unnacceptable to parents | Writing, life and other animals
    sign the petition write to their TD and generally make their voices heard against what they see as draconian cuts to an essential supplement to family income Parent s belts have been tightened so much over the past few months in coping with the recession they are about to snap Before targeting our children cutting resources from the vulnerable every available effort should be made to find an alternative said a spokesperson for the group Our members are willing and ready to take direct action to preserve child benefit at current levels for all children living in Ireland According to PACUB the Government has consistently made families the number one target for tax increases and levies Now they accuse it of targeting children to pay for toxic debts run up by the banks and developers While much of the rhetoric is sensationalised it is true that singling out child benefit for the single biggest cut in the Social Welfare budget smacks of picking on the softest target to maximise return Everybody parents included realises the Government needs to make tough decisions as it tries to refloat a scuppered economy but chipping away at child benefit isn t really facing up to tough decisions is it It seems more like following the weasel path of least resistance As it did in the supplementary budget the Government seems to be rounding on those least likely to oppose it our children rather than locking horns with sectors more ready willing and able to fight their corner It s acting like a playground bully when what struggling families need is a champion For families in Ireland even middle income families with two full time earners child benefit can be a crucial lifeline After paying the mortgage astronomical and unsupported childcare costs and the monthly household bills there s often precious little left in the coffers to cover the essentials children need to thrive and grow The Government may be struggling to make ends meet but so are families up and down the country We re all being hit hard by the recession instead of targeting families our Government should be helping parents to sheild our children from the brunt of it But don t hold your breath Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 19 53 Tagged with An Bord Snip Budget Child Benefit cutbacks Economy Ireland PACUB recession 5 Responses to Hey Minister leave our kids alone Niamh says 23 July 2009 at 9 04 Very well said and I think its time we parents took a stand and said no Ill be marching with my banner saying leave our children alone Adele Kierans says 23 July 2009 at 13 20 Well said let s get together and speak on behalf of our kids they can t shout very loud but we can Calvin

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/2009/07/22/hey-minister-leave-our-kids-alone/ (2016-02-15)
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