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calving

[′kav·iŋ]
(geology)
The breaking off of a mass of ice from its parent glacier, iceberg, or ice shelf. Also known as ice calving.
(vertebrate zoology)
Giving birth to a calf.
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There are 23 calving grounds in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
The caribou had drifted from northern calving grounds near the Arctic Ocean.
The wildlife decline is associated with the conversion of critical areas, such as migration routes and calving grounds, to mechanized farming," Apollo Kariuki, a scientist with Kenya Wildlife Service, told Kyodo News in Nairobi.
Besides being relatively free of predators, the calving grounds abound with lichens and, as snow melts, nutritious greening plants that encourage milk production in mothers.
The coastal section of California's Redwood National Park, for example, is an outstanding place to watch California gray whales as they swim from the Bering Sea in Alaska to warm-water calving grounds in Baja California.
The Bush administration recommends opening the coastal plain to oil exploration and drilling; environmentalists want the entire coastal plain designated as wilderness to protect caribou calving grounds and other wildlife habitats from future development.
Fellowship of the Whales begins in the calving grounds for humpbacks, off the coast of Hawaii, where a mother whale gives birth to a baby she has carried for nearly twelve months, and which now weighs a ton and a half.
Cooney stated, "such an exclusion would weaken the effectiveness of the regulations as heavy ship traffic and right whales overlap in these areas during the annual migration from northern waters off New England to southern calving grounds along the shores of Georgia and Florida.
Soon he would be cleaning up the calving grounds along with the ravens, crows and other carrion eaters.
Environmentalists say the 10,000-year-old migratory pattern is so imprinted in the animals that even a brick wall would not stop them from trying to return to their calving grounds.
5 million acres of sensitive coastal tundra, disrupting the migratory patterns of birds, the calving grounds of the region's Porcupine caribou and the winter refuge of polar bears.