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Nature Conservation

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Extraterrestrial Citizen Science

Robert Krulwich riffs on (or off) this book in a recent post on Krulwich Wonders titled: What's That Clinging To The Towering Wall And Why Doesn't It Fall Off? In the spirit of citizen science, of which Krulwich is a master promoter, it makes sense to share this post of his on the same day that...

Protect Marine Turtles in the... - The Petition Site

Tourism in the Philippines is booming, which is good news for the economy but could spell disaster for... (38655 signatures on petition)

Speciesism: If you aren't angry, you aren't paying attention

Kathleen Stachowski, Other Nations: If you aren't angry, it's possible that you aren't concerned about speciesism. If you are concerned about speciesism but you're not angry, you probably aren't pa... See on This entry was posted in #EcoSciFi, Animal Abuse, Animal Rights and tagged Animal Welfare by Garry Rogers.

World's Oldest Orca (She's 103!) Spotted Along Canadian Coast

Despite being a 103-year-old great-grandma, the orca named J2 -- or, more affectionately, Granny -- is in great shape. In little over a week, Granny and her pod have traveled 800 miles.This weekend, Granny was spied swimming off the coast of Canada, after a trek up from northern California. The cent...

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Restoring degraded ecosystems - or creating new ones - has become a huge global business. China, for instance, is planting 90 million acres of forest in a swath across its northern provinces. And in North America, just in the past two decades, restoration projects costing $70 billion haveattempted to restore or re-create 7.4 million acres of marsh,...

Tell President Obama: Fight for Net Neutrality

The FCC just met and voted to potentially undermine Net Neutrality. Obama promised to defend the Internet -- and now he needs to keep his promise! See on

Happy Weekend: The Return of the Prodigal Elephant

This clip shows a beautiful bull elephant named Ely. A young Amboseli male elephant, Ely gained international notoriety in the early 1990's when he was born crippled to his even more famous mother, Echo, heroine of three BBC TV films and a recent Animal Planet series.

Go Ahead, Laugh About Climate Change

We welcome any recommendations on how to get the message out more effectively, perhaps especially when there is laughter involved: HOW TO LAUGH AT CLIMATE CHANGE POSTED BY MICHELLE NIJHUIS In the n... See on This entry was posted in Climate Change and tagged Climate Change by Garry Rogers.

Stop Rhino Poaching in South Africa

Rhinos are majestic, docile animals that have walked the earth for millions of years. Yet 1004 rhinos were murdered in South Africa in 2013. This year (January 2014 - May 2014), 361 rhinos have been brutally killed in SA for their horns. Some were left alive (like the rhino in the picture) after their horns...

Mighty mouse: Rare rodent raises tensions over water access

WATER WAR: The U.S. Forest Service has locked out cattle belonging to ranchers in Otero County, N.M., because it wants to protect the habitat of the meadow jumping mouse. Photo from KVIA-TV. By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog A dispute between ranchers, whose cattle were locked out of a water source in southern New...

Drought and Bad Weather Make Last year's Oklahoma deer hunt season worst this century

The Okla. Dept. of Wildlife Conservation released the deer harvest numbers for the 2013-14 hunting season. Fewer deer were killed by hunters in Okla. last season since the 1990s. A total of 88,000 ... See on Residents report that they have been seeing fewer deer for the last three or four years.

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It was a top honour to win the Whitley Award last week, but now we have our very own video narrated by none other than the legendary Sir David Attenborough. Sir David's wildlife films have inspired us for years! The video was assembled by the fantastic team at the Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) and played at...

Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 113 - The Asiatic Lion

"Living wild species are like a library of books still unread. Our heedless destruction of them is akin to burning the library without ever having read its books" John Dingell Possibly one of the m... See on This entry was posted in #EcoSciFi by Garry Rogers. Bookmark the permalink.

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Our rhinos are dying. In Kenya and Sumatra, in Zimbabwe and Assam...killed by poachers, by trophy hunters...from Thailand, South Africa, America, Kenya, Russia, and yes...China. It is a fact that C... See on This entry was posted in #EcoSciFi by Garry Rogers. Bookmark the permalink.

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My Friend Leery Loves Soy Cheese A 16 year old cat my daughter named Leery for his sensitive nature, ruled the Coldwater Farm cat community for more than a decade and has now fallen in love with soy cheese. He tried soy milk, but so far he only stands for the cheese.

Encourage Conservation of Small Wild Cats

Target: Mark Watts, President of the World Society for the Protection of Animals' International Board Goal: Devote more resources to the protection of underfunded, smaller wild cats Much has been done to conserve populations of big wild cats:... See on

Leafsnap: An Electronic Field Guide

Leafsnap is the first in a series of electronic field guides being developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. This free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves. See on

Mrs. Monday Jumper | Beetles In The Bush on

In my previous post, Monday Jumper, I featured a photo of a strikingly colored jumping spider (family Salticidae) that apparently represents an adult male Phidippus princeps. Far too skittish to attempt photographing in the field, I placed him in a vial and photographed him later in the hotel room but still only got one photo that was good...

Family Survival Protocol - Microcosm News

Food Poisoning Bulletin May 21, 2014 by Linda Larsen Petco and Petsmart have announced plans to stop carrying pet treats imported from China after last week's FDA announcement that they can't find the cause of 4,800 dog and cat illnesses. The government has been researching this issue for seven years and cannot figure out what...

Red Winged Black Bird

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice I spotted this Red Winged Blackbird as it perched in a nearby Holland, Michigan park under a blue sky today. Another bird had just flown nearby and it expanded its wings to make it clear that this was its territory.

How Many Species Are There? | Ann Novek--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors on

Originally posted on Natural History Wanderings: ScienceDaily has an article discussing the Question "How Many species are there on Earth?" The Summary was: About 8.7 million (give or take 1.3 million) is the new, estimated total number of species on Earth - the most precise calculation ever offered - with 6.5 million species on land and 2.2 million in oceans.

Endangered wildlife black market thriving online with illegal listings on eBay, Gumtree

Australia's black market for endangered wildlife is thriving, with mainstream websites eBay and Gumtree caught out listing illegal ivory and native reptiles for sale. The number of native and foreign species being bought, sold and exported has more than doubled since 2008, with bones, skins and animal teeth all regularly traded online....

Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News

Natural history news and information for animals, plants, and habitats. Here's some interesting ant lore.

Global Sea Surface Temperatures Increase to Extraordinary +1.25 C Anomaly as El Nino Tightens Grip on Pacific

On May 22nd, 2014, global sea surface temperature anomalies spiked to an amazing +1.25 degrees Celsius above the, already warmer than normal, 1979 to 2000 average. This departure is about 1.7 degrees C above 1880 levels -- an extraordinary reading that signals the world may well be entering a rapid warming phase.