“Smiles from the animal world”


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“Polar bears -next oil covered species?”


Just wait the next pictures from Alaska could depict polar bears covered in oil.

They could be the next species to fall to oil greed and government blindness.

When you do not learn from past environmental errors like the Gulf of Mexico oil spill apparentely Salizar and the state of Alaska

want to take their chances by opening up part of the Arctic waters to oil drilling!

In lock-step with Bush administration policies already struck down by the courts, first Salazar opened up huge areas of polar bear habitat to

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offshore oil drilling — despite the devastating spill impacts we saw in the Gulf of Mexico — and then he refused to upgrade the polar bear’s legal status from “threatened” to “endangered.” Withholding full protection from the polar bear gives Salazar an excuse for not stopping fossil fuel pollution from coal-fired power plants that are driving the species extinct.
But with your generous support and our 20-plus years of winning life-saving results for endangered wildlife, the Center will take on Alaska and Salazar at the same time, saving the polar bear and its precious, disappearing habitat.

Just wait the next pictures of polar bears could be the next species to fall to oil greed and government blindness.
When you do not learn from past environmental errors like the Gulf of Mexico oil spill apparentely Salizar wants to take his chances by opening up part of the Arctic waters to oil drilling!
In lock-step with Bush administration policies already struck down by the courts, first Salazar opened up huge areas of polar bear habitat to offshore oil drilling despite the devastating spill impacts we saw in the Gulf of Mexico  and then he refused to upgrade the polar bear’s legal status from “threatened” to “endangered.” Withholding full protection from the polar bear gives Salazar an excuse for not stopping fossil fuel pollution from coal-fired power plants that are driving the species extinct.
At the same time, the state of Alaska is already in court to strip federal protection from the polar bear, but last week it launched a new attack  on the bear’s habitat. It filed a legal notice to strike down the federal government’s designation of a 120-million-acre polar bear reserve along Alaska’s northern coast.
This is the largest imperiled species habitat reserve in history bigger than 48 of the 50 states  and protecting it is essential to the survival of the polar bear.
Your support is needed before the year’s end.

Together you and  the Center  for Biological Diversity we will take on Alaska and Salazar at the same time, saving the polar bear and its precious, disappearing habitat.
Alaska just took its brutal war against the polar bear to a new level.
The state was already in court to strip federal protection from the polar bear, but last week it launched a new attack — on the bear’s habitat. It filed a legal notice to strike down the federal government’s designation of a 120-million-acre polar bear reserve along Alaska’s northern coast.
This is the largest imperiled species habitat reserve in history bigger than 48 of the 50 states and protecting it is essential to the survival of the polar bear.
The Center for Biological Diversity has just a few weeks to prepare to beat back Alaska’s new antiwildlife lawsuit, and we need to raise the funds now to do it. Please, help us save the polar bear and the largest habitat reserve in history:

Please donate today to our Endangered Species Action Fund together we can make a difference.
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Excerpts courtesy of   Center for Biological Diversity

Image courtesy of   Nature’s Crusaders library

“The grinches trying to steal a Happy New Year from Rockies’ wolves”


Wildlife Services is you did not realize is not a service to the wolves of the Rocky Mountains. The wolves New Year’s gift is to be

killing entire packs

gassing helpless pups in their dens

shooting/ slaughtering wolves from a helicopter

surgically sterilizing alpha wolf pairs after killing their extended families.

The ewanton killing of the grey wolves has begun

Is this the New Years gift to the balancing of our ecosystems you want? Jan. 3, 2011 deadline.

Get active today!  Adopt a wolf today.

Life  in abundance is about balance and harmony not eradication for the convenience of a few.

*Please sign this petition to the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, urging hom to stop Wildlife Services from imposing and enacting this extreme plan for the Rocky Mountain states, the Greater Yellowstone.

Make sure your letters stay to the facts-no name calling please.

Deadline for the petition is Jan. 3, 2011.

*Please give an end of year donation to help support wolves and other endangered species today.

Be a wildlife protector in your community.

Here are ways you can get involved to help Mother Nature’s best in 2011.

The recent elections have given anti-wolf forces more power in both the House and the Senate. We fully expect those forces to mount a new, all-out effort to pass legislation that would strip wolves of their life-saving protections.

Their strategy is a blatant attempt to bypass court orders and good science, which say that wolves should remain on the Endangered Species List, protected from mass killing, until they’re fully recovered.

If they succeed, it will lead to “open season” on wolves in Greater Yellowstone and across the Northern Rockies. Hundreds of them could be gunned down.

That’s why NRDC must be ready to defend wolves from the very first day of the new Congress.

Your tax-deductible gift will enable our rapid response operation to reach out to key lawmakers at the first sign of attack … arm the media with the truth about endangered wolves … and mobilize our formidable network of 1.3 million Members and BioGems Defenders. Your support is what allows us to protect our environment in the most effective way possible.

 

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Image 2. courtesy of Nature’s Crusaders library

 

 

“Kids have bee project paper accepted by Royal Society”


Valid scientific research is being done by 8 to 10 year olds in london, England. To boot, a hand written elementary school science project has made it into a peer-reviewed journal from Britain’s prestigious Royal Society. The scientific organization, more than three centuries old and includes some of the world’s most eminent scientists, said the children research findings were a advance” in the field of insect color and pattern vision.
Biology Letters published a report Wednesday . The students investigated the way bumblebees see colors and patterns.Working with a neuroscientist from University College London, the children carefully documented their methodology and discussed the data they collected.
The group learned to trained bumbleees Bombus terrestris, buff-tailed bumble-bee to go to targets of different colors by giving them a sugar reward, and reported that the insects are able to learn and remember cues based on color and pattern.
The study successfully went through peer review — although its presentation was slightly unconventional.
“Scientists do experiments on monkeys, because they are similar to man, but bees could actually be close to man too,” the introduction read. The report was peppered with other amusing phrasing and diagrams drawn in colored pencil.
Scientists who commented on the kids’ report in the journal say although the experiments were modest and lacked statistical analyses, they were cleverly and correctly designed and hold their own compared to those conducted by highly trained specialists.
Laurence Maloney and Natalie Hempel wrote in commentary alongside the children’s report.
Beau Lotto, the scientist who coordinated the study, said she hoped the project could inspire people to approach science in a way that’s creative and fun.
“We like bees. Science is cool and fun because you get to do stuff that no one has ever done before,” the children concluded.

Bombus terrestris, the Buff-tailed Bumblebee or Large Earth Bumblebee is one of the most numerous bumblebee species in Europe. The queen is 2–2.7 cm long, while the workers are 1½–2 cm. The workers are characterized by their white-ended abdomens and look (apart from their yellowish bands being darker in direct comparison). The queen has a buff-white abdomen (“tail”) tip.
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“Lunar Eclipse won’t come again for 75 years”


This is the only time in my life time that I will be able to see the lunar eclipse and the Winter Solstice within the same 24 hours.
The winter solstice today marks the most extreme tilt of the Earth on its’ axis. The northern hemisphere is now the furthest from the sun.

Once the solstice passes (which will happen at 23:38 Universal Time), by 11:38 PM on 12/21/10, the tilt will gradually reverse and the days will begin to lengthening.

Last night, the Moon gradually turned dark then it glowed orange. What a beautiful sight. For anyone who suffered from cloudy skies or who happened to be away from the primary path of the eclipse, here is a quick replay of the event.

Lunar eclipse 2010 replay.

This is a great composite photo.

Video courtesy of  http://bit.ly/el0F2n

Image courtesy of NASA

“Local animal shelters need your love this holiday season”


Help Needed For Our Local Humane Society

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday, I found out that people were bringing in crates of animals to the Humane Society.  My
hairdresser’s husband took an injured pet to the Humane Society and was appalled by what he
saw.  Many people were bringing their animals in crates because they could obviously not care for
them anymore most likely because of the scarcity of funds, foreclosures and other similar situations.

This is truly a very sad situation……..I can’t imagine how hard that would be.  I know how hard it is
for the Humane Society to take care of their animals with food and other needs.  Once before, about
a year or two ago, the situation there got so bad that the media reported the desperation of them to
feed the animals.  I would imagine it must be like that now as well.

At that time, I immediately went down with bags of food and money.  I was so pleased to see how
many people stepped up to the plate.  The lobby was full of people with food and donations of money.
It was heartwarming for sure.

I decided to send out this email to everyone for your assistance.  Tomorrow I intend going down
there, once again, and donating food and money to assist them, and ask those of you who can to do
the same thing.  I know there are many of you who love your pets as much as I, so I’m sending forth
this email to all of you.

Even if you can donate just $1.00.……that multiplies very quickly when you add together many
people, so please forward this to everyone.  I feel we are all so blessed in this life, the least we
can do is help when it is needed.

Blessings to all in this holiday season.  Stephanie
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“Holiday ornaments by Mother Nature #1″


Mother Nature decorates her world for all seasons.

You could copy the image and make an ornament or decoration from it.  An octopus decorated with glowing colored lights.

Please send NC a photo of your recycled design or  project and we’ll publish your  photo or work of art.

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“2010 awesome moments to remember-panda twins”


A giant panda “baby boom” is underway in China for the endangered species, with two sets of twins arriving: one set in late July and the other set this past week. First-time mother Shuixiu — or Ju Xiao — gave birth to twins in late July at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in the Sichuan province of southwest China. Here, she gently carries one of the panda twins.

Giant Panda Ju Xiao Carrying Newborn Panda Twin in Sichuan, China

This cub’s weight and gender were unknown when the images were taken, as giant pandas are fiercely protect of newborns, and Ju Xiao wouldn’t let staff near the baby. As is often the case with pandas, Ju Xiao abandoned the second cub, which was taken to a panda nursery. Below, the baby panda bear takes its first breaths. These twins were among seven born recently at the China Conservation and Research Center in Wolong.

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“Oh what a night! 3 to 5 shooting stars every minute tonight”


Geminid Meteor Shower Tonight 12/13/2010
3 to 5 shooting stars every minute

The Geminid meteor shower, is the night show not to be missed tonight December 13. If you no not think you can watch in awe all night, tonight then the peak will be expected about 1 AM. For the avid night shy watchers the shower will continue until the dawn’s early light over the horizon.

The Geminids  meteor or asteroid shower is clouded in mystery. Usually a comet will produce gas and a debris field that creates what we call shooting stars. However, this meteor shower is produced by a space rock 3200 Phaethon that has no tail of gases, its orbit intersected the main asteroid belt and its colors strongly resembled that of other asteroids, but Geminids are fast-moving and yellow in color.

“Of all the debris streams Earth passes through every year, the Geminids’ is by far the most massive,” …”When we add up the amount of dust in the Geminid stream, it outweighs other streams by factors of 5 to 500.” said Bill Cooke, an astronomer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville, Ala.

Geminid meteors coming from Phaethon will streak away from a radiant point in the constellation Gemini. They are large enough to be seen with the naked eye. Geminids look like most meteors, but are yellow in color. One of Phaethon’s most remarkable distinctions is that its’ orbit approaches the Sun closer than any other numbered asteroidand it crosses the  Mercury-, Venus-, Earth- and Mars-crosser.

“Of all the debris streams Earth passes through every year, the Geminids’ is by far the most massive,” …”When we add up the amount of dust in the Geminid stream, it outweighs other streams by factors of 5 to 500.” said Bill Cooke, an astronomer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville, Ala.

Wednesday evening, Dec. 13th, NASA will be hosting an online chat with astronomers
You have two opportunities to learn more about the Geminids from meteor experts based at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. On Monday, Dec. 13 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST, meteor experts Danielle Moser and Rhiannon Blaauw will answer your questions, then you can stay “up all night” to observe the Geminids with NASA astronomer Bill Cooke. Have the coffee ready, then join them online from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. EST as the Geminids peak in the skies over Earth.


To join the chats click here. Simply return to this page a few minutes before each of the chat start times list above. The chat module will appear at the bottom of this page. After you log in, wait for the chat module to be activated, then ask your questions. Here’s to a spectacular viewing!

Sky Map click here.

Resources

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Image 2. courtesy of  http://www.scibuff.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Phaethon_orbit.jpg

“Polar bears thrown under the big oil bus”


Hungry polar bears need our help now.

Scientists began reporting in 2009 that shrinking Arctic sea ice is forcing some hungry male  polar bears to cannibalize bear cubs.

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At least seven cases of mature male polar bears eating bear cubs were spotted this year among the animals around Churchill, Man.

Ian Stirling, a retired Environment Canada biologist who specializes in the Churchill bears, calls it the highest incidence of cannibalization he has ever seen.

Stirling says evidence suggests the cubs are being killed for food, not just so the male can mate with the sow.

He says the Hudson Bay sea ice, which the bears use to get at the seals they need to fatten up for winter, isn’t appearing until weeks later than it used to.
In a melting Arctic, polar bears must travel hundreds of miles to find food or confront starvation, drowning and even cannibalism. Their pups enter the world to face collapsing dens of thinning ice and often too little food.

We need your help now to protect the polar bear.  Please take the Polar Bear Pledge to help us ensure that our children and grandchildren live in a world with polar bears

Despite publicly recognizing the disastrous impact of global warming on polar bears, Interior Secretary Salazar has not pursued policies to save them.  Worse, he’s sided with Big Oil and the Bush administration. He has continued to allow risky oil exploration in America’s Polar Bear Seas—the Chukchi and Beaufort, even though these fragile and remote seas could not withstand a fraction of the Deepwater Horizon’s spill.

Please donate what you can to help us fight to save polar bears and other endangered species?

Secretary Salazar’s determination to deprive the polar bear of needed protections wins praise from wildlife foes in Congress, such as Representative Doc Hastings (R-WA) who called polar bear protections, “excessive regulations” and from powerful oil and gas industry lobbyists.

“We welcome the administration’s decision.”-Jack Gerard, President of the American Petroleum Institute.

Please take the Polar Bear Pledge today and make a holiday gift to defend polar bears in 2011.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, if current trends continue, approximately 2/3 of the world’s polar bears will be gone

Leaping for food

by 2050.  And, Secretary Salazar’s sympathies toward Big Oil and Dirty Coal are certainly setting us down that path.

Help save the polar bear and join the Endangered Species Coalition today.

Polar bears have enough threats from illegal hunting, toxic pollution and climate change. They don’t need an adversary in the Cabinet. Help us continue to pressure the Obama administration to become stewards of polar bears before it’s too late by making your holiday donation today.

Our friends at the Earth Friends Conservation Fund have given us a generous grant challenging us to raise $150,000 by the end of the year.  Your contribution will help us reach this goal and protect endangered species.

This is a great time to become a member of the Endangered Species Coalition and take advantage of this challenge grant and contribute to the Polar Bear Pledge.

Thank you for standing with us in our fight for wildlife and wild places.

Endangered Species Coalition and Nature’s Crusaders

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