“Osprey protecting whales”


Eco-activists using drones to protect whales in the Antarctic seas

The Japanese whalers are relentless so whale protectors have taken to the air to save  hundreds of whales – remote-controlled drone
Every morning for the past week, a battery-powered drone with a range of 300km (190 miles) has been launched from the MV Steve Irwin.  This ship is trying to frustrate the whalers into leaving their annual Japanese whale hunts in the waters off Antarctica.

“We first found the Japanese fleet when they were 28 nautical miles away,” said Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an international marine wildlife protection group based in the United States.

Watson has 88 crew on three ships, two of which are equipped with spotter drones.

With these drones Steve Watson hopes  to finally end the Japanese hunt and bringing publicity to the cause in Whale Wars, the Discovery channel documentary series that tracks the hunts: “Our goal is to bankrupt them and destroy them economically. Now that we can track them, it is getting easier.”

.For under £500, the drone used by Sea Shepherd can run for hundreds of hours . It was given to Sea Shepherd by Bayshore Recycling, a New Jersey-based solid waste recycling company committed to environmental protection. In addition to paying for the drone at an estimated cost of £10,000, Bayshore also paid for pilot training to run the remote control equipment. It is expected that drones will be used much more frequently to protect Mother Nature’s most endangered species on land and sea.

“Everyone here at Bayshore is thrilled with the Sea Shepherd’s news of not only saving the lives of many whales, but knowing our drone will continue to track the Japanese whaling fleet in this chase,” said Elena Bagarozza, marketing co-ordinator at Bayshore.

Watson expects drones will be used to patrol environmentally sensitive areas ranging from the Galapagos Islands to other famed wildlife areas, including South Africa’s Kruger National Park  by the Sea Shepherd crew and other environmental groups. It is very durable handling winds up to 40 knots, waterproofed and has multiple security backups so that if it has problems or low battery it automatically returns to base.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of guardian.co.uk/environment

Image courtesy of guardian.co.uk/bveiga

“Elephant pyre such a waste!”


Don’t you think that we could have found a better tribute to honor the lives of these innocent elephants than letting their remains go up in smoke?  This was not a well conceived plan. I realize a message was sent to poachers and illegal traders, but this seems to add insult to injury.

Do any of NC readers have a better green way to honor the elephants and make money to support elephant research too?

Well Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki on Wednesday did not ask for our input when he ignited five tons of ivory stockpiled in the country since being seized in Singapore nearly a decade ago. Some 335 tusks and 42,553 ivory carvings went up in smoke at the Manyani wildlife rangers training institution in eastern Kenya

The vanities of man fueled this slaughter of elephants for their ivory  in Asia and the Middle East where elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns are used to make ornaments and traditional medicines.

Kenya in 1989 torched 12 tons of ivory, three years later Zambia also burnt a stockpile of smuggled tusks.

Africa is home to 472,269 elephants whose survival is threatened by poaching and illegal trade in game trophy as is rising population causing wildlife habitat loss.

The site of the Wednesday’s ivory burning also bore symbolism. The national wildlife rangers institution is in the Tsavo National Park, which is Kenya’s leading elephant sanctuary home to 12,572 elephants.

Wildlife officials said a monument will be erected at the burning site.

In the last few years  several smugglers were arrested at its Nairobi international airport, a major regional hub.

Trafficking animal parts is also linked to other crimes such as document falsification, corruption, money laundering and other organised crime, according to wildlife authorities.

Protecting and develop our wildlife resources is a national focus, because eco tourism has become a huge revenue source for the country.

Excerpts and image courtesy of  http://www.terradaily.com

“Saving the honey bee from extinction”


Seems there are many projects in motion worldwide to try to save the honey bee from demise.

Many factors have caused this imbalance in one of Mother Nature’s finest worker urbanization, pesticides and chemicals of all kinds, the EMFs from power lines, cell phones and their obnoxious cell towers, GM plants and chemical infested modern agriculture, poor quality food for many commercialized stocks of bees and trucking the hives long distances to pollinated field of polluted crops without a rest between seasons.

Now many are trying to help this bee-leagured population recover. The latest extreme measure is to forget about recovery and living mre harmoniously and just engineer a super beeimmune to mites and pesty  diseases. I can see it now the super godzilla of a bee from the north now meets the Africanized bee from Africa and the offspring will off the world.

bees, bee breeding, parasitic mites, bee population, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, cold resistant bees

Over the last five years the world’s honey bee population has been steadily dwindling, with many beekeepers citing 2010 as the worst year yet. In order to save these extremely important insects, scientists are working on breeding a new super honey bee that they hope will be resistant to cold, disease, mites and pesticides. If all goes well, the new and improved insect will continue to pollinate our crops for years to come.

On the other extreme with a the gentler approach, is Michael Leung and HK Honey from Hong Kong whose approach is refreshing and Zen like. Check out the video.

Excerpt and Super honey bee photo courtesy of  inhabitat.com

“SA Soccer delivers a dead owl kick”


Justice for Mascot Owl

Please sign the petition to help protect animals from further abuse.

Justice for Mascot Owl

Let us urge Colombia to give the maximum sentence to Luis Moreno. Let us not only expect the maximun amount of jail time, but also a suspension from playing soccer. This kind of behavior should not be tolerated. Moreno took advantage of an already stunned bird. The bird died from the blunt kick, and animal abuse charges should be filed. There is absolutely no excuse for his behavior.
The soccer team of that facility let the bird stay and began to look at it as a good luck symbol. This animal was not trained and did not have a handler. My guess is that living in the stadium it became fearless of people which resulted in it becoming stunned and vulnerable on the field. Thank you all for being the voice for those who have none. 

Please watch the video: Bird was purposely kicked which resulted in it’s death.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trZtVeTyDl0

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/01/footballer-in-colombia-could-face-jail-for-kicking-owl-off-field/

Please sign the petition to help protect animals from further abuse.

“Endangered NZ singingbdogs being neutered in PA”


The endangered New Zealand singing dogs are being neutered starting today  11/08/2010 in Fannett Township Chambersburg, PA.These dogs are owned by Randy Hammond, 58, where about 85 of the dogs were recently found living in dozens of outdoor pens and cages. 

Since news of the discovery emerged, two organizations specializing in the breed have come forward to assist in the rescue. They have begun receiving donations and inquiries about the unusual animals.

“I just want to comment that I am in awe of the tremendous amount of effort and support being provided by everyone. I am starting to see a light at the end of this long tunnel,” Tom Wendt of New Guinea Singing Dog International wrote in an e-mail.

So far, about $4,000 has been donated to offset the expense of caring for and relocating the dogs, Wendt said. A number of volunteers and donated supplies will help to further defray the cost, he added.

Four veterinarians have agreed to assist with the spaying and neutering, according to Diane Buhl, a Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture employee from another region of the state who volunteered to help coordinate the project.

“There are also probably between eight and 10 vet technicians and assistants who are volunteering their time, along with the four vets,” Buhl said.

Use of the mobile veterinary clinic was donated by the Adams County SPCA in Gettysburg. The self-contained unit will provide an acceptable place to operate on the animals safely without having to leave Hammond’s property.

“This way, the owner will be the one to get each animal and carry it to the mobile hospital,” Buhl said. “It’ll be less stress on the animals.”

She said roughly 40 adult dogs, about evenly split between males and females, will be desexed on Hammond’s property today and Wednesday.

“We’re only neutering the adults. We haven’t touched any of the pups, and we’re not sure we’re going to,” Wendt said.

On Wednesday evening, two Singing Dog International members left Franklin County in a U-Haul truck bound for Phoenix, Ariz. On board were seven female singers with their 17 puppies, one pregnant female, and two severely handicapped dogs.

Now, 56 dogs remain on Hammond’s property, according to Wendt. About 16 will not be neutered this week, because they are scheduled to be picked up Thursday by Best Friends Animal Society and taken to a Micanopy, Fla., who have the facilities to house the dogs safely.

Once they are neutered, finding appropriate homes for the dogs will be the next challenge, Wendt said. Because they lack socialization, the adults will require new owners with experience in dealing with primitive dogs, as well as special facilities to house them. They need lots of space. they have lots of energy and are not domesticated dogs.

The dogs’ owner is cooperating with the rescue effort, and will keep 10 of the dogs, after being spayed or neutered.

Prior to the discovery of his dogs, there were about 150 members of the breed known to exist in captivity worldwide, many of them in zoos. Sightings of the animals in their habitat have been rare, and some believe them to be extinct in the wild.

Since all of Hammond’s animals are descended from only two breeding pairs, and suffer from genetic inbreeding problems. Thus the dogs won’t be used in captive breeding programs designed to increase the population.

Look and Listen to these beautiful endangered singing dogs.

To help

Anyone interested in making a donation or providing a home for some of the Hammond dogs may contact Tom Wendt of New Guinea Singing Dog International at (815) 814-4968 or tomcue2@hotmail.com.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of   http://bit.ly/bGuGWM

Excerpts courtesy of   http://bit.ly/cniERe

Information: New Guinea Singing Dog International http://www.freewebs.com/singingdogs.

“Bushmeat survivors-so cute”


“Bushmeat survivors-so cute need your love”

A two year old male chimp is the latest to lose his family and forest home at the hands of bushmeat hunters. Discovered by wildlife officers in a

village on the edge of the Dja Reserve, Kazi had been relegated to the back room of a house where he was tied with rope and largely ignored.

Luckily he was discovered early and brought to apeactionafrica.org in Cameroon, Africa while they were still in good health. The rope around this young chimp’s groin cut deep and caused a badly infected wound, but Ape Action Africa was able to clean, stitch and care for him  around the clock until he was well.

Kazi’s the new chimp was  initial confused, but quickly adapted showing his lively personality.  Now Kazi was introduced  to a new friend, Captain Song.

The two chimps are the same age and size and are “brothers” now. They are also very attached to their care taker Zanga, who supervises their day-time play and stays with them throughout the night. A recent attempt to introduce them to an older female chimp was sadly unsuccessful, but the boys will continue in the dedicated care of Zanga until a new family group can be found for them.

Orphaned gorillas and chimpanzees urgently need your help

Ape Action Africa need your help so that they can continue to give these orphaned animals a safe, caring environment where they can enjoy their lives with each other. Over 300 primates live here, including 100 chimps and 18 gorillas, and they must be fed, housed and medically cared for. It’s full time and full on!
With your help, the running of this truly groundbreaking operation in the Cameroon forest will continue to be a reality.

What can you do?
Give a gift of life and caring early this year.

Donate please - Financial help is one of the greatest gifts you can give to help conserve the endangered gorillas and chimpanzees of West Africa. Small or large, all donations assist our front line work. What you give today could feed a baby chimp tomorrow and the days to come.
Adopt an Ape in Africa  – Like people, gorillas and chimps are all different. They have real personalities. There’s nothing quite like adopting one of our orphans, getting regular updates and watching him/her grow, develop and become an active member of their group.

With more than 290 primates in our care, including 98 chimps and 18 gorillas, and all of them  must have food, shelter and medicines, you help is sorely needed.. Chimps and gorillas can live for 40/50 years so we have a long term commitment to them.….and you can help us take care of them by adopting one of our orphans and becoming involved in their lives with regular updates, watching them grow into their new family groups.
Our primate cousins need your suupport today. Thank you Mother Nature.

See the work on  video.

“Dingo crusader Jennifer Parkhurst arrested for feeding starving animals”


Please show your support for Jennifer Parkhurst who has been charged with alleged feeding of Fraser Island Dingoes and faces trial 3rd of November Maryborough Magistrates Court. For 7 years she has witnessed first hand the suffering and starvation of the dingos, a major tourist attraction on Fraser Island.

igh Court of Australia decision in another case found that it was unfair for the law to place the entire burden of educating the community on the shoulders of one person.

The hope of the authorities is that by starving the dingos and jailing their  most active verbal supporter the road to more lucrative tourism can be developed.

Resources

Image 1. courtesy of    http://bit.ly/9JsoX4

Image 2. http://bit.ly/cRgh0x

“AZ people and wildlife snared in leghold trap controlled by vote on Prop 109″


AZ. wildlife are under siege from NRA who want to control wildlife with traps and snares and the gun.


This Election Day, take a stand for Arizona’s wildlife. Pledge to vote “NO” on Prop 109.

Sierra Club, the AZ. Human Society of America, Nature’s Crusaders and many others are part of a coalition of groups urging

Arizonans to vote “NO” on Proposition 109 in the November 2, 2010 election. Here’s why:

  • Prop 109 could open the door to inhumane and extreme wildlife-killing practices.Prop 109 makes it almost impossible to halt inhumane and unsporting practices. It could even result in the nullification of the 1994 voter-approved ballot initiative that banned steel-jawed leghold traps and poisons on public lands. Leghold traps are cruel and indiscriminate, but Prop 109 could reverse a sixteen-year-old victory and legalize these voter-outlawed landmines for wildlife and pets—putting Mexican wolves and other wildlife  at risk.
  • Prop 109 is a power grab that puts special interests ahead of scientific wildlife management.This measure would give the Arizona Legislature “exclusive” authority to make decisions on wildlife issues. If Prop 109 passes, wildlife management would no longer be based on science, but on the whims of politicians and powerful special interests.
  • Prop 109 takes away your voter freedoms and your right to protect wildlife.The politicians who wrote and support Prop 109 want to grab more power and prevent voters or professional wildlife scientists from having a say over wildlife protection policies. Arizonans have used petitions to protect animals when the state legislature has failed to act. Supporters of Prop 109 want to take away our freedom to protect animals at the ballot box.
  • Prop 109 could cost taxpayers millions and open the door for frivolous lawsuits.The vague language in Prop 109 could subject the state to expensive lawsuits from poaching criminals who want to argue that bag limits or season dates for a particular species are “unreasonable.”

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of   http://bit.ly/96Qky5

Excerpts courtesy of    http://bit.ly/btdfx1

Excerpts courtesy of    http://bit.ly/cyvDo6

Image 1. courtesy of  http://bit.ly/bJpO3B

 

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