“Bleeding the Grand Canyon”


The US strip mining operations are doing to the land what the oil companies have so adeptly done to change our oceans and coastal areas.

It is time to stand up and be counted and stop this destruction

Keep the Grand Canyon  wild and free of mining pollutants.

Roger Clark from the Grand Canyon Trust takes an EcoFlight over four uranium mines situated near the Grand Canyon National Park.

Look through the looking glass into the possible future of what’s in store for the region and its watersheds that bring water to more than 25 million people.

Can we afford the equivalent of the Gulf oil “spill” in our Grand Canyon?

It will also show you the “Arizona 1″ uranium mine, which is by far the greatest threat to the health, cultural integrity, and economic well-being of the Havasupai People; perhaps even their very existence.

Can we afford to destroy the waterways through mine pollution into our headways and tributaries?

According to media reports, the Calgary-based company Denison Mines has re-opened the Arizona 1 mine “In defiance of legal challenges and a U.S. Government moratorium,” says Indigenous Activist and musician Klee Benally.

Benally explains that “U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar initially called for a two-year moratorium on new mining claims in a buffer zone of 1 million acres around Grand Canyon National Park, but the moratorium (didn’t) include existing claims such as Denison’s.” Nor did it address mining claims outside of the buffer zone.

Because of the recent increase in the price of uranium and the absurd push for nuclear power, more than a thousand mining claims have been staked in the region.

Look at a video showing the bleeding of the Grand Canyon and the pollution and scarring of one of our most treasured resources.

Did you know any foreign government can mine in our nature parks and then take the ore and not be held to environmentally sound practices. Why should they care? -It is not their mother country’s greatest treasures?

What about the wildlife that call the canyon home both on the land and in the waterways. Do we want to sacrifice them big and small to death either fast or slow from pollution?

We must stay informed to keep our water supplies clean and health or ultimately we will pay for it with our health and the lives of our children. We must keep our lands and seas clean to insure our life.

Get involved. Send us your comments and questions we will keep you posted.

Sign the petition to protect the Grand Canyon today. Mother Nature and Nature’s Crusaders thanks you.

Video click here

Resources

Video courtesy of YOUTUBE.com

Image courtesy of   http://bit.ly/9YGjVo

“The best gift to give Mother Earth this Earth Day”


Saving endangered Hawksbill turtles

Give a gift of yourself
Have an earth party!

Nature’s Crusaders would like  to invite you to join with Defenders of Wildlife to help create a better future for us all

Give One Day of Service to our Mother Earth and the incredible wildlife she sustains.


Whether you pick up trash in a local park, create a haven for wildlife by planting native shrubs in your backyard or get your friends together to restore habitat in a nearby national wildlife refuge or forest, we can improve wildlife in our own community. 

Will you walk so wildlife can live

The goal is to get 40,000 people to walk the walk for wildlife on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

Ask your friends, family, your church or school group to join you.

Click here to add your name to the growing list of people who will be pledging a Day of Service to the Earth.

Defenders will provide you with all the tools you need to plan your project.

“Toxic companies near you-act now”


Our waterways and its delivery systems across the US are in peril. There is no legal body that can enforce clean water safety standards. Through various political and monetary maneuvers

more than fifty percent of the corporate polluters of our waterways can dump toxic chemicals and waste straight into the rivers and streams

feed our water shed.


The Clean Water Act was intended to end dangerous water pollution by regulating every major polluter. Regulators may be unable to prosecute and regulate as many as half of the nation’s largest known polluters because officials may neither have proper jurisdiction or because proving jurisdiction would be overwhelmingly difficult and time consuming to prove.

“We are, in essence, shutting down our Clean Water programs in some states,” said Douglas F. Mundrick, an E.P.A. lawyer in Atlanta. “This is a huge step backward. When companies figure out the cops can’t operate, they start remembering how much cheaper it is to just dump stuff in a nearby creek.”

That creek may run directly into your communities waterways from which your drinking, bathing, swimming and garden water may come. If we do not put pressure on our local officials and get educated and active we might as well just help them add mercury, pbcs, lead, hydrogen sulfide and paints directly to you and your family’s  next glass of water.

Check to see if your state’s clean water commission has become so mired in the red tap that it has no power to keep your water healthy.

Here is a list of the top water polluters near you.

If you live in a state with any of them, you better get informed and active to reclaim your rights to clean water and land or you will be hearing your state official saying what James Tierney stated below:

“This is a huge deal,” James M. Tierney, the New York State assistant commissioner for water resources, said of the new constraints. “There are whole watersheds that feed into New York’s drinking water supply that are, as of now, unprotected.”

Pollution continues here is a list of the top one hundred biggest air  polluters.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of   http://nyti.ms/cEhxf7

Excerpts courtesy of  http://bit.ly/dkq7TU

Image courtesy of   http://bit.ly/9iphn7

“Kids let love of endangered animals show”


Endangered Species Day Art Contest

The national Endangered Species Day Art contest provides young people with an opportunity to learn about endangered species and express their knowledge and support through artwork.  The contest is organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Endangered Species Coalition, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art/ University of New Orleans.

polar bear cubs

The contest is open to students nationwide from Kindergarten to High School.  Semifinalists will be shown at a reception at the Odgen Musem of Southern Art at University of New Orleans.

The contest’s winner will be honored with their name engraved on a special trophy designed by a gifted young artist, Meredith Graf of New Orleans, LA, and will also be recognized at a reception in Washington, D.C. in May, 2010.

The four finalists from each grade category will receive a DVD copy of Furry Vengeance” the new movie due in theaters April 30, 2010 for a screening to be held at each winner’s school in the fall.

The deadline for entries is March 26, 2010. See submission information and entry requirements below.

The Endangered Species Day Art Contest

join today.

Nature’s Crusaders would like to encourage all students to let your love of endangered animals show through you art.

Thanks to all groups involved for this wonderful opportunity for students.

Resources

Contest sponsored by the Endangered Species Coalition.

Images courtesy of Nature’s Crusaders library


“Operation Helicopter Rescue at National Radio Observatory”


Green Bank National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) the oldest national observatory in the US became Ground Zero for Operation Helicopter Rescue.
When you work in science you must be prepared for everything. It is a common occurrence when studying the stars in the heavens to observe various shooting stars and meteors falling out of the heavens. Nothing quite prepared the staff at the observatory to become assistants and support staff for one military Black Hawk helicopter rescue and the repair of another.

Rescue based at NRAO

On February 19, 2010 A National Guard Blackhawk helicopter took flight from the NRAO airstrip after being repaired Friday morning on its way to the crash site of a downed training Navy helicopter near the Randolph County line Greenbank, Pocahontas County, West Virginia.

The downed chopper was part of a training mission, carried 14 Navy personnel and three members of the West Virginia National Guard. It went down in more than four feet of snow.

Back to the story…
The National Guard Rescue copter landed at the observatory, because they were running out of fuel and needed minor repairs. After the emergency landing the crew ran into staff from the Observatory leaving for the day. Since the observatory has kitchen and dormitory facilities besides nearness to fire rescue services this chance landing became the ideal recovery and warm overnight facilities for the rescue mission. Scientists not only care about stars , but people too.  The facilities were offered to the military for their use. There were 17 people needing rescue.

The National Guard used the NRAO offices as their main base of operation and a make-shift hotel in the 60 bed bunk house and chow  hall on site. A cafeteria worker at the observatory, volunteered to prepare meals. She made lentil soup, chili, hot ham and cheese sandwiches and plenty of coffee. Six observatory employees offered their help in setting up the dorm to house the military personnel and worked with them on the search effort.
 By using sleds local search and rescue crews joined the National Guard and worked through the night to transported all 17 victims off the mountain.

The more severely injured were transported individually by sled with only a rescue worker. All others were transported down the hill in groups.
The sleds met up with a small snow groomer, a track-wheeled vehicle used on ski slopes, which then took them to a larger groomer waiting nearby. The large groomer, which was outfitted with a heated rear section, transported the injured to a group of ambulances waiting about a mile

snow groomer to the rescue

away from the Fire and Rescue team’s Snowshoe area station house.

By 12:30 p.m. Friday Mission Observatory Rescue was complete and all were safe.

“Thanks everyone for your help.” – Nature’s Crusaders

Resources

Excerpts and Image 1. courtesy of   http://bit.ly/9Zd8Wi

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

Image 2. courtesy of  http://bit.ly/daKmwt


“Rescue BamBam and change its name too!”


Bam Bam is an adorable 4 month old male Chihuahua and Terrier mix. He is currently at the Lancaster Shelter and unfortunately his time will be officially up this Monday, February 15th.  If he is not rescued or adopted by Monday, then he will be put to sleep. Please RT and network Bam Bam so that we can save his life!

Save this dog

I’m not exactly sure how Bam Bam ended up in the Lancaster Shelter but he is listed as having been exposed to Parvo.  Fortunately enough for Bam Bam, he seems to be just fine and healthy and has not shown any signs at all of Parvo the entire time he has been at the shelter (since Jan. 26th).  But even Bam Bam’s cute face and playful puppy nature has not been enough for anyone to adopt him.  Because he was exposed to Parvo, many people who have seen him in the shelter and are interested in adopting him, back out once they find out about it.  So now he is running out of time and only has until this Monday.  Is there a rescue or person out there who will take a chance on this young pup’s life?

If you’re interested in adopting or rescuing Bam Bam please contact the Lancaster Shelter at (661) 940-4191.  Bam Bam’s impound #/ID is A4080577.

Lancaster Shelter
5210 West Avenue I
Lancaster, CA 93536 Lancaster Shelter
5210 West Avenue I

Resource

Twit and Image courtesy of   http://twitwall.com for the Lancaster Shelter

“Help for Haiti”


Help Haiti:

January 12, 2010:  Around 5 p.m. on Tuesday a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti just outside the capital Port-au-Prince.  Information is still being reported, but we know that the damage is extensive. Homes, businesses, roads and a major hospital have been affected.  This is the worst earthquake the country has seen in its history.

Help Haiti

You can help today
Needed Supplies
First AID: Antibiotic ointments, antiseptic wipes, bleach in tablet form, Band-Aids, gauze+tape, first aid kits, gloves. Pain relievers, tummy aids, antibiotic creams/ointments, liquid bandage,
Flashlights, DRY goods (beans/rice), infant/powder milk, Ensure, gently used or new blankets.
Personal items: toothpaste and toothbrushes, nail clippers, wash/face cloths, non-alcohol or baby shampoos, bar soaps like Ivory
In Tucson , AZ supplies can be taken to
World Care
3538 East Ellington Place
Tucson, AZ 85713-4214
514-1588
www.worldcare.org

Other Options
or in any area supplies can be taken to your local Red Cross or Crusa Roja

Text:   HAITI to 90999 to Help Haiti

“The killing field carnage runs red with wolf blood”


Yellow Stone has allowed the killing of their wolves to begin.

Yellowstone National Park’s famous Cottonwood pack. The pack’s adults were all apparently gunned down.

what will happen to the orphaned pups? Without family most likely the abandoned pups will  starve to death.

Open season every for wolf pups

Open season every for wolf pups

Restoring protection for northern Rockies wolves is critical for the balance of  nature in Yellow Stone.

Already, more than 60 wolves have been killed in Idaho and Montana. And hundreds more wolves will be targeted in the coming weeks.

In fact, Idaho’s hunting season in some critical areas extends into the crucial denning season for wolves, which could put denning wolf mothers and their newborn pups at grave risk.

Slaughtering the parent wolves

Slaughtering the parent wolves

Please help stop the senseless wolf killing in Greater Yellowstone  and  the northern Rockies.

It is too late for at least 60 wolves like the one in the picture at the left.

Please click here to help by making a tax-deductible donation today.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  Secure.defenders.org/site/Donation

Image 1. courtesy of Nature’s Crusaders library

Image 2.  http://episcoveg.weblogger.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/deadwolves.jpg

“Endangered snow leopard helped by native herders”


The Snow leopard helped by citizen conservationists

The mountains of bordering Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China part of the ‘Mountains of Central Asia’ are a biodiversity hot spot covering 93 percent of Tajikistan land area and are home

Snow covered mountain home of snow leopard

Snow covered Tajikistan's mountains are home ofthe rare elusive snow leopard

to a vast number of plant and animal species, including the Marco Polo sheep, endangered snow leopard and Siberian ibex. Its seemingly endless beautiful landscapes include snowcapped peaks and wild fruit and nut forests.

However, 90 percent of the forests have disappeared in the past 100 years in this region, causing massive soil erosion and increased risk of landslides.

Uncontrolled hunting legal and illegal for meat and trophies is also depleting prey populations. Livestock grazing destroys the grasslands, further threaten Tajikistan’s wildlife. Overgrazing decreases the food supply for the wild sheep and goats that are the snow leopard’s main prey.

As humans push ever further into mountainous areas with their livestock, the snow leopard’s (Uncia uncia or Panthera uncia) habitat is degraded and fragmented. This situation also increases conflict with local people, because snow leopards are more likely to kill domestic livestock when their natural prey is scarce.

The snow leopard

The snow leopard

Lack of awareness, policy, and implementation hamper the protection of these endangered species. The government of Tajikistan can cover barely 10 percent of the budget needed for adequate conservation.

Your help is urgently needed to support the citizen reeducation and economic development programs.

Effective conservation citizen programs depend on the support of the local impoverished herders in snow leopard areas, but many are work very hard to provide for their families and have little time to devote to protecting any other animal species. The Snow Leopard Trust helps leopards and herders coexist while educating the native folk on the importance of the snow leopard to their habitat. The education is helping slow the killing of these animals, but when poaching feeds more mouths than good deeds or caring for the snow leopards choices are difficult.

snow leopard cub

snow leopard cub

Financial programs are being encouraged to help develop the family income so they may help protect their endangered animals and environment more.

1. Turning raw wool into handicrafts makes herders into artisans and improves the lives of rural families.

2. Livestock Insurance Program works with local herders to find solutions to the economic damage arising from loss of livestock to predators.

3. Livestock Vaccination Program helps reduces livestock loss to disease helps local herders tolerate living with predators like snow leopards.

The Snow Leopard Trust has a snow leopard comprehensive free hand science curriculum is available by clicking here.

For more cat facts click here.

To help the snow leopard click here.

To adopt a snow leopard.

Listen to how this big cat sounds.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of snowleopardtrust.org

Excerpts courtesy of http://www.xinjiangsnowleopards.org

Excerpts courtesy of http://www.fauna-flora.org/qinghai.php

Image 1, Tajikistan Mountains courtesy of http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/archive/d/d3/20080913045630!Tajik_mountains_edit.jpg
Image 2. adult snow leopard courtesy of http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a7/Uncia_uncia.jpg

Image 3. Snow leopard cub courtesy of http://www.ethioplanet.com/news/wp-content/plugins/wp-o-matic/cache/2bea0_96548312.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1330/1288744567_69eb03b7e3_o.jpghttp://www.flickr.com/photos/sdaggar/

“Endangered/threated whales need more protection”


Whales are the largest mammals that are alive in the ocean today. Even though they swim and live in the water they are not fish. In ancient times maybe millions of years ago, whales probably walked upon land. Gradually, they made the change from land to ocean life. Over time gradually, the whales back legs disappeared and their front legs became flippers so they could live in the ocean.

Whales are threatened today from whale hunting.

Whale hunting not needed

Whale hunting not needed

Thousands are killed every year. The whale hunting nations insist that their are plenty of these huge creatures left, so their whale hunters take to the seas every year to catch their quota. Even though the International whaling Commission has ruled that Norway, Japan and Iceland should stop this practice, they continue. Seems that the only potentially good news is that Norway’s whale catches are set to fall to the lowest in more than a decade in 2009. The reason is debatable Norwegians claim that the industry is having financial problems and by environmentalists say the population of whales is decreasing the decreasing demand for whale meat. There fatty meat has absorbed so many toxins from the polluted oceans that their meat is not safe to eat.

Intelligence and social skills

The whale is probably one of the most intelligent, if not the smarted and most socially closely bonded groups of animals on the planet. These animals suffer when their kin are captured and killed and baby whales are left to fend for themselves or taken in the slaughter with its mother.

Minke mother whale and her calf

Minke mother whale and her calf

Challenges the whales face

The group numbers are decreasing from over hunting this could cause social problems, Whales could stop breeding. All whale species used to be more numerous. They all would need decades of uninterrupted breeding to recover. Blue whales have recovered from a low of 400 in the 1970s to around 2,200 today, but that is believed to be only one per cent of their numbers 500 years ago. In a 2007 study by the Iceland Marine Research Institute the numbers of whales are reported to be significant decrease in the population of minke whales since 2001.

Numbers of whales killed yearly

Japan and Norway killed more than 1,600 minke in 2007. Besides hunting. so many whales are injured or killed by vessel strikes, entanglements in fishing nets, pollution, destruction of habitat and acoustic disturbances from sonar and depth sounding devices, climate change and acidification of the oceans driven by global warming and plastic and toxin pollution could also sharply reduce the number of krill, which are the mainstay of the whale diet. “The Norwegian market for whale meat is in decline, as elsewhere on the planet,” said Truls Gulowsen of Greenpeace. “The Norwegian government should phase out whaling.” May the decline continue.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of Reuters.com/environmentNews

Excerpts courtesy of Dailymail.co.uk/news/Lonely-whales-losing-live-hunting.html

Image courtesy of Treehugger.com/whales-ocean-h-002.jpg

Image courtesy of  Wildlifeextra.com/whales/october_2009/Minke_wspa@body2.JPG

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