“Happy 4th of July from the Happy faced spider”


Happy 4th of July  from the Happy faced spider

Even though it is a threatened species this tiny arachnid maybe the happiest spider on the planet – the happy faced spider from Hawaii.
Measuring only a few millimeters this happy faced spider, Theridion grallator, is harmless to humans, has evolved the patterns to confuse predators.
It lives in the rainforests of the Hawaiian island chain in the Pacific.
If you find one under a leaf, it certainly could bring a smile to your face.
This unique marking may help protect it from being eaten by a bird or other predator, because when it first sees the spider the markings may confuse a predator. That moment could give the spider the chance to escape..
Not all happy-face spiders have such striking markings, and some are nearly all orange or all blue.
Found only high in the rainforests of Hawaii and are under threat from the introduction of animals not native to the islands.
Hawaiian fauna is being threatened by all the human-imported species of animals and plants that establish there each year.
Most indigenous plants and animals in lowland areas of Hawaii have disappeared due to intrusion of nonnative species brought by visitors to the Islands.Only the upland rainforest have the native species.
It is a member of the Theridiidae family.The Hawaiian name is nananana makakiʻi (face-patterned spider). The binomial grallator is Latin for “stiltwalker”, reference to the species’ long spindly legs.

Remember if this little soider can be happy so can you.  Happy 4th of July!
Resources

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“Happy 4th 4 polar bears”


U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan (Bless you!) has officially rejected Alaska’s arguments

and given the polar bears continued protection under the Endangered Species Act.

This ruling is a huge win for our long-running work to protect these mighty Arctic bears who are struggling to survive while facing rapidly melting sea ice

We win a big one!

and oil companies that want to drill in the heart of their habitat.

The Center for Biological Diversity and others, including Nature’s Crusaders members worked  together tirelessly over the years achieved this critical victory.  Without the tens of thousands of actions you’ve taken and the support you’ve given us over the years to keep fighting in court for the majestic white bear — We and Mother Nature thank you.

In 2005, the Center for Biological Diversity filed the federal petition to list the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act, we’ve led the fight to keep the bears from extinction.

In 2008 the first victory for the bear was won when it was officially listed as a  “threatened” species.

Then the State of Alaska, big-game hunters and others went to court this year to try to strip Endangered Species Act protections from polar bears. Center for Biological Diversity spearheaded the legal battle to defend the polar bears right to full protection under the Endangered Species Act in court, outlining the urgent protections needed to save them from the terrible effects of global warming.

This Thursday, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan rejected Alaska’s arguments and said the decision to protect bears because of melting Arctic sea ice was well supported. He also noted the plight of the polar bear was “troubling.”

Even as we take a moment with you to celebrate the court decision, we know our work is far from over. Scientists tell us that, left unchecked, warming could melt so much sea ice that two-thirds of the world’s polar bears, including all those in Alaska, will probably be gone in 40 years.
Thank you again for the part you played in helping secure this win for polar bears. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Center for Biological Diversity and Nature’s Crusaders   working for Mother Nature

Image  Nature’s Crusaders Library

“Become part of the Sea Sheppard crew”


A personal invitation
The Sea Shepherd needs dedicated individuals to crew aboard their ocean-going ships.
Help protect and save ocean wildlife
Uphold International Conservation Law.

 
The challenges are immense. The motivation to destroy life in our oceans is fueled by material greed.
Crew needs:The Sea Shepherd need s a passionate motivated compassionate crew.
Can you qualify for this elite courageous crew?

  • Do you burn inside with a rage against the injustices perpetrated upon whales, dolphins, seals, sea turtles, sea birds, fish, and every living thing in the world’s oceans?
  • Do you believe: All marine wildlife and the ecosystems in which they live are worth fighting for?

Job Description:
Are you fit to endure  Long hours, hard work, dangerous conditions, extreme weather and are a team player? – No whiners, malcontents, mattress lovers, and wimps need apply.
Can you dedicate 1 month(s) + without pay? Preference is given to crew who can give the most time. 


Guaranteed : Adventure, fulfillment, and the hardest work you will ever love. The experience of a lifetime.


Positions Available  We are looking for navigators, sailors, engineers, mechanics, electricians, carpenters, welders, cooks, doctors, medics or nurses, small boat operators, helicopter pilots, scuba divers, photographers, videographers, computer specialists, and even a few unskilled dedicated Whale Defenders.


Room and Board: Sea Shepherd provides bunk, bedding, food, and water.
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“Carbon dating for tree rings and now fish”


Carbon dating for tree rings has been a well developed tool to study the age of a tree, but just recently scientists found that this same technique can be used to figure out where salmon go and what they have been eating when they travel out to sea to feed.

The University of Southampton researchers Dr Kirsteen MacKenzie and Dr Clive Trueman shows that the chemistry of fish scales will unlock the mystery of what the British salmon are eating. All British salmon do not migrate from their home rivers and end up in the same feeding grounds.  Different salmon may respond differently to environmental change. Know one knows just yet.

Research shows that fish carry natural records of feeding location hidden in the chemistry of their scales.
The chemistry of animal tissues reflects the composition of food and water in the area where they live and feed, and can act as a natural tag. Using this idea, the Southampton team, working with scientists from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), looked at the isotopes of carbon contained in historical records of scales of Atlantic salmon.
The scales grew while the salmon were feeding at sea, so the carbon isotope values of the scales reflect the values of their diet in the feeding grounds. The team compared the scale values through time with satellite records of sea surface temperature across the North Atlantic. The locations of sea where the time series match best are most likely to be the areas where the fish have been feeding.
“As every single salmon contains the natural chemical tag, we can now see where fish from individual rivers go to feed in the Atlantic,” lead author Dr Kirsteen MacKenzie said.

This may be the first step into unlocking the mystery of why the salmon population has been in a steady decline for years. It could help us conserve the species.
Resources

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Excerpts courtesy of  http://bit.ly/kIt4SO

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“Save salmon birthing grounds”


The Sacred Headwaters are the shared birthplace of three of North America’s greatest wild salmon rivers and home to many

salmon going upriver to spawn

threatened species, including grizzly bears, wild salmon and stone sheep.

And it’s this beautiful wilderness in British Columbia that oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has their eye on for coalbed methane drilling.

Please send a postcard to Shell telling them to leave the Sacred Headwaters alone.

Coal bed methane drilling is an environmentally dangerous process that requires a maze of gas wells and pipelines and a huge amount of toxic wastewater. Examples of this kind of drilling in Wyoming, Montana and Alberta have caused serious damage.

The vulnerable wildlife of the Sacred Headwaters can’t stand up to Shell by themselves. It’s up to us to protect the wild salmon, caribou, moose, and grizzlies from Shell.

Fill out a postcard to Shell telling them to get out of the Sacred Headwaters, and our partner Fores tEthics will deliver it on your behalf.

Act now to keep coal bed methane drilling out of the Sacred Headwaters.

Thanks for taking action!

 

Urgent action needed  link:  http://bit.ly/inFCDp

” Center of Biological Diversity- saving San Pedro”


2 Thumbs Up Award  to Center for Biological Diversity

Twice in 10 years, the  federal courts have ruled in favor of Mother Nature ruling the San Pedro River the last major free-flowing Southwestern desert river needs protection. The judges ruled that more groundwater pumping in the Sierra Vista, AZ  area would jeopardize two endangered species living along the San Pedro River. Sierra Vista pumps about 6,100 acre-feet more water than is replenished by rainfall and other means.

Unless the U.S. Army operations at Fort Huachuca decreases their presence  this ground water pumping from the only undammed free flowing river in Arizona would  endangered Southwestern willow flycatcher and the Huachuca water umbel.
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Army officials would not comment on the ruling. It overturns their 2007 biological opinion on how pumping for the fort would affect the river.

But a U.S. Geological Survey official, Bruce Gungle, a hydrologist and chief of the survey’s San Pedro project, acknowledged Tuesday there isn’t much more the region can do to conserve water to protect the river, although other measures such as the  importation of Central Arizona Project water has long been discussed, but not acted upon.

In Friday’s ruling, U.S. District Judge A. Wallace Tashima said:

• The biological opinion “committed legal error” by failing to analyze the effects of the fort’s actions on whether the endangered Southwestern willow flycatcher and the Huachuca water umbel will recover from their imperiled status.

• The Wildlife Service’s opinion relied, in violation of the law, on “uncertain and unspecified” measures to ease the pumping. The opinion mentioned 26 water-related measures, but the judge said it is difficult to determine which of those are actually planned, and that nearly one-third of the projects aren’t financed.

• The Army’s reliance on this 2007 opinion was “arbitrary and capricious,” and the Army violated its duty under the Endangered Species Act to ensure its operations don’t jeopardize the species.

The ruling responded to a suit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Maricopa Audubon Society. In 2002, in response to an earlier suit filed by the center, another judge tossed out an earlier Wildlife Service biological opinion, forcing the 2007 rewrite.

The Sierra Vista area pumps about 6,100 acre-feet more water than is replenished by rainfall and other means, studies have shown.

The ruling’s significance should be “that it is finally clear that they can’t come up with enough mitigation measures to preserve the river with the fort’s current troop strength,” said Robin Silver, the Center for Biological Diversity’s conservation chairman. “In order to save the river, they need to reduce the number of missions at Fort Huachuca.”

2 Thumbs Up Award  to

The Center for Biological Diversity + Mother Nature’s eternal thanks for saving the San Pedro.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  http://bit.ly/jjR6dV 

Image 1. courtesy of  http://1.usa.gov/lGD5bg 

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

 

 

“Saving the Giant Sequoia”


The Giant Sequoia National Monument (GSNM) and its diverse array of rare, threatened and endangered plant and animal species are under greater threats than ever. A plan recently approved by the U.S. Forest Service would continue controversial large-scale logging and road building in this unique habitat.

You can help by asking

Rep. Raul Grijalva to support a Congressional letter to President Obama asking him to use his presidential powers to protect the GSNM.

In spite of a decade-old Presidential proclamation calling for an end to logging and road building within the boundaries of the Giant Sequoia National Monument (GSNM), the Forest Service recently approved a plan that would put this sensitive endangered species habitat at untold risk. Continued logging has damaged and fragmented ecosystems, displaced endangered and threatened plant and animal species and robbed future generations of the ability to be among Giant Sequoias–the largest trees on Earth.

Representative Sam Farr (D-CA) has prepared a letter to President Obama asking that he transfer GSNM to the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. You can read the letter below. The National Park Service is the appropriate agency to manage the Giant Sequoia National Monument, to ensure that all of our remaining Sequoias, along with the diverse array of rare, threatened and endangered plant and animal species, have full and permanent protection.

Take action! Ask your Member of Congress to co-sign Representative Farr’s letter asking President Obama to transfer the GSNM to the National Park Service.

Giant Sequoias are the largest trees on Earth, and fifty percent of the world’s Sequoias are in GSNM. The Giant Sequoia National Monument is a unique forest ecosystem supporting a wealth of rare, threatened, and endangered species. The Pacific fisher, great gray owl, American marten, northern goshawk, peregrine falcon, California spotted owl, California condor, several rare amphibians and the western pond turtle all rely on this forest habitat now threatened by large-scale logging.

Tell your Representative that you support protecting the Giant Sequoia National Monument by transferring its management to the National Park Service.

The GSNM was set aside by President Clinton in 2000 for the purpose of ending logging and road building within its boundaries. In the decade that followed, it has seen continued destruction despite the intention of the proclamation. Numerous members of Congress have pressured the Forest Service to end this mismanagement and federal courts have ruled the Forest Service’s logging plan to be in violation of the Monument proclamation. Yet the Forest Service intends to move forward with its controversial logging plan.

The President can permanently protect this diverse endangered species habitat by transferring it to the National Park Service. Please ask your Representative to co-sign Representative Sam Farr’s letter to President Obama today.

Thank you for everything you do for wildlife and wild places.

Article courtesy of   http://bit.ly/iuaHuy

Image courtesy of   http://bit.ly/jb9UM3

“10 year battle saves Tongrass-we win”


After a 10 year battle in court we have won!

A federal judge in Alaska has ruled in our favor and protected 9.5 million acres of wild, roadless areas in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest from destructive logging and road building. The Tongass National Forest (play /ˈtɒŋɡəs/) in southeastern Alaska is the largest national forest in the United States at 17 million acres (69,000 km²). Most of its area is part of the temperate rain forest WWF ecoregion, itself part of the larger Pacific temperate rain forest WWF ecoregion, and is remote enough to be home to many species of endangered and rare flora and fauna.

We’ve been fighting this courtroom battle alongside Earthjustice since 2003, when the Bush Administration illegally exempted the Tongass from the landmark Roadless Rule, which safeguards the last undisturbed stretches of our national forests.

Your activism and support have proved critical in this epic fight.

A decade ago, activists like you generated hundreds of thousands of petitions that helped persuade the Clinton Administration to establish the Roadless Rule in the first place.

Then, your financial support made it possible for us to wage an eight-year legal battle that has produced this historic win for America’s greatest temperate rainforest.

Thanks to you, the towering old-growth stands of the wild Tongass — along with its incomparable populations of grizzlies, wolves and bald eagles — will be spared from an onslaught of chain saws and bulldozers.

This hard-fought victory captures the never-say-die spirit of BioGems campaigns at their very best. It is proof positive that you are part of a powerful and effective voice for the wild. Thank you for helping save the Tongass!

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Natural Resources Defense Council                                                                                                  

Article and Image 1. courtesy of NRDC  http://bit.ly/ltrria
Image 2. courtesy of Earth Justice  http://bit.ly/k1n5hV

“Road rage squashed elephant style” http://wp.me/pd14G-1RG


 

These photos are from Thursday, Feb. 17 by someone from Centurion in Pilanesberg game reserve, South Africa .

The guy in the white Volkswagen was trying to get past the elephant.

Road rage certainly effects us all. This elephant has a unique calm approach to putting the raging driver in his place.


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“Surfing turned to saving lobsters”


L.A. science fair brings out new dedicated  young genius to help Mother Nature

It was a passion for surfing that helped lead Adrienne McColl to the final round of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles this week.

After fracturing her back twice during her sophomore year, Adrienne McColl put away her surfboard, but not her love for sea life. At the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, To pursue her passion she began researching ways to turn the declining numbers of California spiny lobstersby finding a way to keep lobster larvae alive longer to boost their survival as adult lobster.

She has found a way to keep the larvae alive in a lab for 179 days. This may not seem like much until you consider that this time represents more than two months longer than any professional research biologists has achieved.

Adrienne McColl was named winner of the animal sciences division for her project, “Effects of Food Types on Survival and Development of Larval California Spiny Lobsters, Panulirus interruptus.”

Friday from among a field of more than 1,500 finalists from as far away as Argentina, Kazakhstan, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, and students from California when her name was announced her fellow competitors gave her a standing ovation.

She won $8,000 in scholarship money, said she’ll be studying aquaculture and fisheries next year at the University of Washington.
Congratulations Adrienne McColl for helping  Mother Nature

Resources

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