“Saving the earth-saves us”


Maybe it is time to take the blinders off

Everyone needs to pull their own cart here. We leave light s on night and day , ignore the turtles, whales cheetah or bee until their numbers are so low or the pollutes in their body so high that it will take longer than we have to allow them to recover.

Removing predators from the earth, because it causes us economic inconvenience or because we want to hunt or because we have not learned how to live amongst them with respect is no excuse.earth in our hands

Clear cutting our deciduous forests and tropical rain forests for paper products to wipe our bottoms or put in our printer is crazy. These forests and the oceans of the world are the carbon sequestering provided by Mother Nature.

We party, fish and picnic with basket a basket full of plastic “goods” and some escape into the waterways or are carelessly left on the beach only to find their way into the oceans. There is some much decaying plastic from bobbers, fishing lines, plastic bottles, disposable junk food, cosmetic cases, etc that innocent fish and the whales fat cells have absorbed what they could and are now toxic along with the water they live in. Off the western coast of the US the ocean used to be called The mighty Pacific now it is called the Pacific garbage can. We must stop -take the blinders off and reduce, reuse, recycle and eliminate plastic thow aways and find a way to clean up the oceans.

Pesticiding our crops with poisons and spraying our homes with poison is nuts. Who are we really killing?

When will you begin to help before it is too late for man?

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“Cheetah fetus -made for speed”


Where does the fastest land animal get its speed?

From its parents -of course in the womb. The fetus will practice running while still in the womb. Besides running, it punches, kicks, head butts its siblings  and stretches all while it is suspends in the embryonic sac. These exercises get this cat ready for  the life of a predator.  Mother will train the new baby cheetahs for about four months after birth to hunt. Then she will leave then. Without this training time a cheetah will not survive in the wild.

Its’ spine and tail are continuous and has more bones than a human skeleton. The cheetah needs the extra control those tail bones afford to help it balance on quick turns as it chases prey .This extra long skeleton helps it balance the up and down motion while it runs.

PUFAs keep cheetah's running muscles strong

PUFAs keep cheetah's running muscles strong

Cheetahs have longer and better developed leg muscles  than humans. It can sprint 3 times faster than the fastest human. The cheetah can go from 0 to 25 mph in two seconds and can run short distances chasing prey at 70 mph with a stride of 20 feet per stride.

When it runs after prey it closes its nostrils to increase its speed. The long tail helps stabilize it while it runs.

The cheetah is made for speed.

Help save the cheetahs from extinction. Click here to find out how.

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Excerpts courtesy of National Geographic program In the Womb

Image  Nature’s Crusaders files

“Swiss issued death warrant for 3 foreign wolves”


No one knows if the three wolves were too greedy or simply hungry, but what is certain is that by killing more sheep than they should, they have violated Swiss law. These three offending wolves coming from Italy and France, and wardens have now been given 60 days to hunt them down.

No one has explained this infraction of the legal limits to the the wolves. Seems that Swiss law allows predators to kill only 35 animals in four months, while in a month, the quota is 25. Except for protected herds the legal limit is 15.wolvesjp
Animals violating this law can be shot.

As a result of the infringement, the cantonal authorities in Valais and Lucerne in early August gave their permission to hunt down the three guilty wolves. The first was killed on August 20. How do they know which one’s are guilty?

Swiss farmers want the animal eliminated from Swiss soil. So much for the balance of nature. Wolves had disappeared from Swiss territories in the last century but after several appearances since 1995, they seem to have returned more permanently.

There are 12 wolves known to be in Switzerland have not formed into a pack, they may soon do so, the young males are looking for new territories and the first packs will form because there are two females.

Once the first cubs emerge, the wolf could once again become a permanent resident of the Swiss alps.

Better run wolves, some 20 wardens from the two cantons will be trying to shoot you through September.

Environment groups are fighting against the cantons’ decision.

Why not relocate these guilty marauders?

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Excerpts courtesy of Terradaily.com/reports/Appetite_spells_three_wolves_doom_in_Switzerland

Image from Nature’s Crusaders files

“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.

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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

“Needed big hearted foster family -I am an orphan”


On July 20 my life became intwined with humans. You see my Mom got very sick and there were no other elephants around to take care of me. I was running around and kept coming back to see if my mom would get up, but she never did. I was scared.

Orphan elephant TAmaren

Orphan elephant TAmaren

Some very kind men finally caught up with me and took me back to their home. You can see me riding with my head covered in the back of theri vechile. I cried all night, because I missed my mother. Later I learned that my mom was so sick she had to be put down and out of her misery.

Will you help take care of me? My name is Tamaren.

Click here to help foster me or one of my other friends.

Look at me today!

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Excerpts and Images courtesy of sheldrickwildlifetrust.org

“Funeral for the grey wolves of Idaho”


Legal wolf hunting tags will go on sales across the state of Idaho on 8/24/09. The wolf slaughter will begin across the state.

Gary Sylte has been running Coeur d’Alene River Big Game Outfitters for 30 years. Back in the day Gary says it was rare to see a wolf in the region but now that’s changing (because they have been under federal protection to balance out the prey -predator situation in the region). So now if The motto if you can see them you can shoot them!!!0-WolfMom-02-wall-(1024x768)

“I put cameras up in my designated hunting area just to see what the movement is on my elk (like he owns them). Last year I only had one wolf in the camera, this year we had three or four pictures of wolves,” he said.

After being reintroduced in Idaho in 1995 and 1996 the wolf population has steadily grown to the point that this last May the animals were taken off the federal endangered species list making way for wolf hunting in Idaho.

It will be the first wolf hunt that’s taken place in “modern” ( How does one define shooting threatened animals is? -editor) times in the state of Idaho.

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has set a quota on the wolf hunt at 220 this season to include a total of 30 in the North Idaho panhandle.

“If a hunter harvests a wolf they’re required within 24 hours to report that harvest, they need to bring in that pelt within five days for the pelt to be tagged,” Cooper said.

Many are not happy about wolf hunting. Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance has planned several protests in the coming weeks against it. This action is opposed by many environmental groups across the country. Why kill something just for the sake of hunting it?

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Excerpts courtesy of KXLY.com/Global/story.asp?S=10952454

Image from Nature’s Crusaders files

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“Grim fishing fairy tale we can write a happy ending”


Once upon a time, Mustapha Shaalan would go out to sea and haul in 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of fish in the blink of an eye. Today he is lucky if he reels in one or two kilos on a good day. Fishermen were rich and could make a very good living in the Mediterranean waters off the 220-kilometer-long (136-mile-long) Lebanese coast.

lebanon-fisherman-bg“The sea back in the 1960s, 70s and 80s was thick with fish and we were the envy of the town. We earned 500 dollars a week and thought the good times would never end. Fishermen over fished, illegal and destructive practice of dynamite or blast fishing, spear fishing and compressor fishing, has irreversibly damaged the marine ecosystem off the coast of Lebanon. Sewage is also dumped at sea along with heavy metals from factories, including copper, zinc and vanadium a metallic chemical.

In addition, greedy developers have been invading the coastline and paying no heed to the environmental impact. Many species, including red mullet, grouper and small barracudas are facing extinction in Lebanon’s waters, primarily because of bad fishing practices over the years.

This should be a warning to all of us now.

Sustainability and under fishing is not an option-it is a necessity if we do not want this scenario repeated over and over again around the world. Our coastal waters from Maine to Florida through out the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific coastal areas from Hawaii to Alaska are depleted, polluted with plastic and over fished and acidifying.

For 10 years fishermen have been sounding the alarm, but no one is listening. The Mediterranean sea bed in Lebanon is in ruin. “We are destroying our sea, completely and totally,” said Imad Saoud, an aquatic scientist at American University of Beirut. “And the problem is that the people who benefit the most from the sea — the fishermen are the people destroying it the most.”

Bariche said he has been working directly with fishermen to convince them to create marine reserves or protected areas or risk losing their livelihood. “We need to convince them that these reserves are for their own good, otherwise there will soon be nothing left to fish,” he said. “They either starve or go on using illegal practices to fish.”

We can write a happy ending  and a new beginning to the fishing practices around the world.

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Excerpts and Image courtesy of

Seeddaily.com/reports/Lebanons_struggling_fishermen_angling_for_a_catch_999.html

“Still flying high ‘extinct booby’ lives!”


Thanks to a few dedicate researchers working together have rediscovered the Masked Booby, Sula dactylatra. It is a large seabird of the gannet family, Sulidae. This species breeds on islands in tropical oceans, except in the eastern Atlantic; in the eastern Pacific. This is the largest booby, at 81-91 cm long, and with a 152 cm wingspan and 1500 g weight. Adults are white with pointed black wings, a pointed black tail, and a dark grey face mask. The sexes are similar, but the male has a yellow bill, and the female’s is greenish yellow; during the breeding season they have a patch of bare, bluish skin at the base of the bill. Juveniles are brownish on the head and upper parts, with a whitish rump and neck collar. The underparts are white.Masked_booby_(Sula_dactylatra)_in_flight_-Ecuador

The Masked Booby is silent at sea, but has a reedy whistling greeting call at the nesting colonies. While on the breeding grounds, these birds display a wide range of hissing and quacking notes.

Masked Boobies are spectacular divers, plunging diagonally into the ocean at high speed. They mainly eat small fish, including flying fish. This is a fairly sedentary bird, wintering at sea, but rarely seen far away from the breeding colonies. However, Caribbean birds occasionally wander north to warm southern Gulf Stream waters off the eastern seaboard of the United States. More remarkably, there have been three Western Palaearctic records of Masked Booby, presumably dactylatra, all from Spanish waters, although one of these also entered French territorial areas.

Masked booby lives

Masked booby lives

Thought extinct; researchers had long suspected that the “extinct” Tasman booby and the living masked booby of the North Tasman Sea were closely related. So researchers compared fossilized and modern bones and DNA from specimens identified as Tasman and masked boobies.

Physically, the fossil bones looked strikingly similar to their modern counterparts and after some DNA analysis -a perfect correlations was found between extinct Tasman booby and the Masked booby of today.

Welcome back or should we just say hello and glad to meet ya, Mr.Booby.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of En.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masked_Booby

Excerpts courtesy of News.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/08/090811-extinct-booby-masked.html

Images courtesy of En.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Masked_booby_(Sula_dactylatra)_in_flight_-Ecuador.jpg

Images courtesy of Upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0d/Masked_booby_with_chick.JPG

“Cheetah cubs-can you love one?”


With cheetahs’ very existence so perilous today. You could help at least one of these cute little fellas and gals to live a better life in captivity in Africa.

Why captivity?

Well these little cubs are orphans. Moms were killed and the cubs were rescued. This is good with a catch. Their lives would surely have been over had they stayed in the wild. The fact that these cubs were turned over to Cheetah.org will give them a chance at survival.

They will never be free to roam the African savannahs again, because their moms died before teaching them the tricks of the trade of survival and humans do not do that well as substitute moms.

Will you be my mum/dad today?

Will you be my mum/dad today

They will be able to help educate the youth of Africa as educational ambassadors so their life serves a bridge of understanding to make all of Africa’s wildlife better understood to the local farmers and visitors. So maybe the cubs of the future can grow up free and healthy protected by the farmers and herdsmen because they have learned and respected the place the fastest animal on land has in their biome.

Help keep these beautiful cubs educating and growing up healthy.

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Help the cheetahs today Cheetah.org. Thank you.

Click here to donate or adopt a cheetah cub.

” Copy cat behavior in monkeys strengthens bonds”


Human babies learn by mimmicing the behaviors, and words of the parents. Will you Capuchin new world monkeys mimmic the scientis mannerisms that are caring for them?

When the Capuchins are home in the rainforests of Central and South America they

Imitation best form of affection and learning

Imitation best form of affection and learning

are very social and  live in large troops of 10 to 35 members. Thus are exposed to interactions with a large number of senior monkeys. They learn to hunt, adapt to having people in their home turf, range over large areas to find food. They communicate with each other using various calls.

So researchers wanted to see if these very intelligent and skilled monkeys would mimic their behavior and adopt it as their own.

To see if monkeys through imitation bonded with the researchers,they first devised a food experiment. So using a Wiffle ball filled with food the ball was given to the monkey. The researcher copied the animals behavior and observed how the primates reacted.

“The capuchins either tried to bite directly into the ball, poke into its holes, or they just banged it on the floor to see if anything fell out. Then one human mirrored the monkey’s behavior, whereas another scientist acted out one of  two other ball maneuvers.

Who the monkeys prefer to watch?

Usually they watched the person who copied their behavior.
Next the experiment became more complex After repeating the Wiffle ball experiment, a monkey was given a token that it could exchange for food from either the mimicking or the nonmimicking researcher. “From a monkey’s perspective, it shouldn’t have mattered where to go; he would get the same thing,” Annika Paukner, a comparative behaviorist at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and lead author of the study published online today in the journal Science explains. “But the monkeys consistently chose the imitator.”

Seems closer bonding happens through imitation.

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Excerpts courtesy of

Scientificamerican.com/monkey-imitation-affiliation-evolution-social-cooperation
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courtesy of Rainforest-alliance.org/resources.cfm?idcapuchin_monkey

Image courtesy of  Sciencenewsforkids.org/20050810/a841494.54.1.BB.FOB.jpg


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