“Meet the mask of the predator or savior of the planet”


We imagine that we are the most intelligent being on the earth. We are the top predator as well as the only beings that can create a healthy earth again.  Will you dedicate your life to being full of life and bringing harmony to our world?

The animals seen in this optical illusion are a mere few of the thousands of animals and plants and the biomes they live in that are endangered or threatened by our unhealthy practices and greedy behavior.

Will you live your life as a predator killing needlessly, trashing the waters and the lands or will you join us in creating a healthier lifestyle and protecting these animals and plants.

Will this seeming optical illusion be seen as our generations death mask image in the world to come or will it be seen as the symbol of hope and the harbinger of peace and symbol of the healthy world we made?

Will the next generations will remember us as the generation that faced the ultimate crisis and solved it?

How many animals do you count in this optical illusion?

Man the ultimate optical illusion

optical illusion

Resource

Image courtesy of http://www.newopticalillusions.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/newopticalillusion%20%2839%29.jpg

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“Can ship’s radar help save the blue and right whales?”


Can a devise like this one save the lives of the endangered blue whales?

These gentle blue giants of the sea and the right whales need protection from being chopped up in the shipping lanes  of the world.

Scientists have engineered a high-tech system of submerged listening posts stretching across 55 miles (88 kilometers) of Massachusetts Bay that can detect the sounds of the critically endangered animals.

The network is protecting the whales in the from deadly collisions in the busy shipping lanes that run through Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. When whale sounds are detected, cell phone and satellite technologies relay the information from buoy to shore in nearly real-time, so that ship captains can be warned to slow down and keep a sharp lookout.

Can the same system work to protect the Blue Whales?

Saving whales with radar

These gentle blue giants of the sea and the right whales need protection from being chopped up

in the shipping lanes  of the world.


Last week another blue got chopped off the Northern California. She was a 70-foot, adult female blue whale. Probably struck by a ship the blue whale washed ashore.  A few hours after an ocean survey vessel reported hitting a whale a few miles away. Then a long and slender, bluish-grey body with a somewhat lighter underbelly was found dead a few miles down the shoreline.


One day will you only see this beautiful blue’s eye on the web?

Beautiful Blue Whale eye

 

The eye belongs to a Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus), a baleen whale from the Mysticeti group. They average 32.9 metres (108 ft) in length and 172 metric tons (190 short tons) or more in weight, it is the largest animal ever known to have existed.
Like other baleen whales, the Blue whale’s diet consists primarily of small crustaceans known as krill.
Once abundant in nearly all the oceans, intense hunting for forty years around the turn of the 20th century almost drove them to extinction.Other threats to these ancient creatures include

Other threats to these ancient creatures include:

1. becoming trapped or entangled in fishing gear

2. the excessive amount of ocean noise, including sonar, decreases the ability of the whales to hear the vocalizations produced by other pod members.

3. the accumulation of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) chemicals within the whale’s body that come from plastics dissolving in the oceans .
Do you want to see whales, sharks and other ancient animals only in pictures and videos in the future?

In 1966 the international community banned their hunting under most conditions. In 2002,  5,000 to 12,000 Blue Whales have been counted worldwide.  Before whaling, the largest population was in the Antarctic, numbering approximately 239,000 (range 202,000 to 311,000). Only 2,000 remain.

Help us put pressure on the shipping and fishing industries to help develop devices that will save these whales and other sea critters from us.

Please write letters to your congressmen and women and insist they support cleaning up the oceans and waterways of the world and protecting the sea creatures.

Do you want to see whales, sharks and other ancient animals only in pictures and videos in the future?

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of   news.nationalgeographic.com/blue-whale-washed-ashore

Excerpts courtesy of    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/blue_whale

Image 1. http://www.fearofflyinghelp.com/photos/radar.jpg

Image 2. http://www.wdcs.co.uk/media/flash/whalebanner/content_pub_en.html

 

“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

“Team cheetah wins an ostrich”


“Team cheetah wins an ostrich”

It is not unheard of for cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) to hunt and eat ostrich or to defend a good hunting area together, but to film these three brother cheetahs in active pursuit is unique.

cheetahs hunting

cheetahs hunting

In the BBC film series entitled Nature the three cheetahs can be seen stalking a male ostrich and giving chase, before breaking off midway to hunt an unsuspecting easier to catch female ostrich instead. These three seem to be able to quickly assess and change victims knowing the main goal is food.

Cooperation is the key to success in all ventures so the old saying goes. These three cheetahs came as a team to this area about ten years ago. They have learned that that can catch faster and feathery game if they work together in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, Africa. Ranging over 60 square miles,  the Conservancy  a beautiful giant stretch of natural wilderness that the wildlife comes and go freely.

Working together and protecting all life is NC goal.

Resources


Excerpts
courtesy of  news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earthnews

Image courtesy of  http://www.voilacapetown.com/images/Cheetah01.jpg

Video courtesy of  thesun.co.uk/sol/How-cheetahs-learned-to-hunt-together-to-survive.html

“Saving the Amazonian rainforests is taking to the SKY”


The good news and the challenge for reforesting our rain forests

Our rain forests around the world are being destroyed at a rate of 36 football fields deforested each minute.


The good news:

More individuals and companies around the world are helping save the rainforests and thus save all of us.

Why must we stop the deforestation?

Forests sequester or trap excessive CO2 in the air and reuse it to make oxygen needed to keep us inhaling that vital life enhancing substance and the hold the excess CO2 in the soil. This carbon sequestering helps decrease global warming so life as we have grown to appreciate it continues unabated on the earth. Forests help increase the moisture on th planet and act as the earth’s lungs.

Destruction of Amazon rainforest

Destruction of Amazon rainforest

SkyTV has teamed up with with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Sky TV will be working with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) over the next three years in an attempt to save one billion trees in the Amazon region.

The Sky Rainforest Rescue Drive aims to help reforest three million hectares (about 7.41 million acres) area in the region of Acre, Brazil.

“Go world family we can make a difference and make the world better, healthier and safer for all of us. Thank You all “-Mother Nature and Nature’s Crusaders.

Brazil deforestation

Brazil deforestation

Sky TV is creating two films to be shown on Sky One HD during 2010 that will encourage viewers to get involved and to donate to the cause. It takes £10 ( about 15 USD) in order to save five hundred trees. For each tree funded by their viewers, Sky TV will match the donations up to £4 million (6,0028 million USD).

Some of the challenges and the hope

Even though there is no way that the cutting of old growth tress in the Amazon can be totally compensated for with these reforesting projects it will help the planet over time if these trees can mature. According to the WWF, the pace of deforestation “generates around 20 percent of global emissions of greenhouse gases.”

Countries that border these great tropical forests around the world are being clearcut to grow biofuel crops and wood products like stationery and toilet paper. The massive eradication of forests for quick financial gain benefits the major companies involved at the expense of the locals and the world health and welfare and must be stopped. An example of one country’s loss is Argentina. Just 30 percent of its original forests is still standing. This pattern is repeated around the world

We can change this. Refuse to buy products from companies involved in forest, ocean and land destruction. We can all be Nature’s Crusaders every time we go to buy a product or service and financial contributions to groups that are working actively to save our rainforests.

Please comment.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of http://www.spacedaily.com/2006/091022173910.dhhdvne4.html

Excerpts courtesy of http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20091022/sc_afp/environmentclimateargentinawwf

Image courtesy of http://3.bp.blogspot.com/nasa_amazon_deforestation.gif

Image courtesy of http://www.saawinternational.org/brazil-stephenferry-getty460.jpg

“Monarch butterflies’ winter pines at center consciousness struggle”


The good news and the questionable news – the Mexican winter Monarchs’ range
In Mexico and US, scientists and people want to protect the winter range in the pine forest for the Monarch butterfly. Bill Toone, executive director and founder of ECOLIFE Foundation and his team of volunteers in Mexico are helping the locals to reforest the dying Mexican pines that are the shelter for the butterflies winter home.

Monarch butterflies resting on Mexican pine tree

Monarch butterflies resting on Mexican pine tree

These pine trees will grow to help replenish some of the thousands of trees that are been cut down. The old forest is being devastated by global warming and greed. The trees in response to the lack of rain are drying out which sets the stage for nature’s tree bark beetles to mine the trees as seen in the picture and use the drying tissue below the bark for homes for their larvae. Drilling holes in the tree accelerates the drying and if forest fire comes helps feed the destruction of the tree. This is part of the natural cycle of forest life.

Mountain Pinebark beetle

Mountain Pinebark beetle

However, the logging industry is often using the natural cycle as an excuse to increase the number of trees they are illegally cutting. Being that the world is short on of traditional woods to build furniture and homes any type of reasoning works to add their bottom line. Their financial gain is short sited.

Other forest specialist want to wipe out the beetles with insecticides before the Monarchs come, but oops this would kill the butterflies as well.

Maybe we need to assist nature through planting more trees and let the natural cycle function. Fire, beetles, drying, are all part of nature-let it be.

Frantically cutting 9,000 trees to kill off a beetle challenge is highly suspect.

The Monarch butterflies can adapt to changing local biology and have existed and thrived long before we began “helping them” by cutting out infected trees.
Resources
Excerpts
courtesy of http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/swcounty/html
Excerpts courtesy of http://markstevenson/www.ap/article
Image courtesy of http://www.learner.org/jnorth/images/graphics/monarch/monarch13.jpg
Image courtesy of  http://4.bp.blogspot.com/s400/mt-pine-bark-beetle.JPG

“Look for those meteors 10-15/hr tonight”


Starry, starry night thousands of meteors will be shooting through the sky tonight as  Halley’s Comet passes through the inner solar system in 1986 on its 75-to-76-year orbit.

This annual meteor shower is created when Earth passes through trails of comet debris left in space long ago by Halley’s Comet. The “shooting stars” develop when bits typically no larger than a pea , and mostly sand-grain-sized, vaporize in Earth’s upper atmosphere.

Orionid meteor shower

Orionid meteor shower

“Flakes of comet dust hitting the atmosphere should give us dozens of meteors per hour,” said Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office.
People in cities and suburbs will see far fewer meteors, because all but the brightest of them will be overpowered by light pollution.

Multi-colored Orionid

A green and red Orionid meteor striking the sky below Milky Way and to the right of Venus. (See image below) Zodiacal light is also seen at the image The trail appears slightly curved due to edge distortion in the lens

The best view will be from rural areas. Viewing of the meteors can be more challenging  because of weather and  city lights, but  the moon will not be a problem, so dark skies will make for ideal viewing.

Flakes of comet dust create meteors

Flakes of comet dust create meteors

Bring a chair and some water to drink or lay on the ground in a safe location to view the beautiful night lights.

Enjoy!

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  http://www.space.com/leonids/

Excerpts courtesy of  Spaceweather.com/NASA

Excerpts and images courtesy of   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orionids

“The Eastern brown cave bats in costume for Halloween?”


Brown bats from West Virginia are wearing a white mask, but not just for the costume holiday called Halloween in the US. Bats from Pendleton County are being tested for a fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS), a condition that has killed thousands of cave bats from several species on the east coast of US over this past year.

Brown bats fungal mask

Brown bats fungal mask

The cause of this white fungus seen on the muzzles, wings and ears of affected bats, is unknown. No  one knows if the appearance of the fungus is the start of the infection or  WNS, or it may be a secondary infection of bats that are stressed by some other factor. The WNS is a soil fungus. that grows in the cool, moist caves where many bats spend the winter.
Scientists have not identified the disease cycle for this fungus, but they have observed that the brown bats use up their fat reserves too quickly, and deplete their energy reserves too quickly. So when they should be hibernating the starving bats often fly can be seen foraging in freezing temperatures to find food that does not exist.

Bats are a vital link in the control of insect populations. The loss of large numbers of brown bats could cause mosquito and other troublesome insect numbers to rise.

Cautions exist for spelunkers (cavers). Prior to each caving outing, please check http://www.fws.gov/northeast/wnscavers.html for updates to these procedures and for cave closures.

To donate to bat research and protection click here.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of http://www.fws.gov/northeast/white_nose.html

Excerpts courtesy of http://www.fws.gov/northeast/wnscavers.html

Image courtesy of google images and http://tinyurl.com/ygent5x

“Cleaning up our act can help the bees thrive”


One more puzzle piece in the vanishing bee problems has been solved by researchers at Washington State University, They think that the bees weakened by toxins and pesticides, excessive work, contaminated wax in hives and poor nutrition are more susceptible to a pathogen called Nosema cerana, microsporidian, a small, unicellular parasite that causes an immune-deficiency disorder in bees. The dormant stage of nosema is a long-lived spore which is resistant to temperature extremes and dehydration. Nosema makes the bees more vulnerable to infections, parasites and death. N. ceranae can cause a colony to die within 8 days after exposure.

Nosema c. bee death factor

Nosema c. bee death factor

A UCSF researcher who found the SARS virus in 2003 and later won a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” has tested genetic material taken from a “collapsed colony” in Merced County and found that Nosema c. a once-rare microbe that only affected Asian bees has evolved into a strain lethal to bees in Europe and the United States.

Canada’s beekeepers are not waiting to make the necessary changes to their bee hives, their foraging routes and bee food. An example of the sweeping changes bee masters are making can be seen at, Babe’s Honey .They are putting $250,000 into ridding all traces of chemicals for their apiary to clean up 35,000 wooden hive boxes the company owns. After being sand-blasted, fire-scorched and repainted with canola-based paints they will be ready to let the bees return to clean healthy new hive boxes.

Healthy honey bees

Healthy honey bees

The old honey combs wax residues are being removed, melted down and composted. Even the plastic frames that held the comb in place are being replaced with wood to prevent mold and mildew.

Some breeders are developing stronger queen bees and city folks are setting up their own hives too. More native indigenous species of bees will be used to increase the pollination ratios for some crops.

In the US, a $500,000 federal grant will help restore native bee habitat in California and Oregon.

Scientists have developed a new kind of bait to trap a honeybee parasite, the varroa mites that could weaken or kill bees.

So after a few frantic years and billions of bee deaths later , we have finally gone full circle and decided to take better care of the bees in a more natural environment with fewer pesticides and better health care and nutrition for the bees.

Is there a message in this one for us?

References

Excerpts courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nosema_ceranae

Excerpts courtesy of http://www.hcn.org/blogs/goat/the-latest-buzz

Excerpts courtesy of http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/04/26/MNGK7PFOMS1.DTL

Image 1. courtesy of http://iranhoneybee.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/image.jpg

Image 2. courtesy of Nature’s Crusaders files

“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/

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