“Something is wrong with this picture- Gulf oil spill”


Toxins, dispersant, delays and red tape and let us see if we can create the magic bullet now…

If a doctor waited to learn how to repair a broken leg until a patient came in with a broken leg, he would be sued for incompetence and jailed.

Why is it that oil (or mining) companies can wait to build something that might help protect the ocean and its creatures  until after the disaster happens?

And no matter what they are now building or new technique they may be try to use congress must approve it!

The lack of efficiency of our US disaster relief system appalls me.


How many ways we can create more chaos in the Gulf-things being tried:

This is not a research project mate if you drill into Mother Earth and extract toxic gas and oil then you should now how to control and clean up your messes.

  • spreading the dispersant and at depths of 5,000 feet (1,524 meters) has never been tried
  • BP has already dispatched 3,000 gallons of the dispersant, which they are expecting to arrive in the Gulf of Mexico soon, but the proposal is still awaiting final governmental approval. Time to evaluate-haven’t you had decades?
  • Skimmers surround the oil floating on the ocean surface, but poor weather will halt their operation
  • Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) are  being deployed underwater to monitor the situation at the blowout preventer (BOP) and wellhead. The wellhead it seems has a history of leaks.
  • BP now wants to get better picture or imaging techniques and improved ROVs available for the cleanup effort.
  • A new  relief well and the three collection domes (still under construction), may be used to encapsulate the leaking oil and funnel it to a waiting ship on the surface.
  • The Materials Management Service has given permission to begin drilling the relief well. Drilling will likely be initiated within 48 hours.

Resources

Excerpts and Image courtesy of http://bit.ly/byxx85

“Louisiana’s oil spill came at the worst time”


Louisiana’s oil spill came at the worst time possible nesting season.

This is migration, spawning and nesting time for migratory song bird, endangered brown pelican and upwards of 25 million birds a day transit the region in their northern migration. More than 70 percent of the country’s waterfowl frequent the gulf’s waters, including the brown pelican, which is in its nesting season on Breton Island, in the spill’s projected path. That population of birds is still recovering from a previous oil spill that devastated the population.

How many will animals will we lose this time?

Federally protected marine mammals including the endangered whales, dolphins and all species of sea turtles are at the greatest risk. A pod of sperm whales has been sighted near the spill but has so far avoided the area. Endangered sea turtles are more vulnerable to nest they swim to shore to lay eggs on protected beaches.

No animal is safe from being coated with oil as they rise to the surface to breathe. Unable to breathe or by eat uncontaminated sea food they and their young are doomed. If feathers are covered in oil birds will starve, they will fly no more.

There seems to be way too many of these “accidents” of late.  Now BP Oil has waited far too long to begin clean up especially since 5,000 barrels of oil are pouring out into the Gulf daily.  Gulf is on fire 1800 degrees manmade fires with 1800 feet plume of toxic gases polluting even the air of the Gulf after a rupture in the well over one week ago.

Tonight (without divine intervention) it will invade the coastal wetlands.

Our government wants to open more of this drilling off the shores of our most pristine lands along the coast of Alaska and in our national parks like the Grand Canyon.

Tell your senators to forget it and develop clean sustainable energy instead or your children may not know much of the wildlife we have grown to love and admire.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of   http://bit.ly/aAIi35

Excerpts courtesy of   http://bit.ly/aZeT7T

Video courtesy of   http://bit.ly/9N6azh

Video courtesy of  http://bit.ly/9iNrHB


“Good news/bad news for the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle in Texas”


This is the first year that such a sharp decline of nesting Kemp’s Ridley have been documented on their home beach in Rancho Nuevo, Mexico, in the state of Tamaulipas. In video footage from 1947 approximately 42,000 Kemp’s Ridley nested during that single day! About 80% of the nests, about 33,000, were collected and transported to local villages in that year. In 2006, about 12,143 nests were documented in Mexico, with 7,866 of those at Rancho Nuevo. The three main nesting beaches in Tamaulipas, Mexico are Rancho Nuevo, Tepehuajes, and Barra del Tordo. Nesting also occurs in Veracruz, Mexico, and Texas, U.S., but on a much smaller scale. Occasional nesting has been documented in North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of Florida.

Kemp's Ridley sea turtle

Good news bad news

On the Texas coast, 251 Kemp’s Ridley nests were recorded from 2002-2006. For the 2007 nesting season, 127 nests have been recorded in Texas, with 73 of those nests documented at Padre Island, This nesting season has just begun and 21 Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles were found dead or dying on beaches in the Upper Texas Gulf Coast. Many areas lack the proper protection needed.  Federal officials and conservationists are concerned about unusually large numbers of dead Kemp’s Ridley turtles that have washed up on beaches along the upper Texas Gulf Coast since April 1.

The new rewrite of the endangered Kemp’s Ridley Recovery Plan is open for input until May 17, 2010. The current plan lacks adequate protection for the turtles on the Texas nesting beaches and offshore habitats.

The Sea Turtle Restoration Project needs your help to
Strengthen Recovery Plan for Texas Sea Turtles

Almost extinct 20 years ago, the Kemp’s Ridley appears to be on the road to recovery. Upper Texas Gulf Coast can expect greater numbers of turtles and must get greater habitat protections to strengthen our recovery efforts. The current Recovery Plan looks ahead 10-20 years assuming continued population growth, ignoring deaths by shrimp trawls, beach vehicle traffic, and habitat destruction these endangered species need strong protections.  We have until May 17 to ask the Recovery Plan Committee to update their Plan to include greater protections for the growing numbers of Kemp’s rRdleys nesting on Texas beaches


Take Action to Protect Endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles

We have until May 17, 2010 to ask the Recovery Plan Committee to update their Plan to include greater protections for the growing numbers of Kemp’s Ridleys nesting on Texas beaches.

Two ways you can help our efforts today:
1) Click here to send a letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service urging greater protections for Texas Kemp’s ridleys.

2) Please donate to the Sea Turtle Restoration Project, Adopt a Nest, or make a large contribution and receive an onyx carved turtle.

Thank you for your continued support of our beloved and endangered Kemp’s Ridleys sea turtles at the  Island National Seashore. Those 127 nests are a record for the Texas coast, passing the 2006 record of 102 nests.

We have until May 17 to ask the Recovery Plan Committee to update their Plan to include the growing numbers of Kemp’s ridleys nesting on Texas beaches and accelerate the scientific process of identifying the most important marine foraging, breeding and inter-nesting habitat for these endangered sea turtles.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  http://seaturtles.org

Excerpts courtesy of  http://www.nps.gov/pais/naturescience/kridley.htm

Image courtesy of  Nature’s Crusaders library

“Model of success-Dr Marker + cheetah”


Yesterday, a few fortunate individuals shared an intimate luncheon with Dr. Laurie Marker of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) during her stay in Tucson,Arizona.

She is a pioneer who has worked out a successful living model of teaming conservation of an endangered animal with a strong economic model that educates local farmers and ranchers and their children in ways to save their livestock while allowing predators like the cheetah to survive.

Her work is a landmark and turning point for conservationists and environmentalists to lead the way for improving the quality of life for the local people  and saving endangered “predators”.

Through her passion for saving the critically endangered cheetah,  she has reached out and carefully listened to the farmers and ranchers in Namibia, Africa. After hearing their concerns she set up research projects to collect data and get answers to alleviate their fears of cheetahs.

She continues to work hand in hand with the locals to find ways to protect and improve the health of their stock, and is creating sustainable businesses as well.

Before she came, locals felt that the solution for predator encroacment was to shoot any possible predator that came on their land. Now, they call Dr. Laurie before they shoot the cheetah. She and her rescue team will immediately respond. They will go anywhere in Namibia day or night to save a cheetah.

Dr Marker’s work:

  • Has improved the survival rates of new born calves and kids
  • Has improved the health of the farmers live stock.
  • Her eco-business plan has lead the way for other conservation efforts to follow.
  • Has saved and returned 500 cheetahs to the wild.

For her life work she has received many international awards, but her greatest reward  and biggest dream is to see the cheetahs thriving across its entire range again from Africa to the Middle East and Russia.

How much longer will cheetahs

be able to live in the wild?


To help Dr. Laurie continue saving the endangered cheetahs, click here.

Resources

Image 1. courtesy of   http://cheetahfund.ca/laurie-and-chew.jpg

Image 2. courtesy of  http://www.maasaimara.com/Cheetah-1.jpg

“Help save the cheetahs-see ya at the Reid Park Zoo”


Please join Cheetah Kids at the Reid Park Zoo and  help save the cheetah.

Monday April 26, 2010.

Learn how cheetahs and people in Namibia, Africa are co-existing successfully.

Dr. Markers educational programs, community work projects and many years of dedicated

work are helping the local economy in Namibia and the cheetahs have a chance at survival..

Monday at 5:30 PM you can meet the world’s greatest authority on cheetah conservation Dr Laurie Marker.

This is the first time Dr. Laurie Marker has come to Tucson, AZ.

We at Nature’s Crusaders congratulate you on you valuable research and work.

Welcome Dr. Marker!

Cheetah Conservation Fund works with all groups and individuals within the cheetah’s ecosystem to develop best practices in research, education and ecology and create a sustainable model from which all other species, including people, will benefit.


“Ahoy mates! 95 rare right whales playing near Martha’s Vineyard”


A mother and her calf are cruising near the Vineyard in Nantucket and in and out of adjoining canals.    

Ninety- five  right whales are playing and feeding today in what might be one of the largest gathering of these rare whales in history.

These endangered whales eat plankton and billions of copepods (tiny crustaceans) while consuming about a ton of food a day. The copepods are packed with protein and calorie-rich oils. Their near-surface feeding and traveling activities put them at risk for vessel collision.

The mother-calf pairs often wander into smaller waterways like the Cape Cod Canal and Salem harbor. There are two first time mother this season.

The North Atlantic right whale Eubalaena glacialis,is greatly endangered.  An adult right whale measures about 50 feet (15 metres) in length. There are two other species of right whale, Eubalaena australis, which lives in the southern hemisphere, and Eubalaena japonica, the North Pacific right whale. The three different species of right whales never meet in their ocean travels. While southern right whales are increasing at a rate of 7-8% per year, North Atlantic right whales are not showing any signs of recovering from historical whaling with approximately 350 individuals left.

Man is the greatest threat to these highly endangered whale, because of collisions with ships and entanglement in fishing gear, and pollution.

Resources


Excerpts
courtesy of  http://www.mvgazette.com

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

Image courtesy of  http://blog.eol.org/right-whale.jpg

“Polar bear lovers unite”


Theremust be a rampant sickness that pervades some “people” that claim the “right” to wipe out any creature for the fun of it. I am not speaking OF THOSE THAT MUST HUNT TO SURVIVE.

The group that epitomizes this way of thinking is the  Safari Club International. Itis the largest international group of those unenlightened souls that kill endangered or threatened species for the “sport” of it.

Where is the sport when the hunter is the only one with a gun?

Those that have claimed allegiance to the flag of murder for the fun of it include past presidents George W. Bush and George H. W. Bush, Idaho Governor Butch Otter, and Norman Schwarzkopf as lifetime members. It donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republican candidates. It was a close ally of Sarah Palin in her war on Alaska’s wolves.

The Safari Club has filed two lawsuits to strip federal protection from the polar bear:

  • The first seeks to allow importation of polar bear heads and hides into the United States even though the species was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2008.
  • The second seeks to remove the polar bear from the threatened list altogether.

Why? Because at $40,000 a kill, polar bear hunting is big business — and heavily promoted. Every year the Safari Club gives out a “Grand Slam” award to anyone who kills at least five great-bear species, including the polar bear. It is even accepting “Record Book” entries to encourage its members to kill the largest bears possible.

The Center for Biological Diversity has formally intervened in the Safari Club’s lawsuits in defense of the polar bear, but your help is vitally needed  to win both crucial legal battles. Please donate today to our Polar Bear Legal Defense Fund.

Leaping for food

The Center for Biological Diversity has formally intervened in the Safari Club’s lawsuits in defense of the polar bear,

but we need your help to win both crucial legal battles.


How do you want your polar bears as steak and stuffed or alive and well?


Nature’s  Crusaders is urging you to give from your heart today to  Polar Bear Legal Defense Fund.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  http://bit.ly/9oMrp4

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

Image 1. courtesy of   http://bit.ly/bcxxg7

Image 2. courtesy of   Natures’ Crusaders library

“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.

“The karma of pollution”


In this ultimate cycling  and interconnection of life on our earth. the latest mercury tocicity studies may shed some more light on this close interdependence of all life. Namely the endangered polar bear and other arctic wildlife is struggle to survive global warming and pollution. Mercury toxicity is increasing in these animals tissues. No one knows how much effect this is having on their survival abilities and the effects of increased toxicity in mother’s milk and consumption of this toxic meat and fish to their young. The following chart is provided from toxicology studies done in Norway in 2005.

Give a brother a hand -save the polar bears

Mercury pollution man caused has infected all the fatty tissues of our ocean going fish and mammals to the point that “safety standards for the safe consumption” of wild caught  ocean fish, whale and dolphin had to be set.  Mercury’s neurotoxic and neurogenic (damaging to chromosomes) effects the nervous system and the brain’s microglial cells that are part of our immune system cells.

he FDA and EPA recommend that women who may become pregnant, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young children:1, 2

  • Do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish, because these all contain high levels of mercury.
  • Eat up to 12 oz (340 g) a week (two average meals) of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury.
    • Five of the most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish.
    • Another commonly eaten fish, albacore (“white”) tuna, has more mercury than canned light tuna. So when choosing your two meals of fish and shellfish, you may eat up to 6 oz (170 g) a week (one average meal) of albacore tuna.

Check local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and friends in your local lakes, rivers, and coastal areas. If no advice is available, eat up to 6 oz (170 g) a week (one average meal) of fish caught from local waters, but don’t eat any other fish during that week. Should these warning become a stimulus to clean up our environmental act, before it cleans us up permanently?

In an ironic karmic twist of fate for those peoples who are so diligently fighting for the right to continue to kill these endangered fish and animals, the Japanese and the indigenous people in Alaska and Canada have the highest mercury levels of Mercury toxins in their brain and body tissues. Japanese who consume the whale and dolphins caught by their own fishermen are contributing to the excessive levels of contamination of every person that eats that meat. Research proves that mercury is a DEADLY KILLER.

It can cause birth defects and learning disabilities and has been implicated in adult dementia,  alcohol abuse, schizophrenia, depression, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.   Pregnant women eating Mercury laden fatty meats are playing Russian roulette with the health of their unborn. The Inuit children and other Aboriginal children with high mercury levels have far greater risk of developing motor problems.

So what is the reason Japanese, Icelandic, Inuits and Norwegian fishermen continue harvesting whales, dolphin and ringed seal? Some have obvious profit, but some may have few alternatives where they live.

What will happen to the generations of talented young people being cut short of their potential, by their elders continuing to wipe out these endangered and threaten and toxic species.

I ask you who by these blind practices is really endangering the healthy survival of their species the most?

We can clean up this mess.

Resources

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

Excerpts courtesy of http://www.the-scientist.com/againstHg

Image courtesy of polar bear  of Nature’s Crusaders library

Chart courtesy of http://www.the-scientist.com/againstHg

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

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

“Can condoms help save the endangered rainforest?”


The Brazilian Government is the largest single buyer of condoms in the world, importing around a billion of them every year. The sales of these government supported condoms funds a high profile advertising campaign targeted to reach  high risk populations.Brazil has also developed a highly effective anti-HIV/AIDS campaign, which is widely credited with having prevented the type of epidemic that has devastated other developing countries.

Brazil has driven down the cost of antiretroviral drugs.  The condoms are make with sustainable rubber. This supports the growth of local industry, while controlling the spread of infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS. The government opened its new factory in May of 2008. Located in the northwestern Acre state its goal is to produce 100 million condoms a year.

The latex comes from the Chico Mendes Reserve, named after the celebrated conservationist and rubber tapper who was killed by ranchers in 1988.  He gave his life fighting conditions under which the rubber tappers worked and lived, and he grew into an activist fighting to change those conditions.
Supporting People Helping People improve the health of our world-one person, plant or animal at a time. -Nature’s Crusaders
Resources


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

Excerpts courtesy of  http://bit.ly/9xExvJ

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

Image 1. courtesy of  http://bit.ly/9y4Uci

Photo of rubber sap collection courtesy of Flickr photographer zaza_bj under the Creative Commons license.

Image 2. courtesy of  http://nyti.ms/eiybh

Image 3. courtesy of  http://bit.ly/aN4MCa

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