“Endangered snakes go visiting during rainy season in Kenya”


Kenya’s Vice President, Hon Moody Awori, today unveiled a US 1.25 million dollar rehabilitation program developed by International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Kenya Wildlife Service, to enhance routine operations, research and education and wildlife security within the Tsavo National Park ecosystem.

Snake rescue In Tsavo West National Park takes special dedication to  rescue snakes. During the rainy season, snakes big and small some more poisonous than others start to move from their homes on the nature reserve to town. Large rock pythons, puff adders, spitting cobras and the deadly black mamba are always on the top of the complaint lists. Pythons become a nuisance as they take to killing goats and sheep, whilst the other snakes pose a threat to the people due to their poison.

Instead of allowing the villagers to go ahead and dispose of the snakes, KWS Tsavo West makes a big effort to go and rescue these reported snakes and take them back into safe environs inside the park.

As a result business increases at the local emergency care center of the  hospital in Mtito Andei on the Mombasa-Nairobi highway just outside Tsavo West’s main entrance gate This season it has reported six snake bite cases in just 2 days and the snake season normally carries on through July.

Instead of allowing the villagers to go ahead and dispose of the snakes, KWS Tsavo West makes a big effort to go and rescue these reported snakes and take them back into safe environs inside the park.

IFAW donated a brand new Land Cruiser, which is of great assistance during these operations, supporting KWS and Tsavo West in particular to be able to attend to and solve these human/wildlife issues.

To support IFAW’s work for wildlife in Africa, please visit www.ifaw.org/Kenya

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“The party’s over-BP scaling back”


Earlier this week British Petroleum CEO Tony Hayward walked away from the Gulf oil spill. He then walked straight into another high-level job with the company, getting a reported $18 million for his troubles. Now the parent company BP is turning its back to the Gulf by scaling back operations before they have cleaned up their mess. Clean up means different things to different people.

Walking away when things get tough isn’t unusual these days. Don’t let our officials forget. The Gulf oil spill shined an ugly light on our nation’s dependence on polluting fossil fuels and corporate oil.

Keep America moving to a clean-energy future by requiring companies to produce more renewable energy like wind, solar and geothermal Time is running out for a real debate this election year, opponents are happy to walk away!

Don’t let them! Donate now so we can keep on the pressure this year for real clean energy!

Don’t let 41 votes block clean energy from moving forward this year in the Senate, leaders didn’t have enough support to bring renewable energy and pollution limits to the floor.

Instead, Senators will consider a scaled-down bill to hold polluters like BP accountable for damages; increase oversight of off-shore drilling; require disclosure of dangerous chemicals used in natural gas extraction; help fund home-energy efficiency; and encourage more electric and natural gas-powered vehicles through tax credits.

It’s a good first step. But even this bill is in danger of not passing.

We need to urge Senators to work together on this bill, and keep pushing them to work for renewable, clean energy standards. Your donation will help us generate thousands of phone calls from hometown voters into Senate offices to show consumers want a clean-energy future!

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“4 oil breaks in 3 months toxic soup increasing- why?”


Well, terorists could not destroy our environment faster than we are doing. For the the fourth time in three months crude oil is gushing into our waterways killing our wildlife and contaminating our water.

In the Gulf of Mexico yesterday the third pipe to rip open thanks to negligence.

Homeland Security director for Jefferson Parish, La., that there is a new spout of oil  has sprung up in the Gulf of Mexico after a boat struck an oil well in the early morning hours on July 27, 2010.
A work boat crashed into the well sending oil spewing 20 feet in the air from the severed 4-inch pipe near Bayou St. Dennis, La., shearing off its valve structure and releasing pressurized natural gas and light oil.
Cleanup workers are currently booming off the area and the scene at sea has been taken over by federal agents. The U.S. Coast Guard, Jefferson Parish police and fire officials, as well as Vessels of Opportunity boats have all been sent to the scene.
Federal officials do not know who owns the well, but a contractor who handles wild wells was on the way. How can that be that wells are not marked with identification to tell who owns them? Even illegals must carry some form of identification!

Now yet another break in a pipe

This one is in one of Lake Michigan’s feeder rivers  on Tuesday. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has taken control of efforts to contain and clean up the Kalamazoo River spill. It is believed to have poured more than 1 million gallons of oil into Talmadge Creek, which feeds the river. Enbridge Inc., the Canadian company that oversees the pipeline says they will compensate the state and families for their losses, but have put no dollar figure to its claim.

Compounding the problem of clean up like Louisiana, the State of Michigan and the EPA is overseeing the clean-up, have no  trained cleanup workers for this type of disaster.
This crude oil had traveled at least 35 miles downstream from where it leaked in Calhoun County’s Marshall Township, killing fish, coating other wildlife and emitting a strong, unpleasant toxic odor. It had passed through Battle Creek, a city of 52,000 residents about 110 miles west of Detroit, and was headed toward Morrow Lake, a key point near a Superfund site upstream of Kalamazoo, the largest city in the region. Lake Michigan is only  80 miles away, and many summer vacation homes and communities drink, swim and fish from that water source.

Both BP and Enbridge Inc. have been cited for numerous violations in the past, but no one group or previous administrations have help oil companies accountable for safety and health, care and maintenance of their equipment, the environment or our water and food supply.

Gross oversight, greed, lack of accountability and the lack of involvement of the American public has created this mess. Will you act to save our environment and us – today?

Tell the Senate to vote for Clean Energy and Accountability.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of http://yhoo.it/aTebiy

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

To help clean up our waterways http://susty.com/living-lands-and-waters-organization/

“Plastiki -boat of recycled plastic bottles”


Plastiki The Plastiki and crew have reached the end of their epic voyage which has taken them through the Pacific Ocean on an 8,000 nautical mile adventure lasting over 130 days!  A ten member crew made the journey over the last 4 month.


The team arrived midday yesterday at Sydney’s Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour to the cheers of friends and supporters.

One very pleasant surprise to the captain and crew was the overwhelming support and encouraging messages that have continued to flow in during the entire voyage.  Seems that plastic recycling has reached a new height of usefulness and inspiration to people aroud the world.

“Congratulations to you all!” – Mother Nature

Recycling can produce very cool products.

If you know of other creative used for plastic please email us.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  http://wydeworld.com

Excerpts courtesy of  http://theplastiki.com/trackplastiki

Image courtesy of  http://theplastiki.com

“BP fish oil supplements parody”


“Where has all the fish oil gone long time passing..where has all the fish gone time passing..
Gone to supplements everyone”

This is a slight bit of “humor about what BP is doing with all the oil it is cleaning up.
Remember smiling is good for your health.

Click here to enjoy the video.

Courtesy of naturalnews.tv

Created by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, this puppet satire skit feature “Bob” from BP, pitching a new product “PB Fish Oil Plus” made with 100% natural crude oil. See more at http://www.NaturalNews.TV or http://www.NaturalNews.com

“The ghost of Otter past”


If ever there was an animal with a personality much bigger than its body, it must be the endangered Southern California sea otter. This animal is the coastal equivalent to the honey bee in its  importance in keeping the balance of plant and animal life in its’ environment.

Now why anyone would get a thrill out of killing this helpless young female?  Late one June 2010 morning, a young female sea otter was likely swimming and playing in kelp beds off Morro Bay, California. was shot to the head.

southern sea otter

Did anyone see this shooting take place?  Your information would be kept condidential, but killing endangered species is a crime agsinst society and Mother Nature.

Please donate today to help us catch this heartless thrill seeker and save the lives of other threatened sea otters like this young female and protect other wildlife struggling to survive.

Take action for otters taking many directions

The good news is otters are recovering and are moving south into their old stomping grounds along the coast of California. The challenging news is they are moving south. Seems no one told them that they are entering a no otter swim zone established by the US Fish and Wildlife Service has determined to be off limits to sea otters—this means they are not protected by the same laws that cover otters outside of the zone.

Range expansion is normal and necessary for sea otters. Their population cannot recover without it. The unnatural boundaries must be lifted.

Act NOW to end the no-otter zone by writing to Ken McDermond, acting director of the Service’s California and Nevada Operations Office, and request that a FINAL ruling on the no-otter zone be published immediately.

Please sign this letter for the otters’ sake today.Thank you.” – Mother Nature

“Endangered sea turtles releasing them into the sea-a ?? future”


On July 14, 2010 eight  endangered sea turtles were released into to the Atlantic Ocean. The four were named Sunny, Ada Lee, Krista and Gary. All were rescued in February after a drop in the ocean temperature during a winter cold spell stunned the animals. This cold shock  can bring on life-threatening health issues. They have been recovering at the George Sea Turtle Center.

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a hospital for ill and injured sea turtles.  We are the only hospital of its kind in the state of Georgia.  Research at the center includes a tracking program for all rehabilitated and released sea turtles.

Check out where these turtles are today.

Before release, satellite tags were placed on two of the turtles, Sunny and Ada Lee, so their travels and health can be  monitored. See where the turtles are now:

To see  Sunny and Ada Lee location today!

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Resources

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


” Eight tons of endangered Pangolins seized by Chinese customs”


Endangered Pangolins are nocturnal animals, and use their well-developed sense of smell to find insects. The long-tailed pangolin is also active by day. Endangered Pangolins spend most of the daytime sleeping, curled up into a ball.
Chinese customs agents have seized eight tons of frozen Pangolins. The huge haul of animals and nearly two tons of their scales, were seized by customs authorities in Jiangmen in Guangdong province in June.
Pangolins are native sons of the jungle of Indonesia, parts of Malaysia and southern Thailand. Also called the scaly anteater, international trade in pangolins is banned under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
The meat of the pangolin is considered a delicacy, while their scales are scraped off for use in traditional Chinese medicine.

We must stop destroying animals to create medicine.

Good medicine cannot come from the destruction of endangered animals.


Resources

Excerpts and Image 1. courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pangolin

Excerpts and Image 2. courtesy of   http://bit.ly/cBXPUZ


“Get the lead shot out of game meat or it can create toxicity”


The  journal PLos One reported thata team of scientists from the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), along with researchers from other British institutions and from the Spanish Research Institute on Cynegetic Resources (IREC in Spanish), has shown that toxic levels of  lead in some cooked game meat exceed maximum allowances set by the European Union, due to the presence of remains of ammunition. Seems if the meat is cooked with vinegar the levels of toxicity rise even more. Lead is harmful to animals that ingest it like the California condor and also to humans. Lead ammunition ups the health risks for children and those that  over eat meat.

“Depending on the species and type of recipe used, between 20 and 87.5% of the samples analyzed exceeded the maximum level of lead set by the EU in meat from livestock animals of 100 parts per billion (0.1 mg/kg of the fresh weight of meat),” Rafael Mateo, co-author of the study and researcher for IREC (a joint center composed of the University of Castilla-La Mancha, the Community Board of Castilla-La Mancha and the CSIC), indicated.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  http://bit.ly/aZlOr1

“Sea turtles rehabilitation + relocation full of challenges”


Federal wildlife officials will begin to relocate Twenty-two young Kemp’s ridley sea turtle hatchlings and adults from the oiled Northern Gulf Coastline to the East Coast of Florida near the Kennedy Space center. Hoping that these endangered animals might have a better chance of surviving.  Keep your fingers crossed.

Hatchling sea turtles retuen to the sea

Relocating turtles

“The decision to move nests has been made only as the best of a bad set of alternatives,” Debby Crouse, a sea turtle expert with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, told reporters. The first 56 of what are expected to be thousands of hatchlings were released into the Atlantic on Thursday, rather than into the toxic soup that BP has made of their normal territory. Certainly the Gulf would have been lethal, but it’s not at all clear that the newborns will be able to orient themselves, find food in their new habitats or deal with the possible temperature differences in the water. The Kemp’s Ridley was just taken off the endangered list one year ago now this.

The data on all six species of endangered  species of sea turtles are very incomplete. No one knows how the ocean portion of their life is lived, much less what they need to survive and thrive. For example, Loggerhead turtles do not even reach sexual maturity until they are 36 years old.  Over the next several months, plans to move an estimated 700 nests from the Florida panhandle and Alabama beachesto the space center to protect more endangered sea turtles.

How many animals the burning of the ocean which BP is resuming is have on the turtles and other wildlife as well as the toxicity of the dispersant, effects of the oil and gases will have on turtles, their food supply and long term health and wellness is known.

Other dangers on land  these turtles face happens at birth. The lighting along the shore from human habitation is attractive to hatchlings and they follow the lights to their death and poaching is a constant threat.

In a metaphorical way these endangered  represent all of us. Will we crack open the shell that has kept us from seeing how to take care and protect all life so the future will become healthier and safer for all.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of   http://huff.to/bVw160

YouTube Video 1. LDWF rescue   http://bit.ly/cUA3J4

YouTube Video 2. Other problems sea turtle rescue   http://bit.ly/cLQDgY

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