“Stand up for Mother Earth-even to death?”


To win this battle for peace and health on this planet we must all stand and deliver our best even if the price is high.

Do not support world leaders, irresponsible corporations and mindless reckless consumerism. The reckless and irresponsible greedy behavior are destroying life on earth.

This film is a poignant reminder to save ourselves and the planet we must stand up and be counted even if it costs us the ultimate sacrifice. This docudrama is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today.

The clip was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network (http://www.sanctuaryasia.com/).  Thank you  from Nature’s Crusaders and Mother Nature.

Thanks to UTUBE and Sanctuary Asia Networks for this powerful film clip.

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“Welcome to my world-gorillas surround man”


On the last day of his vacation this man had an encounter with a troop of mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park, Uganda  unlike most will ever have.

Mj Jensen and Amy Kalama Hochreiter on FaceBook

“Harp seals safer”


International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)’s Seal Team Director, Sheryl Fink, has just let me know that Russia has banned the import and

Seal pups slaughtered for fashion

export of harp seal skins. This is a huge victory as the Canadian Government estimates that Russia receives 90% of Canada’s exports of seal skins.

IFAW supporters have worked so hard to help us close down the markets for seal products around the world.

Next goal end to Canada’s commercial harp seal hunt. 

Mother Nature and her seals thanks everyone for their continued support and for saving their skins for them(the seals) to wear.

For more seal info

Image courtesy of NC library

“Saving the honey bee from extinction”


Seems there are many projects in motion worldwide to try to save the honey bee from demise.

Many factors have caused this imbalance in one of Mother Nature’s finest worker urbanization, pesticides and chemicals of all kinds, the EMFs from power lines, cell phones and their obnoxious cell towers, GM plants and chemical infested modern agriculture, poor quality food for many commercialized stocks of bees and trucking the hives long distances to pollinated field of polluted crops without a rest between seasons.

Now many are trying to help this bee-leagured population recover. The latest extreme measure is to forget about recovery and living mre harmoniously and just engineer a super beeimmune to mites and pesty  diseases. I can see it now the super godzilla of a bee from the north now meets the Africanized bee from Africa and the offspring will off the world.

bees, bee breeding, parasitic mites, bee population, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, cold resistant bees

Over the last five years the world’s honey bee population has been steadily dwindling, with many beekeepers citing 2010 as the worst year yet. In order to save these extremely important insects, scientists are working on breeding a new super honey bee that they hope will be resistant to cold, disease, mites and pesticides. If all goes well, the new and improved insect will continue to pollinate our crops for years to come.

On the other extreme with a the gentler approach, is Michael Leung and HK Honey from Hong Kong whose approach is refreshing and Zen like. Check out the video.

Excerpt and Super honey bee photo courtesy of  inhabitat.com

“Japanese need your help”


World Care Civilian Emergency Relief Center of Tucson is on high alert to assist

An 8.9 earthquake hit Japan, March 11, 2011. As aftershocks continue to hit the region, assessments of the tsunami will continue to come in over the next week. Thousands of bodies are reported to have washed ashore and worse yet nuclear power plant melt downs are increasing.

World CaWorld Care is collaborating with FEMA Region 9 to manage civilian volunteers and supply aid to affected regions if needed. Region 9 includes Hawaii, California, Arizona, Nevada, Guam, the North Mariana Islands, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Federal State of Micronesia, and American Samoa.

Rescue workers combed the tsunami-battered region north of Tokyo, where officials say at least 10,000 people were killed in the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that followed it.

“It’s a scene from hell, absolutely nightmarish,” said Patrick Fuller of the International Red Cross Federation from the northeastern coastal town of Otsuchi.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan has dubbed the multiple disasters Japan’s worst crisis since World War Two and, with the financial costs estimated at up to $180 billion, analysts said it could tip the world’s third biggest economy back into recession.
World Care is collaborating with FEMA Region 9 to manage civilian volunteers and supply aid to affected regions if needed. Region 9 includes Hawaii, California, Arizona, Nevada, Guam, the North Mariana Islands, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Federal State of Micronesia, and American Samoa.

Early warning systems and FEMA evacuation plans have been very effective in Hawaii and California so that casualties and injuries caused by this disaster are prevented or minimized.

World Care encourages civilians within communities to be ready to respond when disasters strike. It is currently working in partnership with local and state government agencies in a city-wide effort to develop a disaster communications plan and training.

Fifth largest earthquake in the 20th century and the largest since the Japanese have begun taking recordings in the 18oos.  See video.

Please if you cannot give any of the things World Care needs then sent light, love, comfort and support to all suffering people and animals everywhere. Thank you-Mother Nature

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  http://bit.ly/ga2hEB

Excerpts and Image courtesy of  http://yhoo.it/eWgPXt

“Victory Arctic refuge + polar bear safe for the moment”


Dear Nature’s Crusaders

Great news: Royal Dutch Shell has announced it is postponing its plan to drill off the coast of the

We win a big one!

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this summer (2011).

This is a huge victory for Alaska’s embattled polar bears and other Arctic wildlife that are vulnerable to devastating losses if a blowout were to occur in the frigid Beaufort Sea.

It is a victory that you made possible through your donations, your online activism and your absolute commitment to stopping Shell in its tracks.

As you know, NRDC has waged a long, hard-fought legal battle to slow or stop Shell’s race to drill — especially in the wake of last summer’s oil spill catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico.

On one legal front, we joined with Earthjustice in challenging clean air permits that the Obama Administration issued to Shell last year. Those permits would have allowed Shell’s fleet of ships to emit tons of pollutants into the Arctic environment, harming both Native communities and wildlife.

Last month, a federal appeals board ordered the Administration to withdraw the clean air permits and start the process all over again.

Now, just weeks later, Shell has thrown in the towel on drilling this summer!

You and I can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the oil giant will not be launching its drill ship and icebreakers come June … that there will be no oil spill in the sensitive, wildlife-filled waters of the Beaufort … and that mother polar bears will come ashore in the Arctic Refuge this fall to give birth just as they’ve done for thousands of years — undisturbed by drilling rigs, toxic pollution and a flood of deadly oil.

We would hope that the Obama Administration will take this opportunity to rethink its rush to allow drilling in fragile Arctic environments.

But if it does not, you can be sure that Shell will be back next year, leveraging its vast resources in yet another attempt to drill off the coast of the Arctic Refuge.

And NRDC will be ready. Unlike Shell, we can’t afford to lose even once. That’s what makes your long-term support so absolutely critical — and so decisive.

Thanks to your support, we have helped derail Shell’s plans three different times since 2008. I expect no less next year.

On behalf of everyone here at NRDC and Mother Nature, I want to thank you again for helping to make this great victory possible.

Sincerely,

Peter Lehner, Executive Director NRDC
Mary Wolken and Rahm Rodriguez Directors Nature’s Crusaders
P.S. Even as we celebrate this wonderful win, we are still taking the fight to Big Oil. NRDC is waging a long-term legal battle to stop Shell and other oil giants from drilling elsewhere in the Polar Bear Seas.

You can help us prevail by making a special, tax-deductible donation right now to NRDC.

Image courtesy of Nature’s Crusaders library

“Sea turtle lovers unite!”


If you haven’t signed up already, this is a friendly reminder that you are invited to join our February 3rd Conservation Conference Call to hear what the Sea Turtle Restoration Project is doing to help protect Australia’s sea turtles – and how you can help!

The interactive call is scheduled for 6 p.m. U.S. Pacific Standard Time on Thursday, February 3, 2011. A call-in number will be sent when you register. To register for the call, click here.

View a 6-minute slide show with gorgeous shots of the Kimberley and the natural wonders we are fighting to preserve, set to haunting didgeridoo music. Click here to view the show.

During the 45-minute call, I’ll report on my recent sea turtle research and campaign trip to the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Dr. Jill St. John of the Wilderness Society in Perth, Western Australia, will also be on the line from Down Under to describe the unique marine wonders of the Kimberley. Jill, a marine biologist, is leading the Australian conservation coalition working to oppose the gas hub.

Join me and Jill in a discussion about how you can help oppose the destructive gas hub project!!
Together, Jill and I will detail the actions needed to generate international support to protect the Kimberley from oil and gas drilling by BP, Chevron, Shell, Woodside Petroleum and BHP Billiton.

Please note that while this Conservation Conference Call free to Sea Turtle Restoration Project members, you may be charged long distance fees by your phone service provider to participate as our conference service is based in the Midwest.

We do hope you will join us on our first Conservation Call of 2011!

Sincerely yours,

Program Director

Image 1. courtesy of   http://bit.ly/ibr0EQ

“Will the endangered American bison only be seen on the nickel-stop the slaughter”


This iconic animal is America’s last true, wild bison.

They have survived the Ice Age, the bison massacres of the 1800s, but may not long endure the annual shameful treatment by ranchers

and especially state and federal agencies governing the care of  wild bison of Yellowstone National Park.

Saving American Bison

Help prevent the slaughter of Yellowstone bison.

Donate now to help us mobilize tens of thousands of caring people and convince federal officials to protect these iconic and majestic creatures.

Year after year the herd migrates out of Yellowstone park in search of food. At the end of winter the females will give birth, and since food is scarce un their summer breeding grounds they must find food to last through the winter.

And each year, farmers, ranchers and government officials haze them back into the park out of an exaggerated fear that these amazing animals may transmit disease to the area’s livestock.

Over 900 bison were slaughtered in 2005 – and over 1,600 in 2008!

Whenever the endangered Yellowstone bison herd gets much larger than 3,000, state and federal agencies kill them back in a twisted form of population control.

The latest bison count puts the herd at nearly 4,000, making these majestic animals particularly vulnerable this winter.

But this year can be different.

Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund is preparing to mobilize tens of thousands of activists to help prevent the bison slaughter, reaching out to new online activist communities like Change.org, Care2 and The Animal Rescue Site to build support for an end to this shameful treatment of some of America’s most treasured wildlife.

We’re also helping to secure new habitat for Yellowstone’s bison, away from those who would see them killed.

With your support, we’ll work to save more of these imperiled animals by having them moved to more bison-friendly country on the Fort Peck and Fort Belknap Indian Reservations – ensuring that America’s last true, wild bison are not isolated to Yellowstone while also helping these tribes achieve their goals to restore true, wild bison to tribal lands.

These efforts will cost money, and we’re looking to raise $20,000 by the end of the week to help launch our new campaign. Will you help us recruit new voices to prevent the Yellowstone bison slaughter and protect other wildlife?

Please donate now, so we can build a groundswell of support for Yellowstone’s bison and save these animals from slaughter.

Yellowstone’s remaining bison are a powerful reminder of the majesty of America’s natural treasures… and their history reminds us how easily our wildlife can be lost.

Please donate now and help save these amazing animals.

Resources

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

Excerpts courtesy of    Donate to defenders.org

Image 1. bisonlove   http://bit.ly/9nimZw

Image 2.  bison+calf http://bit.ly/bPIrzU

“Saving Cuba’s endangered wildlife see ” Accidental Eden”


Cuba’s wild landscapes have remained virtually untouched, creating a safe haven for rare and intriguing indigenous animals, as well as for hundreds of species of migrating birds and marine creatures. Coral reefs have benefited, too. Independent research has shown that Cuba’s corals are doing much better than others both in the Caribbean and around the world.

Scientific research in Cuba on creatures such as the notoriously aggressive “jumping” crocodile, and the famous painted snails, paired with long-term ecological efforts on behalf of sea turtles, has been conducted primarily by devoted local experts. Conservation and research in Cuba can be a constant struggle for scientists who earn little for their work. But their work is their passion, and no less important than that of those collecting larger salaries. NATURE follows these scientists as they explore the crocodile population of Zapata swamp, the birth of baby sea turtles, and the mysteries of evolution demonstrated by creatures that travel no more than 60 yards in a lifetime.

As the possibility of an end to the U.S. trade embargo looms, Cuba’s wildlife hangs in the balance. Most experts predict that the end of the embargo could have devastating results. Tourism could double, and the economic development associated with tourism and other industries could change the face of what was once a nearly pristine ecosystem. Or Cuba could set an example for development and conservation around the world, defining a new era of sustainability well beyond Cuba’s borders.

Some of the  animals

CUBAN TODY (Todus multicolor)

Todies defend a tiny patch of forest, rarely leaving their wooded and semiwooded territories. They are endemic to Cuba and are known on the island as “cartacuba.” Female todies lay 3 to 4 eggs between the months of March and June. Parents feed their chicks up to 140 insects per day — making these young birds among the most frequently fed chicks in the world. Todies snatch caterpillars, spiders, and other kinds of insects off leaves. There are only five species of tody in the world, and all of them are found on Caribbean islands. The Cuban tody is the most colorful, with a blue throat, pink flanks, a yellow underbelly, and a green body. These birds dig tunnels in embankments or in hollow tree trunks for nests. The tunnel’s walls are covered with a sealant — a mixture of grass, lichen, algae, and feathers.

Looking for love?  BEE HUMMINGBIRD (Mellisuga helenae)

Believed to be the world’s smallest bird, Cuba’s native bee hummingbird buzzes around forests and field edges in many parts of the island, where it feeds on flower nectar. It grows to about 2 inches long and weighs less than an ounce, or less than a dime. Some locals call it “zunzun,” and believe it is a symbol of love. Birders from all over the world travel to Cuba in hopes of catching a glimpse of this tiny bird.

CUBAN CROCODILE (Crocodylus rhombifer)

Once also found on other islands in the Caribbean, this rare crocodile is now limited to Cuba, where it lives in dense swamps. It can grow up to 13 feet long, and typically feeds on fish and crustaceans. It can also “leap” high out the water, with a push from its powerful tail, to grab hutia from their treetop perches. Biologists believe that fewer than 6,000 wild Cuban crocodiles remain, although others are raised on farms for their meat and hides.


Cuba: The Accidental Eden premieres Sunday, September 26, 2010 on PBS

For more information

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of http://to.pbs.org/bZUL9f

Excerpts and Images  2 & 4 courtesy of http://to.pbs.org/aqCSuk/wildlife-guide/1245

Image courtesy of  Nature’s Crusader’s library

Image courtesy of   http://bit.ly/cb2DYx

Image courtesy of http://bit.ly/a9WI1k

“The dancing bears of India-many ways to spell abuse”


Would you allow your dog to be treated like ?
How many ways can a dancing bear be tortured?

The endangered Asian Sloth Bear is traded, traumatized cubs are ripped from their mother’s care at a young age, chopped up for gallbladder and teeth trade,kept in mussel chains, carted from city to town to dance for tourist dollars. Now you think you are having a bad day.
This little stolen cub will in it’s first year of life on the road will undergoes two or more nose piercings and its canine teeth removed in a painful barbaric and primitive manner.

The actual capture and transportation can often be over hundreds of miles, in conditions of
deprivation and dirt, and consequently there is a high mortality rate.

The cub is now ready for training through pain, fear and brutality.

The rest of its life as a dancing bear is often changes captors and is danced in a vast variety of climates and terrain’s. Feed an unnatural and deprived diet.when it isn’t dancing, spends much of its life tethered to a short three or four feet rope in filthy conditions.

The actual hunting and poaching of the bear cub not only has caused a decline in the bear population in the wild but also encourages the steady destruction of the eco-system and its habitat in India, and in fact leads to ever increasing deadly encounters between bear and manin the wild, which has not yet been fully documented, but we are certain it has a role to play in the increasing sloth bear aggression.

How can you help Wildlife SOS save these innocent bears?

The Sloth bear is Dancing bear of India. To see a video click here.

Resources courtesy of Wildlife SOS and YouTube.

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