“Poaching +aphrodisiacs + greed + ignorance = the ‘blood diamonds’ of species survival”


You may be seeing the last of these species

It seems even those we pay to protect our animals make more money poaching than caring for the future of animals in their country. Zimbabwe security forces poached 200 rhinos during these past two years. Ivory is worth more now than gold on the black market. They are not alone.

As terrible as this is, we are supporting this behavior every time we purchase something made from ivory, tiger aphrodisiacs or wear a fur pelt from some skinned animal, go hunting for sport or chop up our forests or lands to plant non sustainable crops, build nuclear plants or drill into the sea bed for oil.

Only we can create a new healthier world.

Why do we bother to try to save endangered animals on one hand

– we wipe them out with the other?

Is there president for continuing to work with animal populations that have very few members thus limiting their genetic pool? Especially when “the blood diamond effect” is so pervasive? Why is the gene pool diversity needed?

As current genetic knowledge has it, the more diverse the number of genes contributing to the reproductive pool the stronger the chance that healthy, genetically strong traits to be passed down to offspring insuring the survival of the species.

Many of our most well known animals like the South China tiger, the orangutan, the Sumatran elephant and rhino, the panda, the tortoise, many of the whales, the sea turtles, the cheetah, monarch butterfly, pacific salmon, the North American bears, the wolf, jaguar, sharks, tuna, hundreds of frog, toad and other amphibians… are a few of thousands of animals and plants destroyed along the way to the bank or for aphrodisiacs or to make homes by slashing and burning or long lining their lives to the brink of extinction.

As the blood diamond, the African diamond mined at the expense on the backs of the blacks in the mines of South Africa, so to is the ivory horns, tiger penis, animal pelts, turtle shells and eggs, shark fins, roe of fish, palm oil, illegal animal trade , over fishing, etc are the bloody diamonds rampant in modern society.

Should we try to save an endangered species?

Junaidi Payne chairman of the Borneo Rhinoceros Alliance (BORA) and longtime conservationist with WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), Malaysia answers this question this way, “There are estimated to be 11,000 orangutans [in Sabah alone] and probably 1,500 [Bornean pygmy] elephants, but there are no more than forty rhinos… New populations have stagnated and are going down slowly. It’s about need.

Bornean rhino probably has only 6-7 fertile females. MAYBE THEY CAN BE SAVED.

It is the maybe that keep us going against all odds as explorers of old trying to cross Antarctica and the success stories along the way like the miracles from medical field. Against all odds and commonly held genetic theory some will survive and flourish outside of captivity in their natural habitat. We can do it.

Intensive conservation measures pulled the white rhino back now about 17,480 white rhinos live in east and southern Africa and are the most populous rhino species in the world. Rewilding of the tigers in China is under way trying to help the South China tiger’s numbers. We cannot give up on our world.

Life in all forms is too precious.

Thanks to everyone who loves enough to give their time, energy and money to save our world. Everyone can help become a Crusader for Nature.” – Mother Nature

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  http://news.mongabay.com/2009/1201-hance_tam.html

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

Image courtesy of  http://www.ens-newswire.com/20090716_rhinopoaching.jpg

Image courtesy of  http://english.people.com.cn/200605/24/images/tiger1.jpg


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“Help the Pacific salmon have a Merry New Year”


When Mark Rockwell, our Pacific Coast Representative, retired as a doctor, he planned to spend his time fishing and guiding along the crystal clear wild rivers of the American West. As he explored these rivers, he observed first hand the dams and pollution, and saw the once mighty fisheries slipping to extinction. He realized that he had to dedicate his time to saving salmon and other endangered species.

You can help support the work of Mark Rockwell, in the Pacific Coast to protect endangered species such as the Pacific salmon, steelhead trout, red-legged frog and California condor from habitat loss and global warming. Your donation will go directly to support Mark’s work to protect endangered species and habitat.

This year, Mark led our campaign to defeat a effort in Congress that would have weakened protections for endangered fisheries in the California Bay Delta. This ecosystem is crucial to protect Chinook salmon, Green sturgeon, Delta smelt, killer whales, and many other species.

The challenges we face

Industrial agriculture, big water users and even some members of Congress oppose the Obama administration’s attempt to restore the ecosystem. Let Congress know that you want the Endangered Species Act to be enforced not only to help fisheries, but also the fishermen and local communities that depend upon them.

How one dedicated person can make a difference.

Mark helped to organize a response from fishermen, scientists, and conservationists to support strong protections for endangered species. Working with our member organizations and allies, he helped fly fishermen back to Washington DC to speak to their representatives and succeeded in convincing Congress to keep the Endangered Species Act protections in place.

Who opposes this protection?

Tea Party activists are fanning out across the country to try to attack endangered species protections again.

Join Mark’s team and help protect the wild fish and endangered animals of the Pacific Northwest.

Mark is an expert at engaging hunters, fishermen, farmers, ranchers and other people to speak out in support of endangered species protections. Here is a little bit about what people are saying about him:

“Mark Rockwell has also been on the forefront of the defense in California’s “water wars,” playing a key roll in protecting our waterways and endangered animals so that dewatering major California rivers and killing off several ESA-listed aquatic species does not take place. The once abundant Pacific salmon desperately need undammed water in the rivers to rebuild their numbers that have crashed in the last two years, putting many commercial fishing families out of business

Without the Endangered Species Coalition’s help in general, and Mark Rockwell’s in particular, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations and many other groups’ efforts to roll back these anti-environmental bills, restore more water to California’s rivers — and to save many Pacific salmon runs from extinction — would likely have failed.”
– Glen Spain, NW Regional Director, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA)

“I have come to greatly respect Mark’s work. I am a fishing equipment manufacturer and a board member of the American Sportfishing Association. I have worked with hundreds of people and organizations on fishery issues for over thirty years. I place Mark in the top tier of people I have met who can rise above the fray and get things accomplished.”
– Richard B. Pool, President, Pro Troll Fishing Equip. Company

“Working with Mark Rockwell has been a pleasure. Mark has facilitated connecting a number of grassroots networks, which has created more support for myriad efforts on behalf of fish, streams, and groundwater. Using his network again, he has increased the effectiveness of Endangered Species Coalition campaigns by locating scientists to bolster efforts to protect the Endangered Species Act. Mark’s work is essential for the numerous special status species in California.”
– Barbara Vlamis, Former Executive Director, California Endangered Species Habitats Association (CESHA)

“Dr Mark Rockwell and the Endangered Species Coalition provide essential organizing and strategic support for protecting endangered species in California. They have assisted us locally in fighting for California gnatcatchers and coastal cactus wrens on former military lands in Orange County. The Coalition has also given our group a voice on issues throughout the state, as well as inputs to federal issues of concern.”
– Dan Silver, Executive Director, Endangered Habitats League, Los Angeles, Calif.


If you would like to contact Mark to learn more about his work or to thank him for his service, you can email him at mrockwell@stopextinction.org

Without talented and experienced organizers like Mark, there would be no one to speak up for animals, birds, fish and plants on the brink of extinction. Through the Endangered Organizer Fund, you can provide valuable resources for our grassroots organizing work.

I hope you will take this opportunity to join us in supporting Mark’s work to protect endangered species

Give the gift that keeps on giving become a volunteer, lend your hand and heart and if you can your financial support to helping Mother Nature.

(Nature’s Crusaders would enjoy finding a few good writers and web and office support. Thank you -Mother Nature.)

Resources

Excerpts and Images courtesy of http://www.stopextinction.org

“Bulldozing the home of Chaco people and the jaguar”


The Inquisition, the Crusaders or Muslim fanatic destruction have nothing on the actions of Paraguay today. The slaughter of the innocents on the last reserve historically by special interest groups, in the Chaco region in Paraguay is taking place under our noses. Chaco is home to the only remaining uncontacted tribe in South America outside of the Amazon, the Ayoreo-Totobiegosode on the Chaco Biosphere Reserve and the home of the South American Jaguar (Panthera onca) or el tigre as the natives call him.

Driving off Chaco people and the jaguar

This “legal” take over is a greedy land grab in the Chaco Biosphere Reserve area. Seems for years the government in Paraguay has been selling/ turning a blind eye to interests groups advancing and taking over and killing off the inhabitants that resisted their farming or ranching on the lands in this area. Now, supposedly the lands have been designated as private international biosphere lands, but a ranching company is bulldozing the reserve at a devastating rate as you read this!

So much for Paraguay living up to its namesake the “heart of America”.

If this is our heart we are in deep dark trouble.

bulldozing jaguar home

The government seems or chooses to be helpless to stop them and protect the quiet natives and the near threatened jaguar that live there for centuries. A government representative and two relatives of the tribe have tried to enter the region, but personnel from the ranchers company, Yaguarete Pora S.A, barred them. Barred the government!! Is there something wrong with this picture? Satellite photos show that thousands of hectares of the reserve have been destroyed, despite Yaguarete Pora having its license to work there withdrawn by the government.

NESCO a United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural and sustainable development organization that runs the preserve created in 2005 seems helpless to stop this genocide for the last of the indigenous peoples not yet run off their valuable land and the home of the iconic jaguar. Seems they need lots of help from people of all ages and positions in life.

Act now to help the Ayoreo survive.

Feedback encouraged.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of http://www.survivalinternational.org/actnow/walkyourtalk

Excerpts courtesy of http://ow.ly/HteA

Image 1 courtesy of http://www.survivalinternational.org

Image 2 courtesy of http://www.travelsouth-america.com/Jaguar.jpg

“The secret life of bird droppings”


A very underrated substance and for many the last body substance to be talked about is poop. Historically bird droppings have been used and sold by many peoples. There is one very unusual ancient use for nightingale wastes.

Guano or excrement (feces and urine) from seabirds, bats and seals is big business. Guano consists of ammonia, along with uric, phosphoric, oxalic, and carbonic acids, as well as some earth salts and impurities. Guano also has a high concentration of nitrate is that make it popular for making an effective fertilizer and gunpowder ingredient due to its high levels of phosphorus and nitrogen and also its lack of odor. Super phosphate made from guano is used for aerial topdressing. Soil that is deficient in organic matter can be made more productive by addition of this manure.

How does bird poop differ from animal dung?

Mammals urinate or pee, but birds’ kidneys remove the nitrogenous wastes from the bloodstream, but instead of excreting it as urea dissolved in urine as mammals do, they excrete it in the form of uric acid. Uric acid has a very low solubility in water, so it emerges as a white paste. All waste products the uric acid and the wastes from the intestines leave the bird’s body through the same opening called the cloaca.

Guarney Cormorant

The best producers of guano that is high in nitrogen is the Guarney Cormorant.

Its guano is richer in nitrogen than guano from other seabirds.

Guano is still used by organic gardeners and farmers.

In ancient Japan, the Geisha women found that the bird poop facial made from powdered nightingale droppings is the best.

Nightingale droppings are the best for beauty treatment

This ancient use of bird guano combines traditional and natural Japanese ingredients to soften, brighten and nourish the complexion. Geisha were known for their iconic porcelain complexion-clear, unblemished and pale as a camellia blossom. However, their beautiful appearance came at a price as the lead and zinc in their face powder caused chronic skin care problems until the discovery of a unique remedy -nightengale droppings
Resources

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

Excerpts courtesy of http://www.shizukany.com/geisha-facial.html

Image G. Cormorant courtesy of http://www.heptune.com/poop.html

Image courtesy of http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/22/Nachtigall_%28Luscinia_megarhynchos%29-2.jpg

“Vote for CCF- save a cheetah time is running out”


Vote for the Cheetah Conservation Fund Bush Project

Namibian farmers, once the main threat to the Cheetah population, are now becoming their main protectors

“We’ve taken a problem and turned it around into a multitude of solutions” Laurie Marker, Cheetah Conservation Fund

cheetahs mom+cub

Cheetahs may run free in India

Namibia is home to one quarter of the remaining wild cheetah populations in the world.  Endangered by declining numbers from hbitat encroachment and global warming, now native thorn bush species are invading the savannah destroying the native grasslands and posing health threats to the animals that try to hunt amongst these bushes with 2 to 3 inch thorns. When the cheetahs try to hunt in the bush they can be cratched in the eye. This injury often causes blindness. this type of injury empares the animals ability to hunt and survive.
Bushblok fuels  a better economy and ecology
Bushblok Fuel Logs Help the CCF help the Namibian community of man and cheetah

The Cheetah Conservation Fund is clearing the thorn bush and turn it into cheap fuel briquettes, creating jobs for local farmers.  The thorn bush is chipped and turned into briquettes sold in  Europe and South Africa as Bushblok. Further uses of the harvested bushes may include biomass power production and wood fuel pellets.The project is creating jobs at the same time as helping to restore the hunting ground of the endangered cheetah.

CCF also develops long-term monitoring, and multi-disciplinary research and education programmes to ensure the survival of the cheetah and its ecosystem. The CCF also works with the local community to encourage sustainable, predator-friendly farming practices. Through educacation, increasing the local economy the saving of the cheetah is supported.

CCF is creating a better world for the endangered cheetahs, the environment, the local economy, and other animals that live in the area.

Please vote for CCF to win the BBC   Click here to Vote for the Cheetah Conservation Fund Bush Project

Resources

Excerpts and image courtesy of   http://www.cheetah.org/?nd=ccf_bush_project

“Endangered now -fish and animals once abundant”


Once upon a time animals and plants were not endangered…

In colonial times, there were so many trees, game and fish in the ocean and on the lands that their bounty seems endless. So much so that when the colonists and guides decided to move further inland from the coastal areas they did not worry about food. They cut down the forests without a thought, to build homes and forts and to supply the increasing lumber demands of England.

Destroying old growth forests

Destroying old growth forests

They did not reforest or know anything about the effects that clear cutting the land for farming would have on the future of life on earth. Life was good and bountiful.

From the diaries of travelers from the 1600s, they wrote of rivers were

Spawning Atlanticc salmon

Spawning Atlanticc salmon

“so full of fish that a spear thrown into the water only rarely missed one, salmon runs that spanned the whole width of a river, and fish so plentiful that they were used as pig feed. ”

Then, within a few decades, they started constructing weirs (low flow dams) and mills (for grinding grain) that impeded the migration of fishes and put further pressure on stocks. Stocks of fish and shellfish rapidly declined.

White man did not know how to live in harmony with the land and ignored the dwindling supplies.

Now in the last centuries, we have accelerated the cycle of extreme reduction of fish, shellfish, other aquatic fauna and thousands of land animal and plants species. Historical records show that species in rivers and lakes worldwide are dwindling.

Mining: The strip mining and mountaintop removal mining has destroyed the mountain water sheds around the world and created ugly scars that will take centuries to heal. Once the land is torn apart all life suffers. None of the life that called the mountain home can live in harmony again. The waters get angry and tear down the mountain in torrent when it storms carrying with it all the junk and poisons the mines left behind. The people and the animals and plants, insects and even the air suffers for a long time.

Strip mining ruined this desert

Strip mining ruined this desert

Mountaintop Removal Mining

Mountaintop Removal Mining

Plastics and throwaway containers have clogged our water systems and oceans around the world. The plastics degrade and dissolve in the water and those toxins are eaten by invertebrates and in turn the fish eat the small critters and the toxins end up in their body tissues to be eaten by us. Other plastics end up in the guts of larger animals and birds and this will kill them and or their offspring they feed it too. Do help clean up the junk everywhere you find it and dispose of it safely and recycle as much as possible. Buy things in biodegradable containers.

plastic killing fields

plastic killing fields

Corporate and personal level: People collectively have refused generally to live responsibly and sustainably. Turning off lights and replacing old bulbs energy efficient one and paper products with recycled goods and drive less or car pool and bike to work.

Restoring and respecting all life and living in harmony with it will remove man from the endangered species list.

The effects of this early loss of wildlife and the ongoing destruction of our ecosystems, endangered nature of our animal and plant populations around the river/waterways ecosystems has not been adequately considered. Top predators and keystone species recently extirpated from freshwaters must be reintroduced. The creation of freshwater protected redevelopment areas are needed.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of terradaily.com/reports/Shifting_Baselines_Confound_River_Restoration_999.html

Excerpts courtesy of terradaily.com/Homes_Pollute_Our_Water_999.html

Image 1. stump http://www.cathedralgrove.eu/pictures/01-3-stump-1.jpg

Image 2. salmon spawning courtesy of photography.nationalgeographic.com/Photography/spawning-atlantic-salmon-738342-ga.jpg

Image 3. AZ. Strip mine in desert courtesy of http://www.carlmaples.com/Arz_Strip_Mine.jpg

Image 4. Mountaintop removal mining courtesy of http://media.tricities.com/tricities/gfx.php?max/NP-Strip_mining_StateLineRidge-080808.jpg

Image 5. Plastic pollution courtesy of http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_plasticocean3.jpg

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Homes_Pollute_Our_Water_999.html

“Saving one baby has regrown these rainforests “


One humble man + one sick baby orangutan
Willie Smit could not forget the sick baby orangutan he saw during his walk at the market. That night he went back to the market area and heard a noise from the trash area and there was the baby orangutan. He took it home and that was the beginning of how the plight of this baby not only changed his life, but the lives of an entire community. By the way, it saved the rainforest and economy in this area as well. Go Willie!
This model with local modifications may transform the world.

The success -the Samboja Project. Please watch and save something in the area you live. Thanks Willie from Mother Nature and all of us for caring and acting to help.

Inspiring video for the ages! Thanks TED for inviting inspiring presenters and freely sharing their experience with all of us.

Resources

Video courtesy of youtube.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vfuCPFb8wk

Image courtesy of greenpeace.org greenpeace.org/sweden/bilder-och-media/bildspel-palmpolja

“Common red worm recycling textile wastes like no other”


The red worm Eisenia foetida is a nondiscrimination eating machine. Long been raised for fishing worms this critter has an important new role in India’s sustainable waste efforts.

Sludge from the textiles industry is usually difficult to dispose of. Landfill and incineration are not viable options given environmental concerns and expense. India’s industrial complex is under pressure to find a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to disposal of industrial sludge.

Red worms eating and composting machines

Red worms eating and composting machines

Vermicomposting is turning solid textile mill sludge spiked with urine-free cow and horse dung, collected from local farms into rich dark soil fertilizer after just 180 days.

Nutrient benefits of worm produced soil

Earthworms lower the pH of the alkaline sludge, free up mineral ions, including potassium, decrease the ratio of carbon to nitrogen of the material, and boost the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus available for plant growth within a matter of weeks.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of Seeddaily.com/reports/Less_Trouble_At_Mill_Thanks_To_Earthworms

Image courtesy of Amystewart.com/images/efetida

“Threatened sea otter numbers decline due to plastic and other pollutants”


The latest static in the toxic effects of degradation of plastic is the Southern California Sea Otter. This adorable ecologically very important, intelligent member of the kelp bed community is struggling to survive because of our pollution. Our misuse, over use of toxins will kill us all.

southern sea otter

southern sea otter

Not only must we stop wrapping, living, eating sleeping, playing with all things plastic, but cleaning up our toxic soup in the ocean is critical if we are all to survive. If man was to disappear today, the plastic in the oceans would continue to breakdown as it is doing now and be forever present in so non-healthy toxic form for hundred of years after man no longer existed.

The contaminants suppress sea otters’ immune systems, making the creatures more susceptible to infectious diseases. Many dead adult otters had enough PCBs to interfere with their physiological functioning. The greatest PCB concentrations were in sea otters that died of infectious diseases. Mortality of breeding age adult especially females will spell doom to the southern sea otter population unless we act to clean up our mess on land, sea and air. The time is now. Every man, woman and child can decrease their use of plastic products and help pick up the litter on the beach, and highways and bi-ways of their country and recycle as much as possible.

Population decline of southern sea otter

Population decline of southern sea otter

The sea otter’s decline in numbers are directly caused by us. Let us all help turn their numbers around and improve live for all of us.

Thank you.

Resources

Image 1. courtesy of biologicaldiversity.org/gallery/SouthernSeaOtter

Graph courtesy of Biologicaldiversity.org/SouthernSeaOtter.png

Endangered Earth series -magnificent photography


The beauty and challenges of our endangered earth

The future of our earth is in our hands.

The future of our earth is in our hands.

Incredible series of YouTube videos called HOME by Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

In 200,000 years on Earth, humanity has upset the balance of the planet, established by nearly four billion years of evolution. The price to pay is high, but we have time to restore our world if we help each other.

There are 22 videos from their around the world travels that have created this great gift to all of us. SO many scientific facts about what we have done to mess things up. Single voice commentary is boring unfortunately. Music is haunting.


Resources

Image courtesy of www.wmei.ws/Pworldhands.jpg

Video courtesy of Youtube and Yann Arthus-Bertrand

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cgz5BELaYW0 intro

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxENMKaeCU

http://www.youtube.com/homeprojecthttp://www.youtube.com/homeproject

http://www.home-2009.com

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