“Nature’s Crusaders 2 Thumbs up Award goes to Care2 and you”


Thanks Care2 and thanks to all Nature’s Crusaders readers who are passionate about helping Mother Nature’s people, wildlife and environment.

These huge victories show that you’ve made a difference.

Guam Signs a Bill Banning Shark Finning
Guam became the third country to ban shark finning, a process that cruelly removes the fins off sharks to make

One fin catch shark slaughter

shark fin soup. Nearly 15,000 signatures went out to the Governor of Guam and he listened. Great work and we hope others will follow in Guam’s footsteps to ban shark finning. Read more.

Costco Has Become a Leader in the Sustainable Seafood Industry

Costco has become a leader in the sustainable seafood industry by stopping the sales of 12 “red-listed” seafood species. Greenpeace and over 30,000 Care2 members convinced Costco that fishing “red-listed” seafood is not only damaging to the environment, but often these fish are harmful to humans. Thanks Costco! Read more.

Canada Won’t Air Fox News Style Broadcasting
After the public discovered that the Conservative Harper government was attempting to change the rules that prevented media outlets from broadcasting false or misleading news, their reaction was swift and decisive. Activists got together to let the Canadian government know they won’t allow false news to be broadcast. All attempts to change the rules were abandoned and Canada will continue to have honest news broadcasting. Read more.

Thank you for your efforts and for being a part of Nature’s Crusaders and the Care2 community. You’ve made a real difference in the lives of people and animals.

You can share your own success stories with us by emailing care2 and Nature’s Crusaders

 

Nature’s Crusaders 2 thumbs up Award goes to Care2 this month for all its efforts and dedicated consistent hard work to help our planet be healthier, happier and safer for all.

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“Rx for Restoring a wildflower meadow”


Breeding skylarks have already returned to the 24-acre grassland and it is hoped that more animals will join them soon.

In the UK, Skylark numbers have declined over the last 30 years, as determined by the Common Bird Census started in the early 1960s by The British Trust for Ornithology. There are now only 10% of the numbers that were present 30 years ago. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) have shown that this massive decline is mainly due to changes in farming practices and only partly due to pesticides.

In the past cereals were planted in the spring, grown through the summer and harvested in the early autumn. Cereals are now planted in the autumn, grown through the winter and are harvested in the early summer. The winter grown fields are much too dense in summer for the Skylark to be able to walk and run between the wheat stems to find its food.

English farmers are now encouraged and paid to maintain and create biodiversity for improving the habitat for Skylarks. Natural England’s Environmental Stewardship Scheme offers 5 and 10 year grants for various beneficial options.

For example there is an option where the farmer can opt to grow a spring cereal instead of a winter one, and leave the stubble untreated with pesticide over the winter. The British Trust for Ornithology likens the stubbles to ‘giant bird tables’ – providing spilt grain and weed seed to foraging birds.

The RSPB’s research, over a six year period, of winter-planted wheat fields has shown that suitable nesting areas for Skylarks can be made by turning the seeding machine off (or lifting the drill) for a 5 to 10 meters stretch as the tractor goes over the ground to briefly stop the seeds being sown. This is repeated in several areas within the same field to make about two skylark plots per hectare. Subsequent spraying and fertilizing can be continuous over the entire field.

Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) suggests that Skylark plots should not be nearer than 24 m to the perimeter of the field, should not be near to telegraph poles, and should not be enclosed by trees.

When the crop grows, the Skylark plots (areas without crop seeds) become areas of low vegetation where Skylarks can easily hunt insects, and can build their well camouflaged ground nests. These areas of low vegetation are just right for Skylarks, but the wheat in the rest of the field becomes too closely packed and too tall for the bird to seek food. At the RSPB’s research farm in Cambridgeshire Skylark numbers have increased threefold (from 10 pairs to 30 pairs) over six years. Fields where Skylarks were seen the year before (or near by) would be obvious good sites for Skylark plots. Farmers have reported that skylark plots are easy to make and the RSPB hope that this simple effective technique can be copied nationwide.

Wild flower meadows across the country are being lost due to development, intensive agriculture and forestry.

Bill Quay Community Farm to the rescue

Hebridean sheep and Longhorn cattle from Bill Quay Community Farm have been used to help bring back life to the meadow at Wardley, Gateshead.
Livestock grazing allows wild flowers to prosper benefitting insects and other animals.
It’s not just the animals that are helped by the improvements though.
There are new footpaths and hedgerows in the meadow and hundreds of yards of old derelict post and wire fencing have been removed.
The improvements to the Wardley meadow by the restoration of flower rich grasslands play a part in the Durham Biodiversity Action Plan which exists to help threatened species and habitats.
Gateshead Council cabinet member for the environment, councillor Martin Gannon said: “It is always sad to see natural habitats destroyed and it is estimated that a staggering 95% of this country’s flower-rich meadows have been lost since the 1930s.
It is brilliant news that skylarks and animals can once again be seen and heard  over  and on the meadow at Wardley.

It is hoped the plans will ease the pressure on threatened species.

“big smile and thanks” – Mother Nature
Resources

Excerpts and Image 1. http://bit.ly/eBwBrk

Excerpts and Image 2. http://bbc.in/hneHGT

“Prayer+ action no despair-kidnapped WWFs India”


“May all these young tiger and elephant counters find their way home safely. Our prayers, hearts and support go out to all involved. Stay in prayer ans visualize them home safely.  Use prayer not despair.” -Mother Nature

A massive manhunt led by hundreds of police, Army and BSF personnel are searching the jungles of Haltugaon division in Kokrajhar district and in Manas National Park in Chirang districttrying to find three male WWF-India volunteers who were abducted on February 6. The whereabouts of Gautam Kishore Sarma, Pranjal Saikia and Syed Naushad Zaman is not known for the past four days.

Six WWF volunteers were kidnapped. The three women were released and found wandering on the edge of the tiger reserve.

No one group has taken credit for the abduction. Although a spokesperson for the abductors is negotiating the ransom. A senior police official said the militants had whisked away the WWF-India activists for a huge ransom. A search operation had been launched in Ripu Chirang Wildlife Sanctuary bordering the foothills of Bhutan to rescue them. “The three WWF activists have been held captive somewhere along the Indo-Bhutan border. Efforts are on to rescue them,” an SSB official said on condition of anonymity, adding they were trying level best to rescue them. All the forces have already been deployed, the official said.

A pall of gloom has descended on the families of the three boys, members of WWF-India and forest officials since the unknown Bodo militants kidnapped the WWF activists on Sunday evening. The conservation volunteers were kidnapped by a 20-member gang of Bodo armed
militants at Ultapani reserve forest. An unknown Bodo militant group, ARONAI’, is behind the kidnapping.

“May all these young tiger and elephant counters find their way home safely. Our prayers, hearts and support go out to all involved. Stay in prayer ans visualize them home safely Use prayer not despair.” -Mother Nature

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of   http://bit.ly/h57Doc

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Image courtesy of  http://bit.ly/i06RTY

“Origins of a miracle to save Gulf sea life”


The birth of a movement

Gulf Water safety Corexit is  still in use trying to hide the oil underwater in the water and wildlife. Oilspill isn’t gone Seafood isn’t safe Rally

Corexit needs to EXIT

“I decided if I wanted a miracle to save our coast, I’d join forces with 1,000,000 Strong Against Offshore Drilling And work to make it happen Lemonade 4 Wildlife is born. Now The Kids And I are Working Miracles!!!

Oilspill isn’t gone Seafood isn’t safe

Join us at Rally Shrimp Festival Weekend in Gulf Shores Alabama on October 8 – 9, 2010.

Come join us for our Health Forum Saturday evening in Orange Beach , Al. after our final Rally in Gulf Shores . Forum is where we’ll have our speakers explaining more in depth the health effects of the oilspill and Corexit 9527A.

Can anyone suggest how or who could help them get permits?

Looks like we’re gonna run into some serious permit issues so …

We’ve decided all of us will wear our own White T-shirt decorated with whatever message you want the world to hear about the safety of our waters , sand and seafood here along the Gulf Coast.We only ask that you keep it clean as we don’t want to offend only inform. We’ll be walking through the Shrimp Festival passing out flyers and posting them on cars. We will get our… message out and be heard. We’re still trying to set up a locatFacebookion to have our speakers and anyone else who’d like to share their story is Welcome (Please share in person or online at ). That information will be on the flyers we pass out . Please remember this is a work in progress and its getting bigger all the time.

Guardians of The Gulf are also working with us so a wanna send a special THANK YOU to them!!
This is an event geared towards raising public awareness that we’re being deceived by not only BP but our Government as well. They want the American Public to Believe the Oil is gone and the Gulf seafood, water, and beaches are safe. This couldn’t be farther from the truth Corexit still being used and we are all at risk.

While public officials and BP claim that dispersant use was halted in May for Corexit 9527A and on July 19 for Corexit 9500A, evidence collected by Gulf residents has shown that dispersants are being used in nearshore and inland waters, close to highly populated areas across the Gulf. Further, oil and the Corexit marker have been found in air and inland water.

Join us to try and change the perception of oil spill and its health effects.
Quoted from Facebook

People helping People create a safer world for us all.  Mother Nature thanks you.

“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

“The Solar Knight is saving endangered animals”


Stephen Gold of  San Francisco never dreamed of becoming the solar energy knight in shining armor for struggling nonprofits, but one conference he attended changed his life forever.

Making a difference one person or group at a time.

Learning that cheetah conservationist Rebecca Klein’s needed cheap sustainable energy to conduct her research in Botswana, Stephen decided to help.After all he had designed his own solar home.

Gold contacted Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) director Charles Knowles and volunteered to help.

After interviewing WCN-supported conservationists, Gold found six who were in great need of electricity.  They were using either diesel generators or antiquated solar electric systems, inadequate for their needs.

After three years,  his nonstop fund raising efforts from corporations and individuals, Gold amassed about $450,000 of solar equipment.
To date there are 8 different systems on-line in Kenya, Ethiopia and Botswana. As of June 2009, 6 new systems are being put together for others in Mozambique, Tanzania, Mongolia and another for Kenya.

Now dubbed, the Solar Knight by Mother Nature  of NC,  his latest efforts will bring much needed solar power to help conserve another endangered species the Snow Leopard. The project will light up the Base camp Mongolia will continue to buzz with activity throughout the summer, including the assembly of a donated solar power unit that will provide more than 2,300 watts of power to the current and future work of the Long-term Ecological Study.

Special thanks to Stephen Gold and the Wildlife Conservation Network’s Solar Program.

Please help Stephen and the Wildlife Conservation Network continue this vital sustainable solar projects around the world.

Click here for solar support. or wildlifeconservationnetwork.org

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  www.wcnsolarproject.org

Excerpts courtesy of wildlifeconservationnetwork.org

Excerpts courtesy of  wildlifeconservationnetwork.org/snowleopard

Image 1. courtesy of   ethiopianwolf.org/solar%20panels.jpg

Image 2. courtesy of  blog.snowleopard.org

“Gulf of Mexico crisis brings caring nations together”


Help is being offered from many countries and the US is accepting assistance from 12 countries to date.  Only Mexico and the International Maritime Organization and the Monitoring and Information Center has offered assistance without expecting remuneration.
More than 30 countries and international organizations have offered to help with the spill.Most of the countries and groups have offered skimmers, boom or dispersant chemicals, according to a chart on the State Department’s website. From mid May Mexico,  Norway and Brazil have been hard as work helping the US.
To date there were 24 foreign vessels working in the Gulf as part of the clean up team. Nine countries had provided boom, skimmers and other assistance.
The International Maritime Organization and the Monitoring and Information Center, run by the European Commission are offering technical assistance. Mexico, Norway, Holland and Japan are providing skimmers; Canada is providing containment boom; and Croatia is pitching in with technical advice.
With the possibility that these BP contaminants could effect all the oceans of the world endangering all life, it would be wise for everyone to pitch in to solve this potential international crisis.

Resources

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

Excerpts courtesy of  http://bit.ly/b2Y4ee

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

“How Cherrios are helping to save the Everglades”


Cleaning up a man made mess.  Working together to redress the insults to Mother Earth.

“The problem is the Everglades are our water supply.” Eric Buermann, Southern Florida Water Management District. “And there’s only 40 percent of the natural Everglades left after man’s drainage and decimation of the natural environment.”

Investing almost $1 billion the state for Florida has instituted a research program to correct the growing problem. Engineers hope to apply what scientists learn to get water running again where there’s too much of it and let it flow into places where there’s much too little of it, like the Everglades National Park

Will this work to save the unique habitat be damaged by the oil approaching the Everglades?

Cherrios are helping to save the the watery wetland’s water flow patterns.  Check out the video.

What do you think?  

Look at the work being done to try to restore part of the Everglades.

Resources

Video courtesy of YOUTUBE

“Why not try the hair booms now?”


Remind me why we are not using these hair booms with the oil flooding the Gulf?
Check out this experiment in the video showing the absorption of oil by conventional booms and the hair boom.

We could hold cut-a-thons across the US thousands would gladly donate to this worthy cause.
With dead dolphins washing on shore time to act.

Resource
Video
courtesy of YOUTUBE.com

“Golf balls and shredded tires – the Gulf spill”


Oil companies and the federal office of Minerals Management that oversees them have caused this mess in the Gulf of Mexico. Blinded by greed and fueled by arrogance and complacency, they have continued to drill deeper and deeper into unknown waters for crude. No one was willing to pay for research to be done for the safety improvements needed to protect the ocean. Companies have been allowed to use the same practices in deep waters that failed to provide safety in shallow waters.

The next tool in the BP arsenal to stop the gusher of oil pouring into the gulf may be golf  balls and shredded tires at the spill site.

Federal studies and interviews show over the past seven years:

  • increased dangers of exploration in deep waters that  were not researched
  • despite a series of warnings and leaks safety systems were not improved
  • malfunctions to rigging equipment went unimproved
  • near-misses over the years in both shallow and deep waters were ignored.

From an oil conference report seven years ago of high level oil executives,  the conclusion was drawn that they could not afford the money for the research and development of equipment in advance of a crisis. One of the authors of this report was an executive with Transocean, Ltd., the offshore drilling contractor that owned the Deepwater Horizon.

As horrific as this conclusion is knowing what  has happened in the Gulf, this complacency is everywhere. Daily as a society we randomly dispose of so many products made from petroleum -plastics of all kind. Stop our plastic and addiction to gasoline and the need for oil decreases.

Check out video

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  The Miami Herald.com


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