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July 18th, 2014
5:55
 

I have to admit – I stole the title for this post (’cause it made me giggle and want to say “what the heck???!!!”)

Maybe your future lies in studying the creatures of the sea and the benefits they bring to us.  They both fascinated and frightened our ancestors – perhaps you find them mysterious and enticing, too!

Why whale poo is good for the oceans… and us

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Hey to Duke University for the part they play in this research!

 

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July 14th, 2014
6:14
 

For naturalists, the decline of the bee population worldwide has been more than alarming – it’s a threat of epic proportions.  Studies are ongoing and much research is underway to determine the causes (pesticides? pollution? disease?) for the drop in numbers of these marvelous pollinators so vital to Earth’s sustainability.

Watch the video to see the ‘backpacks’ being used in Australia to provide clues to buzzing behavior -  (Think about it the next time you stir honey into your tea!)

Bees fitted with tiny sensors to help scientists study their decline

For more on research studies in Australia, visit the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) website

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Building a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.  That is the mission of  World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), of which I’ve been a supporter for many years.

One of their initiatives currently underway is the pilot of a Payment for Environmental Services (PES) program.  PES is the practice of offering incentives to farmers or landowners in exchange for managing their land to provide an ecological service.  In this instance, a watershed plan is being undertaken for the Mara River Basin.  (60% located in Kenya and 40% in Tanzania.)

The goal of PES for the Mara River Basin is improved water quality as well as improved flow regime that will catalyze sustainable watershed management and create a win-win situation between the community (the land-owners) and the private sector partners. Furthermore, the upstream farmers will see an improvement in livelihoods as slow down of soil erosion and reverse of forest loss leading to an increase in agricultural productivity.

Read all about it:  Piloting PES in the Mara River Basin

Click on the panda & get informed on all of the global good being done by WWF!  WWF logo

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I’m a longtime member of The Nature Conservancy.  They do amazing projects all over the world.  Here’s one of the ecosystems they are working to preserve…

http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/canada/placesweprotect/great-bear-rainforest.xml

…conservation must step beyond traditional boundaries. It must go beyond the preservation of individual parks or preserves and protect the ecological integrity of the entire system while at the same time respecting indigenous cultures and strengthening local economies.

spirit-bear    A Kermode bear or “spirit bear” (Ursus americanus kermodei) on Gribbell Island in the Great Bear Rainforest of Canada. The 21-million-acre Great Bear Rainforest is the largest coastal temperate rainforest on Earth. © Jon McCormack

…ongoing work will be critical to preserving a healthy future for the Great Bear Rainforest and the human and natural communities that depend on it.

Check out their site to see what opportunities  may lie in store for you:  Conservancy

 

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June 13th, 2014
7:19
 

Will we face a new kind of potato famine in the coming decade?  New EU reforms fail European Wildlife

Here’s one scary prediction:  “…the environmental reforms are so diluted they will be of no benefit to European wildlife, and biodiversity will continue to decline across the continent.”  Will the work YOU do be part of the solution?

Devon blue butterfly Common Blue Butterfly by Matt Clark

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