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Victory For The Barnacle Geese In Täby Community, Sweden! Won't Be Culled! :)))

Victory For The Barnacle Geese In Täby Community, Sweden! Won't Be Culled! :))) | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it
Personal engagement in a small scale in environmental and animal rights issues could sometimes be very succesful. I read in my local paper in Sweden, that my Community was going to cull a larger nu...
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Coldwater Farm Wildlife Update

Coldwater Farm Wildlife Update | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it
Coldwater Farm Update for Spring 2014 This morning I saw the first Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) of the year.  It was flying alone and did not stop to let me take a photo.  Conservation stat...
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U. S. National Park Week

U. S. National Park Week | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it

Celebrate National Park Week April 19th – 27th and discover the natural, historical, and cultural treasures in America’s 400+ national parks.

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Wolf Weekly Wrap- Up - Defenders of Wildlife Blog

Wolf Weekly Wrap- Up - Defenders of Wildlife Blog | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it
California wavering on protection for gray wolves under state law; Defenders of Wildlife featured on the HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell show tonight; A close up look at the science: wolf breeding pairs in Idaho; bad bills for Mexican gray wolves in Arizona.
Garry Rogers's insight:

It is embarrassing that the AZ legislators have passed legislation that permits killing wolves on public (federal) land.

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7th Bear--Including An Adult Female Bear--Killed After Woman Bitten in Florida

7th Bear--Including An Adult Female Bear--Killed After Woman Bitten in Florida | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it
[Never mind that the subdivision backs up against a wildlife sanctuary. When a non-human animal dares to threaten a human, it's not just an eye for an eye, but SEVEN pairs of eyes for an injury.] 7...
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NASA GISS Shows March 2014 Was Third Hottest on Record as Arctic Heatwave Spurs Siberian Fire Season to Early Start

NASA GISS Shows March 2014 Was Third Hottest on Record as Arctic Heatwave Spurs Siberian Fire Season to Early Start | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it
  (NASA GISS Global Land-Ocean Temperature Anomaly vs the, already hotter than normal, 1951 to 1980 mean. Image source: NASA.) According to NASA's Global Land-Ocean Temperature Index, overall ...
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March For Elephants | Saving The Elephant From Extinction

March For Elephants | Saving The Elephant From Extinction | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it
March for Elephants is passionate about changing the story on behalf of elephants. Elephants in the wild are slated for extinction in 10 years. Join the cause.
Garry Rogers's insight:

Elephants will not be extinct in 10 years, but it might not be much longer than that.  Worldwide support from humans is needed now.

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Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 111 - Dorcas Gazelle

Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 111 - Dorcas Gazelle | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it
  "We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of...
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Take Part in World Week for Animals in Laboratories

Take Part in World Week for Animals in Laboratories | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it
April 20-26, 2014 Please Help End the Needless Abuse of Animals for Cosmetics Testing Please join In Defense of Animals (IDA) and others for World Week for Animals in Laboratories. IDA is sponsorin...
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CANNED HUNTING: South Africa's SHAME

CANNED HUNTING: South Africa's SHAME | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it
There is something so reprehensible about Canned hunting that people worldwide, from all walks of life, came together on March 15, 2014 to protest against it.                                       ...
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Make a Mark for Wildlife: Arizona Wildlife Tax Check-off

Make a Mark for Wildlife: Arizona Wildlife Tax Check-off | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it

"The Arizona Wildlife Fund is a voluntary program that allows Arizona taxpayers to help conserve the state’s wildlife simply by marking the Arizona Wildlife box on the annual state tax return.

"Since Arizona started the program more than 25 years ago, contributions to the fund have aided the conservation and reintroduction of many species, including bald eagles, black-footed ferrets, California condors, Apache trout, Mexican wolves and several of the state’s most intriguing desert reptiles and amphibians."

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Help give renosterveld a home - Africa Geographic Magazine Blog

Help give renosterveld a home - Africa Geographic Magazine Blog | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it
On the southernmost end of the African continent lies the smallest, but richest, plant kingdom on Earth: the Cape Floristic Kingdom. Within this incredible system is a plethora of different vegetation types all facing various levels of threat. However, there are none so threatened as the lowland renosterveld.
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Another oil leak reported in southern Utah; At The Grand Staircase Now....Which I have been and down my few times myself....

Another oil leak reported in southern Utah; At The Grand Staircase Now....Which I have been and down my few times myself.... | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it
(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Burnt sagebrush and oil-covered junipers line the perimeter of the pond at Citation Oil Company's #11 oil well leak in Dixie National Forest, Wednesday, April...
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Imperiled parks -- the 'new normal'?

Imperiled parks -- the 'new normal'? | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it

Protected areas are our single best hope for conserving nature.  But as the human populace expands, more and more parks are facing a growing array of threats.  Are imperiled parks becoming the 'new normal'?

Too many pressures on parks... (photo by William Laurance)

As examples, here's a smattering of recent news about imperiled parks:

- A British petroleum corporation will soon begin seismic testing inside
Virunga National Park, a famed World Heritage site in the Democratic
Republic of Congo.  Just last week, Virunga's Chief Warden was gravely wounded by unknown gunmen, and in the last decade more than 140 park rangers have been murdered there. 

- In Thailand, illegal logging is so plaguing another World Heritage site,
the Dong Phayayen - Khao Yai Forest Complex, that the IUCN has recommended it be classified as a "World Heritage Site in Danger".  The Thai government is now making a belated attempt to combat illegal logging in the park.

- A recent study by E. Bernard and colleagues has documented 93 instances in which national parks in Brazil have been downsized or de-gazetted since 1981.  Such actions have increased markedly in frequency since 2008, the authors say.

- As highlighted in recent ALERT blogs and press releases, national parks in Ecuador, New Zealand, and Australia are also facing an array of new challenges.

An apt analogy is the little Dutch boy, desperately sticking his fingers
into a dyke that is springing ever more leaks. 

But what choice do we have?  Even a struggling park is far better than no park at all. 

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Wildlife response to climate change is likely underestimated, experts warn

Wildlife response to climate change is likely underestimated, experts warn | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it
Analyzing thousands of breeding bird surveys sent in by citizen scientists across the western United States and Canada over 35 years, wildlife researchers report that most of the 40 songbird species they studied shifted either northward or toward...
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Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 112 - The Polar Bear

Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 112 - The Polar Bear | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it
"Global warming is no longer a philosophical threat, no longer a future threat, no longer a threat at all.  It's our reality" Bill McKibben Global warming - Is it really a myth or an absolute reali...
Garry Rogers's insight:

We might still save Polar Bears.  Some paths to take are apparent in this blog post.

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Protect Rare Bird Species from Extinction

Protect Rare Bird Species from Extinction | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it
Western yellow-billed cuckoos once lived in abundance in the Western United States. Due to the near-total destruction of their natural habitat, they now face possible extinction. Tell the government to save this species by granting it federal protection.
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Consumers: Refuse To Purchase Captive Birds

Consumers: Refuse To Purchase Captive Birds | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it
Cruelty Of International Bird Trade People are fascinated at the sight and chirping of birds in pet shops and are willing to pay huge sums just to own an exotic species. But “bird lovers” show hard...
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Participate In World Week for Animals in Labs -- Plan an Event.

Participate In World Week for Animals in Labs -- Plan an Event. | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it

Please register your event for World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL) today. IDA sponsors this annual event to ensure that the suffering of animals in laboratories is not forgotten and to encourage the use of non-animal based testing models.

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Burlington Coat Factory: Go fur-free to help animals

Burlington Coat Factory: Go fur-free to help animals | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it
Every year millions of animals are killed for the fur industry. One of the companies to profit from this misery is Burlington Coat Factory, a company...
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Texas farmers fear arrival of new Dust Bowl

Texas farmers fear arrival of new Dust Bowl | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it

"Texas farmers fear arrival of new Dust Bowl  Those who have lived in America most of their lives know a little something of the Dust Bowl era during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Now, Texans are becoming concerned about yet another Dust Bowl scenario as droughts in various regions within the state are getting worse."

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Danica Kloes's curator insight, April 8, 11:08 AM

I think the reality of a possible Dust Bowl is frightening for many people. Fortunately, we don't have to really worry about this possibility in our area of WA, but other places and states do. I will agree with what the author of the article said, that to keep this kind of stuff from happening we need to move away from GMO crops, monoculture farming, and start more organic, smaller farming plans. This may not seem like the most efficient way, but it will benefit us long term. If we producing food in this way, we should expect many more Dust Bowls to come.

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Recall: Something Even Nastier than Usual Lurks in Tyson Chicken Nuggets!!!

Recall: Something Even Nastier than Usual Lurks in Tyson Chicken Nuggets!!! | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it
Sunday, April 6, 2014 Recall: Something Even Nastier than Usual Lurks in Tyson Chicken Nuggets Daisy Luther Activist Post Just in case chicken “nuggets” aren’t disgusting enough, now Tyson has been...
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A Supply-Side Voice for the Timber Industry

A Supply-Side Voice for the Timber Industry | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it

The Evergreen Foundation supports sustainable forest harvest.  It's board of directors is composed of industry and finance managers and former government employees.  The Foundation has a negative view toward "environmentalists."  The Foundation supports the U. S. Forest Service's use of public funds to increase forest health and improve harvests for private forestry companies.

Garry Rogers's insight:

Unfortunately, supply-side economics often exhibits industry-specific tunnel vision that disregards ecosystem consequences of dwindling biodiversity and natural resources.

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Chinese orchids are in trouble, here's how to save them | Conservation

Chinese orchids are in trouble, here's how to save them | Conservation | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it
Orchid species suffer thanks to their use in Traditional Medicine. Most conservation efforts don't work but some scientists have an unconventional proposal.
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HARBIN, China: China’s tiger parks under fire from conservationists, animal cruelty experts | Asia | McClatchy DC

HARBIN, China: China’s tiger parks under fire from conservationists, animal cruelty experts | Asia | McClatchy DC | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News (#EcoSciFi) | Scoop.it
The tourists piled into the bus, which took them through a series of gates into an enclosed, snow-covered field. Within minutes, the bus _ modified so that a steel cage covered the windows _ was surrounded by more than 20 Siberian tigers.
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