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A Warming Planet Jolts the Iconic Creatures of the Galápagos

A Warming Planet Jolts the Iconic Creatures of the Galápagos | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
"Failure to take pressure off the Galápagos’ flora and fauna could kill the booby that laid the golden egg: Of the seven animal species that tourists rank most important to their visit—tortoises, sea turtles, marine and land iguanas, penguins, blue-footed boobies, and sea lions—all are expected to decline because of climate change, according to a…
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This beautifully illustrated story gives details on a number of species being harmed by climate change. All animals must struggle to survive. Now, with human-caused global warming, their struggle is becoming more difficult. Deaths are increasing, and extinction has appeared on the horizon.
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Wildlife Trafficking: The Sordid Connection | Daily Maverick

Wildlife Trafficking: The Sordid Connection | Daily Maverick | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The shadowy collusion of South Africa with Mozambique, Laos and Vietnam is satiating Asia’s great thirst for illegally trafficked wildlife, writes ADAM CRUISE.

Via Wildlife Margrit
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Grassland harvest could conserve resources, benefit farmers, and curb government spending

Grassland harvest could conserve resources, benefit farmers, and curb government spending | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The USDA's Farm Service Agency established the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) 30 years ago in an effort to improve water quality, reduce soil erosion, and increase habitat for sensitive wildlife species. The program pays rent to farmers in exchange for land to be taken out of row crop production and planted with species that improve environmental quality. Thereafter, the land and its cover crop are to be left essentially untouched for the duration of the 10- to 15-year contract. But what if the biomass from CRP land could be harvested as a source for bioenergy? A team led by University of Illinois researchers set out to determine potential biomass yield and economic benefits of using CRP land to meet government mandates for ethanol production.

"In 2008, we started long term research at the field scale. We wanted to estimate CRP biomass yield and best management practices, including nitrogen application rates and harvest timing, to maximize yield," notes the study's principal investigator, U of I agronomist D.K. Lee.
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GR:  Jeeze!  Here is another example of the never-ending search for a way to make a profit off the land without regard for wildlife or soil ecology.

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Protect Rattlesnakes from Senseless Killings

Protect Rattlesnakes from Senseless Killings | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Daniel Ashe Goal: List the desert massasauga rattlesnake as an endangered species so that its population may be protected The desert massasauga rattlesnake is a distinctive creature found in the grasslands of...
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Rattlesnakes of the western U. S. tend to be shy, non-aggressive regulators of small mammal populations.  Like gophersnakes that kill by squeezing, rattlesnakes are part of the complex equation that produces a balanced ecosystem.  Removing them might disrupt the balance and lead to other losses. 

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Predator Killing Contest Environmental Assessment Available for 15-day Comment Period

Predator Killing Contest Environmental Assessment Available for 15-day Comment Period | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The BLM is asking for comments on an Environmental Assessment that examines the impacts of issuing a Special Recreation Permit (SRP) to conduct a predator killing contest on BLM lands. The comment ...
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GR:  Please send a comment to the BLM.  Instead of killing predators, we should be tending to the habitats that their prey need.  With more than half of Earth's vertebrates wiped out by humans since 1970 (report by World Wildlife Fund), it is past time to begin conserving wildlife species, not killing them for fun.

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Another Reason to Save Sea Otters: They’re Helping Fight Climate Change

Another Reason to Save Sea Otters: They’re Helping Fight Climate Change | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The imperiled marine mammals preserve kelp forests, which absorb carbon from the atmosphere.
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The decline of Sea Otters reminds us that large animals play a large role in Earth ecosystems.  Unfortunately, the new human regime has hit them hardest.  Losing the ecosystem regulators probably accelerates the extinction of smaller species.

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Wildlife photographer, Paul Goldstein makes an impassioned plea to the public about elephant conservation - using his majestic photo album

Wildlife photographer, Paul Goldstein makes an impassioned plea to the public about elephant conservation - using his majestic photo album | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
More than 20,000 elephants were killed on the continent last year for their ivory tusks - which earn a fortune as they are traded illegally in China and south-east Asia.  Their tragic situation has...
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Taking an animal's life for food or for a small body part is common human behavior.  This makes it difficult to enlist local protection for endangered wildlife.  There are examples of local people fighting to protect their land. The motivation is usually fear of change, or economic self-interest blended with appreciation for the land.  There might be cases where the fight was purely out of love for the animals, but I don't know this. 

Perhaps the answer to elephant, tiger, pangolin, and rhino protection is to relocate people who care to the places of need.  Just as Peace Corps volunteers go to help the people, Wildlife Corps volunteers could go to help the animals.  Social and political problems would be huge, but not insoluble.

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About The Great Sunflower Project

About The Great Sunflower Project | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

People all over the country are collecting data on pollinators in their yards, gardens, schools and parks. Together, we take counts of the number and types of pollinators visiting plants (especially sunflowers). We have been gathering information on pollinator service since 2008, and now have the largest single body of information about bee pollinator service in North America. Thanks to our thousands of observers, we can determine where pollinator service is strong or weak compared to averages.

Why It's Important

Over the past few years, scientific studies have suggested that both honey bee and native bee populations are in trouble. What we don't know is how this is affecting pollination of our gardens, crops and wild lands. In 2008, we started this project as a way to gather information about our urban, suburban and rural bee populations and to give you the tools to learn about what is happening with the pollinators in your yard.

How You Can Help

While we love to get data from our namesake species, Lemon Queen Sunflowers, you can participate by watching a plant and recording how many pollinators visit, or recording pollinators as you take your favorite hike!

Seeds can be purchased at your local store or through Renee's Garden who will donate 25% of her proceeds if you use the coupon code FR225A. Do join us!

We would love to have you; let’s help our most important pollinators together!

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GR:  Here's a splendid opportunity to contribute to nature conservation.  Choose a location and make a checklist of the butterflies, bumblebees, and hummingbirds you see.  Report your results to the Great Sunflower Project.  Now you're working.

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Save Reservoir Animals from Intentional Water Drainage

Save Reservoir Animals from Intentional Water Drainage | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Target: Mayor Percy Bland of Meridian, Mississippi Goal: Relocate fish and other animals that are dying because of the intentional draining of their native reservoir The city of Meridian, Mississippi has slowly begun to drain the water from a...
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Fish, amphibians, waterfowl, dragonflies, mammals, and more depend on water.  They all feel pain and fear and deserve better treatment than this.

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The grey parrot’s perilous journey from the forests of Congo to solitary confinement in your living room.

The grey parrot’s perilous journey from the forests of Congo to solitary confinement in your living room. | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

rey parrots are one of Africa’s treasures, and seeing them bank and wheel in the skies in noisy flocks, or chatter in the canopies as they forage is a delight and privilege. They surely represent freedom in its purest form. But grey parrots are also the epitome of life behind bars. These intelligent, enigmatic birds are perhaps best known as the feathered entertainers that chirp, wolf-whistle and mimic their way into our hearts from cages in homes across the globe. So this is the story of a special bird that is vanishing from Africa’s forests as fast as morning mist under a tropical sun, and how our fascination for a species can lead to its extermination from the wild.
   The history of the grey parrot’s domestication dates at least as far back as 2000 BC with Egyptian hieroglyphics clearly depicting grey parrots as pets. The ancient Greeks also valued them, as did wealthy Romans who often kept them in ornate cages....

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We have no moral right to capture and imprison wild animals. The species we take have families and societies, they feel fear and loneliness, and they play important roles in natural ecosystems.  This insensitive practice by humans has created a commercial enterprise that threatens extinction for many species.

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Forget the war for biodiversity, it’s just war.

Forget the war for biodiversity, it’s just war. | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

A contributed essay from Professor Rosaleen Duffy, Professor of Political Ecology of Development, SOAS, University of London.

Conservationists are facing some difficult and critically important choices over how to conserve elephants and rhinos in the wake of a rapid rise in poaching. But there appears to be a rush towards more militarised responses, which intersect with the strategic aims of the US-led ‘War on Terror’. Elephants and rhinos themselves may be fast becoming the latest weapon in this war. This is not ‘back to the barriers’, which implies a defensive position - it is an ‘offensive’ position extending well beyond protected areas. It could easily lead to an escalation of violence that will undermine decades of work with local communities, and it runs counter to the Conservation Initiative on Human Rights.

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Good discussion of the use of force to protect wildlife.

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Take Action: End Taxpayer Spending on Wildlife Killing (Caution: Graphic Content)

Take Action: End Taxpayer Spending on Wildlife Killing (Caution: Graphic Content) | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Take Action: On Tuesday, July 22nd, at 9AM, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will discuss the future of Wildlife Services funding. The County has approved Wildlife Services funding since the early 20th century.
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A Welcome Political Initiative to Preserve Life in The Oceans

A Welcome Political Initiative to Preserve Life in The Oceans | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"It has been a while since this blog waded into the murky & sordid waters of politics, but recent national news demands notice…and, for once, the political news is good rather than awful!"

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A Survey of the “War on Wildlife”: How Conflict Affects Conservation

A Survey of the “War on Wildlife”: How Conflict Affects Conservation | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
This review comes at a time when human migration, conflict, development, and climate change threaten to destabilize many ecosystems around the world.
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Conflicts should perhaps be included in the list of the top nature destroying human activities. This gives us construction and farming, global warming, invasive species, pesticides and toxic wastes, soil erosion, resource harvesting (deforestation, fishing, and hunting), and conflict. As global warming advances, conflict will probably move up in the list.
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Koalas are Fading Away

Koalas are Fading Away | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Not only are habitat losses causing greater short-term harm than climate change, so are invasive species. However, climate change is roaring up behind and will soon be causing greater harm than all other factors.
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How can we let this happen? Human overpopulation and impact are destroying wildlife and we grumble about some guy grabbing genitals.
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Reserves and parks not enough to protect nature – David Attenborough

Reserves and parks not enough to protect nature – David Attenborough | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Urgent:  "Broadcaster calls for radical new approach to conservation, urging people to use all spaces from gardens to roadside verges to help wildlife.

"Speaking at the RSPB’s Conference for Nature in London, Attenborough said it was now understood that British wildlife was in grave peril of disappearing. “50% of the hedgehog population has gone in 25 years, 90% of the wildlife meadows have disappeared in 100 years; 60% of all wildlife is diminishing and in danger, with 10% doomed to disappear in the next decades. Nowhere in Britain is unsullied, is unaffected by human action. We now have a huge population living cheek by jowl with nature”.

Garry Rogers's insight:

GR:  As the human population and impact grows, wildlife is declining worldwide just as in the U.K. The National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitat program covers basic ideas.  Start there.  Then, look for opportunities to recommend other sites.  As Attenborough says, many other places that we modify and use can be habitat.


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Collapse of Avian Biodiversity in the Pacific - MAHB

Collapse of Avian Biodiversity in the Pacific - MAHB | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
We arrived off Ducie Island at dawn on October 12. The rough seas and the air above the low atoll in the Pitcairn group of the South Pacific were alive with birds.

Our last stop was Easter Island, one of the most isolated islands in the world, some 1200 miles east of the Pitcairn group and 2000 miles from South America.  Easter Island is the site of an ecocatastrophe, made famous by Jared Diamond.[4]  All of its native birds are extinct, replaced by a collection of “garbage birds” (ones not sought by bird-watchers), especially the wide-ranging South American Diuca finch pictured here, which flits among the looming stone heads.

The state of the birds on these islands is a harbinger of a catastrophe that looms globally,  
Garry Rogers's insight:

Our leaders could promote nature preservation.  Our college planning departments could recommend zoning and construction changes that would avoid so many animal deaths.  Without leadership and rules, our urban population will remain unconcerned with the fate of wild animals.  Perhaps a few hundred years from now people will have learned to appreciate the species that remain.  For those of us afflicted with biophilia, this is a painful prospect.  Would it be effective to conduct petition campaigns aimed at our planning education and government departments?

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Protect Wildlife from Killing Contests

Protect Wildlife from Killing Contests | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"Believe it or not, the practice of hunting non-game fur-bearing mammals in contests is still alive and well in California. What’s more, cash prizes, known as inducements, are still being offered to participants who senselessly shoot and kill mammals such as coyotes, bears, bobcats and foxes. 

"However, the California Fish and Game Commission, the regulatory body that governs such activities, is now considering action to reduce this senseless killing for sport by making it illegal to offer inducements. This change in regulation will serve to clarify existing law surrounding the “take” i.e. hunting of nongame mammals in hunting contests.

"Tell the California Fish and Game Commission that you support its proposed rulemaking to end inducements for hunting contests for nongame fur-bearing mammals." 

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GR:  Haven't we reached the point at which we decide to begin protecting, not killing wildlife?  Sign the petition and add a note telling the California Fish and Game Commission that they should stop licensing hunting and work harder to protect wildlife.

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You Might Be a Wildlife Rehabilitator If...

You Might Be a Wildlife Rehabilitator If... | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

you do a quick u-turn when you notice flashing car lights and police officers in the middle of a busy road wondering what to do with a large snapping turtle stranded in the middle of four lanes.


you know how to handle a snapping turtle, and you happen to have a carrier for it in your car.  (See http://mefurr.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/a-snap-decision/.)


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This is a role that most humans should play.  We have the brains, and wildlife need us.  Thank you Melanie.

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Gangs raking in thousands from the rising tide of wildlife crime

Gangs raking in thousands from the rising tide of wildlife crime | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Report reveals the extent of poaching and poisoning and calls for tougher sanctions, writes Tracy McVeigh

"A new report claims the scale of the problem is being hidden and that gangs are making large sums of money from illegal activities such as hare-coursing, raking in up to £10,000 a month in one case, while poaching of fish and deer is common and as likely to happen in urban parks as in the countryside."

Garry Rogers's insight:

Killing and capturing wild animals has a direct effect on a few species.  Roads, houses, and pollution have indirect effects on all species.  The first is intentional, the second is accidental.  Which do you think is the most harmful? 

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Africa: Facts On U.S. Support for Combating Wildlife Trafficking

Africa: Facts On U.S. Support for Combating Wildlife Trafficking | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Like other forms of illicit trade, wildlife trafficking undermines security across nations. Well-armed, well-equipped, and well-organized networks of criminals, insurgent elements, and corrupt officials exploit porous borders and weak institutions to profit from trading in poached wildlife.

Record high demand for illegally traded wildlife products, coupled with inadequate preventative measures and weak institutions, has resulted in an explosion of illicit trade in wildlife in recent years. That trade is decimating iconic animal populations. Today, because of the actions of poachers, species such as elephants and rhinoceroses face the risk of significant decline or even extinction.

Over the past five years, tens of thousands of elephants have been slaughtered by poachers and criminal networks in Africa. In 2013, more than 1,000 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone, and the pace of killing is on track to surpass this record in 2014. Urgent action is needed now and the United States is providing leadership and commitment to protecting our world heritage and endangered wildlife.

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U. S. leadership may not be enough.  Animal parts are in such high demand in Asia that illegal trade will continue .  Celebrity leadership is increasing and may be the only tool we have for changing cultural behavior.

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Ban Cruel Wildlife Traps

Ban Cruel Wildlife Traps | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Target: Honorable Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources
Goal: Ban the use of cruel leghold traps in British Columbia
Leghold traps are cruel devices designed to hold an animal against its will.
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Kariega Game Reserve photographic safari - Africa Geographic Blog

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Guests comment on a successful photographic expedition to Kariega Game Reserve.  

By: Christian Boix and Brendon Jennings

"Africa Geographic Travel recently hosted the first of this years’ three fully booked photographic safaris at the always exciting Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. This trip was once more led by Brendon Jennings, Kariega Game Reserve’s very own specialist photographic ranger and guide.

“The trip was blessed from the onset by an eclectic mix of people, a medical doctor, a retired couple from New Zealand, an art teacher and a photo journalist. One of the things I enjoy most about trips like this is the shared experiences we have with people from vastly different backgrounds with the common interest being nature and photography.”– (Brendon Jennings)

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Photography field trips are a great alternative to hunting trips.  Photography clubs everywhere should plan more outings, and they should share their plans with their local wildlife agencies (often called Game ... agencies).  Obtaining a good photograph takes as much or more skill than killing with rifle or bow.

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Ask USFWS and the Department of Interior To Give Panthers Room To Roam!

Ask USFWS and the Department of Interior To Give Panthers Room To Roam! | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Florida panthers once prowled and flourished in America’s southeastern woodlands and swamps, but today fewer than 160 remain.
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GR:  Sign the petition to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Tanzania to Employ 500 Wildlife Conservators

Tanzania to Employ 500 Wildlife Conservators | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Tanzania will employ about 500 new wildlife conservation staff in the upcoming fiscal year to reduce the staff shortage at the country's wildlife authority, Tanzania's Daily News reported Monday (June 23rd).
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Now add some sport hunters and you have firepower and funds.

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