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Update on Project Coyote!

Update on Project Coyote! | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Wyoming-based Wildlife Services employee Jamie P. Olson's dogs tormenting and mauling trapped wildlife...that includes coyotes, bobcats and raccoons. Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic is re-blogging Project...
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Animal cruelty is a clear expression of human weakness and stupidity.

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DiCaprio Raises $25 Million to Protect Environment | Ecorazzi

DiCaprio Raises $25 Million to Protect Environment | Ecorazzi | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Leonardo DiCaprio has friends in high places, which comes in handy when he’s trying to raise money to save the planet. The award winning actor raised $25 million on Wednesday to protect the environ...
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Again, leadership comes from outside government.  Thank you Leonardo.

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Julia Connor's curator insight, Today, 4:22 AM

High profile supporters might Will make people think more. Good job Leo.

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Why We Need to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves

Why We Need to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Midway through the new special issue of Science, about the global loss of wildlife, my heart caught on this idea: We now live with a steady, imperceptible loss “in people’s expectations of what the...
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The essence of Aldo Leopold's "Land Ethic" is that human acceptance of the equality of other creatures is essential for the survival of all.

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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, July 25, 3:00 AM

Compelling argument for respect for the natural environment.

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How fussy pandas maintain a balanced bamboo diet

How fussy pandas maintain a balanced bamboo diet | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Pandas are famously fussy eaters, but new research suggests there is method to their madness, with the animals switching between different species and parts of bamboo plants to maintain a balanced diet and reproduce.
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Vets, hunters among 11 in court for rhino poaching

Vets, hunters among 11 in court for rhino poaching | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Eleven people, including veterinarians and professional hunters, appeared briefly in the High Court in Pretoria today on various charges relating to rhino poaching, illegal hunting and racketeering.

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The Brink of Mass Extinction

The Brink of Mass Extinction | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

March through June 2014 were the hottest on record globally. While a single extreme weather event is not proof of anthropogenic climate disruption, the increasing intensity and frequency of these events are.

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Excellent review of news on effects and responses to anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD).  Covers Earth, water, air, fire, and denial. 

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South African park considers rhino evacuation

South African park considers rhino evacuation | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's Kruger National Park is considering a plan to move some rhinos out of the flagship wildlife reserve in an attempt to protect them from poachers.
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This is not a serious plan.  Poachers can reach any park. 


Poachers represent international invasions into South Africa.  National safety and defense are at stake.  According to the Defense Ministry, the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) is currently in serious decline.  Perhaps a few "advisers" and a few million dollars in aid to the right government agencies would benefit SANDF and encourage a military response. 

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EO Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Releases Innovative iBooks ...

EO Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Releases Innovative iBooks ... | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
DURHAM, NC – June 30, 2014 – The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation today announced the official release of E.O. Wilson's Life on Earth, a free iBooks textbook series designed to excite and instruct high school biology ...
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Having had the great pleasure of meeting with the godfather of biodiversity, Harvard Professor Ed O Wilson, and finding him as cogent in the flesh as his writing is great, it is wonderful news that these books will be made available free to the public.

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President Obama: Keep fighting poaching! - Wildlife Conservation Society

President Obama: Keep fighting poaching! - Wildlife Conservation Society | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

President Obama just made an unprecedented move in the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking. In a visit to Tanzania, the President launched a poaching crackdown, dedicating the United States to fighting back against poachers and criminal wildlife traffickers. His new $10 million initiative is devoted to protecting Africa's iconic species from the threat of the bloody trade in illegal ivory.

We can't think of a better ally in the fight to save elephants, rhinos, and other species driven to the brink of extinction by the illegal wildlife trade.

Let Obama know that we stand with him – and with elephants. Send your letter of support today!

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Please sign the petition.

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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! | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation 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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Deer Decline in Western U. S. as Drought Continues

Deer Decline in Western U. S. as Drought Continues | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Deer are declining in the western U. S. because of drought.
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Drought is forcing deer to visit the irrigated lawns in gardens in local towns.  The outcome of developing conflicts is uncertain.

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The Sacred Snake

The Sacred Snake | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Today is world snake day: maybe you should run out and do something nice for our scaly limbless friends (though don’t hug them—they don’t like that)! Sadly though, many people do not appreciate sna...
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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) | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation 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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Help Gray Wolves Recover Protection Status

Help Gray Wolves Recover Protection Status | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel Ashe Goal: Ensure that gray wolves in the Northern Rockies are relisted under the Endangered Species Act In 2011 the population of gray wolves inhabiting the Northern Rocky Mountains lost their...
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Invasive Plants Are Destroying North American Desert Ecosystems

Invasive Plants Are Destroying North American Desert Ecosystems | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

Introduction to Invasive Plants in Deserts


One or a few species of invasive plants can replace native plant communities across entire landscapes. Biodiversity and stability of vegetation, soils, and wildlife decline dramatically. Once the replacement is complete, it is difficult to restore the original species. In some instances, the replacement is so widespread there are not enough resources available to achieve restoration. The loss is permanent.


Invasive non-native species are a central management concern for all wild land managers because they “threaten biodiversity and other ecological functions and values” (Warner et al. 2003). This statement represents a consensus by the scientists and land managers concerned with natural ecosystems (e.g., Mau-Crimmins et al. 2005). Native vegetation is more diverse, resilient, and persistent than invasive plant vegetation; it provides food and cover for wildlife, absorbs precipitation, increases water storage, protects soil, reduces flooding and sedimentation, and helps maintain air and water quality. According to the Sonoran Institute: “Invasive species are the second most significant threat to biological diversity after direct habitat loss”.

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GR:  Invasive species, like storm troopers leading the surging ruin of global warming, are demolishing Earth’s ecosystems.

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With No Relief in Sight, Extreme to Exceptional Drought Now Covers Over 80 Percent of California

With No Relief in Sight, Extreme to Exceptional Drought Now Covers Over 80 Percent of California | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
It's no longer a question of 100% drought coverage for the stricken state of California. That barrier was crossed months ago. Today, it's how severe that drought coverage has become. And in a state...
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Excellent article.

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Climate Model Shows Australia’s Rainfall Decline Due To Human-Caused Climate Change

Climate Model Shows Australia’s Rainfall Decline Due To Human-Caused Climate Change | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Simulating natural and human-caused climate drivers, scientists showed that the decline in rainfall is primarily a response to human-caused increases in greenhouse gases as well as a thinning of th...
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Mother and calf rhino killed at black rhino sanctuary, Ol Pejeta

Mother and calf rhino killed at black rhino sanctuary, Ol Pejeta | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Today, the largest black rhino sancutary in East Africa, Ol Pejeta, reported that a black rhino calf and her mother have been killed. At 7.00pm on Thursday 1

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Sea Surface Temperatures Push Globe To Hottest June Yet

Sea Surface Temperatures Push Globe To Hottest June Yet | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
(Graphic of 135 year temperature record by NOAA. Image source: NCDC.) According to reports from NOAA, human-caused warming continued unabated into June of 2014 as land and ocean surface temperature...
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GR:  To whom will deniers of human-caused global warming apologize?  Perhaps they will simply fail to notice the change.

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Patricia Randolph's Madravenspeak: Doomsday climate scenario no longer far-fetched

Patricia Randolph's Madravenspeak: Doomsday climate scenario no longer far-fetched | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
MADRAVENSPEAK “Consider this. What if all life on earth could go extinct because of man-made climate change?” — “Last Hours” documentary There is little, these days, that brings state power in line...
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The "Urgent Care prescription" at the end is worth reading and discussing.

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Global Warming

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Northern Canada is On Fire, And It's Making Global Warming Worse For the past few weeks, dry and warm weather have fueled large forest fires across Canada's remote Northwest Territories. The extent of those fires is well above average for the year to-date, and is in line with climate trends of more fires burning in the northern reaches of the globe.

Of the 186 wildfires in the Northwest Territories to-date this year, 156 of them are currently burning. That includes the Birch Creek Fire complex, which stretches over 250,000 acres.

The amount of acres burned in the Northwest Territories is six times greater than the 25-year average to-date according to data from the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center.

Boreal forests like those in the Northwest Ter..
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Increasing fire occurrence means that a site is more likely to be burned a second time before the vegetation can recover.  This quickly leads to a reduction in diversity and stability.

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Feds move to restrict neonic pesticides — well, one fed at least

Feds move to restrict neonic pesticides — well, one fed at least | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

So far the EPA has refused to ban use of neonicotinoid insecticides — despite mounting evidence that they kill bees and other wildlife, despite a ban in the European Union, despite a lawsuit filed by activists and beekeepers. 


But if the EPA is somehow still unclear on the dangers posed by neonics, it need only talk to the official who oversees federal wildlife refuges in the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Ocean..

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Pressure mounts for EPA to ban neonicotinoid insecticides.

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On Bill McKibben's 'Call to Arms' for the New York Climate Summit ...

On Bill McKibben's 'Call to Arms' for the New York Climate Summit ... | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

By Anne Petermann, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project. from the Venezuela Social Pre-COP. peoples climate march2. Today's blog post is not addressing directly what is happening here in Venezuela at the SocialPreCOP, but something on the minds of many people here–the next step in the series of climate meetings/actions this year.  That is the upcoming climate march planned for New York City on September 21st, two days before UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s UN Climate Summit–a closed door session where the world’s “leaders” will discuss “ambitions” for the upcoming climate conference (COP20) in Lima, Peru. Part of the objective of the Venezuelan government at this SocialPreCOP meeting is to come away with a set of demands from people gathered here that they can take to this exclusive summit.


In his Rolling Stone piece, McKibben quotes a Princeton scientist who stated, “we are all sitting ducks.”  That is true.  However, the missing analysis in this assertion is identifying just exactly who is holding the shotgun. The inference is that it is climate change pointing its double barrels at us, but I disagree.


We are sitting ducks alright, but the ones threatening our existence are the ones on Wall Street and its equivalents, buying policies that maintain business as usual. Like Chad Holliday, the Chair of Bank of America (who co-Chairs the UN’s absurdly named Sustainable Energy for All initiative), the Koch Brothers, Chase Manhattan Bank, and on and on.  A smorgasbord of power elite.

My hope is that some folks coming for the march will be inspired by the powerful accomplishments of the movements that came before and will form affinity groups to take their outrage and their demands directly to the source. Directly to the ones holding the shotguns. Making their business as usual impossible.

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pointed out, “The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”

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GR:  Good common sense recommendations, but I have to think about Occupy whose impact on Wall Street has been that of a moth beating its wings on a window.

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Birds Migrate Earlier Because of Climate Change

Birds Migrate Earlier Because of Climate Change | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Gill concluded that studies like this are vital, "because many long-distance migrant bird populations are currently declining very rapidly, and identifying how climate change is affecting these pop...
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We don't know much about animal migration, its causes and consequences.  We know much more about human migration, but in the U. S. we tend to focus on the consequences rather than the causes.

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The Loving Bond of Cows and their Calves

The Loving Bond of Cows and their Calves | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Exposing the Big Game:Fifteen years ago, my wife and chose a vegetarian diet for ethical reasons (how could we in good conscience oppose hunting or trapping wildlife, while still eating factory-farmed animals?
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Customs Agents Get Electronic Control Over Wildlife Trade

Customs Agents Get Electronic Control Over Wildlife Trade | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
GENEVA, Switzerland, July 16, 2014 (ENS) - Customs authorities in countries across the globe will have a new e-permitting system to regulate the import and export of species such as tigers and elephants and their parts under a new agreement signed...
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