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You Might Be a Wildlife Rehabilitator If...

You Might Be a Wildlife Rehabilitator If... | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation 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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Last 250-300 Wolverines in Lower-48 Denied Protection | Defenders of Wildlife

Last 250-300 Wolverines in Lower-48 Denied Protection | Defenders of Wildlife | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"WASHINGTON – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today denied protections for the rare wolverine under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), potentially jeopardizing the species’ long-term survival in the lower-48 states. Although the Service proposed to list wolverines as “threatened” in 2013 citing a primary threat of reduced habitat and range from climate change, the agency today said wolverines do not warrant a listing due to uncertainty about the effects of climate change on the animals, a claim disputed by conservation groups."

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When a species' numbers get this low, there can be no denying that it is endangered.  Without protection, trapping and habitat disruption by human activity will extinguish this fine example of nature's art.  Has the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service no feelings for wildlife?


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Online Guidebook To Ecosystem Services Concepts for Federal Resource Managers and Planners

Online Guidebook To Ecosystem Services Concepts for Federal Resource Managers and Planners | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

The FRMES project will culminate with publication of an online guidebook describing what ecosystem services are and why their identification and valuation can be useful to federal resource managers and planners. The guidebook provides a framework and methodology for ensuring consistent and credible application of the ecosystem services concept to planning and management efforts. It includes descriptions of how federal agencies are exploring or applying an ecosystem services framework. Laying the groundwork for the guidebook are two papers that explain how the Federal Land Management and Policy Act of 1976 and the National Environmental Policy Act enable or limit agencies’ incorporation of ecosystem services approaches into federal planning and management processes.

The FRMES Guidebook will be unveiled at the A Community on Ecosystem Services Conference in Washington, D.C., December 8–12, 2014. Several events at the conference will focus on this guidebook including:

  • A pre-conference workshop delving into some of the methods for integrating ecosystem services into planning processes
  • A special session reviewing how agencies are integrating ecosystem services into planning and management activities
  • A special session discussing the data and modeling infrastructure needed to successfully conduct ecosystem services assessments nationwide
Garry Rogers's insight:

Concerned scientists have been working hard to bring nature conservation into mainstream land use management.  The work has been focused on defining the value of nature to humans.  How many dollars is a watershed worth, and so on.  This year and next, the project will issue several publications that may help in the battles to save the species that make ecosystems work.

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Support for fracking has declined to 24 per cent, energy department finds - Telegraph

Support for fracking has declined to 24 per cent, energy department finds - Telegraph | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Less than a quarter of the public now supports shale gas extraction, energy department research suggests, contradicting findings from an industry-backed poll
Garry Rogers's insight:

Cameron's support for fracking is typical of governments everywhere that are controlled by energy companies willing to sacrifice the environment for economic benefits.  Cameron is going to find it more and more difficult to support fracking as negative public attitudes increase.


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5 Ways to Celebrate World Elephant Day

5 Ways to Celebrate World Elephant Day | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Today, August 12,  is #WorldElephantDay. It’s a day to bring the world together to help elephants. Here’s a few simple ways YOU can get involved! #GoGrey – show your friends and family you are committed...
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Fractured Fracking Tails: Self-Destruction of an Industry on the Ropes

Fractured Fracking Tails: Self-Destruction of an Industry on the Ropes | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
As Denton seeks to become the first city in Texas to ban fracking, the industry is trying to frame the fight in economic terms. But that turns out to be a poor choice.
Garry Rogers's insight:

This story accuses frackers of ignoring environmental responsibilities. It sounds like some of the stories we hear about the coal, oil, and gas sectors of the energy industry--Hey wait, it also sounds like the GMO, pesticide, fertilizer industry, the military arms industry, the transportation industry, the financial industry, the building industry, the logging industry, the grazing industry, the politics industry, . . . .  Too much.  Is human industry inevitably destructive?  Perhaps Jesus and Marx were simply naïve about human nature and in reality inequity and materialism will always rule.  How will nature survive us?

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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 | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation 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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BS in Britain: Fracking campaigners criticise 'censored' report on house prices

BS in Britain:  Fracking campaigners criticise 'censored' report on house prices | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Government urged to publish sections cut from study into impact of shale gas wells on local communities
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Dog Meat Transport Trucks in China Intercepted, Evacuated

Dog Meat Transport Trucks in China Intercepted, Evacuated | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
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EPA to study pesticide impacts to endangered species

EPA to study pesticide impacts to endangered species | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"Legal settlement requires agency to analyze effects of 5 common pesticides Staff Report FRISCO — Under legal pressure from conservation advocates, the EPA last week agreed to take a hard look at how five commonly used pesticides affect endangered animals across the U.S."

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Pity the EPA must be forced to perform such analyses.

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Forests for the future: Kenya's carbon credit scheme

Forests for the future: Kenya's carbon credit scheme | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
When 61-year old Mercy Joshua was young, the vast forests of southeastern Kenya teemed with wildlife, but decades of unchecked deforestation by locals have devastated the land.
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These programs can have short-term benefits.  But nothing is sustainable when population continues to grow.

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Women Warriors Take Environmental Protection Into Their Own Hands

Women Warriors Take Environmental Protection Into Their Own Hands | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Aleta Baun has been at the forefront of her tribe's efforts to stop mining companies destroying the forests of the Mutis Mountains that hug the western part of the island of Timor.
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Perhaps this is the only way that we can defend our environment and our endangered species. 

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Positive Steps Towards Preserving Our Pollinators!

Positive Steps Towards Preserving Our Pollinators! | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
An article recently posted by SAVES, Student ActiVists for Endangered Species, reports that the U.S. government is banning the use of bee-killing pesticides and genetically modified crops within wildlife refuges.
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California's Great White Sharks Need Our Help, Not Our Fear

California's Great White Sharks Need Our Help, Not Our Fear | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

About the Petition

The number of adult great whites swimming off our Pacific Coast is alarmingly low, and they are losing their pups to deadly gillnets. If something doesn't change, they could disappear forever.

We shouldn't be scared of sharks, we should be scared for them.

Great whites help keep the ocean food web healthy and stable as they hunt their prey. Our oceans need sharks. We're petitioning the state of California to protect great whites as an endangered species. Please help us protect these iconic sharks — before it's too late.

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Please sign the petition.

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FUKUSHIMA UPDATE | First InFORM Samples Collected to Track Fukushima Radionuclides

FUKUSHIMA UPDATE | First InFORM Samples Collected to Track Fukushima Radionuclides | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"In addition to the citizen scientist sampling network that is under construction the other pillar of the InFORM project is the collection of samples in the open North Pacific and Arctic Oceans.  The first samples for radionuclide analyses were collected by University of Victoria undergraduate student Kathryn Purdon on the first leg of the icebreaker CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s annual operations in Canada’s far North. Continue...."

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Here is a good source of information from outside the government/industry system. 

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Thomas Piketty, climate change and discounting our future

Thomas Piketty, climate change and discounting our future | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"French economist Thomas Piketty and his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century are a global publishing phenomenon. But while Piketty’s writing on wealth inequality has been widely debated, far fewer people know that he has some useful things to say about climate change and public capital."

Garry Rogers's insight:

This is a sad example of the type of professional economist debates that have given economics such a poor reputation.  The debate here is not about the immediate emergency need to stop the irreversible extinction of Earth's species; it is about when the monetary costs of climate change will be paid.

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Celebrate World Elephant Day With 5 Great Organizations Working to Save Them | Care2 Causes

Celebrate World Elephant Day With 5 Great Organizations Working to Save Them | Care2 Causes | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
August 12 is World Elephant Day, which means it’s a great time to recognize the many ways elephants are important. After all, elephants are known as a “keystone species,” meaning that plants, other...
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Here are some elephant conservation organizations you can visit to show support.

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End Ecocide in Europe | A European Citizen Initiative to give the Earth Rights

End Ecocide in Europe | A European Citizen Initiative to give the Earth Rights | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

The pollution and destruction of our environment, as well as the depletion of natural resources are progressing fast and without restraint. Extensive damage or destruction of ecosystems is called ecocide.

All life on earth, our peaceful co-existence and our own well-being depends on intact ecosystems. Nature provides the necessary resources and our natural environment. We should value and protect this generous gift.

That’s why we request that crimes against nature be recognised as crime. We request direct liability for decision-makers in politics and business, as well as companies responsible for ecocide.

Garry Rogers's insight:

Here's a direct approach to industry environmental impact.  Make it ALL a crime!  Sign the petition.

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Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Now the Size of Connecticut

Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Now the Size of Connecticut | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

We Need To Move Away From allowing these private oil companies to continue the Drilling In OUR Oceans (I assume Everyone Gets that our Gulf's and Sea's are part of what our the "Oceans" BTW).

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GR:  Cleaning up environmental disasters such as this is the responsibility of the companies involved.  Why don't businesses feel any responsibility for harm caused by their actions?  How did we ever let the companies take control of our government to the extent that the two collude to destroy our environment?

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Just Because You've Had Enough Doesn't Mean You Wanted Too Much

Just Because You've Had Enough Doesn't Mean You Wanted Too Much | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
What would the world be like if everyone looked inside a slaughterhouse truck for 2 minutes? Watch these remarkable acts of bearing witness.
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Keystone climate impact 'four times' greater than US govt estimate

Keystone climate impact 'four times' greater than US govt estimate | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
NEWS: Scientists say controversial pipeline would have discernible impact on global markets, lowering prices and boosting demand
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Duh.

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Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

Desperate Times, Desperate Measures | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
The latest development from Kruger National Park is the possibility of moving approximately 500 rhino in an effort to stop the slaughter. Although no details are confirmed with this massive relocat...
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We must hope that a possible escalation by poachers can be suppressed by the game rangers.

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Thank Animal Conservationists for Saving Rhinos

Thank Animal Conservationists for Saving Rhinos | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Target: National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Derek and Beverly Joubert Goal: Thank Derek and Beverly for saving the rhinos of Africa Animal conservationists Derek and Beverly Joubert helped to save big cat sin 2009 with the Big Cats...
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Ban grouse shooting in England

Ban grouse shooting in England | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"Responsible department: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Intensive management of upland areas for the ‘sport' of grouse shooting has led to the near-extinction of the protected Hen Harrier in England, as well as increased risk of flooding, discolouration of drinking water, degradation of peatbogs and impacts on other wildlife."

Garry Rogers's insight:

GR:  Hunting is not a human right to be protected until all of the desired species are gone.  Sport hunting should be banned completely.  More and more species' populations are falling to dangerous levels.  Protection, not preying, is what is needed now.  Hunters need to take up photograph, and if that isn't violent enough, they can try boxing or football.

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India: Selling Out To Monsanto. GMOs and the Bigger Picture

India: Selling Out To Monsanto. GMOs and the Bigger Picture | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

 On 15 August, India will mark its 67th anniversary of independence from Britain. It may seem strange to some that a nation would publicly celebrate its independence while at the same time it less publicly cedes it to outsiders. The gleaming façade of flags and fly-pasts will belie the fact that national security and independence do not depend on military might and patriotic speeches. Eye-catching celebrations will take place in Delhi and much of the media will mouth platitudes about the strength of the nation and its independence. The reality is, however, an ongoing, concerted attempt to undermine and destroy the very foundation and security of the country."

Garry Rogers's insight:

It is painful to compare old films of India's hopeful, jubilant national attitude and plans for a great future after independence, with conditions today.  We underestimated the power of human nature, especially our innate desires and fears.  Some of the worst elements of our nature are desire to reproduce, desire for wealth,fear of competitors, and fear of strangers.

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