HOPE IN SPITE OF BAD NEWS
The science on species diversity has been clear, and dire, for a long time. The scientific community generally has long been in agreement that the rapid rate of species loss means dramatic consequences for not only the health of the natural world, but also for humans as part of this planet. So the only surprise in the recent United Nations (UN) report is how strongly worded the 1,500-page report is, boldly titled: Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented,’ Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating.’ The report includes an ominous warning: around 1 million plant and animal species are currently threatened with extinction, many within decades.
The good news is that this and other issues facing the world today are challenges that are actively being addressed by Big Life Foundation in one special corner of the world in East Africa. A summary of the UN report includes possible action plans to curb the devastation and swing the tide back towards conservation, many of which we’re already implementing. Big Life’s mission and vision align with the UN report’s conclusions on what is necessary for a sustainable future for all life: a world in which conservation supports the people, and people support conservation.
So, with the challenges clearly defined, what we all must do now is contribute in ways that accelerate the solutions. So to all of you who support organizations fighting against extinction, including Big Life, we thank you.
Bobcat (Lynx rufus)(ocotôchtli) .. medium-size, nearctic felid .. a nocturnal solitary hunter, often observed ranging the wetlands and roaming the territory .. we live alongside majestic animals in urban areas without knowing they are there, and without major problems if we let them be.
Really disappointed they (State of CT? @cityofhartfordct?) chose to mow the entire dike. On Wednesday these grasses were thigh high and brimming with clover and other plants. We saw 3 species (at least) of butterfly, a gigantic dragonfly, and we heard a bunch of different birdsongs. Today, a few birds in the distance and nothing else. Depressing. #biodiversity
Presentati i risultati del Pon! Abbiamo dimostrato, armati di voglia di conoscere, di divertirci e fare un pò di Scienza che Vinci ha un impatto limitato ma visibile(!) sulla biodiversità del piccolo ruscello che gli scorre accanto, il borro delle Quercetelle. Come cittadini ed esseri umani possiamo e dobbiamo migliorare: Vinci è unica anche per l'ambiente che gli sta intorno! Leonardo lo sapeva bene! Final presentation of our findings about environmental impact of Vinci on the nearby stream...not too bad but there is a visible impact on the biodiversity! we need to do better! Vinci is beautiful also because of its nature, Leonardo knew it very well! No planet B! #environmentalimpact#impattoambientale#biodiversity#biodiversità#funlearning#impararedivertendosi#handson#citizenscience#vinci#learningthroughplay
This week's Camera Trap Facts focuses on one of the Amazon's wierder large mammals, the giant anteater. This insectivore has huge claws for tearing into the nests of it's prey and this allows it to protect itself from predators like jaguars and pumas too. Watch the video for more info!