ALERT!!! BIRD EMERGENCY


 

Last night, into early morning, I took over fifty phone calls, texts and Facebook messages. Most were about weak and dying warblers, robins and woodcocks. Please understand this is an extraordinary situation. More snow and cold temperatures are predicted for Wednesday and Thursday. The birds require your help. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

We are in desperate need of volunteer drivers for this event specifically. Please call 715-623-4015 or leave a message on Facebook if you can help us. Birds are coming from Marshfield, Stevens Point, Pittsville, Adams Friendship, Wausau, Shawano, Marion and all of the surrounding areas.

This is not a normal spring. The birds can deal with some snow and cold, but not deep snow (30 plus inches) and sustained cold. They have slipped into hypothermia, unable to maintain their own body temperature or keep themselves warm any longer. Birds that eat insects cannot find natural food. They are starving.

If you see a bird that you can pick up, PLEASE do so. Put it in a cardboard box, not a cage or a carrier. Put a towel in the bottom of the box and bring them into a warm area. Put a heating pad on low under part of the box. Cover the box to create an “incubator” of sorts. You are looking for a temperature of about 80 degrees. Put food in the box. Live or dried mealworms and live waxworms work. (obtain from Wildbirds Unlimited ,Gas station/Fleet Farm/Walmart anywhere that sells fishing bait) Keep bird/box away from family pets. Transport the bird as soon as you can to our facility or your local avian wildlife rehabilitation center. 715-623-4015

If you cannot transport the bird, we will try to find a volunteer transporter. If weather again becomes hazardous call for more instructions. Keep the bird warm, well fed, a small non-tip dish of water in the box in the meantime. Do not release while weather conditions remain challenging.

AGAIN: Please keep your bird feeders full. Robins can eat cut-up raisins, dried mealworms, shelled sunflower-seed pieces, frozen blueberries, crumbled suet blocks. Put food on the ground where you see the birds. Robins congregate along rural roads, near stands of pine,spruce or other conifers. You can also feed them in those locations, Make sure the food you put down is off the roadway. If you see a bird in need, PLEASE pick it up and put it in cardboard box with a towel in the bottom. Bring it into a warmed area. Birds are dying of malnutrition and hypothermia and need assistance to get through this horrific weather. Call REGI at 715-623-4015 or your local avian rehabilitator for guidance. We continue to operate without full staff due to weather conditions.

Thank you for your help. Our thanks to the Marshfield Police Dept. for their help last night and to Antigo Police Departments own Officer Bruce Brown for taking the time to help REGI staffer, Ashley, when she got stuck in the deep snow.

 

http://www.raptoreducationgroup.org/blog/2018/4/17/alert-bird-emergency

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Blue whale appears to blow rainbow heart


 

This incredible photograph appears to capture the moment a blue whale blew a rainbow coloured HEART as it came up for air.

Photographer Tanakit Suwanyangyaun was lucky enough to capture one of the magnificent animals clearing its blowhole.

But the way the water droplets and the sunlight fell gives the appearance of the whale blowing a rainbow coloured heart.

Tanakit had spent the day swimming among the whales, as he toured the area, near Sri Lanka, with a scuba dive tour.

And after capturing images of himself with the world’s largest mammals under the water – he was thrilled to take this extra special picture above the water too.

He said: “The photos are a dream come true for me.

“I’d longed to swim with blue whales all my life – it was such an unforgettable experience.

“The whales were swimming past quite quickly, we only saw each one for a few seconds before it swam off, so I was very lucky. “I’d go back again and again if I had the chance.”

Ohio Judge Gets Creative With Animal Abusers Sentences


 

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March 27th, 2018

As animal lovers, it’s heartbreaking to think about any creature being harmed, neglected, or abused. It seems that it happens all too often without any real form of consequences. Thankfully, there’s one judge who is tired of animal abusers receiving little to no punishment, so – he decided to get creative.

Judge Michael Cicconetti from Ohio gives animal abusers sentences that will hopefully teach them a very valuable lesson.

Source: Judge Michael Cicconetti via Facebook

His love of animals first began when he got his first dog. Herman was a Dachshund-mix that quickly became his best friend through childhood. Now, Judge Mike has a 10-year-old Bernese mountain dog named Kasey, and his love of animals still thrives.

The Painesville, Ohio judge’s compassion for animals follows him into the courtroom, but of course, he still needs to follow the parameters of the law; this means he can’t give out ‘cruel or unusual punishments,’ but it doesn’t mean he can’t get a bit creative.

Judge Mike says that his punishments aren’t going to put anyone in danger, but “that doesn’t mean that they can’t deal with a little discomfort and embarrassment.”

For example, one woman was put in front of Judge Mike after her dog was found living in total filth. So, it was only fitting that she spend an entire day at the filthy, smelly local dump. She, of course, wasn’t thrilled, but Judge Mike had words for her.

“I want you to go down to the county dump, to the landfill, and I want them to find the stinkiest, smelliest, God-awful odor place they can find in that dump and I want you to sit there for eight hours tomorrow, to think about what you did to that dog while you smell the odor. If you puke, you puke.”

In another case, a woman had abandoned 35 kittens in the woods. The judge sentenced her to spend a night in the cold woods by herself, in addition to jail time and a fine.

“How would you like to be dumped off at a metro park late at night, spend the night listening to the coyotes … listening to the raccoons around you in the dark night, and sit out there in the cold not knowing where you’re going to get your next meal, not knowing when you are going to be rescued?”

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Judge Mike hopes that his headline-making sentences create an awareness about animal abuse and its consequences; not only for the abusers but for the public as well. He wants people to know it’s a crime.

The creative, animal-loving judge said that he never schemed or made a conscious decision on these interesting sentences, but that he started doling them out once he started to notice a trend of repeat offenders.

Since they didn’t seem to be learning their lessons, he wanted to figure out a way to make it stick. However, Judge Mike says that the sentences are not premeditated. He waits until all the details of the case are heard before making any final decisions.

Source: Judge Mike via Facebook

Ultimately, Judge Mike Cicconetti hopes that mental evaluations will soon be required for animal-related crimes. In addition, he would like to see an animal abuse registry, much like a sex offender registry, so that neighbors and shelters can be aware of past offenders.

“Something’s Not Right in Southern Oregon” Linda Moulton Howe


“Are we about to experience a severe natural disaster?”

– Resident, Rogue Valley, Oregon on March 19, 2018

Rogue Valley, Oregon, is 11 miles north of Medford. It's in southwestern Oregon along the middle Rogue River and its tributaries in Josephine and Jackson counties near the California border. The largest communities in Rogue Valley are Medford, Ashland and Grants Pass. Rogue Valley, Oregon, is 11 miles north of Medford. It’s in southwestern Oregon along the middle Rogue River and its tributaries in Josephine and Jackson counties near the California border. The largest communities in Rogue Valley are Medford, Ashland and Grants Pass.

March 21, 2018 UPDATE from Earthfiles Viewer:

March 21, 2018

Hello,
We live in Coos Bay, Oregon, on the coast. We usually have LOTS of hummingbirds, 7 – 10,  that will all feed at the same time. We have four feeders outside of our house. There hasn’t been even one hummingbird in the past week. Yesterday we took the feeders down, cleaned them out and made fresh food. Nothing. Not one hummingbird.

So, your article was timely and interesting.
Thank you, Linda, for Earthfiles.

Kindest regards
Coos Bay resident

March 19, 2018 Rogue Valley, Oregon – Earthfiles has been receiving worried emails from viewers and listeners who sense that something is significantly wrong in a number of American communities — ranging from absence of insects and pollinators to missing birds. This morning I received the following email from a man who has lived in southwestern Oregon’s Rogue Valley eleven miles north of Medford for 30 years. What he describes in his email are such striking changes around him that he now wonders if a large seismic event is about to happen and the birds at least know in advance.

To: Linda Moulton Howe
Re: SOMETHING’S NOT RIGHT IN SOUTHERN OREGON
Date: March 19, 2018

“I live on twenty acres on the tip of a mountain that overlooks the entire Rogue Valley. I live among a vast array of wildlife, and I pay particular attention to the avian population.

Normally, the Vultures arrive back in the Rogue Valley around the first week in March, but this year the Vultures started returning the first week in February in small numbers, but it was still significant because I’d never seen that before in the nearly 30 years I’ve lived here.

My hummingbirds are legion and I feed them with up to four large feeders. The Anna Hummingbirds stay all through the winter, while their smaller brethren return from the south arrive about the same time as the Vultures. Not only have the smaller Hummingbirds not returned yet, but all of a sudden, my huge population of Anna Hummingbirds have vanished completely and I haven’t had to fill a single feeder in at least a full week.

But what has really got my attention is the fact the Swallows have not yet returned, and that, more than any other barometer, tells me something is very, very wrong. The Swallows always return the first week of March too, but this is March 18th, and they are nowhere to be seen.

This winter has been relatively mild, with very low precipitation. It has gotten cold, but not as cold as previous years. California got a lot of rain due to El Nino, but again, not enough to disrupt a natural cycle.

Are we about to experience a severe natural disaster? While science has never recognized proof of strange animal behavior prior to a major natural disaster, there has been ample anecdotal input from observers like myself that animals can detect a major natural disaster about to happen.”

Cascadia Subduction Zone

“The Pacific Northwest hasn’t been rocked by a major earthquake from the Cascadia Subduction Zone in about 330 years, yet science has established that the Cascadia Subduction Zone blows on average every 300 years, so we’re overdue. But what makes the CSZ so dangerous is that it can hit 9.0 or more on the Seismograph, which would absolutely decimate the Oregon coastal communities from shaking, fires and tsunamis, but would also isolate most of Oregon, Northern California and parts of Southern Washington due to collapsed highway and other travel infrastructure on a massive scale that will make rescue and recovery efforts very difficult. Many people will die, especially if Portland is hit hard, because the population of Oregon 330 years ago was minuscule compared to what it is today.

My instincts are literally screaming at me. Maybe it’s because I lived only 6 miles from the epicenter of the Loma Prieta earthquake that hit Northern California in 1989. That was a 7.2, and it did a lot of damage to structures and roadways to the point only helicopters could initially get in to help and feed people — and in Santa Cruz County we were only 40 minutes drive from the Silicon Valley! But when the roads to Santa Cruz County were all blocked due to slides and damage, we might as well have been living on Saturn. The cutoff was that complete! Imagine that kind of complete cutoff, but one which affects the entire State of Oregon and not just one relatively small region in California.”

7.2 Magnitude Loma Prieta Earthquake, Northern California, October 17, 1989, 5:04 PM Pacific —Only 15 Seconds Caused Catastrophe

[ Earthfiles Editor’s Note: The history of earthquake investigations in California has been largely focused on the San Andreas Fault System, due to its strong influence in the state as the boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate. The San Andreas Fault is the most studied on Earth because of the large populations that live near it. Andrew Lawson, a geologist from the University of California, Berkeley, had named the fault after the San Andreas Lake prior to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. That’s when the San Andreas Fault ruptured for a length of 290 mi (470 km) during the 1906 shock, both to the north of San Francisco and to the south in the Santa Cruz Mountains region.

Then the 1989 Loma Prieta catastrophic earthquake originated on an undiscovered oblique-slip reverse fault that is located adjacent to the San Andreas Fault.]

“Most people don’t have a clue what a 9.0 earthquake can do. The power of an earthquake from 7.0 to 8.0 is ten times that of 7.0, and from 8.0 to 9.0 is another ten times the power of an 8.0. The earthquake I personally experienced was a 7.2 and lasted only about 15 seconds followed by months of very strong aftershocks. The CSZ could rumble for several minutes at 9.0, and I am very worried in view of what the birds are telling me.

[ Earthfiles Editor’s Note: In the 1990s, the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) swtiched its definition of seismic magnitude from the Richter scale to a “moment magnitude scale.” The USGS earthquake website states: “as an estimate of energy, each whole number step in the magnitude scale corresponds to the release of about 31 times more energy than the amount associated with the preceding whole number value.

For each whole-number increase in magnitude, the seismic energy released increases by about 31 times. That means a magnitude 7 earthquake produces 31 times more energy — or is 31 times stronger — than a magnitude 6.

A magnitude 8 releases 1,000 times more energy than a magnitude 6, but it releases that energy over a larger area and for a longer time. ]

So today I am parking my vehicles away from my house and out of my garage. I am keeping the fuel tanks full with extra gasoline stored safely. And I am making sure my water filters, survival food, firearms and ammunition are stored away from my house -— which is very well built and strong because I designed and built it myself.

But my house at 9.0 magnitude quake? Forget it! A 9.0 lasting a minute or more will collapse just about every structure currently standing in Southern Oregon.

So I am preparing for the worst and hoping I’m just wrong. But something’s just not right in Southern Oregon, and I’m not taking any chances.”

Earthfiles.com would like to hear from other southwestern Oregon residents to learn what changes in the environment you are seeing and talking about with your neighbors. Please email: earthfiles@earthfiles.com with updates and photographs if available.

08-06-2015 – Is Cascadia Subduction Zone Most Dangerous in North America? Could A Juan de Fuca Cascadia Earthquake “Destroy A Sizable Portion of the Coastal Northwest?”

https://www.earthfiles.com/2018/03/19/somethings-not-right-in-southern-oregon/

Trophy hunter who kills endangered elephants and lions ‘eaten by crocodiles’


Crocodiles are thought to have eaten a South African hunter after human remains were found inside two animals.

Scott van Zyl disappeared last week after he went on a hunting safari in Zimbabwe. Accompanied by a pack of dogs and a Zimbabwean tracker, the professional hunter who organises trips for foreign clients is thought to have been eaten by crocodiles on the bank of the Limpopo River.

It is believed Mr van Zyl and his tracker left their truck and walked in different directions into the bush. The dogs later returned to the camp without Mr van Zyl, whose belongings were found inside the vehicle. Rescue teams were sent to search for the hunter and helicopters, trackers and divers all scoured the region.

His tracks were later spotted leading to the banks of the river and his backpack was located nearby. Sakkie Louwrens, a member of one of the search teams, said police suspected two Nile crocodiles may have eaten Mr Van Zyl.

“We found what could possibly be human remains in them,” he told The Telegraph. Forensic experts are currently testing whether the remains belong to Mr van Zyl.

The SS Pro Safaris website, owned by Mr van Zyl, states the company “has conducted numerous safaris” throughout Southern Africa. These include “elephants in Botswana to the smallest blue duiker in KwaZulu Natal”.

It goes on to list buffalo, rhino, lions, leopards and antelopes as targets for hunts. There have been previous incidents in southern Zimbabwe of people being killed by crocodiles.
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Superfreeze Sea Life Mass Die Off, Buried Sheep Rescue Underway & Crop Losses Spread (548) ~ Adapt 2030


 

 

After the European Superfreeze which the media termed The Beast from the East to avoid talking about Arctic temperatures in March in Southern Europe, the animal die offs are staggering along with the crops. Hundreds of thousands of starfish wash up with countless other types of sea life, sheep buried in snow drifts are being rescued by the tens of thousands as thousands already froze. Vegetable production from Spain to New Zealand being lost due to freak strong weather events sweeping the globe.

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Camera trapper hits jackpot with stunning video of 4 mountain lions near L.A.


Robert Martinez, who is among a so-called group of camera trappers, has been searching for mountain lions in the wild since 2012, or ever since capturing “crystal clear” video of a mountain lion walking past his motion sensor video camera.

Hooked by this new hobby, Martinez sets several camera traps in likely areas visited by mountain lions in the Angeles National Forest above Glendora, some 27 miles west of Los Angeles.

He’s become quite good at it and recently hit the camera trapper jackpot when one of his cameras captured stunning video of a mountain lion mother quietly calling out to its three cubs on Sunset Ridge at sunset.

Martinez shared the video on his YouTube channel called Parliament of Owls, urging the volume be turned up to catch the mother’s callout:

“This video is definitely one of my favorites,” Martinez told USA Today.

“What you’re seeing is Limpy and her 10-month-old kittens returning to an area where I hadn’t seen them since November. So when she showed up on my video, and the sun was setting, I was really excited! I was waiting for her eventual return with her new litter.”

The video was featured in LA Observed and was subsequently shown on several Southern California television news outlets over the weekend.

Also on BNQT Outdoors: Fur coat saves sloth bear in rare and ‘severe’ fight with tiger; video

Martinez explained to USA Today that he nicknamed the mountain lion Limpy because of a limp in her rear right leg that he first noticed in 2013.

“Most of the lions I see on camera—over a dozen—I can’t identify because they don’t have any distinct characteristics, like a limp, a nick or a scar on their face,” Martinez said.

The camera trapper calls Limpy a “treasure” of the Angeles National forest for producing five healthy cougars in the last few years.

“Despite her limp, she is a symbol of survival and perseverance, able to hunt, feed and raise two litters of kittens,” Martinez wrote on Facebook. “I’m looking forward to seeing more of her and the family all throughout 2018.”

So are we.

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https://bnqt.com/2018/03/05/camera-trapper-hits-jackpot-with-stunning-video-of-4-mountain-lions-near-l-a/

Switzerland Forbids Boiling Lobsters Alive, Citing Animal Cruelty Concerns


 

Restaurants in Switzerland offering lobster and crab on the menu will no longer be able to toss the live creatures into boiling water. The Swiss government has decided that’s too cruel a way to die.

“The practice of plunging live lobsters into boiling water, which is common in restaurants, is no longer permitted,” the new law states. “Crustaceans must now be stunned before killing them.”

One of several new reforms to Switzerland’s animal protection laws, these requirements will take effect on March 1, 2018. The seven-member Swiss Federal Council, which serves as Switzerland’s collective governing body, made the decision.

Once boiling becomes illegal, the only acceptable ways to cook a crustacean will be to first stun it by electric shock or by “mechanical destruction” of the brain. Only after one of these methods can lobsters, crabs and other crustaceans be placed into boiling water to cook.

And Switzerland isn’t the first place to decide a more humane lobster death should be required. Death by boiling is already illegal in New Zealand and in northern Italy’s Reggio Emilia.

In addition, according to the new law, ”Live crustaceans, including the lobster, may no longer be transported on ice or in ice water. Aquatic species must always be kept in their natural environment.”

Scientists inclined toward animal protection define pain as “an aversive sensation and feeling associated with actual or potential tissue damage.” In other words, the way we feel pain might not be the way a lobster feels it, but these crustaceans definitely experience the sensation.

The evidence that convinced Swiss lawmakers to impose this rule no doubt included a 2013 study conducted by Professor Bob Elwood of Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He went into his study expecting to verify that the thrashing we see when a lobster is dropped into a pot of boiling water is nothing more than a reflex reaction.

Instead, Elwood realized that crustaceans seem to experience pain and discomfort. Crabs subjected to shocks tended to avoid the spot where the shock occurred. Hermit crabs even abandoned their protective shells if that’s where the shock was happening.

Photo credit: Thinkstock

“I don’t know what goes on in a crab’s mind. . . . But what I can say is the whole behavior goes beyond a straightforward reflex response and it fits all the criteria of pain,” Elwood told the BBC in 2013.

Many scientists disagree with Elwood. Unlike mammals, they argue, lobsters and other crustaceans lack the neural pathways which play an important part in our own pain response. Without a central nervous system like humans, it’s unlikely that crustaceans feel pain when they’re plunged into boiling water.

That means the best many scientists can say is that crustaceans “probably” don’t feel pain. But would you trust “probably” if we were talking about whether your dog or your kid might find something painful?

“There are more animal friendly methods than boiling alive, that can be applied when killing a lobster,” Eva van Beek of the Swiss Federal Office of Food Safety and Veterinary Affairs told The Washington Post. She confirmed that Switzerland made this decision on animal protection grounds.

Switzerland’s new law does a few other things as well:

  • It cracks down on illegal puppy farms and animal imports, requiring animal sellers to list their address and the origin of the animal in all advertisements, and requiring online or hard copy publishers to ensure such information is included before running the ad
  • It prohibits devices that automatically punish dogs when they bark, such as those that emit a jet of water or compressed air
  • It requires organizers of public events at which animals will be featured to be held directly responsible for those animals’ welfare

Bravo to Switzerland’s lawmakers. This might seem a small issue to some, but there’s a measure of compassion here. It gives me hope more such changes will be more widespread. Maybe one day we’ll all just stop eating lobsters, eh?

Photo credit: Thinkstock

https://www.care2.com/causes/switzerland-forbids-boiling-lobsters-alive-citing-animal-cruelty-concerns.html

Success! The Vancouver Aquarium Will No Longer Keep Whales and Dolphins in Captivity


 

Animal advocates are celebrating another victory for whales and dolphins: Vancouver Aquarium has announced that it’s giving up its fight to keep them in captivity.

The announcement follows a string of recent deaths that have intensified the debate surrounding captive cetaceans there. In November 2016, the two remaining belugas, Aurora and her calf Qila, died within days of each other.

The Vancouver Aquarium has continued to find itself in the spotlight for its stance on keeping cetaceans in captivity, and has faced growing public opposition over the years. Its ongoing mistreatment of belugas and continued attempts to breed them landed it on a list of the 10 Worst Tanks for Dolphins and Whales in North America last year.

In 2014, the Vancouver Park Board voted to ban breeding whales and dolphins, and thousands of people spoke up encouraging it to keep the ban in place – more than 63,000 people signed a Care2 petition asking it not to reverse the ban.

Last year, the aquarium announced plans to phase out its beluga program by 2029, but first wanted to bring in five new belugas. Plans to bring in more, however, were thwarted by the Vancouver Park Board last year when it voted to stop the aquarium from bringing in any new whales and dolphins.

Although that vote is being challenged, the aquarium has changed its tune dramatically and announced that it will no longer keep any whales and dolphins in captivity. The aquarium said in a statement, 
”The ongoing discussions about whales and dolphins in our care have been a distraction from real threats to the ocean and have sidelined the critical work we lead. We aim to inspire people in every corner of the planet to participate in creating healthy oceans, and it’s time to get on with it.”

The decision is being welcomed as a major victory towards ending cetacean captivity by animal advocates and the park board.

“We are pleased that the Aquarium, with this decision, has acknowledged and recognized what we as Commissioners observed in passionate public debates on this issue over the last years,” said Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon. “The public told us they believed the continuing importation and display of these intelligent and sociable mammals was unethical and incompatible with evolving public opinion and we amended our bylaws accordingly. We look forward to working with the Vancouver Aquarium as it intensifies its focus on Ocean Wise research and conservation.”

Since the park board voted against bringing any more in, two more of the aquarium’s three cetaceans have died. This past June, a harbour porpoise named Daisy died, and then Chester, a false killer whale, died this past November leaving only Helen, a pacific white-sided dolphin, at the aquarium whose fate has yet to be decided.

While its ending public displays, the aquarium said it will continue with its rescue and rehabilitation work with the aim of releasing any whales and dolphins it aids back into the wild, and will work to find suitable homes for any who aren’t able to be released.

This change now leaves ever-troubled Marineland as the only facility in Canada keeping captive cetaceans, but hopefully ongoing public pressure will empty the tanks there too.

“We are delighted to hear that Vancouver Aquarium will no longer display whales and dolphins. This surprising but welcome decision is another nail in the coffin for the captivity industry and comes after a long battle with the City’s Park Board and animal welfare advocates who successfully argued that public opinion had shifted on the issue of keeping whales and dolphins in tanks,” said Rob Lott, Policy Manager for Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

For more on efforts to retire whales and dolphins who are currently in captivity to sea sanctuaries, check out the Whale Sanctuary Project and Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

Photo credit: Peter M Graham/Flickr

https://www.care2.com/causes/success-the-vancouver-aquarium-will-no-longer-keep-whales-and-dolphins-in-captivity.html

Mother Cow – A message for 2018


 

 

 

Dear human children, this is mother earth speaking through my cow heart. Cows as individuals are humble creatures, nurturing, loving, caring. They reflect the mothering part of every living being on earth and every mother of every species takes light from cow’s encoding to share the pure nurturing love with their sons and daughters.

A wounded morphogenetic field

Cows are suffering and as a collective their morphogenetic field is wounded, distorted because of a continuous and permanent imposed state of fear and pain.

All the collectives and individuals are influences by this massive distorted field, because we are all one and this is what being all one means, we cannot spare the dark. Cutting off the divine feminine, repressing this fundamental part of our core, has lead us to a distorted reality, a reality where disconnection and dissection is reflected even in our everyday meals.

We as cows are holding a mirroring space of pain and horror, representing in a direct way what the divine feminine has gone through for ages now. All the animal kingdom which is, in the original blueprint, a balanced creation between the divine feminine and the divine masculine. All of us are living a distortion, a very hurtful distortion.

This year is a year of transformation

2018 is a year of transformation where the majority of humanity will come across the transition earth, the transition blueprint that offers ramps, steps, actions to move every individual eventually onto the new earth. This is the year of bridging worlds, of connecting the cosmic existence with the earthly experience. In every day you have a chance to make this connection.

I invite you all, my human children, to have our cow essence present, even if only for a minute, every day throughout this year and until needed. To awaken the divine feminine is to raise awareness of what is going on on the physical representations of the distortions that have been allowed and have persisted.

The divine feminine is not for slaughtering, murdering, abusing, enslaving… I know you read these words and you feel it inside you, you know it is time to act and to finally look into the deepest parts of yourself and shed some light in those hidden corners that have been waiting for you to be ready, for you to be awakened and arrive at this very moment in the all.

Everything is connected (also in the physical)

Connect your cosmic experience with your earthly presence and practice coherence. What is it in your life that is being severed, abused, neglected, repressed? What is it in your physical surrounding that represents pain, fear, separation? What could you do to change that situation? What actions could you take that reflect respect, love, compassion and the nurturing essence of our mother cow?

This is the year to reveal more of the distortions. Many talk about disclosure, and in the cosmic planes disclosure of E.T disclosure of dimensions… My dear children, I talk about disclosure of our everyday habits, what is hidden that we want to change. We need to make the invisible visible in order to see what needs our love and compassion.

Everything is as it is meant to be, everything happens for a reason, yet it is not meant to stay like that forever. We live in an ever changing universe. Change is my word for you this 2018. Remember Mother Cow in your day-to-day and talk to us, talk to her, talk to your cow essence and receive the humble message that wants to reach your heart.

 

http://spiritbond.org/mother-cow/

Frozen Sharks and Falling Iguanas? Wheat Winterkill. GSM History. 1-5-2018 (Part 1) ~ Ice Age Farmer


 

 

Iguanas falling from sky, Frozen Sharks on beaches. Media encouraging fear, but not educating. Northern Pass blocked by 3m ice cover. Wheat crop has low protein. Crop loss: winter wheat lost to record colds. More.

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Weaponized climate language: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/na…

Train Toppled in Switzerland by Gusting Wind: https://abruptearthchanges.com/2018/0… https://bazonline.ch/panorama/vermisc…

FOURTH frozen Shark: http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/2018…

Iguanas falling from sky: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/04/us…

Northern Sea Route blocked by ice — impacts shipping, and thus, [food] prices: https://realclimatescience.com/2018/0…

Biblical hail in Ecuador http://strangesounds.org/2018/01/bibl…

~~Mentioned winter kill — Winter Kill: 25% Kansas wheat — cattle also put on less weight: https://www.agweb.com/article/us-cold…

Meanwhile, the wheat from last two seasons is so far below par in protein content: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-us…

Such intense snow in North Ossetia – Entire republic loses power: http://www.meteo-tv.ru/news/Kommentar…

Andrew Bartzis – Whales and Dolphins – Their Role On Earth and in the Universe – Pt2


 

 

Welcome to Adventures into Reality with Andrew Bartzis!

Welcome to the second part of 2 related to Whales – Their Role on Earth and in the Universe. In this release Dolphins have also been included as a bonus to compare roles and talents of these amazing creatures parallel.

Here for you is another exciting show for Adventures Into Reality. Our show for you includes:

– Andrew Bartzis with Nat and Debbie – Energy Exchange for Value

– Andrew Bartzis – Human Body Wisdom Pt8 – The Ability to Divest Into Another Skin Suit – Whales

– Andrew Bartzis – Whales – Their Role On Earth and in the Universe – Pt2 – With Debbie, Mandy and Andre

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Lobster found with Pepsi logo ‘tattoo’ fuels fears over ocean litter


  • Blue-and-red image appears on claw of lobster found off New Brunswick
  • How the logo got there remains a topic of debate
The ‘tattooed’ lobster was found off New Brunswick, Canada.
The ‘tattooed’ lobster was found off New Brunswick, Canada. Photograph: Karissa Lindstrand

Concerns over debris littering the world’s oceans are back in the spotlight after a Canadian fishing crew found a lobster with the blue and red Pepsi logo imprinted on its claw.

Trapped in the waters off Grand Manan, New Brunswick, the lobster had been loaded on to a crate to have its claws banded when Karissa Lindstrand came across it.

Lindstrand, who drinks as many as 12 cans of Pepsi a day, quickly spotted the resemblance.

“I was like: ‘Oh, that’s a Pepsi can,’” she said. On closer look, it seemed more like a tattoo on the claw. “It looked like it was a print put right on the lobster claw.”

Neither she or any of the crew had seen anything like it. More than a week after the find, debate has swirled over how it might have come to be: some believe the lobster might have grown around a can that ended up at the bottom of the ocean. Others speculate that part of a Pepsi box somehow become stuck on the lobster.

Lindstrand disputes these theories. The image on the claw was pixelated, she said, suggesting it couldn’t have come from a can. And the image on a Pepsi box is far too large to be what she saw on the claw.

The logo looked like it came from a printed picture, but paper would have deteriorated in the ocean. “I’m still trying to wrap my brain around what exactly it was,” she said.

The find comes amid growing concerns over the amount of debris accumulating in the world’s oceans. Between 5m and 13m tonnes of plastic leak into the world’s oceans each year to be ingested by seabirds, fish and other organisms, leading the record-breaking sailor Dame Ellen MacArthur to warn that by 2050 the sea could have more plastic in it than fish, by weight.

Recently, researchers documented nearly 38m pieces of plastic – weighing nearly 18 tonnes – that had washed up in one of the world’s most remote places: an uninhabited coral atoll in the eastern South Pacific. Scientists found hundreds of crabs scuttling about in makeshift homes made of bottle caps and cosmetic jars, with one crab even converting the inside of a doll’s head into a home.

Soon after, an expedition noted that remote Arctic beaches were heavily polluted with plastic, linking the find to plastic drifting northwards up the Atlantic from Europe and North America.

To Lindstrand, the lobster with the Pepsi imprint hints at the magnitude of rubbish ending up in the ocean. “We don’t see it floating around us when we’re out there,” she said. “I do see stuff along the shorelines that gets washed up on the beaches or the sides of the cliffs.”

After coming across the lobster, she snapped one picture before placing it – Pepsi image and all – into a crate with the other lobsters for sale.

The head captain, in hopes of placing it on display at a local restaurant along with a recently found rare, translucent lobster, has since contacted the buyer in a futile attempt to track down the lobster.

“I’m really wishing I would have kept it now,” said Lindstrand. “It’s the first time I’ve seen something like that, and it was pretty neat. Kind of bad, but pretty neat.”

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/29/lobster-pepsi-logo-ocean-new-brunswick-canada

Andrew Bartzis – Whales – Their Role On Earth and in the Universe – Pt1


 

 

Welcome to my Adventures Into Reality Show November 11, 2017! We have an amazing show for you that you do not want to miss. This is a very special topic that has a lot of impact on what we are each creating in our lives and how what we do ripples throughout the planet and the universe and effects every living creature. This is a particularly special topic that you are going to love because it reaches into your soul connections and your soul family ties to the most profound and high resonating creatures on this planet, Whales. Whales are ancient cosmic beings that heal and bridge energies between timelines and worlds. They came here to heal the planet. Here is what the show is about: Whales – Their Role On Earth and in the Universe – Pt1 – With Debbie, Mandy and Andre. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aTL8… What we do has a lasting imprint. Find out why and what this majestic creature means to you and your journey. If you’ve ever wondered why you are so drawn to this animal then it’s time to find out and explore that which has yet to be experienced. The time is now, to learn and understand just how much the mysteries of the universe have a place in your life. You are made up of the same essence as the stars and this is what dreams are made of. That is why you have such an affinity with this dreamtime being we call The Whale. It’s time to awaken the dreamer within you. Join us by clicking on the link below. Want to Be a Part of the next Live AIR Show? Join me every Tuesday from 7 to 9pm PST and/or Saturday from 5 to 7pm PST! Want More? Check out my Living the Mystical Life Daily Online Course at: http://www.andrewbartzisjourney.com/s… My Website: http://www.andrewbartzis.com Come join the Mailing List! AND/OR Join the journey on Facebook at Andrew Bartzis (@GalacticHistorian) and Instagram @galactic_historianab ! For Free videos series of Andrew’s “Mystical Teachings for Everyday Life” and learn how to apply the knowledge of becoming your own self-illuminated master, join our mailing list at http://www.andrewbartzis.com/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GalacticHist… If you’re interested in a private reading or need more information about a session please go to this link http://andrewbartzis.com/one_on_one_s…. Acknowledgements: Andre Hodge servantoftruth.org

Giant Worms, Mind Bending Clouds and Ferocious Electrical Storms (477)


 

 

 

Intense cold fronts known as the Arctic vortex descend through N. America and Europe the last days of October. The colliding warm and cold air masses have created some of the most beautiful cloud displays that nature offers on our planet. Additionally ferocious electrical storms across the east coast of Australia with record flooding where giant earthworms a meter / 3 feet long emerge from the ground.

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Giant Earthworm Australia

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ALERT: Insect Ecosystem Collapsing! Solar output changing ~ IAF


 

 

IAF Special Alert: New study (10/18/2017) indicates FLYING INSECT POPULATION is COLLAPSING. This affects entire ecosystem, most notably in terms of pollinators. Start growing your own food today! Crop losses continue, exponentially increasing extreme weather events, and volcanic/seismic activity: many indications that the effects of the Grand Solar Minimum continue to accelerate. START MOVING TOWARDS SELF-SUFFICIENCY TODAY. Start taking daily steps NOW towards self-sufficiency so that you can thrive in the Grand Solar Minimum. SUBSCRIBE! http://iceagefarmer.com/ http://wiki.iceagefarmer.com/ Patreon supporters get 10% off at TheAquaponicSource.com ! http://patreon.com/iceagefarmer

Feds OK bombing practice in waters off Kauai


Ed. Note: More war games at the expense of sentient marine life, it’s almost two months after the decision, where is the outrage, why no protests on Kauai? Befuddled….

The five-year plan by the Air Force cuts munitions and monitors wildlife

U.S. NAVYThree U.S. F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam await refueling from a KC-135R Stratotanker during Rim of the Pacific 2016 war games in Hawaii.

The National Marine Fisheries Service has given approval to a five-year Air Force plan for bombing practice at sea off Kauai that reduces munitions used and increases monitoring for impacts to whales and dolphins. Earthjustice attorney David Henkin, who previously criticized the plan as not doing enough to protect marine mammals, said Tuesday the Air Force “did beef up the monitoring, which is a positive development.” The Long Range Strike Weapons System Evaluation Program may use aircraft, including B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, and F-15, F-16, F-22 and F-35 fighters to release over water weapons including joint air-to-surface standoff missiles with a 1,000-pound warhead; 200 to 250-pound small-diameter glide bombs; high-speed anti-radiation, or HARM, missiles; and joint direct attack munitions, the Air Force said in a previous environmental assessment.

The Air Force said it needs the annual at-sea training at Kauai’s Pacific Missile Range Facility up to Aug. 20, 2022, due to unspecified national security threats that likely revolve around China, with increased air-to-surface exercises directed by the Pentagon.

The fisheries service said since the development of the environmental assessment, which was completed in October, the Air Force identified a reduction in the number of munitions to be used during each exercise. No reason was given for the decrease.

The Air Force also previously said each long-range strike mission would occur over a maximum of five consecutive days a year with about 110 bombs released each time. The impact area is approximately 50 miles off Kauai in waters 15,000 feet deep.

A “finding of no significant impact” signed by the Fisheries Service on Aug. 11 said that in 2017 training would only occur on one day and include eight small-diameter bombs.

“In future years, the number (and) type of munitions are reduced by 40 percent with a maximum of four days of training occurring over a five-day time period,” the finding said. Between 38 and 64 weapons would be released annually between 2018 and 2021.

The training for 2018 through 2022 would be conducted on weekdays between June and August, or September through November.

EARTHJUSTICE, an environmental group, put the fisheries service on notice in June that it believed the federal regulations proposed at the time for the bombing practice violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

The fisheries service said it was issuing the “letter of authorization” for the Air Force to go forward with the training after the Air Force decreased the number of munitions it plans to deploy annually, reducing the level of harassment for marine life.

The agency said it worked with the Air Force “to develop a comprehensive marine mammal mitigation and monitoring plan designed to decrease potential impacts to marine mammals.” Monitoring measures will include:

>> Aerial surveys using long-range sensor pods on aircraft and range cameras at PMRF to monitor before, during and after training. >> Delaying exercises if a marine animal is observed within an exclusion zone to avoid exposure to levels of explosives likely to result in injury or death.

>> Shifting the target site as far as possible from an observed marine mammal’s location.

>> Data from acoustic monitoring using PMRF’s hydrophones will be collected and analyzed to better understand the effects of the Air Force bombing. Henkin said it’s preferable to use the hydrophones in real time to monitor for marine animals, and environmental experts are reviewing the Air Force’s assertion that the hydrophones wouldn’t be suited for that.

“What I can say today, having looked at (the approval for the first time Monday), there have been many improvements made,” Henkin said.

The Marine Mammal Protection Act allows, with review and approval, the incidental but not intentional “taking” or harassment of small numbers of marine mammals during activities such as military training, the fisheries service said. Deaths or serious injury to whales and dolphins are not anticipated or authorized for the training, the agency said.

Level A harassment has the potential to injure a marine mammal, while Level B harassment has the potential to disturb an animal by causing a disruption of behavioral patterns. Thirty instances of Level A harassment from the training are projected annually by the fisheries service for whales and dolphins, with 18 for dwarf sperm whales, while nearly 1,200 instances are anticipated for Level B harassment.

The service issued a marine mammal incidental harassment authorization for very limited Air Force at-sea bombing off Kauai in 2016.

https://www.pressreader.com/usa/honolulu-star-advertiser/20170830/281505046355499

‘Hungry bear’ crisis leaves two people dead in the far east of Russia


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Kamchatka brown bears, which live in Russia’s far east.
Two people have been killed by bears in Russia’s far east as increasingly large numbers of the animals are approaching humans due to a lack of food sources.

Authorities on Sakhalin Island last week said 83 bears had to be shot dead because they were hostile. That figure is nearly three times higher than last year.

“This has never happened before,” a forestry worker told Agence France-Presse, asking not to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the media.

“There are not enough fish, berries, nuts,” he said, adding that overfishing of salmon was partly to blame.

“There should not have been any fishing nets installed at all this summer, there are so little fish, but they installed them anyway,” he said.

Bears that enter villages in search of food have eaten dogs and one bit a man’s hand.

“At this time of year bears should be balls of fat, but these animals have almost no fat at all,” the employee said.

A hunter and a fisherman died from bear attacks in September, the regional forest ministry official Sergei Prokhorenko told local media.

The animals have also attacked cattle and one family found a bear digging up potatoes from their vegetable garden in late September, local media reported.

The forestry worker said emergency services were going to villages to look for aggressive animals.

He said he expected the crisis to continue until November, when malnourished bears usually freeze to death while others go into hibernation.

Sakhalin Environment Watch, a non-government organisation, has long warned that overfishing and poaching are leaving the island’s rivers empty of fish.

Last week the group said this year’s fishing season was a “record flop” following overfishing in previous years.

Sakhalin is a large forest-covered island off the east coast of Russia that lies north of Japan between the Okhotsk Sea and the Sea of Japan.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Comment: See also these two related reports from September: Oil worker killed and eaten by hungry brown bears as beasts besiege towns and villages in Russia

Boy mauled to death by brown bear in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia

77-year-old ordered to evacuate because of wildfire—but refuses when he sees something others don’t


Note: This man defines Hero! So much love…

The recent wildfires that have turned parts of northern California into smoldering stumps have been devastating for many residents, both human and animal, in some cases resulting in a tragic loss of lives. One man was not going to let that happen to the animals where he was and he put himself at great risk to protect them.

Thousands were forced to evacuate for their own safety.

Homes and businesses, humans and animals were being consumed and destroyed by the deadly fires. The animals that faced the most threatening risks were those that lived in the zoos and on wildlife preserves. One of those preserves was the Safari West Park and Animal Preserve in Santa Rosa, California.

When the order came to evacuate the safari park, everyone left except for one man—the owner, 77-year-old Peter Lang. He refused. Lang would not allow the animals to be left to die, which appeared to be imminent given the powerful wall of flames that was heading speedily toward them.

It was fire versus garden hoses.

Armed with only everyday garden hoses, Lang fought the fires as they began to close in on him and the animals he was trying to protect.

“I put on a hoodie and just soaked it in water,” described Lang in an interview with KPIX News. “And I put it on and put it on over my head, and 10 minutes later it was dry.”

He continued fighting the fires with determination through the night.

The air was thick with smoke and the fire was relentless, intent on destroying everything in its path. Lang didn’t flinch. He worked tirelessly through the night, running from one scorching patch to the next, spraying the ferocious fires with water as best he could.

Come morning, all the animals were safe.

Lang’s stubborn persistence paid off. Not one of the animals on the preserve was lost and he survived as well.

Sadly, Lang’s house did not. It was completely burned to the ground. He saved his animals but lost his home. Although he expressed that it was tough to lose his house, he has no regrets.

After people found out about what he did, many were offering to donate money to the park to help them recover.

But Lang asked instead people donate money to charities to help those in the community affected by the fires.

“Thank you for all the messages of love and support. So many of you have offered to donate money or establish funds in our name and we are stunned and humbled by your generosity. Please, if you do feel compelled to make a donation, direct it to a charity or organization that benefits all the victims of this terrible event,” he wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

The fires continue to rage in the area. Stay up to date with Safari West on their Facebook page.

 

http://uplift.theepoch.com/uplift/ordered-to-evacuate-a-wildlife-preserve-one-77-year-old-man-refuses-and-stays-behind-to-save-the-animals_2331162.html

Animal Legal Defense Fund Sues Landry’s Inc. for Endangered Species Act Violations


Posted on September 26, 2017

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Four tigers are always indoors, suffer substandard conditions

Contact: Natalia Lima, nlima@aldf.org, 201-679-7088

HOUSTON– Today the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed suit against Houston’s Downtown Aquarium and Landry’s Inc., representing Houston-area resident Cheryl Conley, alleging violations of the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to the treatment of four tigers, who are kept in substandard conditions at the Aquarium.

The tigers at the heart of the case—Nero, Marina, Coral and Reef—have been housed indoors at the Downtown Aquarium for more than 13 years without adequate access to sunlight, fresh air or natural surfaces. These living conditions are inadequate for tigers and violate the ESA, which has protected tigers since 1970.

“These tigers have spent over a decade confined to small spaces—with cement and stone flooring. Deprived of walking on dirt and grass, breathing fresh air, and feeling the sun’s warmth,” says Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells. “The cages provided in no way mimic a tiger’s natural environment—which makes many of their natural behaviors—like running, swimming or engaging in stalking or hunting behaviors –impossible.”

At the Downtown Aquarium, the tigers’ entire world is limited to a few hundred square feet. The tigers divide all their time between a small metal cage outside of the public’s view and a public concrete viewing area. Their only sources of sunlight are small windows and skylights; the floor they walk on is hard and unyielding. The tigers lack the opportunity to engage in the full range of their natural behaviors—including solidarity. In the wild, tigers cover a range of up to 40 square miles and can be extremely territorial.

The tigers’ living conditions starkly contrast with the decades-long trend to place captive tigers in more natural habitats. Of the more than 100 facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that house tigers in the United States, only one other facility does not have an outdoor exhibit for the tigers: the Downtown Aquarium in Denver, also owned by Landry’s.

This lawsuit comes after the Animal Legal Defense Fund previously served Landry’s with a notice of intent to sue, offering to forego the lawsuit if the company accepted the group’s offer to rehome the tigers to a reputable sanctuary at no cost to Landry’s. Instead, Landry’s Inc. and the Downtown Aquarium Inc. filed their own lawsuit claiming the Animal Legal Defense Fund defamed Landry’s by publicly commenting on the long-controversial mistreatment of the tigers. In a victory for free speech, the Animal Legal Defense Fund obtained a dismissal of that suit, and an award of more than $600,000 in sanctions and attorneys’ fees against Landry’s.

“The Downtown Aquarium and Landry’s Inc. tried to intimidate and silence us with a baseless lawsuit, but we are committed to holding them accountable to the law,” says Wells.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund thanks the Houston law firm Irvine & Conner PLLC for providing pro bono representation in the case.

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