‘A great silence is spreading over the natural world’


Bernie Krause has spent 40 years recording nature’s sounds. But such is the rate of species and habitat loss that his tapes may become our only record of the original diversity of life
Dr. Bernie Krause
Musician and naturalist Bernie Krause has spent 40 years recording over 15,000 species in many of the world’s pristine habitats. Photograph: Courtesy of Hachette Book Group

“The birds are silent in the woods.
Just wait: Soon enough
You will be quiet too”
– Robert Hass

When musician and naturalist Bernie Krause drops his microphones into the pristine coral reef waters of Fiji, he picks up a raucous mix of sighs, beats, glissandos, cries, groans, tones, grunts, beats and clicks.

The water pulsates with the sound of creatures vying for acoustic bandwidth. He hears crustaceans, parrot fish, anemones, wrasses, sharks, shrimps, puffers and surgeonfish. Some gnash their teeth, others use their bladders or tails to make sound. Sea anemones grunt and belch. Every creature on the reef makes its own sound.
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But half a mile away, where the same reef is badly damaged, he can only pick up the sound of waves and a few snapping shrimp. It is, he says, the desolate sound of extinction.

Krause, whose electronic music with Paul Beaver was used on classic films like Rosemary’s Baby and Apocalypse Now, and who worked regularly with Bob Dylan, George Harrison and The Byrds, has spent 40 years recording over 15,000 species, collecting 4,500 hours of sound from many of the world’s pristine habitats.

But such is the rate of species extinction and the deterioration of pristine habitat that he estimates half these recordings are now archives, impossible to repeat because the habitats no longer exist or because they have been so compromised by human noise. His tapes are possibly the only record of the original diversity of life in these places.

“A great silence is spreading over the natural world even as the sound of man is becoming deafening,” he writes in a new book, The Great Animal Orchestra. “Little by little the vast orchestra of life, the chorus of the natural world, is in the process of being quietened. There has been a massive decrease in the density and diversity of key vocal creatures, both large and small. The sense of desolation extends beyond mere silence.

“If you listen to a damaged soundscape … the community [of life] has been altered, and organisms have been destroyed, lost their habitat or been left to re-establish their places in the spectrum. As a result, some voices are gone entirely, while others aggressively compete to establish a new place in the increasingly disjointed chorus.”

Hawaii, he says, is the extinction capital of the world. “In a couple of centuries since the islands were populated by Europeans, half the 140 bird species have disappeared. In Madagascar, 15 species of lemur, an elephant bird, a pygmy hippo and an estimated half of all the animals have gone extinct.”
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Even partially disturbed habitats lose much of their life for many years, says Krause. Recordings of a meadow in the Sierra Nevada mountains east of San Francisco before the surrounding forest was selectively logged in the 1980s sounds very different to when Krause returned a year later.

“The overall richness of sound was gone, as was the thriving density and diversity of birds. The only prominent sounds were the stream and the hammering of a Williamson’s sapsucker. Over the 20 years I have returned a dozen times to the same spot at the same time of year but the bio-acoustic vitality I had captured before logging has not yet returned.”

One in four mammals is threatened with extinction, he says. With the exception of a few sites, frog populations are in decline worldwide and birds are beginning to show radical signs of territorial shifting.

“Things are beginning to quiet down in the pristine habitats. The combination of shrinking habitat and increasing human pandemonium have produced conditions under which the channels … necessary for creature survival are being completely overloaded. The voices of the wild in their purest states where no [human] noise is present are splendid symphonies.”

But the wild natural world, comprised of vast areas not managed by humans, rarely exists now except in a few isolated places such as the Alaskan wilderness, the far Canadian north, Siberia, the pampas of Argentina and Uruguay, and the Brazilian Pantanal which are still rich with natural sound, he says.

“The fragile weave of natural sound is being torn apart by our seemingly boundless need to conquer the environment rather than to find a way to abide in consonance with it.”
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Weasel Apparently Shuts Down World’s Most Powerful Particle Collider


The Large Hadron Collider uses superconducting magnets to smash sub-atomic particles together at enormous energies.

The Large Hadron Collider uses superconducting magnets to smash sub-atomic particles together at enormous energies.

CERN

A small mammal has sabotaged the world’s most powerful scientific instrument.

The Large Hadron Collider, a 17-mile superconducting machine designed to smash protons together at close to the speed of light, went offline overnight. Engineers investigating the mishap found the charred remains of a furry creature near a gnawed-through power cable.

A small mammal, possibly a weasel, gnawed-through a power cable at the Large Hadron Collider.

Ashley Buttle/Flickr

“We had electrical problems, and we are pretty sure this was caused by a small animal,” says Arnaud Marsollier, head of press for CERN, the organization that runs the $7 billion particle collider in Switzerland. Although they had not conducted a thorough analysis of the remains, Marsollier says they believe the creature was “a weasel, probably.” (Update: An official briefing document from CERN indicates the creature may have been a marten.)

The shutdown comes as the LHC was preparing to collect new data on the Higgs Boson, a fundamental particle it discovered in 2012. The Higgs is believed to endow other particles with mass, and it is considered to be a cornerstone of the modern theory of particle physics.

Researchers have seen some hints in recent data that other, yet-undiscovered particles might also be generated inside the LHC. If those other particles exist, they could revolutionize researcher’s understanding of everything from the laws of gravity, to quantum mechanics.

Unfortunately, Marsollier says, scientists will have to wait while workers bring the machine back online. Repairs will take a few days, but getting the machine fully ready to smash might take another week or two. “It may be mid-May,” he says.

These sorts of mishaps are not unheard of, says Marsollier. The LHC is located outside of Geneva. “We are in the countryside, and of course we have wild animals everywhere.” There have been previous incidents, including one in 2009, when a bird is believed to have dropped a baguette onto critical electrical systems.

Nor are the problems exclusive to the LHC: In 2006, raccoons conducted a “coordinated” attack on a particle accelerator in Illinois.

It is unclear whether the animals are trying to stop humanity from unlocking the secrets of the universe.

Of course, small mammals cause problems in all sorts of organizations. Yesterday, a group of children took National Public Radio off the air for over a minute before engineers could restore the broadcast.

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/29/476154494/weasel-shuts-down-world-s-most-powerful-particle-collider?sc=tw

Ed. Note: From all indications, it appears Gaia is about to make her move…if a weasel can take out CERN, expect the unexpected from our ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT Earth Mother!

 

Nothing Kills More Animals Than Geoengineering, HAARP, & Nuclear Contamination


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Animal Rights and Abuse: No one kills or abuses more animals than the federally sanctioned and funded geoengineering campaigns, HAARP facilities and nuclear contamination.

Forget about the damages inflicted upon people from chemtrails/geoengineering campaigns and HAARP facilities for the moment. For now let us focus upon domestic animals and wildlife, critters who are affected far worse in many instances due to their size and total exposure to the out-of-doors’ elements. Beginning with insects, I cannot begin to tell you how many species no longer exist that existed in my childhood. The loss is, frankly, incomprehensible, and I know for a fact that we are rapidly approaching a total loss of insects. But before continuing, here is a refresher on the scientific divisions within the animal kingdom:

Kingdom

All living organisms are first placed into different kingdoms. There are five different kingdoms to classify life on Earth, which are Animals, Plants, Fungi, Bacteria, and Protists (single-celled organisms).

Phylum

The animal kingdom is divided into 40 smaller groups, known as phylum. Here, animals are grouped by their main features. Animals usually fall into one of five different phylum which are Cnidaria (invertebrates), Chordata (vertebrates), Arthropods, Molluscs and Echinoderms.

Class

The phylum group is then divided into even smaller groups, known as classes. The Chordata (vertebrates) phylum splits up into Mammalia (Mammals), Actinopterygii (Bony Fish), Chondrichthyes (Cartilaginous Fish) , Aves (Birds), Amphibia (Amphibians) and Reptilia (Reptiles).

Order

Each class is divided into small groups again, known as orders. The class Mammalia (Mammals), splits into different groups including Carnivora, Primate, Artiodactyla and Rodentia.

Family

In every order, there are different families of animals which all have very similar features. The Carnivora order breaks into families that include Felidae (Cats), Canidae (Dogs), Ursidae (Bears), and Mustelidae (Weasels).

Genus

Every animal family is then divided into small groups known as genus. Each genus contains animals that have very similar features and are closely related. For example, the Felidae (Cat) family contains genus including Felis (small Cats and domestic Cats), Panthera (Tigers, Leopards, Jaguars and Lions) and Puma (Panthers and Cougars).

Species

Each individual species within the genus is named after its individual features and characteristics. The names of animals are in Latin so that they can be understood worldwide, and consist of two words. The first word in the name of an animal will be the genus, and the second name indicates the specific species.

Example 1 – Tiger

Kingdom: Animalia (Animal)

Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrate)

Class: Mammalia (Mammal)

Order: Carnivora (Carnivore)

Family: Felidae (Cat)

Genus: Panthera Species: Panthera tigris (Tiger)

http://a-z-animals.com/reference/animal-classification/

Insects are classified as follows:

Kingdom: Animalia (animals)
Phylum: Arthropoda (arthropods)
Class: Insecta (insects).
Orders:

Archaeognatha

Jumping bristletail

Blattodea

Cockroaches

Coleoptera

Beetles (like ladybugs, the mealworm/darkling beetle, the lightning bug)

Dermaptera

Earwigs

Diptera

Flies (like the house fly and the mosquito)

Embioptera

Webspinners

Ephemeroptera

Mayflies

Grylloblattodea

Rock crawlers

Heteroptera, Hemiptera

Bugs (like the assassin bug, water strider, and harlequin bug)

Homoptera

Aphids, cicadas

Hymenoptera

Ants, bees, wasps

Isoptera

Termites

Lepidoptera

Butterflies, moths

Mantodea

Mantids (like the praying mantid

Mecoptera

Scorpionflies

Megaloptera

Dobsonflies

Monophasmatodea

Gladiators

Neuroptera

Lacewings, antlions

Odonata

Dragonflies (like the green darner dragonfly)

Orthoptera

Grasshoppers, crickets

Phasmatodea

Walkingsticks

Phthiraptera

Lice

Plecoptera

Stoneflies

Psocoptera

Book lice

Raphidioptera

Snakeflies

Siphonaptera

Fleas

Strepsiptera

Twisted-wing parasites

Thysanopteraera

Thrips

Trichoptera

Caddisflies

Zoraptera

Angel wings

Zygentoma

Silverfish

Reference: Gladiators: A New Order of Insect. J. Adis, O. Zompro, E. Moombolah-Goagoses, E. Marais, Scientific American, pp. 60-66; Nov. 2002. Insects comprise 80% of all animal life on earth, and it is estimated that hundreds of thousands have already gone extinct. Talk about a food chain nightmare. We focus upon bee loss due to their ability to pollinate food crops, but we rarely consider the moths, gnats, butterflies, beetles, crickets, and water bugs that simply have vanished, effecting birds, amphibian, fish, reptiles, and other species.

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If the genetic modification of vast acreages of crops didn’t kill them, it is guaranteed that the nano-particulate heavy metal sprayed over the entirety of nature and the electromagnetic manipulation and super-heating of the atmosphere did. And this is fine?

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Birds are dying at devastating and escalating rates; our aerial, in-flight critters are disappearing and dropping dead mid-air while in flight. What other possible explanation minus geoengineering/aerial spraying and HAARPing is even plausible; all with no repercussions and with few if any animal advocacy groups even mentioning this murderous fact of DAILY reality. One of my personal concerns deals with a patent for climate engineering from satellites vs. airplanes and its current use or experimentation.

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Fish and sea plants, the largest food sources on the planet, are a category unto themselves when it comes to horrible death and extinction. Geoengineering causes ocean acidification purposefully and admittedly so, and nano-particulate heavy metals, sulphates, acids and other known and unknown substances are relentless sprayed day and night above the oceans. Equally, the super-heating of the atmosphere by HAARP technologies (globally) which alters ocean temperatures, is causing die-offs of marine life so massive, so profound in number, that this crime is in a category by itself. This following the fast food and chain restaurant 50-year inhumane fishing/slaughter practices, followed up by nuclear weapons testing in the world’s oceans for 70+ years, and now the wholly ignored Fukushima, which has littered the Pacific floor with dead sea creatures to the tune of nearly 100% in the last three years. No outcry from the animal advocates? No animal cruelty? No charges brought against the known killers? Advocacy, indeed…

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Equally, consider that we call “humane” animal organizations that execute animals at the behest of government grant dollars while also selling billions of animals to animal laboratories annually. Animal rights, indeed; advocacy, indeed. While allowing science to execute trillions of creatures coupled with our support of animal euthanasia organizations and our control addictions to animal sterilization, we can best bet that the very same practices come to all human neighborhoods near you; best count on it. Our blindness, callousness and stupidity will soon result in what can only be described as karmic retribution. We are next being only a few sizes larger than our fellow murdered earth sharers, but it is also quite clear that our food and water sources will disappear first or in tandem. That also cannot be denied.

http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/nothing-kills-more-animals-than-geoengineering-haarp-nuclear-contamination/

Animal Ascension Symptoms


By Steve Clayton, 04/11/2016

Ascending Schumann Resonance

Many online articles and videos talk about the energy shifts that are happening now, and specifically, how the Earth’s ascending resonant frequency is affecting humanity. What most of these references do not mention is how these changes are also affecting our animal friends. Animals, domesticated or wild, have a much stronger link with Mother Earth that most humans. It stands to reason, therefore, that they are experiencing ascension symptoms of their own.

Ascension Symptoms in Animals

Does it seem as though your animal companion has suddenly aged overnight? Does he suddenly appear to be arthritic (i.e. stiff movement; struggling to climb stairs)? Does she lack energy or, conversely, have bouts of hyperactivity? Is your fur baby restless at night, but exhausted during the day? If the Veterinarian certifies that your pet is in good health and can find no cause for these symptoms then, chances are, they are ascensionrelated.

Animals, like us, have individual personalities and react to the changing energies in their own way. Some are choosing to go Home or is debating the pros and cons of riding out these changes. Others are frightened, becoming more possessive of the people in their life, or becoming more anti-social, and even aggressive, as they struggle to make sense of what is happening to them. Couple that with the changes they see in us and it is no small wonder they are acting differently than they used to.

Typical Symptoms

  • Arthritic movement / Stiff joints / Muscle cramps
  • Lethargy and/or Hyperactivity
  • Interrupted sleep / Nightmares / Restlessness at night / Increased sleep during the day
  • Acts like they’ve been shocked (i.e. wakes up suddenly and bolts from the room)
  • Voracious appetite interspersed with refusal to eat
  • Nausea, vomiting, upset stomach
  • Dehydration
  • Anxiety / Aggression / Timidity
  • Depression / Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Increased need for exercise

What You Can Do to Help

As a responsible pet parent, the best thing you can do is to be more understanding, patient, loving and kind. Exercise or play with them. Sit with them. Massage, rub or scratch them. Basically, engage in any activity that strengthens the loving bond you have with your animal friend. This will help keep his world in balance, and will do wonders for you as well!

Healing Exercise

Take a few moments a day to place your right hand over your pet’s heart/heart chakra, and then channel all the love you feel for her into her heart. You can add the intention of calming her, ridding her of fear and any blocked energies she may have. Think of this as giving her an energetic tune-up. You can help each other make it through the ascension process.

About the Author: Steve Clayton is a Naturopathic Consultant and Vibrational Energy Master who heals people and animals worldwide. He and wife Kim Hutchinson run ClayhutHealing.ca and the Riverview Holistic Fair. Steve is also a member of the Alliance Professional of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists, and is the former P.R. Director for the Moncton Holistic Chamber of Commerce. For more information, or to book a healing for your pet, visit www.clayhuthealing.ca 

Iceland whaler announces he will not hunt this year


Patrick Ramage, Program Director, Whales
Posted: Thu, 02/25/2016
Kristjan Loftsson, the controversial Icelandic fisheries magnate, has killed fin whales for commercial trade for the past decade.
Kristjan Loftsson, the controversial Icelandic fisheries magnate, has killed fin whales for commercial trade for the past decade.

As I prepare to bed down for the night in Tokyo, encouraging word comes rushing round the ocean planet: Mr Kristjan Loftsson, the controversial Icelandic fisheries magnate who has spent the past decade trying to single-handedly resuscitate the international trade in whale meat, is turning out the lights and won’t hunt endangered fin whales in the North Atlantic this year.

This is very good news for whales and for lceland, a proud Viking nation whose folks have never had much interest in eating fin whale meat. Mr Loftsson had therefore paid lots of Krona in past years to ship his spoils via various routes to Japan, in the hope people here might bite.

Loftsson attempted in 2014 to ship an estimated 2,000 tons of fin whale meat out of the country despite limited market for the meat and opposition at home and abroad.
Loftsson attempted in 2014 to ship an estimated 2,000 tons of fin whale meat out of the country despite limited market for the meat and opposition at home and abroad.

But the sun is setting on the market for meat from dead whales, which is in free fall here in Tokyo too. In fact, the most profitable cetacean-centred commerce today is responsible whale watching, an exciting form of ecotourism whereby live whales deliver massive economic benefits to communities around Iceland, Japan and Norway, and 116 other, non-whaling countries and territories worldwide.

IFAW and our Icelandic partners, staff and volunteers are heartened by today’s news. Having so long publicly criticised his whaling, we today commend Mr Loftsson on his decision, which is a very positive development for Iceland, for whales, and for the millions of people around the world who care about both.

As my long-time friend and former IFAW whale biologist Vassili Papastavrou, who led IFAW’s first feasibility studies for whale watching in Iceland two decades ago, likes to say, animals, people and coastal economies all do better “when whales are seen, and not hurt.”

–PR

Related: Iceland feeling pressure to address whaling

Animal Cruelty: Baby Elephant being tied up for being shipped out to Zoo


Note: I knew this would be painful to watch, so this video has been placed in cue for review since Monday. Now six days later, I sit here in tears writing this post, in shame and disgust with my fellow humans for their treatment of this precious life – a baby elephant, an animal with more sentience and intelligence than humans. And I weep for all the other beautiful nature creatures who have suffered and endured inhuman cruelty from humans. The only way to solve these horrible injustice’s without help from governing body’s is to BOYCOTT ZOO’S and CIRCUS’S, and any other business that profits at the expense of an animals well-being, in any manner.

Also, we need BOYCOTT campaigns for SAFARI type expeditions that endanger wildlife for viewing pleasure. It’s time to leave nature alone and away from human influence. Just this week another famous Lion in Africa was shot and killed in Kenya by a ranger when he escaped the reserve after a group of men taking photo’s started throwing rocks at him. (bite my tongue)

Why didn’t the ranger have tranquilizers, isn’t that standard equipment for a wildlife reserve in Africa?

The level of ignorance, stupidity and carelessness exhibited by some humans is simply beyond belief. We are so much better than this….

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Rangers just killed one of Kenya’s most famous lions because they didn’t have tranquilizers


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Mohawk

By Kevin Sieff March 30
The moment a lion is shot dead after attacking a man in Kenya

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Wildlife officials in Kenya shot the escaped lion several times after it injured a person in the Kajiado district, said Paul Udoto, a spokesman for the Kenya Wildlife Service.

 

Mohawk the lion, one of Kenya’s most famous big cats, was fatally shot Wednesday by wildlife rangers. In a country that has invested millions in protecting its wildlife, Kenyans are trying to figure out what went wrong.

The animal management team that first arrived had no tranquilizers, only rifles. A second, with tranquilizers, was on its way, but the first team killed the animal before arriving because he posed an immediate threat to human life, a spokesman for Kenya Wildlife Services said.

“We lost one of our best lions,” said Nelly Palmeris, a senior park warden at Nairobi National Park.

It turns out that a group of men had surrounded the lion in the town of Isinya, 20 miles from Nairobi, the capital. They took pictures. They threw rocks at him. Finally, Mohawk raised his paw and thrashed one of the men.
Rangers kill one of Kenya’s beloved lions

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Mohawk the Lion, one of Kenya’s most famous big cats, was shot and killed Wednesday, March 30 by wildlife rangers. (Reuters)

“When it injured that person, it became imminent to us that it could lead to a worse situation and it had to be brought down,” said Kenya Wildlife Service spokesman Paul Gathitu.

In pictures of the shooting, the lion appears to be walking on an unpopulated stretch of farmland when a ranger takes aim, striking the animal’s right leg.

“I am outraged, disgusted and grossly disappointed with Kenya Wildlife Services,” Aisha Tande, a Nairobi resident, tweeted.

In Nairobi, Mohawk — with a shock of hair rising from his head — was well known to tourists, a lion that had become accustomed to the sight of safari trucks and camera-toting visitors. He was featured in a local newspaper’s travel article last year.

“Mohawk did not appear to be concerned about all the cars behind him and he continued to walk at a leisurely pace as he enjoyed the freshness of the morning,” Gareth Jones wrote in the Star newspaper.

This was the third time in two months that lions had escaped from Nairobi National Park. One found its way to a military barracks, another to a strip of land near the international airport.

The population around the park has grown more than tenfold since it was established in 1946. Where the lions once would have wandered peacefully, they now encounter suburbs, farms and commercial buildings. If Mohawk hadn’t been surrounded, he wouldn’t have been shot.

He had escaped from Nairobi National Park two days ago, forced out in a territorial dispute with another lion. So he walked south, looking for another place to roam, slipping through an unfenced portion of the park.

In another corner of Africa on Wednesday, another lion was being hunted after escaping from a park.

In South Africa, a lion named Sylvester had escaped from Karoo National Park. Like in Kenya, wildlife officials said he posed a threat. On Wednesday, they prepared to kill him.

“The decision taken earlier today to put him down was not taken lightly,” South African National Parks tweeted.

“He is clearly a troublesome lion and could be a danger to humans,” Reynold Thakhuli, a spokesman for South African National Parks, told the Agence France-Presse.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature considers the African lion a “vulnerable” species. A study last year found that its population had declined by 50 percent in the past 20 years.

Source:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/03/30/rangers-just-killed-one-of-kenyas-best-loved-lions/?wpisrc=nl_az_most

 

Ed. note: After killing him, they desecrate his body…I’m so ashamed of my fellow human beings in their treatment of this sentient BEing. Please forgive them Mohawk, they know not what they do.

IMO it’s to implement BOYCOTT campaigns for SAFARI type expeditions that endanger wildlife for viewing pleasure, and leave nature alone, away from human influence.

Why didn’t the ranger have tranquilizers, isn’t that standard equipment for a wildlife reserve in Africa?

https://img.washingtonpost.com/rw/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2016/03/30/Foreign/Images/Kenya_Africa_Lions_On_The_Loose-00a89.jpg

 

Incredible Photos Document Secret Lives of Street Cats


Editors note: This post is a Care2 favorite. It was originally published on October 1, 2014. Enjoy!

In the U.S. alone, there are an estimated 70 million stray cats living on the streets. Mysterious and misunderstood, one couple are on a mission to show the world that these animals deserve our compassion.

Using Photography to Change the World for Feral Cats

Husband and wife team Elizabeth and Jason Putsche have spent the last five years compiling a stunning collection of photographs documenting the unseen lives of outdoor cats. Founders of Photographers For Animals, a nonprofit organization which uses film and photography to inspire positive change for animals, the couple are dedicated to raising awareness of this pressing issue and sharing the stories of these individuals that have been often maligned by our society.

Vilified, scrutinized and grossly misunderstood, while there are many unsung heroes that feed, care and advocate for feral cats, the general consensus surrounding these felines is one filled with misconceptions.

Love This? Never Miss Another Story.

“Many people draw a distinction between their pet cats and cats that live outside, but they are really the same,” says Elizabeth Putsche, founder and executive director of Photographers for Animals. “The care and compassion we give our animals at home should be extended to these cats, even if we can’t pet them. Each has a personality and individuality — and each has a story to tell.”

Through their captivating photographs, the Putsche team aim to bring feral cats into focus, showing their beauty and bonds with each other, as well as their chameleon-like abilities to acclimate to all types of surroundings, be it rural, suburban, urban or industrial.

“There are a lot of misconceptions about community cats,” says Putsche. “We want people to see them as they truly are — independent, healthy, loved, and thriving outdoors.”

Is There a Place for Feral Cats in Our Communities?

Many people argue that the street is no place for a cat, but those out there on the front lines working directly with these animals beg to differ.

Cities and shelters across America have experienced great success with Trap-Neuter-Return programs. This humane and effective approach works by trapping, neutering, vaccinating and eartipping (removing the tip of their left ear while under anesthesia so they can be identified) cats, before returning them to their outdoor home.

While catch and kill advocates cling to outdated thinking and hyped up stories, scientific evidence has proven that feral cats live healthy lives outdoors and don’t spread disease to people. Opponents to TNR also blame feral cats for wildlife decline, but humans are by far the biggest threat to species loss.

Its Time to Stop the Killing

Out of the 70 million stray cats that populate our streets, on average, only 6 to 8 million ever make it into the shelter system, and the majority of those that do rarely make it out alive.

Putsche says, “Nationally, over 70 percent of all cats that enter shelters are killed there — on top of that, feral cats are not socialized, so they can’t be adopted.”

Cats have been living outside on their own for 10,000 years, so why does that have to change now? Despite what critics say, with TNR programs and colony care, we can happily co-exist with the cat colonies that inhabit our neighborhoods.

We need to stop pointing the finger at feral cats, and instead take a hard look at our own actions and what we can do to change the way we impact the world and the animals with whom we share it.

To find out more about what you can do to help feral cats, check out Alley Cat Allies.

Photo Credit: Jason Putsche

Judas Wolves — Wildlife Services’ Sick Killing Strategy ~ Center for Biological Diversity


Note: Absolutely unbelievable, sickening. This is a new low for the Federal Wildlife, Fish and Game dept., in collusion with Idaho Governor Butch(er) Otter. Time to write letters to the Gov and to WFG expressing outrage at draconian measures to control nature, create new petitions, donate and share, share, share. If you live in Idaho, get together with concerned citizens and protest on the state capitol.

We are the only voice the wolves have, can you take action in their defense?

Blessings, Annette

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Help Stop the Government's Use of Judas Wolves

Help Stop the Government’s Wildlife Killers

We’ve just learned that Wildlife Services, the federal animal-killing program, is using “Judas” wolves to betray the location of their wolf families in Idaho so that aerial shooters can wipe them out.

It’s a sick trick that shows how low these killers will sink to slaughter wildlife. We need your help to stop them.

A Judas wolf is one that’s fitted with a radio collar and then used to repeatedly lead government killers back to his or her own family. These wolves are then forced to watch their mate and pups get gunned down around them, while they’re left alive to lead the wolf killers to a new pack next season. Then, if they’re lucky enough to eventually find a new mate and start a new family, the killers find them again and repeat the slaughter.

Wildlife Services — operating behind a veil of secrecy in collusion with Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Idaho Fish and Game — is behind this perverse practice. The Center is committed to stopping it. Please, help us with a gift to the Stop Wildlife Services Fund today.

The Judas scheme — officially called “collaring for later control” — uses unsuspecting wolves to betray family and friends over and over until the day they die, or the batteries in their collars run down.

Wolves are intelligent, sensitive, social animals with strong families. Don’t let Idaho and Wildlife Services use that against them. We’ve launched a full-on legal battle to end this. Your contribution to the Stop Wildlife Services Fund will help us take them down and end tragic and cruel abuses like Judas wolves.

Four years isn’t a long time, but it’s the average life expectancy of a radio-collar battery — and also, pitifully, the average life span of a wolf under Idaho and Wildlife Services management. All it takes is a state order to set these killings in motion.

Only someone like Gov. Butch Otter and his anti-wildlife cronies could endorse a disgusting killing strategy like this. Help us bring an end to it. Please donate to the Center’s Stop Wildlife Services Fund.

For the wild,

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity
@KieranSuckling

Monkeys With Smaller Testicles Scream Louder to Compensate, Study Finds


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A new study finds that Howler monkeys scream louder when they have smaller testicles.

The study published yesterday in the journal Current Biology said that howler monkeys with deep roars — used to attract females, deter love rivals and scare off predators — tend to also have smaller testicals and a shortage of sperm compared to their peers.

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According to Charles Darwin, writing on how species’ evolutionary choices impact each other in “On the Origin of Species”:

“The whole organism is so tied together that when slight variations in one part occur, and are accumulated through natural selection, other parts become modified.”

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Biological anthropologist Jacob Dunn and his team from Cambridge University wanted to see if there was a negative correlation between the size of a howler monkey’s vocal tract and the size of his testicles.

The team used 3D laser scanners to analyze a cup-shaped chamber in the howler monkey’s throat called a hyoid that acts an echo chamber. Dr. Dunn said:

“The results of our acoustic analyses show that howler monkeys produce roars at a similar frequency as tigers, which is far lower than we would have predicted from their body size, yet exactly what would be predicted from measuring their giant vocal folds’ which are three times bigger than in a human.”

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Howler monkeys can be found in the forests of Central and South America and weigh roughly 15 pounds, but their growl can reach 128 decibels, which is equivalent to the roar of a tiger.

The researchers speculate that this is because howler monkeys want to give the impression that they are bigger than they actually are. Dr. Dunn proposed:

“It may be that investment in developing a large vocal organ and roaring is so costly that there is simply not enough energy left to invest in testes.

“Alternatively, using a large vocal organ for roaring may be so effective at deterring rival males that there is no need to invest in large testes.”

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The study furthered that males with bigger hyoids had smaller testicles and lived in smaller social groups where there was a single male dominating a number of females.

Male howler monkeys with bigger testes and smaller hyoids most likely lived in bigger social groups and had to share partners. Dunn said:

“In evolutionary terms, all males strive to have as many offspring as they can, but when it comes to reproduction you can’t have everything.”

 

http://nextshark.com/howler-monkey-testicles-study/

Tourist ‘Kills Swan After Pulling It Out Of A Lake For A Selfie’


Note: This extremely disturbing example of the deteriorating state of the human condition shows just how narcissistic and self-absorbed a great percentage of the population still are at in their spiritual development. While many are waking-up and reconnecting with nature, the majority appear to be spiraling into the abyss with little hope at a chance for redemption…{face palm, shake head}
This woman needs to be located and charged with cruelty to animals, she’s nothing less than a criminal exhibiting psychopathic behavior and should be publicly treated as such to send a message to others of like mind.
Blessings, Annette
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Another day, and yet another depressing example of humans killing animals in the pursuit of a selfie.

This time, it was a swan in Macedonia that met its unfortunate end after being dragged up from a lake by a tourist – before being left to die on a beach.

Photos of the incident show a woman dragging the bird by its wing before dragging it onto the shore of Macedonia’s Lake Ohrid.

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After taking the photo, she then reportedly abandoned the animal.

Macedonia Online reports that the swan remained ‘motionless after the encounter.’

It comes only a month after a dolphin allegedly died in Argentina after tourists pulled it from the water to take photographs – although a photographer has since refuted this claim.

A similar incident also reportedly saw peacocks being killed at a zoo in China, after tourists grabbed the exotically-feathered birds for the photos

It’s thought that peacocks can suffer heart attacks when they are exposed to large shocks – and it’s this that caused the sorry demise of the birds.

All in the name of just a few likes, too.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/woman-kills-swan-after-pulling-it-from-lake-for-a-094804381.html?nf=1

Gorillas hum and sing while they eat


 

Gorillas hum and sing while they eat

Published on 29 Feb 2016

by Lorenzo Brenna
It seems that gorillas hum and sing to signal contentment and pleasure for the food they’re eating. Such discovery could shed light on how language evolved among our ancestors.

In the thick and verdant rainforests of Congo, curious, sweet and primordial singsongs are heard at dinnertime. They’re composed by gorillas. A new study shows that western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) sing and hum while eating.

 

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These melodies represent their way of expressing satisfaction of what they’re eating. This form of communication is also used by leaders to announce it is mealtime to other family members. A similar behaviour was observed among other apes, including chimpanzees and bonobos, but aside from reports from zoos, there was no evidence of it in gorillas.

In order to find out if gorillas actually hum in the wild, Eva Luef, anthropological linguist, phonology and neurolinguistics expert at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology of Seewiesen, Germany, tracked two wild western lowland gorilla populations in the Republic of Congo.

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The researcher identified two different types of calls made by gorillas during eating. One of them was humming, a steady low-frequency tone that sounds a bit like a sigh of contentment, as Luef reported. “They don’t sing the same song over and over,” she said. “It seems like they are composing their little food songs.”

“Each gorilla has its own voice: you can really tell who’s singing,” said Ali Vella-Irving, who looks after gorillas at Toronto Zoo in Canada. “And if it’s their favourite food, they sing louder.” While every individual in the zoo sings for its supper, Eva Luef found that in the wild generally only dominant silverback males sing and hum while eating.

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Gruppo di gorilla occidentali di pianura

It is thus thought that humming and singing is a way dominant males use to inform the group that mealtime is continuing and it is not yet time to move on. According to Eva Luef, this discovery could help shed light on how language has evolved in our ancestors.

 

http://www.lifegate.com/

Undercover Investigation Reveals Hawaii’s Illegal Ivory Trade ~ TAKE ACTION NOW


In honor of World Wildlife Day, please take a few minutes to watch and share this video on wildlife trafficking in Hawaii.

Then please take action to stop this illegal activity from continuing: go to www.hawaiisaveswildlife.org and click “ACT NOW” to send your own email to your Hawaii legislator. Please help save iconic wildlife species by supporting HB 2502 and SB 2647 today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLvNty_URUA&feature=youtu.be

Awaken Academy Guest Series: Anna Breytenbach, Animal Communicator


http://awakenacademy.org Victoria More (Awaken Academy Mystic) interviews renowned animal communicator Anna Breytenbach in this unique and awe-inspiring call which opens up a whole new world of relationship and connection. Anna shares fascinating stories of her communications with animals and leads a meditation to help others connect with an animal of their choice.

Anna is a professional animal communicator who’s been practicing for 12 years in South Africa, Europe and the USA with both domestic and wild animals.

To hear more Awaken Academy downloads, go to:
http://awakenacademy.org/free-mp3-dow…

The Animal Communicator, Anna Breytenbach communicates with Great White Shark


Thank you KS, great find! Reblogged from https://followingworldchange.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/anna-breytenbach-communicates-with-great-white-shark/

During Anna Breytenbach 2015 Australian tour running Animal Communication workshops Anna talks about her communication with the group mind of the Great White Shark. for more info on Annas work see http://www.animalspirit.org and Dean Jefferys Marine conservation projects and new film “Whale Whisperers” see http://www.migaloo2.com

Animal Communication 101 (FULL CLASS) Stasha Eriksen


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The Art of Animal Communication with Penelope Smith on Beyond Words Presents


Penelope Smith is a well-known pioneer in the field of interspecies communication, author of the popular books Animal Talk and When Animals Speak, and editor of the quarterly magazine Species Link. Her visionary work has been featured around the world. Communicating with animals telepathically throughout her life, Penelope Smith discovered that animals could be relieved of emotional trauma and other problems through the same counseling techniques that help humans.

UNLOCKING THE CAGE – Animal Rights Documentary with D.A Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus ~ TheLipTV


UNLOCKING THE CAGE is a documentary that follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his battle against an ineffective animal welfare system in an attempt to transform animal rights into legal protections. Legendary filmmakers D.A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus discuss Steven Wise, the rights of Chimpanzees and the three main subjects of their films. Pennebaker and Hegedus also discuss the impact Robert Redford, documentary films and Sundance have had on the film industry in this Sundance edition of BYOD hosted by Ondi Timoner.

FILM & GUEST BIO:
Renowned filmmakers D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus follow determined animal rights activist Steven Wise into the courtroom for an unprecedented battle that seeks to utilize the writ of habeas corpus to expand legal “personhood” to include certain animals. Wise’s unusual plaintiffs—chimpanzees Tommy and Kiko, once famed showbiz stars—are now living in filth, struggling to survive. Wise and his impassioned legal team take us into the field, revealing gripping evidence of such abuse and plunging us into the intricacies of their case as they probe preconceived notions of what it means to be a non-human animal.
D A Pennebaker is regarded as one of the pioneers of cinéma vérité filmmaking. In 1959 he joined Drew Associated, where he produced the revolutionary Living Camera series and develop one of the first fully portable 16mm synchronized camera/soundrigs. His classics, Don’t Look Back and Monterey Pop, defined the rock-film genre. Pennebaker is the recipient of an Academy Honorary Award.
Chris Hegedus has been directing, shooting, and editing films for four decades. In 2002 she was awarded the prestigious DGA Award for Startup.com. Along with D A Pennebaker, she directed the 1992 Academy Award–nominated film The War Room. Her other films include two-time Emmy Award–winning film Elaine Stritch at Liberty, The Energy War, Town Bloody Hall, Moon Over Broadway, Depeche Mode 101, and Kings of Pastry.

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http://thelip.tv/
BYOD Full Episodes Playlist:
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EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
00:01 Welcoming D.A Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus to BYOD.
00:35 Steven Wise & Human rights for animals.
03:18 Studying chimpanzees.
04:10 UNLOCKING THE CAGE Clip, communication.
04:29 Caging chimpanzees + animal law
06:44 Chimpanzee research videos.
07:48 Chimpanzee memory recall.
09:08 Animals Steve argues for.
12:10 Animals and the internet.
13:15 Sundance, documentary filmmaking & Robert Redford.
15:51 Creating films today.
17:03 Death & film.
19:18 Thank you and goodbye.

Runaway ‘Unicorn’ Rescued by Helicopter and Horseback


The California Highway Patrol processes a lot of strange emergency calls, but a flurry of complaints about a runaway unicorn made the ‘top 10 list’ last week.

Juliet is a 600 pound Shetland pony who occasionally wears an artificial horn that makes her resemble a unicorn. She’s a family pet who sometimes works with photographer Sandra Boos during her work taking portraits of children or entertaining them at birthday parties. And while Juliet normally enjoys being showered with affection, something spooked her at the most recent event and she took off running.

Over the next few hours, Juliet was spotted on numerous highways, generating tremendous curiosity. And while you wouldn’t imagine it would be difficult to spot a snow white unicorn, Juliet stayed on the move, keeping just ahead of police. But soon, life on the run got a little too hot for Juliet who sought shade and camouflage in an orchard of white flowering trees.

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However, Juliet wasn’t prepared for the helicopter searching for her overhead or the heat-seeking radar used by police. As soon as a report went out across the radio to say that Juliet had been located, a neighbor raced to the scene.

It seems that Juliet is enamored with a horse named Shady who lives in her neighborhood. Shady is the pet of local resident Renee Pardy who had a hunch that Juliet would be willing to stop and visit with Shady for a while.

“That’s the nature of horses,” Pardy said. “They want to be in a group. They’re herd animals. We had been chasing Juliet the unicorn for so long that she was looking for a friend.”

Juliet followed Shady into a trailer where she was safely loaded up and homeward bound.

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”We had a fairy tale ending to something that could have been terrible,” Boos said after a good night’s rest with Juliet back in the barn. “I appreciate everyone’s support. We will be implementing a few new safety protocols.”

Photo Credit: DJ Becker/California Highway Patrol