the Photo Ark | Half-Earth Project | Plastic Ocean | Dolphin Deaths Sonar-Seismic Tests | Patriotism to Finance the Military Industrial GDP > Ecocide

We are creatures that live on a miraculous planet with a plethora of life forms that are phenomenally beautiful and intriguing in their intricacies of form and behavior. A world of intelligent systems, from how the wind and water moves, to living soil that nourishes flora that in turn house and nourish fauna. All these systems are intelligent and continually interacting. Without all of this life, we would have a very dull, one-dimensional existence. In fact, we wouldn’t exist at all; not without the birds, bees, trees, ants, bacteria, rain, plasma. Yet we sort of forget about it and go about our lives entrenched in our habits: patterns of movement, acquisition of materials and societal norms that compel us to adhere to certain standards and activities. Many of our actions that don’t appear to be harmful in any way because they are accepted as standard – everyone else does it – are extravagant and fully damaging to all life systems on earth. Yet, we are magical beings. We have intricate bodies, minds and imaginations. We are capable of so, so much more. There is so much beauty on the earth. Soil gives nutrients to plants. The sun infiltrates and charges life. Water provides life. One drop of water is fragile beauty, an ocean is a reservoir of life and power. Taking oil out of the crevices of the earth, is like draining blood vessels. Mining and splitting the earth is like slicing and tearing away skin. Do you feel joy exchanging a smile with another being? Delight in interacting with another creature? Do you realize that you have the choice through joining in your actions with many other people together, to make this earth into a paradise in a multitude of ways? Simply by making the decision and joining others to change habits and become the life force that walks away from the path of destruction and the monetary system within which we are entrenched. If we all do this together, it will actually be a spiritual leap of faith.

Joel is the founder of the Photo Ark, a groundbreaking effort to document species,

Joel Sartore the Photo Ark

Joel Sartore decided to photograph every life form. He’s the founder of the Photo Ark ” groundbreaking effort to document species before they disappear—and to get people to care while there’s still time.” The BBC did a feature on his work The man who takes studio photos of endangered species. as well.

At the same time, E.O. Wilson’s incentive is to catalogue all of earth’s species. He’s established the Biodiversity Foundation’s Half-Earth Project. “Half-Earth proposes an achievable plan to save our imperiled biosphere: to devote half the surface of the Earth to nature. In order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet”, says Edward O. Wilson.

E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity Foundation, Half-Earth Project

E.O. Wilson’s Biodiversity Foundation and Half-Earth Project

https://eowilsonfoundation.org/half-earth-our-planet-s-fight-for-life/

The reason I bring these people up who wish to remind us of what is out there and encourage us to do what we can to save their lives, is because we have come down a path that is wiping them out. Our habits of sophisticated locomotion, comfortable surroundings, tastes for food and beverages and entertainment, conveniences, comforts and luxuries as humans, come with a cost to the rest of the living planet and wildlife.

Certify your Garden to Wildlife; your yard, deck, windowsill, roof, local park or school. Learn what you can do, and do it.

We are suffocating our atmosphere, putting toxins into our soils, choking our planet’s coastlines, waterways and oceans with plastic. An article in a New Zealand paper a year ago states, “Drowning our marine life in a growing sea of plastic.” 27 Mar, 2017

Plastic Ocean Still from Australian documentary NZHerald

Plastic Ocean Still from Australian documentary NZHerald

Plastic Oceans Foundation is a global charitable organization that aims to change the worlds’ attitude to plastic in a single generation. They’ve created a film Plastic Ocean. Here’s the trailer of A Plastic Ocean.

Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Five major collections of garbage due to ocean currents.

Particles of plastic of all shapes and sizes are being found in the farthest islands from civilization, inside the stomachs of migratory birds and in whales. Researchers indicate that they find typically 100 to 200 pieces of plastic in the stomachs of birds. A beached whale had more than a 1,000 pieces of plastic in its stomach. As plastic gets baked in the sun and tossed around, it breaks into smaller and smaller pieces, and is often misidentified as food all along the food chain of ocean creatures.

Boyan Slat, rid oceans of plastic

Boyan Slat: How we will rid the oceans of plastic

 

Fortunately, there are a number of individuals and groups of people who recognize this and are doing fantastic things to mitigate problems from deforestation to replanting, cleaning, finding ways to dissuade  people from using plastics, educate them, devise ways to encourage people to recycle and exchange plastic for currency and who are cleaning it up.

 

 

Yet the reason that I started this blog was when I learned of several dolphin stranding events that occurred a weekend ago. And as I was putting together this article, a week later another stranding happened. I found plenty of articles showing a correspondence between naval sonar exercises as well as industrial seismic testing with mass stranding events (landing out of the water and unable to swim back in) of various marine mammals. I’m talking about species that are social, intelligent, humorous, playful and gregarious. I’ve written to several international marine mammal groups and several responded, yet none indicated a direct association to naval sonar exercises or petroleum exploration recent enough to indicate that their seismic testing may have affected these pods. I however, am inclined to think that if these were previously associated, with a correspondence between these underwater invasive sound activities that travel easily through the medium of water and are extremely loud, that these pulses would indeed affect these species who use echolocation to find their food, detect their predators and to navigate. If it has already been linked, why is it not recognized or talked about?

Senator for Queensland to Australia questions regarding Active Sonar

Senator for Queensland to Australia questions regarding Active Sonar

 

https://www.cpf.navy.mil/rimpac/

RIMPAC CPF Navy Warship Exercises

Comments steered me to references of naval (military) activities in the region where these recent dolphin deaths occurred. I was pointed to RIMPAC and Raytheon.  I looked up The Raytheon Company – a major U.S. defense contractor and industrial corporation with core manufacturing concentrations in weapons and military and commercial electronics.

Raytheon gets $37 million SM-6 and SM-2 missiles contract modification Nov 27, 2018 in Maritime Security, Missiles & Bombs, News

I was told about RIMPAC, the Rim of the Pacific Exercise is the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise. And found this very proud pro war-games propaganda video “News Alert – World’s Largest Naval Exercise Rimpac 2018 Begins, China Un-Invited

Though the article a week ago regarding 145 Pilot Whales Found Dead on Remote New Zealand Beach, Nobody Knows Why (Pilot Whales are dolphins), I feel like there’s a silence about this. There have been discoveries of damaged tissue, acoustic trauma and hemorrhaging around the ear.

145 Pilot Whales Found Dead on Remote New Zealand Beach. Nobody Knows Why.

145 Pilot Whales Found Dead on Remote New Zealand Beach. Nobody Knows Why.

This article refers to the one that happened a few days ago. 51 Pilot Whales Die in Another Mass Stranding in New Zealand.

This somewhat recent article hints at sonar, but will not make a clear statement indicating that this was the cause. “Dead whales that washed up on Irish beaches ‘may have been killed by military sonar” Thursday 9 August 2018 “The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) said the strandings coincided with naval manoeuvres following the reported sighting of a foreign submarine in British waters. No connection between the whales’ deaths and the naval manoeuvres was established.” Hmmm, once again, no idea? No connection!

Greenpeace talks about whale and dolphin injury and deaths due to Seismic & Sonar Testing. They say that according to government estimates, 138,500 whales and dolphins will soon be injured and possibly killed along the east coast of the U.S., if exploration companies are allowed to use dangerous blasts of noise to search for offshore oil and gas. Just as the reports I read from the New Zealand government report on pathologies of marine mammals, none of the reports really divulged what may have caused the death. These are individuals working in a government office. I met an American who was a Climate Scientist working for the State of California who told me he was warned not to mention the word ‘global warming’ in any of his reports as early as 1991. He confided that his studies always lead to mentioning the phenomenon. I’m thinking that the lack of mentioning a correlation with sonar or seismic testing of the Australian government bureau may also be because the employees are dissuaded from mentioning this.

Center for Biological Diversity, sonar, seismic testing

The Center for BiologicalDiversity is well aware of the deleterious impacts of sonar and seismic testing.

Seismic blasting diagram, biologicaldiversity

Seismic blasting diagram center for biologicaldiversity

The correlation is certainly there. Well, where exactly are our heads at? Certainly the Navy is going to be the last to admit that they’re killing dolphins.

I sent a letter of inquiry to a handful of international whaling organizations asking if they have any more information on this connection? I did receive several responses. So far, the two that wrote back didn’t make that correlation. The dolphins were too remote to get to before decomposition begins, which emulates the findings of damaged tissue from sonar or seismic activity, then it’s too late to detect specific deterioration from what had been the cause. I asked if they were aware of autopsies being conducted regarding signs of deafness, damaged tissues, acoustic trauma or hemorrhaging around the ear? Mentioning that although certainly ingestion of plastics is a tremendous problem leading to toxicity and death, the stranding of an entire group points to an event that effected them during a fixed period of time.

They didn’t find this correlation. One responded with an official New Zealand government link to Marine Mammal Pathology Reports, which upon perusing a few, I didn’t see any indicating plastic or naval sonar. In fact, none of them point to any projected cause.  I investigated current 2018 Australian Naval exercises, didn’t yet find any specific report (to the public) but found for example this. The NZ response mentioned that “The most recent petroleum seismic survey in New Zealand finished on 30 Mar 2018, so this is unlikely to be related.”

 

I guess PTSD isn’t considered with respect to marine mammals who’ve been forced to exposure of extremely loud noises. Of course it is disruptive and cumulative. Of course it would lead to deafness and affect the function of sensitive organs , when one’s entire operating system – echolocation – relies on subtle sound detection.

 

A naval report Thales to Upgrade Sonars on Australia’s fleet of Collins-class Submarines with a lot of military propaganda. “Australia’s strategic priority on enhancing its submarine capability will be supported by Thales through major upgrades of the sonar systems on all six Collins class submarines. A$230million contract with Thales is part of a A$542million project approved by the Australian Government for the upgrade of the Collins class sensor capabilities, the key to extending the life and the regional superiority of the Collins fleet.”

In the meantime I’d just watched this video by Robert Reich, THE MONOPOLIZATION OF AMERICA: The Biggest Economic Problem You’re Hearing Almost Nothing About He explains that a century ago there were anti-trust laws preventing any company from getting too large, but they disappeared during the Reagan years. Reich points out that the less businesses there are in control, the more they can create their own prices as well as control the wages. No competitor, no problem, for those making the rules.

Robert Reich Monopolization of America Monsanto Owns Genetics

Robert Reich Monopolization of America Monsanto Owns Genetically most soy and corn

Robert Reich Monopolization of America Walmart Drives Down Workers Wages

Robert Reich Monopolization of America Walmart Drives Down Workers Wages

Robert Reich Monopolization of America Health Care Monopolies 2015

Robert Reich Monopolization of America Health Care Monopolies 2015

Robert Reich Monopolization of America Health Care Monopolies 2016

Robert Reich Monopolization of America Health Care Monopolies 2016

And then I saw this bit of information

 USA, business, Walmart Nation, Health Care, Boeing

The USA according to what businesses ‘control’ each state. Walmart Nation, Health Care Boeing

I noticed how odd it is that Health Care is a business, an obviously really, really big moneymaker. Hmmm, and then Boeing, a weapons manufacturer. ok. The Boeing Company is an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, satellites, and missiles worldwide. Yes, the same Boeing which Withheld Information on 737 Model, According to Safety Experts and Others. You know, that most recent airline crash in Indonesia.C

Military/Naval use of seismic testing to detect enemy submarines and underwater electronic weapons testing and industrial exploration to detect resources they wish to split open the earth to access. These I believe are completely in synch with the stranding, um, lets call it mass death.

Stranding sounds too harmless, a better word is ECOCIDE. If there is any correlation to the fact that this has occurred once, it means that the people of the world who are continuing an activity that they consciously know is killing another species, I would say is killing, silently, without regard. And as long as they can keep a lid on it, they will.

Well, hmmm. The technology for war and manufacturing – seismic testing – is causing staggering loss.

Transnational BANKS, CORPORATE INDUSTRIAL Monopolies and MILITARY > are DRIVING RELENTLESS GROWTH and FINANCING EXTINCTION.

There have been suggests on many fronts that we need to reintroduce the commons, so treasured land and water and air resources are commonly held among all of the people. And in the process of valuing, establishing parks and community gardens and places for people to come together in the arts and sciences, all people can participate in building this community; re establishing the common wealth and common health, as George Monbiot eludes to in Common Wealth 2nd October 2017

Monstrous Defense Budget of USA

Federal Budget the Costs of Being an Empire

Joseph E. Stiglitz wrote on November 1, 2018 The American Economy Is Rigged, And what we can do about it “Markets do not exist in a vacuum: they are shaped by rules and regulations, which can be designed to favor one group over another.”

The military is big business. It’s not just about defense, it’s integrated into the economic system, manufacturing, jobs, investments, just like  big industry. These have a presence in all powerful countries. So the scale is continually tipped towards investments and money, with the natural environment and the preservation of life and wilderness, not good for finances. This massive infrastructure of manufacturing weapons, building sophisticated information systems, to fleets of ships, submarines and jets, and upgrading technology to be the most powerful to penetrate everything, to be the feared and powerful enemy, is all part of the global market, keeping business and money, flowing.

Most of the wealthy nations and multinational companies that bolster this military presence, basically adhere to the same stance: war, might, deterrence and growing the GDP in profits in the multi-billions: USD $, AUD $, GBP £, EUR €, CNY ¥, CAD C$, HKD HK$, INR Rs., JPY ¥….

And all of us are participating in one way or another. Grade schools are grooming kids to stay in line. Patriotism plays a big role as well. Patriotism to the school, to the country. Military is considered honorable. Media and broadcast TV show idols. We are encouraged as young adults to decide what we wish to provide through our services to the world. We start working or enter into vocational schools, colleges and universities. The military in its different guises is a lure, secure income, free education. Many students are persuaded to study not necessarily what they feel the most connection to, but what will make the most money. Along with consolidating companies, minds are getting shrunk into mirroring this value of money and profit above all else. Thing is, it’s maybe not so easy to decipher how what they are doing for their work is affecting other life. We have this extraordinarily beautiful earth and delightful creatures whose habitat continues to shrink as the big box stores, the Walmarts, the Coscos, the Starbucks, the CVS…keep building more and more branches, mowing down trees and tasteful buildings and paving more parking lots as cities all over the USA have the same ugly car-centered peripheral sprawl of all of the chains and box stores. Is that really what we want? Or are we sort of indoctrinated into thinking that we need to keep buying, that this is what life is all about. And we keep feeling a crunch of money and time, and keep rushing to go out and buy more. It is perhaps difficult to find the time or space or luxury to step back and know that our work and habits may be contributing to some very nasty stuff. But perhaps it’s not quite in our consciousness, and therefore not really in our conscience to be bothered if the work we do isn’t meaningful or is paving the way to more destruction of our natural world? Perhaps the huge narcotic epidemic in the USA is because of all of this emphasis on financial wealth and power, with little connection to how much we are violating the earth and the habitats of its creatures. I’d rather see a bunch of fields of flowers and groves of trees, bicycle paths, community gardens and fruit and nut trees in parks than more Walmarts or other box stores. I think a lot of people would be a lot healthier and happier if they were out with friends and families playing outdoors and interacting with one another in parks than having to have the newest and latest fashion, shoes, watches, phones, computers, tv monitors, cars. We are sort of drilled into thinking that we need all this stuff, and that ‘getting the best deal is more important’ than the fact that Walmart has wiped out all of your local markets, that Amazon has put all your favorite little shops out of business and that there’s hardly any green left as these massive businesses keep slapping them up as fast and efficiently and cheaply as they can.

This is violence to the earth and its creatures. Building more and more box commercial chains, outlets, malls appears to be what people want, but I think its a seduction game into making people feel that they NEED these things to be loved and lovable. Or that an engine is an extension of one’s manhood and therefore showing someone’s worth. Fighting so called enemies in wars, drilling, fracking, draining, cutting, slicing, spoiling environments, destroying beauty and habitats is violence to the being (the earth and its creatures) which is our life support system which gave us the gift of life and all of these wonderful creatures to watch in endearment to share it with. How far can a person go making choices, or simply not paying attention to the repercussions of their actions? How long can people distract themselves and not have the community resources to understand how their habits are affecting creatures near and far? Many are so time-challenged and consumed with making ends meet their tastes, that they do not comprehend the larger picture, nor wish to.

Humans are highly social creatures. As babies, we learn through watching, listening and observing our surroundings with all of our senses Then we adapt into discovering who we are through interactions with our parents, at school, with teachers, peers. Cultural institutions monitor us and guide us. Modern western man over a period of time shifted to a very comfort driven, consumer oriented culture in the land of plenty. And this idolatry for gadgets and all that glistens and gives us glamour and freedom, comes at a cost.

Just when we were catching on to all that money can buy, we started to get more indoctrinated into being patriotic to our countries. As war became the focus with WWI, this marriage of industry and government seemed to launch. People were living well, standard of living associated with goods manufactured and profits made through war. In the latter part of the last century, more businesses consolidated, and the money firmly linked to the government and continually to weapons manufacture and war.

Do I sound unpatriotic? If Patriotism implies looking the other way when the means of employment is to build weapons, approach other people by trying to overpower them instead of looking another human being in the eye, or regarding any creature as a subject that is incredible with fascinating life, to destroy it because it’s in the way of my profit, or choke it’s air, pollute it’s water and soil and basically kill anything that gets in the way of the corporation or state, then yes indeed, I am not patriotic.

A song by the British band The English Beat talks satirically about youth being indoctrinated into working in industries making weapons or things you don’t need that will screw up everything it touches. That’s a pretty common understanding these days.

The English Beat song Get a Job

There’s a training course
boys and girls of real ambition
start a new job in a factory
where they’re making ammunition
but it makes them think of stealing
when they read between the lines
through the owners of this funfair
you won’t find a ride you like
just get-a-job, get-a-job

manufacture rubbish
although no one can afford it
you could make a profit
more than anyone deserves
so you find you’re left with poison
so you dump it in our water
and so create the kind of problems
only radiation cures
through get-a-job, get-a-job
get-a-job, get-a-job

oh you young people are revolting
8 to 5 life should give the jolt needed
in a few years you won’t feel quite the same
you’ll be playing their get-a-job game
games games games games

there’s a training camp when
you come from saving nations
get a new job and a new leg
social rehabilitation
every time you thing of leaving
you get caught between the lines (lies)
it’s the training for the funfair
you get taken for a ride
you! get-a-job get-a-job
just get-a-job, get-a-job
just get-a-job, get-a-job

Oh, it’s an understanding that things may suffer from the job, but completely misunderstood that the person is choosing to do something that is really bad for their own spirit and health and bad for others, bad for our living planet, bad for life systems and destroying biodiversity.

That’s why I feel so much hope when a youthful person stands up and says what many adults are not wanting to talk about or hear. The 15 year old Swedish girl,Greta Thunberg made a speech in English in London at theExtinction Rebellion launch. She went on a school strike and then Greta sat before the Swedish Parliament stating that the government and the grownups are doing NOTHING, regardless of all the facts.

Greta Thunberg, speech Swedish Parliament, Swedish Schoolstrike

Greta’s powerful speech to Swedish people before the Parliament

There are individuals and entrepreneurs and nations taking action to deal with plastic crisis. But there’s nothing more important than recognizing that change can happen. Coming through education and arts and activities within your own communities. We can drive that change. If one young girl has already sparked and inspired students in Australia, in another continent, this can ripple. We need to look very, very hard, at what we are choosing, so that we don’t lose what is most precious. You may think your own immediate children are the most precious, but what if there are no trees, woods, grasses, available food, no clean oceans or rivers or lakes, or air, and no other life? It is an astoundingly clear choice to me. We’ve got to make some changes, and we’re going to do this together. And plenty of people are pointing the way, and your own ideas will be as valuable as anyones, collaboratively we will create this change.

Greta states in her speech before the Swedish Parliament, “To all of you who choose to look the other way every day because you seem more frightened of the changes that can prevent catastrophic climate change than the catastrophic climate change itself. Your silence is almost worst of all. The future of all the coming generations rests on your shoulder. Every single person counts. Just like every single emission counts. Every single kilo. Everything counts.”

Geert Weggenhe Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

Geert Weggenhe Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

Global Warming, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Ben & Jerry's

Global Warming. Climate Change. Climate Justice. Ben & Jerry’s

Stop Look Smile Appreciate All Life It's Free

Stop Look Smile
Appreciate All Life
It’s Free

Joel Sartore, photo ark, blogger, Carol Keiter

Joel Sartore photo ark picture and the blogger, Carol Keiter

What can I say? I simply did not want to break up how I wish to present these topics, because they are integrally interrelated.

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Rebel Against Extinction | Rise Up | Just Do It

94 signatures, Humans cannot continue to violate the fundamental laws of nature or science with impunity

the Guardian Ecological Crisis incontrovertible

Facts about our ecological crisis are incontrovertible. We must take action
Humans cannot continue to violate the fundamental laws of nature or science with impunity, say 94 signatories.

Humanity is ‘cutting down the tree of life’, warn scientists, written by the Environment editor Damian Carrington.

“More than 300 mammal species have been eradicated by human activities, say researchers.”

It is 12 years since former US vice president Al Gore made his presentation about the threat of global warming. His presentation An Inconvenient Truth appears to have raised awareness, yet without any coordinated trans-government, international response.

Fracking booms on public lands under Trump is stressed by the energy news writer Dan Haugen.

“OIL & GAS: The Trump administration auctions off millions of public lands for oil and gas development, with leased acreage reaching its highest point since the 2012 fracking boom. (New York Times)”

I currently reside in the USA. One of my favorite authors is George Monbiot, because of his thoroughness and honesty. Monbiot recently wrote Rebelling Against Extinction published in the Guardian October 17th, 2018″, in which he mentions he will speak at the launch of Extinction Rebellion in Parliament Square On October 31st.

Rising Up dot org Extinction Rebellion

Dr. Gail Bradbrook, PhD in Molecular Biophysics speaks about the concerns we face and how to interpret the news.

Dr. Gail Bradbrook, PhD, Molecular Biophysics, education

Dr. Gail Bradbrook PhD Molecular Biophysics speaks about educating oneself

Heading for Extinction and What to do About it

Heading for Extinction and What to do About it

Ecological crisis, climate chaos

Part 1 The Ecological crisis, climate chaos and beyond

What to do, Emotional responses, Practical Responses

Part2 What to do. Emotional and Practical Responses

Why are they talking about this? Because with the exception of the non-action or denial from many government leaders, scientists worldwide have been issuing a warning.

When governments abandon us, we must step up.

 

 

Rowan Williams backs the call for mass civil disobedience ‘to bypass the government’s inaction and defend life itself

Facts about our ecological crisis are incontrovertible. We must take action!

Ecological Crisis

the Guardian Ecological Crisis
Facts about our ecological crisis are incontrovertible. We must take action

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blogger Carol Keiter July 2018

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Sat. Sept. 15th Int’l Coastal & Waterway Cleanup Day – Suit Up to Clean Up

This is all about cleaning up waterways; oceans, streams, rivers, bays, wildlife sanctuaries…

I’ll be there! I hope you will enjoy participating as well.

Suit Up To Clean Up,  Saturday September 15th, the International Coastal Cleanup day, water way near you

Suit Up To Clean Up This Saturday September 15th is the International Coastal Cleanup day – or any water way near you

Here’s how you can find a location near you to become involved.

Find a Cleanup Location, Suit Up To Clean Up, Saturday September 15th

Find a Cleanup Location, Suit Up To Clean Up, Saturday September 15th

You can view the global map to see find a location near you!

I found one near me, the Osamequin Wildlife Refuge
choosing to bicycle about an hour away south to help clean up a wildlife reserve. In the meantime, people further south will be dealing with cleanup after the hurricane.

I am looking forward to it. I hope you all can join in wherever you are!

Migratory Starlings in Aix-en-Provence | Etourneaux | The Most Magnificent Site & Sound

I was sitting in this cafe and went outside for a pause. What? What in the world? Were these parrots? Birds at night in huge flocks like the parrots in San Francisco who found one another after each having escaped their cages?

The first person whom I asked, a young guy walking down the street in sports clothes, knew immediately the answer. He says that it happens twice a year in Aix-en-Provence. They are Etourneaux, I asked him to write it down for me. He then wrote down the English after looking it up on his phone.

Starling 'ballet' in danger as bird population declines

Starling ‘ballet’ in danger as bird population declines

I am in tears again as I read the headlines of this article in the Telegraph.

Starling populations migrate south and west in winter

Starling populations migrate south and west in winter

“The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) blames changes in intensive farming that means trees and hedges have been chopped down so there are fewer places for the birds to roost and breed. The use of chemicals and monoculture has also been blamed for reducing the amount of seeds and insects available for the animals to feed.”

Though I don’t have the equipment to record their sound. I was ASTOUNDED.

The ‘common’ starling. (Sturnus vulgaris), also known as the European starling, or in the British Isles just the starling, is a medium-sized passerine bird in the starling family, Sturnidae. I think it’s vulgar to call it common, the common starling, will be common no more, once they have all declined.

This bird is resident in southern and western Europe and southwestern Asia, while northeastern populations migrate south and west in winter within the breeding range and also further south to Iberia and North Africa.

They were moving – in the darkness – along the trees lining this very famous street. I found this video, which at least documents them.

Starlings Etourneaux Aix-en-Provence  Migratory birds which will return to Africa

Starlings Etourneaux Aix-en-Provence
Migratory birds which will return to Africa

Frankly, I found this to be the most magical thing I saw all day. I appear to need a new profession.

carol the blogger March 24th, 2017 in New Mexico

carol the blogger March 24th, 2017 in New Mexico

Dr. Kushal Konwar Sarma the Elephant Doctor | Wildlife Researcher and Veterinarian

On March 2nd, a world-renowned wildlife researcher and veterinarian, Dr. Kushal Konwar Sarma, gave a speech about his work at the Santa Fe public library, hosted by the local chapter of the Outreach of the Defenders of Wildlife. He is working presently in the department of Surgery and Radiology at the Veterinary College in Guwahati, in Assam India.

Assam is a state in northeastern India known for its wildlife, archeological sites and tea plantations.

He was flown to the United States to give this presentation, sponsored by local patrons. Dr. Sarma conducted a warm and informative speech. He has worked for over 30 years as a veterinarian in the wild.

Dr. Kushal Konwar Sarma The, Elephant Doctor of Assam

Dr. Kushal Konwar Sarma The Elephant Doctor of Assam

At that time, the audience, which was full capacity, were urged by the hosts, the Santa Fe chapter of the Defenders of Wildlife, to contact our New Mexico State senators within the following days regarding (SB 81) the Game Commission Reform Bill, about to arrive for a vote to protect wildlife.

Michael Dax, a New Mexico Outreach Representative of the Defenders of Wildlife organized the event. Another organizer of Dr. Sarma’s visit was Janie Chodosh, who earned her master’s degree in environmental science a the University of Montana, and has worked as a naturalist at Yosemite National Park as a wilderness guide for the Colorado Outward Bound School. As a conservationist and writer, Ms. Chodosh conducted an in depth interview of over 47 hours in Assam, India of Dr. Kushal Konwar Sarma, regarding his tremendous work as a veterinarian and wildlife researcher who has worked with elephants in the wild for decades.

The state of Assam, India has the largest population of Elephants. Dr. K. K. Sarma began his talk saying that he’s a servant of animals. He talked of how charismatic elephants are. Regarding the fact that rogue male elephant ‘Bulls’ have a tendency to become quite boisterous and roudy, and can endanger people’s lives or property when they are in this high testosterone animated state. Basically these rogue bulls play an evolutionary role in that the healthiest and hardiest young bull will overtake the older male, and produce a herum of its own due to its success in competing with the older males.

Stories in the Field, Janie Chodosh, Elephant Doctor, Dr. K K Sarma

Stories in the Field Janie Chodosh interviews the Elephant Doctor Dr. K K Sarma

Dr. Sarma has devised a method of subduing rogue bulls by physically entering the elephant’s space to give them a sedative, risking injury or death to himself, in order to circumvent the potential death of the elephant by people who fear having their property or themselves injured during this short period of the elephant’s roudyness. Dr. Sarma has subdued 138 rogue bulls in 37 range countries over the last decades. He created an Elephant Emergency Response team.

Dr. Sarma states that Asian elephants are seriously endangered. I assumed that this was due to poaching and the black market for ivory. In fact, Asian elephants do not have tusks. Dr. Sarma stated that the greatest threat to Asian elephants is human over-population. Humans have allowed themselves to breed ferociously. The population is growing exponentially. He mentioned that Bangladesh is a breeding ground of humanity.

Bangladeshi population 161 million)

Bangladeshi population (currently 161 million) doubles every 30-40 years

population explosion Bangladesh

population explosion in Bangladesh

Basically, overpopulation encroaches on wildlife habitat, and leads to habitat loss. Subsequently, the territory of elephants is shrinking and the connectivity of their migratory corridors are not just being severed, they are gone.

I later discerned that Muslims do not support the education or implementation of birth control, because it is contrary to their religion. A traveler reminded me that the meaning of the word Muslim according to the Koran, is ‘to serve’. And to serve one’s god/Allah, is to multiply.

Elephants need a large area to roam through. They are highly social, and matriarchal. Dr. Sarma mentions that Assam, India is a biodiversity hotspot. It is a state located in the eastern most part of India near the borders/bordering of Myamar/Burma and Thailand. Kaziranga National Park has the highest Rhino population. As he works with many species, he pointed out that Gorillas live only in the trees, so that when forests are cut down, they have no where to go. He mentioned that in 200 sq.km. of forest, there is not a single tree. And that the lumber industry creates soil erosion, so that there have been devastating floods. Therefore one finds elephants of all places, in British Tea gardens, one of the only green places to find refuge. Dr. Sarma mentioned in addition, that Tiger and Rhino poaching is prevalent in China and Vietnam.

Assam's tea gardens, home to wild animals

Assam’s tea gardens become second home to wild animals

He mentioned that various religions of India recognize elephants as special creatures. In general, Buddhists respect life and wish no harm to wildlife. Hindus have a popular god, Ganesha – with an elephant’s head and trunk. Naturally, they wish to honor and protect elephants. The dissemination of elephant territory began when India was annexed by Great Britain. The British colonialists, began the path of destruction of land with their industrial demands of the resources India provided of timber, coal and petroleum. They began to also use elephants physical to transport timber and other resources they were extracting from their new playground India. In 1947 India became independent.

Reasons to support elephant conservation

In efforts to educate us, the public, about the practical reasons for humans to support elephant conservation, is mentions that elephants are a ‘Flagship species’.

“Wherever elephants are present, forests survive.”

In the network of interdependent species in an ecosystem, elephants demonstrate that the forest is healthy. They create a canopy for other animals to coexist.

Elephants are good teachers. One can learn from them by observing the many resources elephants utilize with their extensive knowledge of plants, on how to heal themselves, prevent illness and use various remedies and techniques with plants and nature as tools. For example, practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine in India follow and observe elephants to adapt their own medicinal practices. They observe what species of plants elephants gravitate to, to use for their own purposes of preventive medicine. For example, elephants eat bark from a certain tree to deworm themselves. Elephants never get cancer. They eat a plant that Azim B53.

Tea estates Assam India corridors for elephants to pass

Tea estates in Assam create natural corridors for elephants to pass through

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> Elephants are very intelligent. Elephants dispense seeds. They can hear from long distances, but are poor sportsmen. He mentioned.

How to protect elephants

• Mahatma Ghandhi during his rule, designated October 2nd as “Elephant Day”
• elephant awareness
• Lunar Elephants Laden
• elephant healthcare
• preservation of habitat
• reconnect elephant corridors > relocate people and buildings from elephant corridors
• fencing:
§ bio-fencing
§ solar electric fences
§ citrus fences have thorns which thwart the animals from crossing them
• mixing and burning chili powder from Assam with cow dung repels elephants
• night guard lights : for $2.50, these lights emulate the eyes of a tiger, to discourage elephants from moving towards them (sort of like the scarecrow tactic)
• fencing villages instead of fencing elephants
• develop water areas with vegetation to attract elephants
• one tea garden created a “Community Elephant Refuge”
• using people and specialists to define elephant corridors and to place people to MOUNT/DIRECT/PROTECT/DIVERT elephant herds
• eco-development committee
• ecotourism
• governors 80 mitigation

He concluded his speech reminding the audience that we must leave pure air, soil and water for the next generation. It is our duty not to exploit and ruin the earth. I was very inspired and appreciative that I had the opportunity to listen to and meet this man.

Hindu, Muslim. NGM, National Geographic Magazine

The royalty of India—Hindu and Muslim—understood long ago that power was best wielded from the back of an elephant. National Geographic Magazine

Carol Keiter the blogger

Carol Keiter the blogger

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Rainforest Destruction – Loss to Palm Oil Plantations linked to PepsiCo | Here’s what you can do.

Before even viewing the video, I was very informed just reading the information from the organizations (Sum of Us & Rainforest Action Network) who investigate, research, compile information and educate us. They use their time and expertise to investigate these habitats and their destruction, and help us all, as we are many, many people, to take action and make the difference. Each of us have the chance to learn and communicate information.

Sign the Petition, Protect Critical Rainforests Now

Sign the Petition Protect Critical Rainforests Now

Funny, that the people for the most part who eat products made from this stuff (palm oil products),
have poorer diets, get less nutrition from the ‘addictive’ and ‘dead’ junk food filled with non-descript ingredients, and typically have less education about how to eat properly. Other than standing on a street corner with a sign that states what eating this product is doing to the most precious habitats giving life to precious creatures who are losing their land at an enormously fast rate, what we can do is educate one another. This is the only earth with its abundance of phenomenal life, that we have. We can change our habits, our eating and buying habits. We can take the time to learn more about what the most effective ways are to keep these places alive and thriving. Most of our actions can be felt through what we buy. We can take these actions independently, and certainly we can’t go up against these huge organizations and manufacturing firms alone, if we are not informed about them. It is these huge industries like Nestlé who rob people of their own water – dipping into water tables – and then sell it back to them for profit and huge corporate giants like PepsiCo who only have profits in their sphere. It is our addiction to oil, thinking that we need these oversized vehicles; that the lack of health and fitness of many people who choose to drive and feel esteem and protection for their vehicles, when there is so, so much more to what life is all about. Let’s continue to do something, to do more.

It is these Big Three buyers who are causing this destruction, rather ominous abstract sounding companies that we wouldn’t have a clue about, if it weren’t for the environmental organizations who do the research to inform us. The Big Three Buyers’ of palm oil from the Leuser Ecosystem region—Wilmar International, Musim Mas Group and Golden Agri-Resources Ltd

Let me grab just this one line to r e i t e r a t e what we are dealing with.

“The only place on earth where elephants, tigers, orangutans and rhinos live in the same forest, Leuser is considered one of the world’s top priority conservation areas.”

Big Three Buyers’ of palm oil from the Leuser Ecosystem region—Wilmar International, Musim Mas Group, Golden Agri-Resources Ltd, The Leuser Ecosystem, Big Three Buyers suppliers, Palm Oil Plantations

The Leuser Ecosystem The Big Three Buyers supplying Palm Oil Plantations – Big Three Buyers’ of palm oil from the Leuser Ecosystem region—Wilmar International, Musim Mas Group and Golden Agri-Resources Ltd

WWF World Wildlife Fund Which everyday products containing palm oil, Peel Back Label

WWF World Wildlife Fund Which everyday products contain palm oil Time to Peel Back Label

rainforest destruction linked to pepsi, pepsico, clearcutting, palm oil plantations

shocking rainforest destruction linked to pepsi and clearcutting to create palm oil plantations

“A new report is shining a spotlight on some of the most ruthless destruction of elephant habitat we’ve ever seen. And the massive forest clearance is linked to the suppliers of snack foods sold by companies like PepsiCo across the world.

A field investigation by our partners at Rainforest Action Network uncovered the devastating clearance of already endangered forests in the Leuser Ecosystem. The only place on earth where elephants, tigers, orangutans and rhinos live in the same forest, the Leuser Ecosystem is considered one of the world’s top priority conservation areas. It’s also the source of drinking water and livelihoods for millions of people in the Indonesian province of Aceh.

But Leuser’s critical importance is apparently of no concern to rogue palm oil producer PT. ABN. The company has been illegally — and rapidly — turning lowland forests into palm oil plantations despite being ordered out by the Indonesian government. So who has been buying PT. ABN’s conflict palm oil? Wilmar palm oil refineries, supplier of brands like PepsiCo, McDonald’s, and Nestlé.”

The Leuser Ecosystem, Wildlife and Biodiversity, Rainforest Action Network

The Leuser Ecosystem Wildlife and Biodiversity Rainforest Action Network

The Leuser Ecosystem, Rainforest Action Network

The Leuser Ecosystem Rainforest Action Network

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Animal Bridges >< Wildlife Crossings | Witnessed way too many dead Deer en route to New York city through Pennsylvania and New Jersey

En route to New York through Pennsylvania and New Jersey my heart was sickened each time I saw the body of a dead deer along the highway, which I witnessed way too many times. The moon was full moon a week ago, which may have had something to do with it. One driver said he had seen quite a large number of dead deer coming from New Jersey on the other side of the highway.

Animal Bridges, Wildlife Crossing

Animal Bridges / Wildlife Crossing


I wish to investigate and contact biologists, zoologists, someone, to find out whether there’s a chance of organizing scientists to research the more likely places that deer will cross highways in these wooded areas of the Northeastern United States, where they are more likely to cross due to less construction, and find a way to emulate what California has already begun – building animal bridges / wildlife crossings.

Their habitat can be stretched across these so that they have more of a chance of survival. Why do I care? Because I care about all creatures. There are indeed segments of the human race who do recognize how awesome and beautiful all of the different creatures are who inhabit this planet with us.

Here’s a great article regarding wildlife over-passes – green bridges describing animal wildlife over-passes already in place in various parts of Europe, and the West of the U.S., which can be adopted everywhere. The following pictures each link to articles about the subject.

“Wildlife overpasses, green bridges, under-passes and ecoducts all refer to structures that have been built over or under roads to allow wildlife to cross safely to the other side of the road.”

Ecoduct, Wildlife Bridge , the Netherlands, alizul2

Ecoduct – Wildlife Bridge – the Netherlands alizul2 blog


wildlife bridge, Keechelus Lake, Washington state, USA, twistedsifter

wildlife bridge near Keechelus Lake, Washington state USA twistedsifter

Elephant underpass, Kenya, amusingplanet

Elephant underpass Kenya amusingplanet


Wildlife Crossing, Banff National Park photo, Joel Sartore, amusingplanet

Wildlife Crossing Banff National Park photo Joel Sartore amusingplanet

Thank Yougourthen Ayouni for the pic of he and Carol at the G bar Manhattan halloween.

Thank Yougourthen Ayouni for the pic of he and Carol at the G bar Manhattan halloween.


It was my trip to NYC for Halloween where I encountered perhaps a dozen dead deer, on my way there and back – very upsetting!

the importance of laughter joy & love | adopted orphaned squirrel

Yesterday, i had the pleasure of finally getting a great workout with the local (central Pennsylvania) ultimate frisbee players. It was the first true ‘heavy breathing’ in fact, at times (gasping for air ‘-) aerobic workout that I’ve had in a while. That particularly happens when it’s just 5-on-5 or 3-on-3 players (as opposed to the standard 7 on 7) because then EVERYone has to run, no choice!

The best thing, is the fact that all these people not only put focused effort and great athletic skill towards their play, but there are smiles, laughter and constant humorous commentary the entire time. That to me is the best kind of socializing!

Here are some pictures demonstrating the adaptation of the adopted orphaned squirrel I named ‘Kiki’, along with more pics of wild life in the Keiter back yard. In this picture below, Kiki is soaking up sun on his private roof while a local adult squirrel is doing his thing, hanging out upside-down at the bird feeder. ‘-)) v_may_23_kiki_roof_thru_family_room

Here are the initial pics of the orphaned squirrel’s habitat. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bu29s243dzdual4/hvsLf__12s
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I had been given instructions by a local veterinarian regarding how to feed and care for this little furry animal when it had been separated too soon from its mother.

I have a progression of photos from when it was really small and I had created a little nest of towels. baby_squirrel_fed_formula

To when I introduced his box to the outside near to the bird feeder where adult squirrels hang out, literally, to eat.
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The really cool thing, is that he spontaneously discovered on his own this little high rise bird house, which still had remnants of twigs and a nest, very similar to those of squirrels.

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Here are later pics, after the squirrel moved in on his own, to his new residence. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/u7aqpbh5bzdaubq/oixSRCJvMf#/

Kiki has been living there ever since. In fact, whereas the other local squirrels live in nests and tents, this little guy has his own private high-rise condominium; protecting him from the hail and thunder storms ‘-))

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I’ve proceeded to still feed him, yet deliberately with less frequency, to let him learn how to forage.

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I’ve had to adapt to where he feels comfortable feeding, which sometimes becomes my hand.
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Clearly, he has a perfect vantage point from his roof to see what the locals do; when not foraging for seeds on the ground under the bird feeder, they climb and hang upside-down to extract their favorites, sunflower seeds.
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I also had the extreme pleasure of hanging out with 3 kittens yesterday; Ash, Smokey and Molly. Siblings, but each with very distinct looks and personalities. Watching them attentively for a few hours just had me beaming with smiles and my heart extending out to them. They are more entertaining than any ‘home entertainment system’. These kittens amuse themselves with simply every inanimate object they encounter; a rug, broom, match box, pen. They are simply ‘taken over’ and immersed in the spirit of interacting with, and ‘animating’ whatever object that draws their attention.

We really can learn a lot about love by observing animals – playful dogs and cats in particular; about their spirit of joy and capacity to be ‘in the moment’ and simply play!

Oh, i might as well include a link of pictures of emerging spring that I’ve taken over a period of time, and labeled in a sequence, from earlier-to-later progression.
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https://www.dropbox.com/sh/aqazws4c6f88qbc/Fu2107mVGr