Mountain Gorilla (photo by Dylan Walters)

Conservationists Save The World

In Virunga National Park, conservationists are saving the world – by saving themselves, the people in the communities around the park, and the gorillas and other wildlife. Says one of the park guards, “I have accepted to give the best of myself so that wildlife can be safeguarded. Beyond all pressure. Beyond all spirit of greediness about money. Beyond all things.” No matter where you live you too can give to wildlife and be a conservationist.

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Black Rhino

To Kill Or Not To Kill, That is Not the Question

Conservation practices are about asking the right questions. In the case of shooting rhinos in Africa by trophy hunters as a means to raise money, we must ask if it is appropriate to kill one individual for the well being of the whole. We must also ask other questions so that we can nurture nature in the best possible and peaceful means. This begins a new series: Nurturing Our Nature: Ours, Theirs, Everyone’s.

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Saving Quaker Parakeets Saves Us

  From my new home region of Metro New York  a story went international about a stolen Quaker parakeet (also known as a monk parakeet).  The woman, Ana Marte, and the bird, Cuca, were in an elevator when a man, caught on video, snatched the bird and made off with her.   The robber was promptly […]

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Witness Protection Program for Turtles

What would you sacrifice to keep wildlife on this planet? While you ponder your response, know that Jairo Mora Sandoval died on May 30, 2013 protecting sea turtles in Costa Rica.  Despite having been chased by poachers with AK 47’s and threatened at gun point to cease his patrols along the beach where turtles came […]

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Rest in Peace (RIP) Macaw

Rest in Peace (RIP) Macaw

  I was only back two days from my Belize/Guatemala/Mexico scarlet macaw journey when I got the news that poachers have struck in Belize, despite the tremendous efforts of those working there.  Here is the post from the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic’s Facebook page: R. I. P. little macaw. It is with great sadness […]

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Religious Leaders Called to Protect Elephants

The diameter of the awareness of the illegal trade in wildlife is increasing steadily beyond conservation circles.  I see hope in how the general public knows more thoroughly the costs of human desire on individuals, species, and habitats. For instance I reported in November about wildlife trafficking, highlighting the uptick of massacred elephants killed for […]

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Python Challenges Us All

Python Challenges Us All

A few days ago, nearly 800 people from 30 states signed up for permits to kill the invasive Burmese python in the Florida Everglades during the “Python Challenge.”  That’s a lot of people out there in the bush on a killing spree with guns, clubs, and machetes. PETA jumped up to protest, not as one […]

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Startling Starling Plummet in Europe

Startling Starling Plummet in Europe

  The common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) evokes definite reactions in people. Described as a “Marmite” bird, “you either hate them, or love them.”  In the United States they are frequently disliked.  Often considered a nuisance, where introduced they compete with native birds for nest cavities and food, consume agricultural crops, and with their immense winter […]

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Let Cats Not Get Our Tongues, nor Our Wildlife.

If I ever want to lose control of a presentation, I bring up the outdoor cat issue in North America and invite questions or comments.  On one side there are folks who do not want cats removed from outdoor spaces, preferring to trap them, neuter them, vaccinate them, and release them.  Companion cats ,whose people […]

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A Jaguar’s Killing Price

April 28, 2011. While in Guatemala working with Scarlet Macaw conservation, I continue to be impressed how Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) works with the human dimensions of conservation. One way that they do this is by addressing the conflicts between jaguars and humans. As ranchers extend their land into the forests, their cattle come into […]

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