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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Ivory and Irony

Ivory and Irony

As illegal wildlife trade increases around the world, governance and international organizations are directing more of their energy to this situation.  They are doing this not just for the benefit of biodiversity and to decrease extinction rates, but because what is good for the environment and other species is also good for humans.  Protecting natural […]

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Honduras in the Red – Let it be by Scarlet Macaws and not by blood

My son, who grew up in Honduras, recently sent me an article that described the violence in Honduras as a “blood bath” due to gangs and narcotic drug traffic.  The article says Honduras tops the global rate of homicides, where in 2010 it recorded 82 homicides per 100,000, 11 times the world average. The article […]

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Earth Hour

Earth Hour 24/7

Okay, I blew it this year. Nowhere on my radar screen was Earth Hour 2012 on Saturday, March 31st.    Was it on yours?  For whatever reason, we messed a global celebration that was quite the party or gathering in various locales.  On this night, people in 150 countries and 6494 towns or cities showed their support […]

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Trithing

Trithing

  In several religious traditions there are guidelines for the percentage of your resources you set aside for others. Christians and  some other groups “tithe” which means giving 10% of your income to the church.  In the Hebrew scripture there is “jubilee” where every 50 years you let farm land lie fallow, free your servants […]

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How Do You Crane for Cranes?

With cranes so much in the news these days I wonder at the wide range of how human perceive cranes.  On one hand our species doesn’t consider cranes much more than an object for our diversion and disdain. I am referring to the three Whooping Cranes shot and killed in Georgia a year ago, and […]

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National Bird Day 10th Anniversary

National Bird Day 10th Anniversary

It is the season of celebration, including National Bird Day on January 5th.  Though it has been in existence for 10 years, this year marked the first time it has received an official proclamation of support.  Yesterday Congressman Mike Quigley (D-Illinois)  read the Born Free USA National Bird Day resolution into the Congressional Record (the […]

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