Just by walking along minding her own business this momma grizzly bear sent a huge bull bison into a full blown panic. He ran away from her at top speed while she was several hundred yards from him and paying him no mind. He was taking NO chances.
I thought I would celebrate #WildWednesday , #WomanCrushWednesday & #WomenEmpowermentWednesday all at the same time by highlighting one of nature’s most phenomenal women, the #AfricanElephant !
Not only is this our largest land animal, but also holds the record for longest gestation period of any land animal! That means being pregnant for literally ~95 weeks of your life then having the pleasure of delivering a hefty, healthy 300-400 lbs newborn!!! Nope, I don’t think so. But with all the #womanpower that requires, it makes complete sense that herds are led by the older, wise matriarchs!
As great mothers, great grandmothers, & leaders, African Elephants are know for the intelligence & knowledge they share through generations. Just like humans, individual matriarchs value different behaviors & lessons so what they deem most important to teach & pass down will often vary by herd!
Despite their great minds, fascinating adaptations (including a long versatile trunk made up of ~100,000 tiny muscles & tendons), & unique language communicated with frequencies so low the human ear is incapable of hearing. Their resiliency & ecological importance are too often over looked for one singular thing—their tusks. It’s more vital now than ever that we are not only thoughtful about where illegal buying and selling of ivory presents itself in our day to day lives, but spend more time appreciating & learning about all that is the iconic African Elephant 🐘 #onlyzooatlanta#zooeducator#supportAZA#AZA#conservation#conservationeducation#elephantconservation
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My personal favorite. Sadly the populations are decreasing all over Europe mostly due to the loss of habitat, leaving the remaining populations severely fragmented.
Population decline can be stabilized by conserving areas with old Oak, Ash, or Elm. Which is crucial for their 3-4 year long larval development inside of the tree. As well as to make it possible for the different populations to be able to come in contact with one another, since they can't move very far. They typically won't move more than 100 metres from the tree where they had their own larval development.
¡Hola! Les dejamos esta mini infografía donde podrán enterarse de las actividades que se suelen llevar a cabo dentro de un geoparque 😁.
Los geoparques no son santuarios, ni reservas, ni parques nacionales. Son modelos de gestión territorial que buscan fomentar el desarrollo sostenible y sustentable de los lugares donde se emplazan 🌎.
Su enfoque "de abajo hacia arriba" para abordar la conservación se está haciendo cada día más popular en países de todo el mundo.
¡Los invitamos a seguir aprendiendo acerca de geoparques a través de nuestras redes sociales!.
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🐘 FACT: These magnificent mammals spend between 12 to 18 hours eating grass, plants and fruit every single day!
We always love seeing the new members of the @sheldricktrust in Nairobi – and just look at this little guy!
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organizations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. The foundation embraces all measures that compliment the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife including anti-poaching, safeguarding the natural environment, enhancing community awareness, addressing animal welfare issues, providing veterinary assistance to animals in need, and rescuing and hand rearing elephant and rhino orphans who will then hopefully enjoy a quality of life in wild terms when grown.
We are delighted to work with DSWT and thank them for the work they do, day in and day to help protect Kenya’s elephant and rhino ❤️ #Repost@sheldricktrust with @get_repost
Meet Apollo, the newest member of our herd! This delightful little chap was rescued last month, after he lost his mother (a well-known wild black rhino named Amoy) to anthrax poisoning. He was just six months old, so we knew we had to act fast before he fell victim to predators.
Rescuing Apollo was no easy task — he may be small, but he’s very spunky! As soon as he sussed out our presence, he was on the move. It’s worth reading the full account of the rescue on our website, but what followed was a nail-biting race though Tsavo West as the wily little calf gave us the runaround for several miles. Thanks to the coordinated (and indefatigable!) efforts of our teams, KWS, and Tsavo Trust, working on the ground and in the air, we were finally able to get little Apollo.
He was flown to our nearby Kaluku Field HQ, where our experienced Keepers were ready and waiting. Although Apollo was initially wary of his new home and didn’t want anyone approaching him, the team won him over with the time-tested trick of giving him a tummy rub with a broom. It wasn’t long before Apollo was eagerly following his Keepers around, happily slurping down his bottle and luxuriating in his specially created mud bath.
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Fun little watercolor landscape of the field across the road from me that I started today. It’s a nice diversion from “serious” oils. It’s funny how 2 mediums that are so seemingly opposite teach me so much about the other. After I work in watercolor I look at the oils with fresh perspective of negative spaces and when I work in oils I bring the idea of layered color to my watercolor. ☯️ They stretch my art in new directions and I think working in both makes better all around. How do you get out of your comfort zone?
Did you know adult humpbacks can hold their breath for up to 45 minutes but usually return to the surface every 15 minutes? Their calves need to surface more frequently 🐋 💙 Like if you love whales and tell us your favourite species in the comments 👇
If you find the grey breasted mountain toucan of the Andes (Andigena hypoglauca); it is probably because he saw you first with his hyperdeveloped color view and wishes to exibit his various opaque colors. This and other species are found in the high Andean forest of Quindío from 2,700 m.s.n.m; their permanent home because they are sendental; that is, they don't migrate and usually live in pairs or in small flocks; They feed on insects, young birds goats, fruits and seeds. Various tree species such as endemic Salento wax palm act as seed and plant dispersers.
Si te encuentras al tucán pechigris andino (Andigena hypoglauca); seguramente es porque él ya te vio con su vista a color hiperdesarrolada y desea exhibir sus diversos colores opacos. Esta y otras especies se encuentran en el bosque altoandino del Quindío a partir de 2.700 m.s.n.m; su hogar permanente debido a que son sendentarios; es decir no migran y habitan generalmente en pareja o en pequeñas bandadas; se alimentan de insectos, pichones, vayas, futos y semillas. Actúan como dispersores de semillas y plantan diversas especies de árboles como la endémica palma de cera de Salento.
. #conservation#keephikingkeepliving#paramotrek#andigenahypoglauca #trekkingcolombia#trekkinginsalento#animals#loveanimals#tourismincolombia#conservationcolombia#hikingincolombia#trip#adventure#colombiatravel#colombianbiodiversity#birdscolombia#birds
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Lorena Ojeda from Fundacion Kennedy, visits Lago Budi Wetlands. She is helping the Mapuche-Lafkenche community leaders to form the Native-Plant Tree Nursery Network, for the conservation and protection of wetlands through self-sustainable business plans such as community-managed tree nurseries.
To this day, we see people abuse animals, and sometimes leading to kill that animal. It is very sad that some people teach their kids (either directly or indirectly) to cause harm to animals, or not bother to teach their children that loving and caring about animals is something we all should do. To teach them that these animals have feelings and families that wait for them, to teach them that it's what makes them better human beings. Let's teach the kids from an early age not to harm animals, but help them and be kind to them.
Native brook trout my dad caught. Amazing colors. Cool to think about how God personally designed these fish in their own unique way, as well as every other creature on earth, and gave them their own little niche in nature. #VA#mountains#Appalachia#conservation
Special Bulletin: Internationally recognized Eli Enns to give keynote address at 2019 Seminar Series / National Land Trust Conservation Fund Deadline Oct 11 - https://mailchi.mp/85557773c559/land-trust-alliance-of-bc-july2018-newsletter-281937
Same time, same place, free pizza! This week we'll be electing new officers and laying groundwork for next weeks official launch of the Cans for Conservation project. Come, join us and learn how we can fund public lands access and advocacy all while keeping campus cleaner and greener. All we have to do is crush our favourite brews! See you there! .
What a privilege this evening was to head out deer stalking with @brucerayner94
We went looking for bucks and were overrun by so many doe right at the moment of sundown. It was amazing to watch them feed, their young play in the fields and then we spotted this poorly doe. One of her back legs couldn’t extend and reach the ground. She hobbled about but never looked happy. We made the decision to put her out of her misery. Straight into the food chain though. On inspection she had a large solid growth around her patella causing the leg to not fully extend stopping her from walking and running. What an experience to watch and learn. Thanks Bruce!!! .
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Today's #WCW is Eunice Foote, the first person to figure out climate change. She & her husband attended the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1856. Her husband read his paper on gases. Foote was not permitted to read hers.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
At least they recognized the importance of her work and had Joseph Henry, the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, present her paper proving that climate change happens as a result of excess carbon dioxide, which was later published in the American Journal of Arts and Science.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The person who typically receives credit for discovering the greenhouse gas effect is John Tyndall, an Irish physicist who, having the advantages of the right education, the right equipment, and the right gender, published similar findings 3 years later.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Women’s Connected Leadership recently released this declaration:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
"The climate movement cannot succeed without an urgent upsurge in women’s leadership across the Global South and the Global North. Women and girls are already boldly leading on climate justice, addressing the climate crisis in ways that heal, rather than deepen, systemic injustices. Yet, these voices are often under-represented and efforts inadequately supported.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Now is the moment to recognize the wisdom and leadership of women and girls. Now is the moment to grow in number and build power. We invite all of our sisters to rise and to lead on climate justice, and for those with relative power and privilege to make space for and support others. To change everything, we need everyone."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Get it, ladies!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Ici en cette période de l'année, on joue les écureuils qui font provisions de vivres , de bois, etc... Les beaux cèpes, ramassés ce week end sont enfin secs et mis en bocaux!
Notre récolte est de 22 kg au total.
Les dessicateurs ont tournés durant 3 journées et la cuisine a embaumé le fumet de champignon durant tout ce temps .
Le genre de chose qui te fait réellement prendre conscience que c'est bien l'automne.
On me demande souvent comment je conserve mes champignons et bien tout dépends de l'espèce...le top reste le séchage car il conserve la texture et le gout entier. De plus la durée de conserveation est longue: 3 a 4 ans sans problème. Mais tous les champignons ne sont pas séchables comme les rosées des près, les pieds de moutons, les chanterelles d'automne, etc...du coup on peut les blanchir avant de les congeler ou les conserver dans de l'huile mais il ne fait pas les garder plus de quelques mois...
Pour ma part voilà 18 ans que j'ai investi dans un dessicateur (deshydrateur ) électrique soufflant à plateaux, en découvrant en Suisse ce mode de conservation qui n'est pas très fréquent ici. (Voir vidéo )
C'est un appareil très robuste car il fonctionne encore ( modèle jaune ) et j'en ai trouvé un tout neuf cet été en brocante pour 10€... bien sûr on peut s'en passer, et sécher les champignons à l'air libre mais ce n'est pas toujours une réussite surtout pour des champignons trappus gorgés d'humidité comme les cèpes.... #provision#recolte#glaner#cueillette#nature#simplelife#simplefood#naturalfood#mushroom#champignon#cepes#conservation#écureuil#cuisine#sechage#dessicateur#desydrateur#bocaux#verrerie#witchkitchen#magickitchen#wicca
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Follow @sealawarenessteam .
. #Britain ’s largest native #carnivore is the grey seal, with just under half of their global population inhabiting #coastal waters of the UK. Autumn hails the start of the pupping season which begins from as early as mid-September and lasts through to January depending on the #colony and location. Their curious #nature and cuddly appearance makes these #animals bewitching to watch and this season is the perfect time to observe them as mothers and pups bask on beaches, sand banks and rocky outcrops.
Born on rocky outcrops or in sheltered coves, a typical #greyseal pup weighs 15kg. For the next three weeks this pup suckles maternal milk that’s very high in fat and typically puts on a further 30kg, tripling its birth weight. During this early stage the pups are vulnerable to birth complications and trauma from other #seals .
After three weeks, the pups tend to form small groups known as weaner pods that remain on land while the mothers return to the sea to feed. After a week or two the pups eventually take their first #swim in the sea and start the treacherous journey to adulthood. Pup mortality is high and only half of the #newborn pups reach maturity.
Males can live for more than 25 years and will begin breeding by the time they’re eight years old, while females start breeding after five years and can live up to 46 years.
During the course of their lives seals face danger in the forms of starvation, respiratory infections and getting trapped in fishing gear. Offshore there’s also the threat of predation from orcas or even sharks. Life for a grey seal is tough and these #beautiful#creatures have to be exceptionally hardy to get through it.
The #UK coast is home to roughly 38% of the world’s population of grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) – some 110,000 individuals. This is significant from a #conservation standpoint when you think that there are fewer grey seals in the world than African elephants. Particularly given these robust mammals are able to flourish in a harsh marine #environment that brings daily #challenges .
This scenic bay is surrounded by the village and nestled on the northern side of Tobago. The school is practically situated on the beach. The water gets deep quickly here with rugged rocks folding in from the sea. The edges of the bay make great spots for snorkeling and the bay is calm and sheltered for swimming and safe recreation.
Halloween. Spooky. Night-hikes. Owls. and Beavers??? Oh my. Did you know that we have native Beavers right here in Southeast Louisiana? These industrious mammals are one of the amazing animals that call Woodlands Conservancy their home. The american Beaver was once hunted almost to extinction for the fur trade, but they have made an incredible comeback. Their engineering prowess had been common knowledge for hundreds of years, and it was once assumed that Beavers destroyed the forest in order to build their elaborate dams and canals. Although in certain cases this is true, ecologists suspect that these animals are even more intelligent than we originally assumed. Beavers select specific types of trees that they use for either construction or food. Instead of clear cutting the forest they go through and select certain trees, generally not killing the trees that are good to eat. Almost akin to farming. Even though they might cut them down, they chew through the vital cambrian layer in a circular pattern. In warm regions like Louisiana, where we have very mild winters these trees cut down by Beavers have a good chance at regenerating. Like this Bald Cypress in the photos. This tree was cut down by a Beaver in the spring, and is now flush with life. Most people don't realize that we have a population of Beavers here at the park. That is because Beavers are nocturnal; only coming out at night to forage for food, and work on their construction projects. .
Come out to the Owl Prowl at Woodlands Trail this Friday from 5pm - 8pm, for a guided evening hike through the trail. Enjoy some refreshing beers at the trail-head before the hike, donated by Port Orleans Brewing, where you will have the opportunity to chat with our Biologists Kat Godfrey and Todd Benkart. Followed by a casual hike through the forest to see some of the unique creatures of the night like the proud American Beaver.
Since its getting closer to Halloween I thought I’d look through my photos to find some more of the odd, creepy, spooky creatures I’ve found. So get ready for more spiders, snakes, and even a bat! 🦇🕷🐍
Here is one of my odd finds a Pearly Wood Nymph! Its a type of moth that I’ve read mimics the colouring of bird poop as a way of camouflage. Which worked pretty well on my tired eyes in the dark... until I decided to get up close and personal with this blob of “poop”. It’s not the greatest of shots but in the dark using my phone I’d say worked alright!