Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Thursday, February 22, 2007

World Bank urges Indonesia to act fast on forests

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia should act fast to better manage its rich forests to help reduce poverty and rural development, the World Bank said on Wednesday, adding the likelihood of success is higher now than before.

Forests account for 70 percent of the country's land but play a weak role in the country's poverty reduction, economic and social development and environmental sustainability due to a lack of effective management, the World Bank report was quoted by Reuters as saying.

It said more than $1 billion has been invested in development assistance to the Indonesian forestry sector in the past two decades by more than 40 creditors, including the World Bank, but management continues to be weak and forest continues to be lost.

"Indonesia's forest sector has been in crisis for some time, yet many of us believe that the likelihood of successful outcomes is higher now than any time in the past," said the report.

The World Bank said the optimism was partly due to political reforms in the world's fourth-most-populous country since the fall of autocrat Suharto in 1998, which has led to pressure for officials to improve governance in the forestry sector.

Over 25 million hectares (62 million acres) of forest estate, an area the size of Great Britain, no longer has trees, the report said. The state claims 127 million hectares (314 million acres) of land as forest areas.

Separately, a group of foreign and local non-government organisations (NGOs) said they remained pessimistic on Indonesia's forests and that the Bank itself was lending support to some programmes such as industrial timber plantations that in themselves had been linked to deforestation.

"We do not see substantial positive change in terms of illegal logging, corruption and human rights in Indonesia's forestry sector," Stephanie Fried of U.S.-based Environmental Defense was quoted as saying in the statement issued by NGOs from Indonesia, the United States and the Netherlands.

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