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)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

State Set To Recover Idle Land

The Jakarta Globe, Arti Ekawati, February 25, 2009

The Agriculture Ministry plans to survey the management of lands leased by the state to large-scale plantation companies across the country to identify those that are not being worked on or have been abandoned, Achmad Mangga Barani, the Agriculture Ministry’s director general of plantations, said on Tuesday in Jakarta.

Owners of abandoned plantations, he said, would be warned and their licenses revoked after 18 months if they failed to cultivate the leased lands.

He said the survey would categorize plantations into five categories: excellent, good, adequate, poor and abandoned.

In determining a plantation’s category, the ministry would take various factors into account, such as soil management, financial management, economic performance and the management of social relations in the vicinity of the plantation.

Achmad said that the survey was aimed at encouraging big plantation firms to manage their lands better and to minimize abandonment.

The survey, he said, would start in the middle of the year and would focus on three major types of plantation: cacao, oil palm and rubber.

The owners of abandoned plantations would then be issued with warnings. “We will give them 18 months to improve their management after the warnings,” Achmad said. “If there is no improvement, we will withdraw their plantation licenses and confiscate the land.”

The survey is also being done to determine how much of plantation land has been abandoned.

“We must recalculate and reclassify the land to identify the exact area,” he said.

He said that instead of lying abandoned, the land could be used for other purposes, such as the growing of food crops.

Winarno Tohir, chairman of the Progressive Farmers’ and Fishermen’s Association, or KTNA, welcomed the government’s plan to seize abandoned plantations.

“It’s a good idea,” he said. “The lands could be used for the growing of food crops and for increasing both farmers’ incomes and national food production.”

According to Winarno, there are currently some 56 million hectares of abandoned plantations across the country, with about 32 million hectares consisting of abandoned rubber and oil palm plantations.

“It would be very disturbing if we weren’t able to use this abandoned plantation land for something useful, considering the limited area of land for growing food crops,” he said.

At present, Indonesia only has about 7 million hectares of irrigated paddy fields.

“This area could be expanded by taking over the abandoned plantations. So, we would end up being able to produce more rice,” Winarno said.

Sutarto Alimoeso, the Agriculture Ministry’s director general of food crops, said that the National Land Agency, or BPN, had identified 9.1 million hectares of idle land that could be given over to the growing of food.

“The land could be parcelled out to small farmers over the next three to five years,” he said.

However, he warned that not all the land would be suitable for rice cultivation.

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