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)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Scientists Turn to Native Plants to Save Indonesia's Rivers

The Jakarta Globe, Fidelis E. Satriastanti

Indonesia's rivers are under stress from pollution, garbage and erosion. (Photo: Bagus Indahono, EPA)

With most river basins in the country suffering from severe degradation, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences is trying out a new rehabilitation approach involving replanting species endemic to areas near the water.

Didik Widyatmoko, the head of research at the institute, also known as LIPI, said they had so far planted 5,500 seeds on two locations — a public area and a protected, private one.

More than six hectares of public land in Girimukti, West Java — an upstream area of the Citarum River — have been planted with about 3,100 seeds comprising 33 species, including avocado, rambutan, durian, mango and orange. The project also aims to help provide a source of livelihood for residents in the area, who can harvest and sell the fruit.

Meanwhile, on four hectares of protected land in Bodogol, in West Java’s Gede Pangrango National Park, upstream of the Cisadane River, 2,400 seeds from eight species endemic to the area have been planted to restore the land to its natural habitat.

“Planting is important, but the aim of the project is for research,” Didik said. “On one hand, it is for conservation, on the other it could be used for economic purposes.”

Didik said the Rp 250 million ($26,000) project would be monitored every three months over the next five years to determine the plants’ growth and survival rates.

“We’re predicting that most of the plants will mature after five years and we’re hoping the ecosystem will have been restored by that time,” he said.

Sumarto Suharno, head of the Gede Pangrango National Park, said there were about 7,655 more hectares that needed to be restored in the area.

“So, that’s our biggest challenge now. This land used to be productive, with more than 5,000 families living here,” Sumarto said. “We’ve also been doing land rehabilitation with the help of other stakeholders. We hope the LIPI model can work perfectly.”

Endang Sukara, deputy chairman for life sciences at LIPI, said the researchers hoped to develop a model to help residents restore and rehabilitate their own areas.

“If it succeeds, then we’ll need to bring this to a higher level [of bureaucracy] as a recommendation, because the idea for rehabilitation or restoration should be based on scientific research,” Endang said.

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