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)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Batang Toru proposed as forest preserve

Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Medan | Fri, 12/11/2009 9:26 AM

A number of NGOs have proposed the West Block Batang Toru Forest (HBTBB) area, encompassing three regencies in North Sumatra, be declared a forest preserve following widespread environmental damage by industrial and mining operations in the area.

The proposal was conveyed by environmental groups at a two-day workshop on the management of the HBTBB in Sibolangit, Deli Serdang regency, on Wednesday, which was attended by representatives from the regency administration and the private sector, traditional leaders and NGOs.

Pahrian G. Siregar, from the Orangutan Conservation Services Program (OCSP), said nearly 70 percent of the area was currently used as a production forest by PT Teluk Nauli.

Three other major industrial concerns — PLTA Sipansipahoras powerplat in Central Tapanuli regency, the Medco, Itochu and Ormat consortium exploring geothermal energy in Sarulla, North Tapanuli regency, and PT Agincourt Resources, involved in gold prospecting in South Tapanuli regency — have long operated in the area.

Pahrian said his group was concerned the government would fail to designate HBTBB a forest preserve and manage it in an integrated manner to protect the natural resources and biodiversity of the forest.

Based on available data, the HBTBB is home to 67 mammals, 287 birds, 10 reptiles and 688 plant species.

The area, spanning 103,009 hectares, is also home to flora and fauna species that are threatened with extinction, such as the Sumatran orangutan, tiger and tapir, jungle goat, wallacea eagle and rafflesia flower.

Pahrian said the HBTBB area, populated by 81,870 families, had been included in a group of 200 global eco-regions thanks to its rich and unique biodiversity.

“Based on this data, we ask that the central government designate the HBTBB area a forest preserve. This is vital, failing which, conflicts of interest and bigger threats to the biodiversity in the area would arise,” Pahrian told The Jakarta Post recently.

Conservation International’s Khairul Azmi said based on data, Batang Toru forest shrunk by 2.5 percent a year due to deforestation from illegal logging, industrial and mining activities and settlement by newcomers.

“A large part of the Batang Toru forest area has been converted for farmland, human settlement, infrastructure development and industries, which will have an impact on river basin areas and wetlands and lead to imbalanced water management,” Khairul said.

He added that impacts from the conversion included droughts during the dry season and floods during the rainy season.

North Sumatra Forestry Office head J. Siringo-Ringo said his office had agreed to immediately designating the HBTBB area a forest preserve, adding his office has included the proposal in the North Sumatra province spatial planning.

“The flora and fauna in the HBTBB area must be protected. I’m concerned that the natural resources and biodiversity in the area will become extinct if the proposal is not immediately taken up by the central government,” Siringo-Ringo said.

In response to the presence of industries and mining activities in the HBTBB area, Siringo-Ringo said, “the Forestry Ministry will study them, and decide whether they are should even be operating there.”

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