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)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Dismayed tribal leader to relinquish green award

Adianto P. Simamora , The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Tue, 02/09/2010 9:12 AM

Patih Laman, an 89 year-old tribal leader, on Saturday tried to relinquish his Kalpataru, Indonesia’s most prestigious environmental award, as a show of disappointment with the government’s inaction toward checking deforestation in his area.

Laman said he ran out of money to pay his hotel room in Riau, where he had spent three days waiting for an audience with Riau governor Rusli Zaenal, through whom he would have consigned his trophy to be sent back to Jakarta.

Also a recipient of a WWF award for his conservation effort, Laman wanted to show his disgust over rampant logging in and around Bukit Tigapuluh National Park, where the Talang Mamak tribe has lived for generations.

Laman had hoped local environmental activists would help pay for at least another two days at the hotel so that he could see the governor on Monday, but nobody offered him assistance, reported.

Laman received the Kalpataru award in 2003 from then president Megawati Soekarnoputri for his effort in protecting the remaining forests in Rakit Kulim area, about 300 kilometers from Riau’s capital, Pekanbaru.

“Reality makes me sick. We don’t have the forest anymore. I don’t know the fate of our community in the years to come,” the Laman told reporters in Pekanbaru.

Laman has managed to protect and conserve 1,813 hectares of Penyabungan and Penganan forests, the rest has been cleared and converted into massive plantations.

Three of Talang Mamak’s communal forest areas, known locally as Rimba Puka, consist of 104,933 hectares in Tunu River, 98,577 hectares in Durian Jajar and 21,901 hectares in Kelumbuk Tinggi Baner, all of which have been converted into oil palm plantations.

He said the community had reported forest conversion to the government but had not received a response.

“I want to discuss the problem with the governor,” Laman said as quoted by Antara news agency on Saturday.

“I am not weary from travelling the 300 kilometers to Pekanbaru, but from the heavy burden of failing to protect the forest.”

Talang Mamak is one of the very few tribes living in isolation in Riau’s jungles.

They used to be a self sufficient community that grew sialang, trees that attract honey bees. From one sialang tree, they would collect about 150 kg of honey to sell per harvest. Unfortunately, there are now only 10 sialang trees left in their forest.

The Kalpataru is the most prestigious award presented to people or communities that have contributed to preservation and improvement of the environment.

So far, 264 people have received the Kalpataru Award since it was launched in 1980 during the Soeharto administration.

Last year, the government for the first time revoked a Kalpataru award from the elders of the Negeri Enam Tanjung community in Riau last year after the recipient built a 3-kilometer road across a protected forest in Kampar regency, Riau.

The government has been under pressure to protect the nation’s forests, which suffer losses of over 1 million hectares per year due to illegal logging, forest fires and massive forest conversions.

The high deforestation rates and forest fires have put Indonesia as the world’s third largest greenhouse gas emitter.

The government has launched a number of programs to save the forest and mitigate climate change including a campaign by the Forestry Ministry pledging to plant 1 billion trees this year.

Indonesia is home to 120 million hectares of rainforest, making it the world’s third-largest forested nation.

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