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, April 1, 2010

Environmentalists decry gold mining in park

Oyos Saroso H.N., The Jakarta Post, Bandarlampung | Thu, 04/01/2010 10:20 AM

Conservationists in Lampung are up in arms over the resumption of gold mining in the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, saying the activity threatens the area’s ecosystem.

“Gold mining in the forest is destroying the ecosystem,” Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) campaign manager Mukri Friatna said recently.

“We have proof that gold-mining activities carried out by PT Natarang Mining in the park from 2006 to 2008 have damaged the forest.”

He added the Lampung Forestry Office should be held accountable for breaching the mining ban in the national park by granting concessions in the area to miners.

“The company had initially stopped mining after protests from the public and environmental groups,” Mukri said.

Lampung Forestry Office head Hanan A. Razak said the provincial administration had allowed gold mining within a 40-hectare area in the national park, which straddles West Lampung and Tanggamus regencies, saying it would bring significant economic benefits for the people of Lampung.

Hanan added the mining activities were legitimate under the forestry law.

“The mining is carried out underground so it doesn’t affect trees aboveground,” he claimed.

“We issue the concessions, and we benefit from the economic activities entailed.”

Natarang Mining previously explored a 40-hectare concession in Tanggamus before it was forced to stop in 2008.

“The concession is right next to the national park so any activity there severely threatens the park,”said Walhi Lampung director Hendrawan.

“Part of the concession overlapped into the park.”

He added gold mining in the national park would aggravate the problem of illegal logging and lead to greater threats to the wildlife.

“The illegal loggers at work in the area have already encroached into the habitat of the wild elephants,” Hendrawan said.

“So if we get gold miners in there too, the elephants’ mobility will be severely restricted and we’re going to see more incidents of elephants stampeding in villages and farms.”

Tanggamus resident Meza Swastika said he had noticed more guard posts and helipads in the area.

“It’s a given that mining will cause environmental damage,” he said.

“Plus they’re going to disturb a historical site that most locals believe dates back to the Majapahit Kingdom.”

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