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)

Monday, May 17, 2010

New bat, gecko, pigeon identified in Papua

Yenni Djahidin, The Jakarta Post, Washington, D.C | Mon, 05/17/2010 9:23 AM

Almost two years after ending their expedition to one of the most remote areas in the world, a group of scientists announced Saturday that it has identified a variety of new species, including a Pinocchio-like frog with a long nose, a dwarf wallaby, and several new insects in the Foja Mountains of Indonesia’s Papua province.

New species: (clockwise, from top left) The Imperial pigeon, tree mouse, gecko, blossom bat, long-nose tree frog and dwarf walla: Courtesy of Tim Laman/National Geographic and Neville Kemp

One of the scientists, Bruce Beehler, told The Jakarta Post that they have had to wait this long until the participating field scientists have determined what species the animals belonged to. The process, he explained, can take weeks, months, years and even decades.

“For many of the insects, scientists will probably be describing new species from the Foja Mountains a decade from now because they need to do comparative work to be able to safely describe one new species,” said Beehler, a senior research scientist at the Washington-based Conservation International.

The frog has a protuberance on its nose that points upward when the male is calling, but depletes and points downward when he is less active. It was found by herpetologist Paul Oliver, who spotted the frog sitting on a bag of rice in the campsite.

The 2008 expedition was conducted by international and Indonesian scientists participating in Conservation International’s Rapid Assessment Program. Financial and scientific support for the exhibition came from the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian Institution and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.

The scientists discovered an oversized wooly rat, a gargoyle-like gecko with bent toes and yellow eyes, an imperial pigeon, and a tiny forest wallaby. They said the wallaby is the smallest member of the kangaroo family documented in the world.

They also found a blossom bat, which feeds on rainforest nectar, a small tree-mouse, a black and white butterfly, and a flowering shrub.

The biggest surprise, according to the announcement, was a sighting of a pair of new imperial pigeons by ornithologist Neville Kemp. It said the pigeon had feathers that appeared rusty, whitish and gray.

The Foja Mountains are part of the Indonesian National Wildlife Sanctuary. However, Beehler hoped that the Indonesian government will consider changing the status of the area to a national park to raise more attention and resources.

“We would also hope that Governor Barnabas Suebu continues to provide strong green leadership in the development of Papua’s wonderful forests and wild lands,” he said.

He said that the biggest threats to the pristine area are road-building and large-scale plantation development, which could open up the Foja Mountains to future degradation.

“It is important for people to know how precious the Foja Mountains area is and how many wonderful species of plants and animals live there and no other place on earth,” he said.

A special feature on the expedition, “Discovery in the Foja Mountains,” appears in the June issue of the National Geographic magazine.

The announcement on Saturday was to mark the 2010 International Day for Biological Diversity. It said that world governments failed to meet the targets agreed to in 2002 to reduce the rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010. In October, the international community will meet in Japan to discuss new targets for the next 40 years.

“While animals and plants are being wiped out across the globe at a pace never seen in millions of years, the discovery of these absolutely incredible forms of life is much needed, positive news,” Beehler said in the statement.

He said places like the Foja Mountains show that it is not too late to stop the current species extinction crisis.

“The societies that preserve their natural resources will be the ones that will have the best quality of life in the future,” said Dr. Beehler.

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