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, November 17, 2011

Major Illegal Logging Operation Disrupted

Jakarta Globe, November 16, 2011

There have been few convictions among hundreds of cases since the
president’s first call to stamp out illegal logging in 2005. (Antara Photo)

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The National Police’s special crimes unit says it has disrupted an illegal logging syndicate with the potential to cause significant damage in the Kubu Raya district of West Kalimantan.

Police say the operation, under way since Monday, has resulted in the seizure of thousands of mahang hardwood logs.

“The timber was still in the form of raw logs, numbering 1,869. We are in the process of measuring and counting them with expert witnesses from the Forestry Ministry,” a police officer taking part in the investigation said on Wednesday.

“The suspect is an individual with the initials A.I. He is not a forestry license holder but a local businessman from Pontianak,” said the source, who wished to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to discuss the case.

A.I. will be charged with illegal logging under the Law on Forestry. He could face up to 10 years in prison or a Rp 5 billion ($555,000) fine if convicted.

Mahang is a “pioneer” species that tends to colonize logged areas. It is used by local residents for temporary structures that are not in direct contact with the ground, as well as for interior moldings. For export it is usually combined with other timber pulp to make particleboard and plywood.

When contacted on Wednesday, the director of the special crimes unit, Brig. Gen. Anas Yusuf, declined to confirm the details of the operation.

Last April, a joint team from the West Kalimantan Police’s criminal investigations unit and their National Police counterparts seized thousands of cubic meters of timber belonging to logging company Wana Bangun Agung.

The timber, believed to have been logged illegally, was found in the possession of a plywood company in Arang Limbung, which, as with the location of this week’s seized logs, is also in Kubu Raya district.

In that earlier operation, the police found numerous logs that were not of the 21 species that are legally allowed to be felled under a 2007 Forestry Ministry regulation. The logs were felled from near Putussibau, in the Kapuas Hulu district of West Kalimantan. Farouk Arnaz

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