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, February 17, 2007

Peatland project to focus mainly on conservation

M. Taufiqurrahman, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The government has announced that a large part of its peatland reclamation project in Central Kalimantan will be set aside for conservation projects.

"Eighty percent of the peatland, or around 1.1 million hectares must be conserved," President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Friday in a press conference after a cabinet meeting to discuss the peatland project and accelerating development in Papua.

The president said the remaining 20 percent of the converted peatland, 300,000 hectares, would be used for agricultural land, to be worked by locals and transmigrants.

He said that all agricultural work in the area would take the conservation effort into account.

Yudhoyono was accompanied by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Central Kalimantan Governor Agustin Teras Narang, Papua Governor Barnabas Suebu and West Irian Jaya Governor Abraham Atururi.

The President is expected to issue a decree next week on the peatland project.

The government had earlier said that it would reclaim up to 500,000 hectares of peatland in Central Kalimantan for agricultural use and plantations as part of an effort to revitalize the agricultural sector. Another 600,000 hectares of the peatland was to be conserved to reduce damage to the ecosystem.

The new project is part of an effort to salvage the plan of former president Soeharto to turn 1.4 million hectares of peatland in the province into agricultural land, although the project was later abandoned.

The aborted project, kicked off in 1995, toward the end of the Soeharto administration, caused massive environmental destruction.

Forests in the vicinity of the converted peatland have also been destroyed by illegal logging. Between 1996 and 1997, only 70,000 hectares of peatland was converted into agricultural land.

Then president B.J. Habibie issued instructions to halt the conversion of the peatland in 1998.

Governor Narang said that the agricultural land converted from peatland -- which traverses Barito Selatan, Kapuas, Pulang Pisau regencies -- will be planted with rice and other field crops. Some of the land will also be used for cattle raising and aquaculture.

The central government is yet to disclose how much it will spend on the new peatland project, but a great deal of it will be covered by the Central Kalimantan provincial budget.

On Papua, the government reiterated its commitment to expedite infrastructure development in both Papua and West Irian Jaya provinces to support the implementation of the special autonomy granted to both provinces.

The infrastructure is to be financed by provincial budgets, autonomy allowances and revenue-sharing.

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