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, June 18, 2007

Farmers to bring back dwindling forests

"It's unbelievable these farmers could grow a forest in only five years"

Theresia Sufa, The Jakarta Post, Bogor

After five years of hard work, a group of farmers in Bogor have brought back to life a 12-hectare area of forest and natural pasture that was suffering a slow and miserable death thanks to ongoing environmental damage incurred over a number of years.

Cipendawa village farmers in Megamendung district have successfully planted various tree seedlings and vegetables on the 12-hectare area once described as suffering "critical environmental damage".

"We were concerned with the environmental damage in Bogor, Puncak and Cianjur resort areas," group leader Bambang Istiawan said Friday.

"We could not wait for the Bogor regency administration to regreen the area, which is why we took the reforestation initiative."

And their success story has attracted Bogor regency legislative council and administration officials.

Officials visited the "mini" forest situated in Blok S of Cipendawa village, which is a part of the Bogor, Puncak, and Cianjur settlement.

Head of the agricultural resources division at the Bogor regency forestry and plantation agency Eliza said the farmers' secret to success should be adopted as an official administration program.

"It's unbelievable these farmers could grow a forest in only five years," Eliza said.

"Other farmers should be involved in such projects because there is a total of 118 hectares of critically damaged land in dire need of reforestation in Megamendung district alone," she said.

Councilor Edi Wibowo from Commission B on the environment said the administration should make it a pilot project to help restore the hills in Bogor, Puncak and Cianjur.

But the regreening project was not easy, Bambang warned.

"Planting the seedlings is the easiest part of the whole work," he said.

"Each day we had to check the seedlings, water them and replace the dying ones.

"When we started it was hard to get a good source of water so we had to dig deep to make a well.

But Bambang said after the trees had grown, two natural springs emerged.

"We did all this because we wanted to return our neighborhood to its old self when only few rich people had their villas up here," he said.

"At that time the air was fresh and the forests were still untouched.

"The villa owners just don't care about the environment in Puncak."

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