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)

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Volcano observers prevent huge losses

Yuli Tri Suwarni, The Jakarta Post, Bandung

At the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency (PVMBG) in Bandung, activities increase when a volcano eruption is imminent, with the agency's 54 field officers prepared to be deployed at a moment's notice.

They must be ready to leave their families back home, live like refugees, and maintain their physical condition in order to be fit while carrying out their duties. After all, their office is the treacherous terrain of a mountain.

Those working at agency headquarters need to be ready to work overtime to receive and process reports from the field.

As many as 12 officers from PVMBG were recently sent to Mount Kelud when it entered a critical phase on Oct. 16. They brought along an assortment of equipment, including powerful computers, thermal cameras to measure the crater's temperature from afar, and gas detectors to determine the presence of poisonous gas.

These tools enabled the officers to compute and analyze the collected data on-site, improving their ability to provide the public with early warnings.

"We must quickly edit data and respond to signs to make decisions. It would take longer if data had to first be processed at our headquarters in Bandung," PVMBG head Surono told The Jakarta Post in Bandung last week.

Despite its arsenal of modern technology, the agency still uses the "old" Single Side Band (SSB) high-frequency radio to communicate with 136 volcano observation officers posted at active volcanoes across the country. The radio system has served the agency for dozens of years.

The SSB band is open from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Officers communicate through fax or phone the rest of the day. Fax is used to send quake graphics and reports of volcanic activity.

Observing volcanoes makes for fulfilling work, says Aidil, who joined the agency in 1975.

"They (volcanoes) are like humans, with different traits and activities, so we must really understand their characters by studying their history of eruptions and physical nature," said Aidil.

In addition to observing volcanoes during eruptions, PVMBG volcanologists also conduct field studies during times of calm.

"If we don't know their normal activities, how can we be aware of increased activities? We must collect data on their daily activity," said PVMBG staffer Estu Kriswati, a graduate of the Geological School at the Bandung Institute of Technology.

Not all fieldwork is pleasant, Aidil said, recalling his visit to Mount Becago in northern Aceh in February.

"We had to walk for five days and nights to the nearest village of Lampahan. I'd never walked that far in my entire life," he said.

During a time when many volcanoes are showing signs of increased activity, officers often work longer hours.

"We work in shifts so that observations can be conducted throughout the day," said Estu.

The PVMBG agency was founded by the Dutch East Indies administration in 1919 following the Mt. Kelud eruption that killed more than 5,000 people. The huge losses prompted the Dutch administration to form observation teams capable of warning local residents of an imminent eruption.

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