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)

Friday, December 7, 2007

Residents plant tree seedlings around Newmont mine

Panca Nugraha, The Jakarta Post, Mataram

Residents in West Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara, have planted 4,771 tree seedlings in 20 locations around the Batu Hijau mining concession area owned by PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara (PT NNT).

The event involved at least 1,600 residents from four districts surrounding the mining area, including elementary and junior high school students, village administrative staffers, mining contractors, as well as a number of mine employees.

"The feat commenced at the end of November and will later move to other locations. We involved residents, especially students, to raise their environmental awareness and provide knowledge on global warming," Newmont Nusa Tenggara spokesman Kasan Mulyono told The Jakarta Post in Mataram on Thursday.

Kasan said the program was also part of the national tree-planting drive, initiated by the government in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Change Conference currently taking place in Bali.

Kasan said the company planned to make this a permanent program, to add trees in public areas and private gardens.

Newmont Nusa Tenggara, part of the Newmont Mining Corporation, said it was committed to becoming a leader in environmental conservation.

"Environmental conservation activities will not be restricted within the company's operational areas, but also extended to local communities," he said.

He said the company had worked with local communities on several programs, including Clean Up Day, coral conservation, turtle protection, mangrove forest reclamation and plastic bottle recycling.

According to Kasan, PT NNT has been carrying out land reclamation efforts in its disused mining areas.

"We don't wait until a mine is closed but we do it simultaneously while mining operations are ongoing," he said.

Since it commenced operating, said Kasan, Newmont Nusa Tenggara has reclaimed 679 hectares and planted 439,635 trees of fast-growing local varieties, such as binong, rimas, bungur, johar and sengon.

Reclamation general supervisor at the company, Agus Darmawan, said Newmont Nusa Tenggara planted binong trees because they were the habitat for the yellow-crested cockatoo, an endemic rare and protected species.

"By planting more binong trees, we hope they can survive and breed," said Agus.

Through its community development program, PT NNT has also initiated a program to plant golden teakwood, mahogany, nimba, and ketapang trees in community forests.

It also has launched a coral reef conservation program, located along the beaches near its mining concessions, which have been devastated by natural causes and human activities.

"Reef balls" have been placed on the seafloor as a new habitat for coral-dwelling creatures.

"We have placed more than 1,000 of 3,000 reef balls planned through 2010. Coral animals have grown well among the reefs. Coral fish are also surviving and breeding among the reef balls," said Agus.

Separately, West Nusa Tenggara Forestry Office head Baderun Zaenal said some 157,000 hectares of a total of 1.68 million hectares of forested area in the province was severely damaged and in critical condition.

"We will focus on the critically damaged forest area for restoration ...," said Baderun.

Among the forest areas where illegal logging and forest conversion are rampant are Tambora forest in Bima and Dompu regencies, Sesaot in West Lombok, Brang Rea in West Sumbawa and Plampang and Wawo in Bima regency.

According to Baderun, although the situation was not as bad as it was from 1999 to 2002, forest destruction due to illegal logging and forest conversion from 2003 to 2006 reached 3,000 to 4,000 hectares annually.

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