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, December 17, 2007

Water supplies in Bedugul catchment area under threat

Wasti Atmodjo, The Jakarta Post, Bedugul, Bali

Climate change, land conversion, deforestation and the unchecked use of ground water are threatening water levels in the Bedugal catchment area, an expert warned recently.

"The local administration must act immediately to protect this precious area.

Conservation, reforestation and firm controls on development are needed very soon," Sandi Adnyana, a soil expert at Udayana University's Center for Environmental Research (PPLH), said last week.

Bedugul is located 60 kilometers north of Denpasar in a hilly, cool area dotted with trees. The area is home to three of the island's four lakes -- Beratan, Buyan and Tamblingan.

These lakes are the primary source of water for human consumption and farm irrigation in the Buleleng, Tabanan and Badung regencies, as well as in Denpasar. Bedugul's beautiful scenery and climate have also made it one of the island's most popular tourist destinations, particularly among domestic visitors. Many of the island's wealthier inhabitants have purchased land there to construct villas and hotels.

"We know that for several years water levels at Buyan Lake have steadily been decreasing. At one point the water level reached two meters," a senior official at the island's Environmental Impacts Management Agency (Bapedalda), AA Sastrawan, said last week. Sastrawan said climate change was one of the primary causes of declining water levels in the area as during the last few years, annual rainfall had been less than average.

Research conducted by PPLH last year concluded there were several reasons for declining water supplies in the area. "Our results suggest climate change, land conversion and the unchecked use of water have played a big role in the decline of water supplies," Sandi said.

PPLH researchers compared data from several time periods to get a clearer picture of the effects of land conversion in the area. "Satellite images and aerial photos show that the size of coffee plantations and primary forests around the two lakes have decreased compared to their size in 1981," Sandi said. "There has been a 87.90 percent decrease in the size of coffee plantations." Sandi said coffee plants, which were the primary crop in the area, had the ability to improve the structure and strength of soil. Coffee plants store water in the rainy season and release it into springs and ground water sources during the dry season, he added. The decreasing size of coffee plantations in the area surrounding Buyan and Tamblingan means that the lakes have lost one of their primary supporting systems.

The images studied by PPLH researches also indicated that man-made structures were increasingly being built, as were farms. "The decrease in water levels is also caused by the unchecked use of ground water by villagers living in close proximity to the lakes," Sandi said.

In Wanagiri village, residents pump water out of the lake for 10 hours straight on any given day. On average they use 72 cubic meters of water each day. Water pumped out of the lake is used for the daily needs of residents as well as meeting the water requirements of several restaurants in the area.

The situation at Tamblingan Lake is much the same. Residents from Gobleg and Pedawa villages pump water from the lake in large quantities to meet their irrigation needs. The combined water consumption of 500 households in the villages was estimated to be as high as 1,250 cubic meters per day. Sandi said there were at least 46 man-made wells surrounding Buyan Lake.

"Another probable cause of these low water levels is that water in the lakes is being drawn out through underground channels, which cause water springs to form in other areas," he said.

He said conservation efforts around the lakes should include large-scale reforestation projects.

"Stop illegal logging, minimize land conversion, reduce the speed of housing development in the area and if possible start cultivating coffee again," he said.

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