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.

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"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, December 12, 2009

Management, local farmers join forces to look after park

Theresia Sufa, The Jakarta Post, Bogor | Fri, 12/11/2009 10:14 AM

The management of the Halimun-Salak National Park (TNHGS) has allowed the residents of Purasari village in Bogor to tap pine trees located in a special community zone in the Mount Butak area.

However, the management demanded residents help look after the trees around their zone by constantly patrolling to deter would-be illegal loggers.

The head of the park management, Bambang Supriyanto, said his team had signed an MoU between PT Perhutani, the company in charge of the trees, and the group of pine-tapping farmers.

“This scheme is meant to help revive the fortunes of villagers living in the vicinity of the park,” Bambang said recently.

He added that under the scheme, each villager was also required to allocate Rp 1,000 of their daily earnings to a special fund.

“The money will be used to finance the restoration of damaged trees in the park,” Bambang said.

Currently, only 18 farmers are benefiting from the scheme.

Pepen, the head of the farmer’s group, said so far, he had managed to collect between 300 and 350 kilograms of pine sap. Perhutani buys the pine sap at Rp 4,000 per kilogram.

“Previously, I did odd jobs. I am grateful for the scheme as I now receive a regular income thanks to the permit I have for pine tapping,” Pepen said.

He said the farmers also took turns to take part in night patrols around park together with forest rangers.

“Most illegal loggers prefer to work at night to avoid running into forest rangers. They use pickup trucks to carry away logs,” Pepen said.

Apart from Purasari village, two other villages are situated in the Mt. Butak area: Purwabakti and Cibunian.

The Mt. Butak area covers an area of 5,115 hectares of which 4,147 hectares is covered by forests.

Bambang said the villagers were allowed to cash in on 55-hectare forest in a special community zone.

“The current group has been tapping 11,100 pines in an area of 18.4 hectares. There are still 37.1 hectares that remain untapped,” he said.

According to Bambang, each farmer managed to earn Rp 522,013 every month from tapping the pine trees.

Bambang also claimed his management team had also sought ways to raise more money to conserve the national park under the Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) scheme.

Under the scheme, reduced emissions from avoiding deforestation will be quantified and then sold in the carbon market or handed to an international fund that arranged financial compensation.

Bambang estimated the TNHGS, which had 1,889.55 hectares of natural forest and 128.07 hectares of plantations, could store more than 502,733 tons of carbon that it could eventually trade.

With an estimated price of between US$5 and $10 per ton in the carbon market, the park could generate a minimum income of $27,277 per village per year.

“This fund will be sustainable should the community help the carbon absorption capacity of the park by fighting illegal logging and participating in the restoration of damaged forests,” he said.

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