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, February 5, 2010

Forest-Chopping Villagers Face Bali Funding Cut Off

Jakarta Globe, Made Arya Kencana, February 05, 2010

Denpasar. After discovering that forests in his district were still being illegally logged, Gede Winasa, head of the Jembrana district in Bali, on Friday threatened to “isolate” villages that are linked to the logging and to cut off their operational funding.

“I have spent billions of rupiah, but illegal logging is still happening,” said Winasa. He said he was still in shock after a visit last month to a supposedly forested area located around Penyaringan village where he found the trees gone and the forest replaced by a plain grass field.

Winasa has now warned local officials not “to play with fire” when it comes to illegal logging. He threatened to punish those villages that have already been warned three times on the issue.

“We have tolerated no action after three warnings [on illegal logging activities] but there won’t be any [letters] on the fourth. Salaries for village officials will be stopped and the village will be isolated from any kind of funding,” said Winasa.

Based on data from the Agriculture, Forestry, Plantation, Farming and Maritime Affairs Agency in Jembrana, some 11,000 hectares of forest have been destroyed, about 25 percent of the total forested area in the district’s West Bali National Park. Of the 11,000 hectares, 8,900 hectares are protected forest.

Winasa said the responsibility for protecting the forests did not fall solely on the shoulders of the forest police but also on village officials and public order officers. “No one is allowed to enter forest areas except for appointed officers,” he said.

A program initiated by Winasa for 2010 — “Zero Visits to the Forest” — is also proposing a Rp 1 million ($110) reward for any villager who captures illegal loggers and encourages village officials to take the violators to court.

“I’d rather use the money to compensate villagers who are brave enough to stop illegal loggers, instead of allocating protection funds to village heads and getting no results in the field,” he said, adding that officials and villagers should obey “awig-awig” (traditional regulations) on protecting the environment.

Meanwhile, Jembrana police chief Ahmad Nur Wakhid said that there were 19 cases of illegal logging in 2009, with thousands of logs collected as evidence, as well as chainsaws, trucks, cars and motorcycles. “The numbers are lower than in 2008 when we had 36 cases, however, increasing forest destruction is still closely linked to illegal logging,” he said.

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