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)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Joint Project Aims to Rescue Java’s Critical Forests

Jakarta Globe, April 18, 2010

Banyumas, Central Java. The president director of state forest management company PT Perhutani has said that up to 900,000 hectares of land on Java Island are in critical condition, including areas located within forests overseen by the company.

Speaking during a working visit to Perhutani’s Baturaden tourist forest in Banyumas district, Central Java, over the weekend, Upik Rosalina Wasrin said that in 2005 the company began rehabilitating 350,000 hectares of critical areas under its management through its Green Perhutani program.

She said the program, which is hoped to be completed by the end of this year, also called for 70,000 hectares of land to be planted with trees and areas outside its scope to be rejuvenated.

“Perhutani is currently working on land outside its forest areas that belong to the public. This is part of the rehabilitation program and the development of local enterprises,” Upik added.

Rehabilitation plans for critical lands in the Dieng Plateau region of Central Java, Upik said are still awaiting agreement from local residents because the land there is privately owned.

“If we can reach a deal to work together with the local people, we will first start with an effort to identify the [problems],” she said.

Reforesting and rehabilitating private land is a complex issue, Upik said, and Perhutani needs to consult with local land owners in Dieng before any work can begin.

“Whether they want their land rehabilitated or not, we first need to find out if they want their land to be managed as public forested areas, how the land will be shared and what type of trees should be planted,” she said, citing a few of the problems that need to be resolved.

Forest rehabilitation efforts in cases such as Dieng require cooperation in the form of public forested areas, also known as joint forestry management, Upik said, adding that just handing out assistance funds does not work. The best way, she added, is to get local residents to form a business that offers the land as part of the public forested area in return for a share of its products.

Similar cooperation efforts have already been entered into by Perhutani with Banten’s provincial government and the province’s Pandeglang district administration, covering some 7,500 hectares of forest.

Several other cooperation programs have also been entered into with other regions in Central Java, including with Banyumas and the district administration in Kendal.

In Dieng, forested lands, especially on the region’s mountainous terrain, have been converted for agriculture by local residents. The resulting land degradation has been blamed for landslides in the area during the rainy season.

Upik said Perhutani’s rehabilitation model involved providing loans to residents to be repaid under a production-sharing system. “The people are encouraged to make use of their land in a productive and economic way,” she said.

The land rehabilitation projects also involve working with local forestry offices — in the case of Dieng, both Banyumas and Wonosobo districts — to ascertain whether any rejuvenation programs have already been conducted in the areas concerned.

“If there has already been some program, we will not get involved in the area because each of us, the Ministry of Forestry and Perhutani, have our respective programs,” Upik said. “And so that there is no overlap, we have to make sure of this first so the handling of critical areas in Java can be done together.”

As for Perhutani’s long-term reforestation program, Upik said the company aimed to replant an additional 2,000 hectares of forest lands across Java by 2014.


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