“Learning the names of our many wild neighbors is an exercise in perspective and empathy, transforming the outdoors from a pastoral backdrop into a world of parallel societies inhabited by diverse creatures, each with its own character and career.” Ferris Jabr
I read this in @tmagazine this past weekend and thought YES because I’m a naming freak but also I’d just finished a story for @gardenista_sourcebook (link in profile) about the work of @humanegardener and author Nancy Lawson. One of the keys is an awareness of habitats and the ‘careers’ of creatures. What do you do for the wild ones? .
Special thanks to @papress and to Nancy for speaking with me about her important work and @ferrisjabr for the wise words. Take heart.
A heartbreaking story from @paulnicklen: My entire @Sea_Legacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear. It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy. This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It’s a slow, painful death. When scientists say polar bears will be extinct in the next 100 years, I think of the global population of 25,000 bears dying in this manner. There is no band aid solution. There was no saving this individual bear. People think that we can put platforms in the ocean or we can feed the odd starving bear. The simple truth is this—if the Earth continues to warm, we will lose bears and entire polar ecosystems. This large male bear was not old, and he certainly died within hours or days of this moment. But there are solutions. We must reduce our carbon footprint, eat the right food, stop cutting down our forests, and begin putting the Earth—our home—first. Please join us at @sea_legacy as we search for and implement solutions for the oceans and the animals that rely on them—including us humans. Thank you your support in keeping my @sea_legacy team in the field. With @CristinaMittermeier #turningthetide with @Sea_Legacy #bethechange#nature#naturelovers
Intrepid Landcare volunteers teaming up with scientists out in the Warrumbungles, NSW surveying native mistletoe and hollows to inform a species recovery plan for the park post bush fire 🤘🏽🌳🐌
(📷 featuring mistletoe in the foreground 😬)
I’m in awe of the cycles of life - large and small - in a garden free of harmful chemicals. Snails and slugs contribute to the creation of healthy soil through their powers of decomposition. That we so often dislike them, says more about us than them. #snail#gardening#wildlife#habitat#pesticidefree#cycleoflife
Fazenda Bom Jesus, Soure, Ilha do Marajó-PA. Fazenda na Ilha de Marajó aberta pra visitação. Pôde-se experimentar a sensação de montar em um búfalo (montaria bem curta apenas para fotos) e depois caminhada pela fazenda por quase 4,5 km observando os animais, paisagens e curiosidades. É possível ver: diversos aves (garça branca e azul, colhereira, guará, gavião caboclo e carrapateiro), búfalos, bois e vacas, cabrito, capivaras, macacos, às vezes até jacaré. Uma boa caminhada para observar os bichos no seu habitat. #fazenda#passaros#aves#animais#bichos#natureza#sol#calor#soltos#habitat#livres#pordosol#caminhada#trilhas#soure#bomjesus#para
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