Focusing On The Conservation of Ecosystems, Habitats & Wildlife

California Slender Salamander in My Backyard

Discovered in my backyard on March 23, 2013 in moist dirt.

Endemic to California, usually found in a variety of habitats: chaparral, woodland, grassland, forests, urban yards, vacant lots, marshes, and beach driftwood. Generally found in moist locations, under logs, rocks, bark, leaf litter, stumps, debris. Can be very abundant in an area.

Defensive behaviors include: coiling and remaining still, then uncoiling quickly and springing away, repeatedly bouncing over the ground for a distance, then remaining still; releasing sticky noxious skin secretions which can glue shut a predator’s mouth; and releasing the tail to let its movement distract a predator. A released or severed tail will regenerate.

Lungless Salamanders breathe through their skin which requires them to live in damp environments on land and to move about on the ground only during times of high humidity. (In California, they do not inhabit streams or bodies of water, but they are capable of surviving for some time if they fall into water.)

World Water Day 2013

Our Most Precious Resource:  WATER

We all know water is essential for life on Earth. However, our insatiable demand is putting our most precious natural resource at risk.


The enormous growth in the human population over recent decades is placing a huge strain on the world’s freshwater reserves, with our global consumption of water for food production, energy, industrial and domestic uses reaching what are thought to be unsustainable levels. Rapid urbanisation, pollution and climate change are all exacerbating the problem, further threatening this most vital resource.

World Water Day highlights the importance of freshwater and the need for sustainable management of the world’s freshwater resources, the United Nations (UN) has designated 22 March ‘World Water Day’.

Held annually, World Water Day gives people all around the world the opportunity to take action to raise awareness on water issues and improve the management of the world’s water resources. In 2013, as part of the International Year of Water Cooperation, World Water Day is also dedicated to the theme of cooperation around water.

See how you can get involved in World Water Day 2013

National Wildlife Week – 2013 – Branching Out for Wildlife!


NWF Needs our HELP – Help them plant TREES!

Trees play a critical role in supporting so many other living things – human and wildlife alike.  Did you know…

  • Trees clean the air: Trees absorb odors and pollutants and filter our air through their leaves and bark — our own built-in air purification system!
  • Trees provide oxygen: Over the course of a year one acre of trees provides enough oxygen for 18 people.
  • Trees save water AND help keep our water clean: Trees help to both reduce runoff and help to filter groundwater and the water in our streams. Shade from trees helps slow water evaporation so you don’t need to water your lawn as much.
  • Trees provide jobs: Whether it is harvesting fruit, nuts, or other products from trees or using trees for clothing, tires and other products – trees provide jobs and help to sustain our economy.
  • Trees are critical for wildlife: Trees provide many different species with food, cover and places to raise young and for some species are even their water source. Whether it is in the canopy or trunk or roots wildlife can be found both in living, dying and dead trees helping to keep our ecosystems balanced.

As part of National Wildlife Week, NWF has supplied these resources, activities and fun lessons to be used each day in the classroom.

National Wildlife Week Educator Resources:


Should We Bring Extinct Species Back to Life?

De-extinction, the science of bringing back extinct life, is the subject of the April 2013 cover story of National Geographic magazine. Once only an idea in science fiction, today it is poised to become reality. Researchers working to bring back animals like the passenger pigeon and woolly mammoth discuss the implications of their work.

Learn more about this subject at:

Elephants Need Our Help To Survive

Tens Of Thousands of Elephants Were Killed Just Last Year. Elephants can’t protect themselves against sophisticated, well-armed poachers. They need protected areas to roam. well-equipped ecoguards and they need you!

Question:  How in the wild can we bring elephants back from the brink of extinction?

Answer:  Enforce laws that already exist to protect elephants from the devastating illegal ivory trade. Find the enforcement gaps that poachers exploit and close them.

226269_210601222306915_6943090_nConservationists from all over the world  are  debating that question as they gather in Bangkok for the 16th Meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES).

Tell the U.S. delegation to CITES to help ensure that the international laws that can save elephants are enforced.

Click here to automatically sign this petition. If 35,000 signatures are reached, it will be hand delivered to delegates next week.

As a supporter of Wildlife Conservation Society, I implore you to address the dire plight of elephants at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES. CITES data show that 2011 was the worst year for both African elephant slaughter as well as large ivory seizures since record keeping began, and that 2012 was just as bad.

Thank you,



Battleground: Rhino Wars – Airs Tonight!

Beginning on Thursday, March 7, at 9 PM (ET/PT), Animal Planet will be embedded in Battleground: Rhino Wars, a three-part miniseries that documents this intense conflict that is centered on the worldwide commercial demand for rhino horns, an exotic commodity that’s more valuable than gold on the black market. 


The miniseries reveals the conflict between blood-thirsty poachers and one of South Africa’s anti-poaching units, which has recruited armed forces to stop the illegal, lucrative trade of rhino horns. Cameras reveal a bloody war that these elite U.S. warriors find themselves fighting, in an area where both rhinos and people are being slaughtered with increasing regularity. 

For the full story, click here.             

Final Thoughts About The Tragedy At Project Survivals Cat Haven

My thought and prayers go out to Dianna Hanson’s family. I wish I would have met her.

I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to Dale Anderson and Wendy Wichelman-Debbas at Project Survival’s Cathaven. I know how much they care about their staff and how much they love their big cats. I’m thinking of you during this difficult time and sending you all lots of love.  I’m so sorry for your losses.

I hope that my efforts in discussing my experiences at Cat Haven with the media helped shed positive light on such a tragic situation.

Unfortunately, tragedies occur for whatever reason but LOVE for the people and the animals still has to prevail!

Now is the time to stand up for Cat Haven and help however you can. Click Here To Help.

Watch video below to learn more other notable causes like Soysambu Conservancy.

Soysambu works to sustain wildlife species, indigenous livestock and habitat; supports local conservation initiatives; facilitates neighboring development and educates the community in the value of flora and fauna in order to preserve the Rift Valley Ecosystem for future generations.



Finally, First CITES Summit In 3 Years – 177 Countries Gather in Bangkok from March 3 – 14, 2013

March 1, 2013

CITES SUMMIT:  Conference of the Parties

Head of Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Wildlife says people and animals are at immediate risk from wildlife crime and a “clampdown must mirror war on drugs”.

CITES  meeting in Bangkok : Burning of Gabon's entire stockpile of illegal poached ivoryAccording to the Guardian, top wildlife officials said that crime syndicates and terrorists are outgunning those on the frontline of wildlife protection and pose a deadly threat to people and animals.

The law enforcement fightback must mirror the war against illegal drugs, said John Scanlon, secretary general of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), with undercover operations and harsh penalties.

Note:  The global black market in animal and plants, sold as food, traditional medicines and exotic pets, is worth billions and sees an estimated 350 million specimens traded every year.

For the full story, click here.

International Polar Bear Day

February 27, 2013

SOS:  SAVE Our SEA Ice On International Polar Bear Day – February 27th

Inviting you to join me and Polar Bear International in celebrating it as a day of action to reduce your carbon footprint!


By taking part in the Thermostat Challenge, the launch event for Polar Bear International’s Save Our Sea Ice (SOS! campaign), which is a series of carbon-reduction efforts to help save sea ice habitat.


………Take The Thermostat Challenge!