Focusing On The Conservation of Ecosystems, Habitats & Wildlife

Happy 2010 World Environmental Weekend

2010 Theme: Many Species. One Planet. One Future

This year’s event will celebrate the incredible diversity of life on Earth as part of “The 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.”



According to Wikipedia, World Environment Day (WED) is a day that stimulates awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and public action. It is on 5 June. It was the day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began. The United Nations Conference on the Human Environment was from 5-16 June 1972. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972.[1] The first World Environment Day was on 1973. World Environment Day is hosted every year by a different city with a different theme and is commemorated with an international exposition in the week of 5 June. World Environment Day is in summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere.



This year’s global host, Rwanda – a country of exceptional biodiversity that has made huge strides on environmental protection – will lead the celebrations with three days of keynote events.

Thousands of activities will also be organized worldwide, with beach clean-ups, concerts, exhibits, film festivals, community events and much more!

Happy Endangered Species Day 2010

So what does an “Endangered Species” mean…. you may ask?

It is when any animal or plant species is threatened to the point of extinction.  Once a species is “extinct”, it is gone FOREVER and no longer found anywhere on Earth.

Special Thanks to Laurence Overmire & Nancy McDonald For Including Me In Their Awesome Video!

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Help Protect Endangered Species


So Why Is It So Important To SAVE Endangered Species?

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of endangered or extinct species since humans have been the Earth’s dominant species.  Human activities such as overhunting and destruction of habitats are responsible for most of endangered or extinct animals.  It is now believed that extinction by humans are taking place at 100 to 1,000 times nature’s normal rate.  It has been so hard to measure since only about 1.4 million species (out of an estimated 10 million to 100 million) have been described to date.

It is more crucial than ever for humans to preserve endangered species and their natural habitats.  All species are living organisms on Earth and have a know value to humans.  Humans benefit from the roles many species play in the environment including cleansing the air and water, controlling erosion, providing atmospheric oxygen, and maintaining the food chain.  Some other benefits of these many species haven’t even been discovered yet (such as medicinal plants) and presently have an unknown value to humans.

Weeping Willows……

Have you ever been touched so deeply by the presence of nature  ………………     or maybe even just a Tree?

I was very young when I recognized and realized that trees were truly special.   I used to climb the Evergreen Trees around my parents house like a monkey and sit at the top of them for hours….and observe the world below.  My favorite tree though…..was the Weeping Willow Tree that sat right outside my window while I was growing up.  This was the most magical tree that I have ever known during my existence here on Earth.  Today, I share with you….my special tree.

My Special Weeping Willow Tree

I think of you often…..my special tree…..

So….why do some trees get chopped down?  Are they just in the way?  When I hear a chainsaw….I cringe….I can’t imagine how I would feel….. having my happy home/habitat hacked down one day …..for what purpose?

I encourage each one of you to develop your connection with nature today…..go outside…..lean up against a tree…..listen to the wind…..tune in…..and stay connected.


Please NOTE:  This is not my Tree….it was just a visual….of a healthy tree being hacked down for whatever reason…not sure.

Great Barrier Reef in Trouble: Chinese Oil Spill in Restricted Waters






I was horrified to see this Easter morning that a 755-foot Chinese owned bulk coal carrier rammed into the Great Barrier Reed earlier today.  I can’t even imagine the devastating damage that may occur to this ecosystem with this oil spill.

Even though coral reefs only cover approximately 1% of the world’s oceans, it provides homes to about 25% of all identified marine species.

Chinese Coal Ship Stranded West of Queensland state


The greatest threat now is that this vessel has almost 300,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil on the ship to run its engine which could end up in the Pacific Ocean.  The Australian authorities are doing everything possible to limit the impact of this incident.  A CNN quick summary broadcast below.

Changing Habits: Paper or Plastic?

“Changing Habits for Habitats”

How many times have you heard “Paper or Plastic” and which one is better for our habitat and health?  The truth is, they are both Killing us!

What does it take to change are own Habits?

When will we ever learn?  When will we start demanding change?

When will it be too late?  Will we continue to allow our forests to be hacked down…..our water to be polluted and contaminated….our food to be poisoned with pesticides….our natural resources to be striped beyond salvation.

Our climate crisis is more serious than ever now and it’s critical that we participate in making the right choices for the Future of the EARTH.


ASK YOURSELF TODAY………

How can I change my habits before I contribute in destroying my own Habitat?

REMEMBER…..IT’S OUR CHOICE………


I LOVE this Short Film “Plastic Bag” by Ramin Bahrani

Please Watch this Video….. and Attempt To Change One Small Habit Today That Will Help SAVE Our Habitat For The Future!




Would you believe ONLY 1 percent of plastic bags are recycled worldwide — about 2 percent in the U.S.

To read the article “Plastic Bags Are Killing Us” (CLICK HERE or on photo below).


Plastic Bags Are Killing Us

According to the Environment Programme, “Floating bags can look all too much like tasty jellyfish to hungry marine critters. According to the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation, more than a million birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die every year from eating or getting entangled in plastic. The conservation group estimates that 50 percent of all marine litter is some form of plastic. There are 46,000 pieces of plastic litter floating in every square mile of ocean.”

Finally…Madagascar Reinstates Ban of Rosewood

I was sooo happy to see this ban reinstated last week on Rosewood logging and exports in Madagascar! Can you imagine….illegal logging of its NATIONAL PARKS!

Photo found on WildMadagascar.Org

Unfortuantely, over 20,000 acres of Madagascar’s rainforests were affected, including Marojejy, Masoala and Makira national parks which are some of the island’s most biologically diverse rainforests.

Andrea Johnson of EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency) wrote via email “We’re hopeful that this moratorium marks a decision by the transition government to consider the long-term value of Madagascar’s natural resources and end the uncontrolled exploitation of the forest for quick profit.”  She also said  “We’d like to believe this is actually the beginning of a new book, not just the start of another chapter in the recent sad story of corruption and plunder of Madagascar’s irreplaceable forests.”

Life Series:

LIFE: 11 Part Series on Discovery Channel

Series Premiere March 21, 2010 —Starts Tonight

Narrated by Oprah Winfrey

Covering all life on Earth:  Behind the Scenes

Reptiles & Amphibians Life Series Tonight

Also know as a Jesus Christ Lizard: Can sprint on water up to 100 ft.




Mike Gunton’s “LIFE” Diary

New Legislation to Advance Whale Preservation Worldwide




Senator John Kerry, who is the lead author of the Senate’s global climate change and environmental legislation introduced legislation to advance whale preservation worldwide.

This information was found on Senator John Kerry's Website: Click on image to Connect to Article


The International Whale Conservation and Protection Act of 2010 will combat the major threats whales face, including commercial whaling, ship strikes, and habitat disruption.


“Thousands of whales die each year from commercial whaling, ship strikes, and habitat disruption,” said Senator John Kerry. “We should be leading the effort to protect them.”

The International Whale Conservation and Protection Act of 2010 will:

— Promote international protection efforts in whales’ natural habitats


— Strengthen international organizations’ efforts, including the United Nations Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and the International Maritime Organization;


— Ensure the IWC commercial whaling ban is protected


— Reduce or eliminate human-caused injury, harassment, or disturbance; and


—Expand research to improve global understanding of whales including health and reproduction, whale habitats and the impacts of human activities and other threats to whales.


To learn more about the world’s leading animal welfare organization, go to IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare).  This organization helps reduce the commercial exploitation of animals, protects wildlife habitats and assists animals in distress.

Number of Tigers In The Wild Still Declining

Believe it or not, the population of tigers (which is the largest of the big cats) has declined by 95 percent in the last century.  What will happen in the next decade?  Will we ever stop poaching, killing and destroying their habitats before it’s too late?

Bengal Tiger: Click on Photo to View the Tiger Population Table

IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature data suggests that “the global tiger population has declined to an estimated range form 3,402 – 5,140 tigers”, revised down from estimates of 5,000 to 7,000 made a few years earlier.  The data also stated that the Bali, Caspian, and Javan tigers are already classified as extinct (in the 1940s, 1970s, and 1980s, respectively).

Sea Lions Beginning to Come Back to the Bay's Pier 39




Good News!  Looks like the Sea Lions are slowly reappearing on San Francisco’s Pier 39!


This is what Pier 39 normally looks like. Photo found on Rugerdier's photostream flickr account


Over the last couple of decades, this has been home for more than 1,700 sea lions, however a couple months ago…all but a couple of them disappeared.  Marine experts believe that the sea lions left for some tasty food on the coast of Oregon.