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Saving Big Cat Habitats One Click At A Time

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About the Big Cats

Around the world species of big cats, such as jaquars, snow leopards and tiger are declining drastically due to habitat loss, poaching, disease, and human-wildlife conflict.

About the Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.

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Our advertisers sponsor this site and make your donations to the Wildlife Conservation Society possible. Every day that you click, you are generating a true cash donation. 100% of the donations generated by this click-to-donate go to the Wildlife Conservation Society. Care2 guarantees every daily-click through to the ‘Thank You’ / Sponsor page will generate a donation of at least $1/CPM. Care2 pools all of the daily donations and delivers these funds to the Wildlife Conservation Society on a regular basis.

How Your Click Helps Big Cats

Your daily click helps the Wildlife Conservation Society fund the research and on the ground conservation projects that protect critical habitat and save species from extinction. In 2009 alone, with your help, Wildlife Conservation Society has:

–Developed new software to track endangered tigers through rapid identification of tiger individuals by their unique stripe pattern

–Helped create new national parks in Camaroon and Afghanistan

–Led camera-trap photo censuses of endangered jaguars in Ecuador and cheetahs in Algeria, providing basic population data critical to understanding and protecting these magnificent big cats.

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Can Louisiana’s Wetlands Survive BP’s Oil?

55 Days Later……. and The BIG Question Now is “Can Louisiana’s Wetlands Survive BP’s Oil?”

These Plants Are EVERYTHING…… A Food Source, Habitat Source….. Essentially They Hold The “Whole System Together”…..

and… If They Disappear…… It ALL Goes…….



David Muth, chief of planning and resource stewardship for Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Professor Larry McKinney, executive director at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M in Corpus Christi, explain the impact oil from the BP oil disaster would have on the Louisiana wetlands and whether they could be cleaned should they become contaminated. (msnbc.com) Louisiana – BP – Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve – Texas – Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies

Click on Link or Photo Below To Watch The Clip of “Can Louisiana’s Wetlands Survive BP’s Oil?” From The Rachel Maddox Show

Can Louisiana’s Wetlands Survive BP’s Oil

Oil Spill Wildlife Rescue Efforts

Although a California-based organization, the Oiled Wildlife Care Network is currently helping to lead the effort to care for oil-affected marine mammals and sea turtles in Louisiana, in partnership with NOAA-NMFS and the USFWS.  Volunteers are being recruited on a state-by-state basis and updated on the Deepwater Horizon Facebook page. If you would like to obtain volunteer information, please call 1-866-448-5816.

To access the main OWCN site, please click here.

Watch Jay Holcomb From The International Bird Rescue Research Center Talk About The Rescue Efforts



Why Some Animals Receive Priority Care

According to Nils Warnock, field operations specialist at the California Oiled Wildlife Care Network, managed by the University of California at Davis, decisions are based on at least seven factors:

  • The animal’s red blood cell count and overall physical condition

  • The life history stage of the particular animal, such as whether or not a bird has just molted its feathers

  • The size of the animal

  • What potential threat might exist to rescuers (“Big animals with big teeth are always an issue,” Warnock said.)

  • The percentage of body area covered by oil

  • How much the animal appears to be suffering

  • Prior knowledge of the particular species and how well it tends to respond to treatment

This last factor is a developing one, based on experience as it builds over the years after trained specialists have attempted to rescue many different types of animals.

7 Up On The 7th! – World Cleanup Day!

Together We Can Create A Cleaner Planet!

Pick Up 7 Pieces Of Trash On The 7th Of The Month



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Why Louisiana’s Wetlands Are So Important

“Every 2.7 square miles of wetlands that a storm passes over, brings the storm surge for communities behind those wetlands down by one foot.”



David Muth, chief of planning and resource stewardship for Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Professor Larry McKinney, executive director at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M in Corpus Christi, explain the importance of the Louisiana wetlands in protecting Greater New Orleans from storm surges and as a source of food for the entire country. (msnbc.com) Louisiana – New Orleans – Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve – Texas – United States

Click on Link or Photo Below To Watch The Clip of “Why Louisiana’s Wetlands Are So Important” From The Rachel Maddox Show

Why Louisiana’s Wetlands Are So Important

Celebrating World Turtle Day

American Tortoise Rescue, which is a turtle and tortoise rescue organization founded in 1990 in Malibu, California initiated World Turtle Day in 2000. This group brings attention to turtle conservation issues and creates awareness on how each of us can help protect these gentle but at risk animals.



MAY is the month that turtles emerge from winter hibernation and start looking for their mates and nesting areas.



The Humane Society has suggested 12 actions you can take to honor the turtles and tortoises.



Help Stop the Asian Turtle Crisis
. The majority of Asian turtle populations have been critically diminished by over-collection, particularly for delicacies in restaurants and live animal markets. Dealers are now targeting turtle populations elsewhere, such as in the United States and Europe, to meet the Asian demand. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has identified this as the “Asian turtle crisis,” and it has spearheaded efforts to protect turtles from the trade.

Get Turtles out of U.S. Live Animal Markets. Turtles are among the most popular offerings at live animal markets in the United States. They suffer terrible abuse in filthy, neglectful conditions, and they are slaughtered by being cut apart while conscious. The vast majority of market turtles are taken from the wild, contributing to declining U.S. turtle populations. Tell state wildlife agencies that you’re concerned about the increasing collection of wild turtles and tortoises to supply animal markets in the United States and abroad.

If wildlife is being sold for food in a live animal market in your state, contact your local and state legislators, asking that they ban the practice. You may also find it effective to contact state and local health departments (check the Centers for Disease Control web site for listings), which are responsible for sanitary conditions at live animal markets. Finally, contact state wildlife agencies about the dangers that non-native and diseased market animals may pose to local wildlife if released.

Don’t Pollute or Litter. Pollution makes its way into bodies of water and wild areas, poisoning turtles and tortoises and destroying their habitats. Always properly dispose of any hazardous materials such as paint or oil. Garbage, such as plastic bags, kills many pond turtles and sea turtles who either ingest it or become entangled in it. Reduce the amount of garbage you produce and dispose of it properly.

Protect Turtle and Tortoise Habitat. Become active in your local conservation commission or parks and recreation department, and work to preserve turtle habitat.

Stop Turtle and Tortoise Exploitation. Avoid activities such as turtle races. They involve taking turtles out of their natural habitats and exposing them to many dangers, not to mention an enormous amount of stress. Races can harm individual turtles as well as entire local wild populations.

Give Them a Brake. If you see a turtle or tortoise crossing a road, gently pick him up and carry him across in the direction he was headed. (Be watchful for cars in the process.) If the turtle is a large one, or a snapping turtle, use a stick to nudge him gently across the road without getting too close.

Enjoy Turtles and Tortoises in the Wild. Never keep wild turtles or tortoises as pets or buy them from a pet store. The trade in reptiles as pets is responsible for tremendous animal suffering and serious damage to turtle and tortoise populations. Learn to enjoy these animals by observing them in their natural habitat, where they belong. If turtles or tortoises live in your yard, why not keep them happy by building a pond and by landscaping with plants that provide protection and food? Edible plants such as tropical hibiscus, dandelion, geraniums, and Chinese lantern can be quite appetizing.  (Make sure that your plants are free of pesticide and herbicide residue.) Piles of leaves, vines, and downed trees make perfect hiding places.

Do Not Disturb. Steer clear of the beach at night during the summer. Your presence will frighten nesting sea turtles back into the sea, preventing them from laying eggs and jeopardizing any eggs they have laid. Click here for information about what to do if you find a sea turtle that you think may be in trouble.

Turn Out the Lights. Do not shine bright lights on the beach at night. Oppose coastal development such as condominiums, houses, resorts, and hotels; they tend to expose beaches to excessive artificial lighting, which discourages female turtles from approaching the beach to lay eggs. The light also draws hatchlings away from the ocean, disorients them, and exposes them to predation and deadly dehydration.

Report Crimes. Tell local authorities if you see any person harassing or poaching a sea turtle, her eggs, hatchlings, or nests — or those of any other endangered turtles and tortoises. These activities are violations of U.S. state and federal laws.


See What You Can Do. Several groups are involved in research, conservation, and advocacy work to protect turtles and tortoises. Join one of these groups to stay informed. (See the off-site links below for just a few.)

Spread the Word. Educate others about the importance of protecting turtles and tortoises from commercial exploitation and abuse in your community and throughout the world. Be a voice for turtles.

Exclusive Interview on 60 minutes with Mike Williams



BP Oil Rig Survivor: ‘All the things they told us could never happen… happened.’

For those of you who missed 60 minutes the other day………..

Here’s the first 3 parts of this exclusive 60 minute investigation.  It’s VERY disturbing.

7 Up On The 7th! – World Cleanup Day!

Please, on this 7th day of May, I encourage you to go out and pick up 7 pieces of trash!

Together We Can Create A Cleaner Planet!


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7 up on the 7th – World Cleanup Day Group!

If Everyone Recruits 1 PERSON Every 41 Days….

We Will Pick Up ONE MILLION PIECES IN 2010!


Remember:  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!


If You Haven’t Seen Plastic Bag The Movie…..

Watch It Below!



May Day… May Day!

Time Line of Gulf Coast Oil Spill Eco Disaster

04/20/10- The420Explosion occurs at 10p.m.  “The MODU Deepwater Horizon deep-water oil drilling rig explodes and catches fire in the Gulf of Mexico. 126 people were on board, 11 go missing and at least 15 are injured”.

04/21/10– “The U.S. Coast Guard holds a news conference to discuss the explosion and those missing. “We have no idea where the 11 unaccounted-for personnel are,” said Mary Landry, commander of the Coast Guard’s 8th district headquarters.”

04/22/10– About 100 survivors from the explosion arrive on shore. The 11 workers unaccounted for are still missing.













04/23/10– The U.S. Coast Guard says no oil is leaking from the undersea well at the Deepwater Horizon site.






04/23/10– The U.S. Coast Guard suspends the search for the 11 missing workers.




04/24/10– Contrary to what the U.S. Coast Guard said the previous day, oil is leaking from the undersea well at the Deepwater Horizon site at a rate of about 1,000 barrels per day, or 42,000 gallons.



04/25/10– Robot subs are used to try to stop the leak, which continues at a rate of about 42,000 gallons per day.





04/28/10Crews begin controlled burn of oil. This method is used to limit the amount of oil that could wash ashore.





04/28/10The NOAA announces that five times as much oil (210,000 gallons) is spewing in the Gulf of Mexico than originally thought. A new leak is discovered, as well, bringing the total to three.



04/29/10An oil spill protection meeting draws nearly 200 fishers to Chalmette.




04/29/10– Governor Bobby Jindal issues emergency declaration in oil leak in Gulf of Mexico.












04/30/10The Louisiana National Guard prepares to send communication equipment, boats, all-terrain vehicles and other equipment to help combat the oil spill.




04/30/10– First bird covered in oil is caught and cared for.








05/01/21St. Bernard Parish fishers begin training to assist in fight against Gulf of Mexico oil spill.






05/01/10Booms readied near Chef Menteur, Ft. Pike, to protect Lake Pontchartrain from Gulf of Mexico oil spill.






05/01/10The Obama administration names Adm. Thad Allen, the retiring U.S. Coast Guard commandant who directed recovery operations during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, to direct Gulf of Mexico oil spill response.





05/01/10No signs of oil at mouth of Mississippi River or Gulf Outlet yet as strong winds stall work deploying booms.





05/02/10President Barack Obama travels to Gulf for update, assures Louisiana that oil spill has federal government’s full attention.




05/02/10Oil rig explosion and spill in Gulf of Mexico was because of failed equipment, according to BP Chairman Lamar McKay.




05/02/10– Offshore fishing in Gulf of Mexico oil spill area closes.








05/03/10Chemicals at source reducing amount of oil spill reaching surface of Gulf, BP CEO Tony Hayward says.






05/03/10A board investigating what caused the explosion and spill plans to hold its first public hearing in about two weeks.





05/03/10– BP CEO Tony Hayward said that BP was not responsible for the accident, but will pay for the cleanup.






05/03/10Jindal says state and parish plans moving forward to contain oil spill.






05/03/10– Containment boxes are being built to capture oil spilling into Gulf.





05/04/10Gulf oil spill will not cause cash flow problems for state, Jindal says.






05/04/10– Jindal mobilizes another 500 troops for Gulf of Mexico oil spill.






05/04/10– Rig workers sue in Gulf oil spill, saying they were in lifeboats for 10 hours after explosion.











05/04/10– BP CEO Tony Hayward says spending on Gulf oil spill unlikely to be limited by cap.












05/04/10– BP attaches shut-off valve, will begin shipping containment structures for Gulf of Mexico oil spill.






05/05/10– BP caps one of three Gulf of Mexico oil leaks but the flow is undiminished.






05/05/10– Containment box meant to stifle Gulf of Mexico oil spill is en route to accident site.












05/05/10– Containment box meant to stifle Gulf of Mexico oil spill is en route to accident site.





05/05/10– Louisiana seafood proclaimed safe amid Gulf oil spill fears.












05/06/10– 2 dead birds found near islands off Plaquemines Parish.






05/06/10– BP did five “controlled burns” Wednesday of oil released in Gulf of Mexico oil spill.






05/06/10– BP offers spill cleanup class to St. Charles commercial fishers.






05/06/10– Oil fumes delaying lowering of containment box over Gulf oil leak.







05/06/10- Safety fluid was removed before oil rig exploded in Gulf.





05/07/10– Coast Guard confirms report of Gulf oil spill reaching Chandeleur Islands.




05/07/10– How the Gulf of Mexico oil spill happened: a graphic presentation.














05/06/10Booms being deployed to protect Rigolets, Chef Menteur passes from oil spill.












05/07/10– Containment box to stifle oil spill in Gulf has been placed over spewing well.





05/08/10– Gulf of Mexico oil leak response hampered by frozen crystals clogging containment box.





05/09/10– After Saturday’s containment box failure, BP may try again with a smaller version.





05/10/10– BP prepares second, smaller containment dome, and for “kill shot” on leaking oil well in Gulf of Mexico.













05/10/10– BP president to face congressional questioning in Gulf of Mexico oil spill.












05/10/10Gas surge shut well a couple of weeks before Gulf oil spill.







05/11/10– Gulf of Mexico oil leak hearings in Senate leave major questions unanswered.





05/11/10– Smaller ‘top hat’ containment box being lowered over Gulf oil leak.





05/12/10Video – Times Picayune – NOLA.com




05/12/10– Click on Link To Watch The Spewing of  MILLIONS of Gallons of Oil Below The Sea Surface Into The Gulf of Mexico.






05/12/10– NYTimes-“U.S. to Split Up Agency Policing the Oil Industry”.






05/12/10The Washington Post-“Offshore drilling agency to undergo radical overhaul, Salazar announces”



05/12/10– abcNEWS-Interior Department Continues to Issue “Categorical Exclusions” for Oil Drilling, Administration Official Acknowledges




05/12/10– REUTERS-“Oil execs quizzed on safety as BP tries new well fix”







05/13/10oceanicdefense.org-“Obama asks for 129 million dollars to fight oil-spill fallout”








05/14/10– “Today’s Letter to Governor Jindal, Financial Friends and the Stakeholders”