EARTH DAY: Resource, events, activities, I have some ideas!*

No. 3, Vol. 1, Monday, April 9th, 2012 

TITLE: “EARTH DAY EVENTS, ACTIVITIES:  I have some ideas – it is a resource!*”

INTRODUCTION

Every once and awhile, I turn my attention to a major issue of the day.  On April 22, it will be Earth Day. It is celebrated in many countries as a day to cherish nature. Indeed, there is a network of organizations and people of common mind of over 22000 partners in 192 countries. This made me think about our world, the protection of our environment and all life in it – creatures big and small. This week then, I am writing about the earth.I also want to speak for those who cannot….. animal life. My book of the week is “Wildlife Search and Rescue: A Guide for First Responders [Paperback] by Rebecca Dmytryk (Author).”. (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on special dates and holidays; it is also major issues of the day.) 

PREVIEW (April 15-16 2012): I am still thinking about the approaching Earth Day. I’ll share some of my further thoughts. I have invited Mother Nature to come by – so we can have some serious girl talk. If some guys do show up, not to worry, I vote to let them in.   Who knows? I, for one, think we should give them a chance. While we gals know  much, I think every so often, we should give the fellows an opportunity to communicate. Indeed, they might have something to say. (Editor’s Note: This is an continuation of Antoinette’s last post) – another post in a continuing series on holidays and special dates.)  

MY LIFE & TIMES*

I am concerned about the environment, climate change, green spaces and park sanctuaries, etc. Today, my subject is the animals of the world. They are found at zoos, on the farm, in stables and also at home. Personally, I do not  own a pet – I have allergies – but I like animals. I am always shocked by news of cases of terrible mistreatment of or cruelty to animals. Today, my subject is wildlife, their survival and hunting.

Animal life in the wild is a valuable resource. We must study it carefully and supervise it as it is not endless.

Hunting is something Man has done since the start of the world. For some hunters, it is all about the firearm and marksmanship. For others, it is the excitement of the kill. There are also some where the trophy is the thing. Still others just like eating wild game.

I heard repeatedly that if hunting was not allowed, there would be an overpopulation of deer, moose, etc. It is done today, although limited to certain season and only practiced by licensed hunters. Many hunters respect hunting laws, but some don’t.  I was told by some hunters that certain guides could easily be bribed.  Sometimes, I hear stories about poaching. Apparently, these guys are not even interested in eating the meat. 

Indeed,  seeing a deer spread on top of a car during hunting season upsets me. 

I know….I know …..in America the right of bearing arms is a big deal. It is protected by law. In Canada, the federal government brought in a gun registry inclusive of long guns. The current majority government is passing a law to terminate and disband the registry. In Quebec, the provincial government is seeking a court order protecting the information currently contained in the registry.

THE AUTHOR: Rebecca Dmytryk (Author)

Rebecca Dmytryk is a wildlife activist Rebecca and a professional videographer. She does bird rescues at major oil spills In 1993, she became a member of IBRRC response team. She has participated in search and collection, intake and stabilization of the birds, washing, and cage construction. She has worked numerous such spills: (a) Venice, Louisiana (1995); (b) Bollona Creek (1997),; (c) Point Reyes Tar ball events (1998); (d) Stuyvesant spill (1999); (e)  Jessica, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (2001); Cosco Busan (2007); and Cosco Busan (2007)..

Dmytryk founded and is chief administrative officer  of WildRescue. In 1996, she founded The California Wildlife Center, a hospital for sick and injured wild animals, based in Malibu, California.

She developed a training course she offers to volunteers and government employees to help ensure proper care of injured and orphaned native wildlife. She created public service announcements and educational videos.

SERIES/COLLECTION

Books/Articles:

Several are:

THE BOOK: Wildlife Search and Rescue: A Guide for First Responders [Paperback] by Rebecca Dmytryk (Author)  

This is a WHAT-IF book …if you found yourself in a disaster endangering wild life and you were called upon to participate in a wild animal rescue. This requires specialized information and different skills. It involves knowledge and use of equipment. It is also a good selection if you have a thirst for knowledge about things not essential for your everyday. 

Rebecca Dmytryk prepared an all-in-one HOW-TO guide providing the fundamentals.  It goes from base–to-site and covers capture strategies, handling and restraint and initial aid. It explains degree of handling, type of caging, level of care and suggested standards for response to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.

While not for everyone, but if you love animals and you care when they are at risk, this book is an excellent resource.

CONCLUSION

The earth is at risk. Protecting it and all life does not just happen. It takes effort and work.

Personal Comments

I want  our world to be there throughout the lifetimes of my children, grandchildren and so on .

Man hunts. There was a time that people thought that supply was endless. They do not believe that any more.

Certain species have entirely disappeared; some are: dinosaurs, the mammoth, thylacine, and the Pyrenean Ibex. When there are environment changes, certain species adapt, others don’t and die off. (It is also a fact that researchers are attempting to clone some of the extinct species.  This could bring some back to life.) Also disaster happens, some natural, some man-made. When Man is added to the equation, certain species are killed off. Today, hunting, poaching and habitat destruction threaten endangered species.

With the hope to preserve species, laws against poaching should be especially severe.

 The Point

Protection of wildlife is necessary in order to preserve the ecological balance in nature.

If properly controlled, wildlife can be protected and even saved from disasters.

We need to broaden and mobilize the environmental supporters worldwide.

I firmly believe that there should be strict laws worldwide for the preservation of wildlife. I also believe that the authorities should enforce them to the limit.   Although hunting for game is very much controlled, we can do better.

ANTOINETTE’S TIP SHEET*

I think of myself as a good person intent on doing the right thing…always! As a result, you and I should:

  1. Be aware of the earth: its bounty, beauty and fragile ecological balance; to this end, (a) Step back … walk outside, to get in tune with your senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch – trying to embrace nature and appreciate its gifts; (b) Feel the air, cool and fresh; (c) See the perfect beauty of a wooded area; (d) Smell the flowers; (e) Hear the birds chirping; (f) Taste a fresh apple right off the tree; (g)  Touch a long strand of grass.
  2. Get the facts; in this regard, (a) Learn about its early times, the here and now, the challenges to come; (b) Research the science; (c) Review the statistics; (d) Become fully informed of the changes, the threats, strategies, projects, etc.; (e) Come to an opinion;
  3. Not be a bystander, letting the world go by; instead choose a cause,  be passionate and take action;
  4. Love animals and please do protect them by: (b) Being vigilant against environment polluters; (b) Being vocal against animal abusers; (c) Encouraging the making of rules, their compliance and their enforcement if necessary;
  5. Drive slow and carefully, when in the country, not to avoid hitting a deer, moose, etc.

Mother Nature needs our help; you can make a difference! Help the Earth Day team. Let’s all pitch in and make this world cleaner and better and also safer for life in all of its forms.*

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
ALP
“Books are life; and they make life better!*”
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ANNEX I: NEED SOMETHING FURTHER? TRY AN ANECDOTE OR A QUOTE:

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #1: Steve Irwin: Snake Bite
“Steve “the Crocodile Hunter” Irwin once saw an Indian man get bit on the toe by a snake. “I never go anywhere without pressure bandages so I’ve got pressure bandages in me backpack and he’s like, ‘On no [Indian accent], I am not in trouble.’ And he gets the rock and he goes, ‘Here’s my snake rock,’ and he puts this rock on his toe and he’s like, ‘Yep, now I will not be dying.’ He died.” 

(Source: Anecdotage ) – http://www.anecdotage.com/index.php?aid=21378) 

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #2: Johnny Cash & the Wildlife Refuge
“One day in 1963, Johnny Cash visited a national wildlife refuge in California. Cash enjoyed himself thoroughly, until, he later claimed, some oil from his camper ignited the surrounding grass. The resulting fire destroyed 500 acres of parkland.

In court, Cash was asked whether he himself had started the blaze. “No,” he replied. “My truck did, and it’s dead now so you can’t question it.”

(Source: Anecdotage) – http://www.anecdotage.com/index.php?aid=16551) 

 S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #3: Justin Hawkins: Baby Giraffe
“One day in March 2004, Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins was amazed to receive a request from the local zoo (the Suffolk Wildlife Park in Kessingland, near Lowestoft) to name a newborn giraffe after him. Hawkins gladly gave zookeepers his permission. “I said I admired them [giraffes],” he later recalled, “for sticking their necks out…” 

(Source: Anecdotage) – http://www.anecdotage.com/index.php?aid=18469)

 S & R* QUOTE #1: Tara Brach

“The emotion of fear often works overtime. Even when there is no immediate threat, our body may remain tight and on guard, our mind narrowed to focus on what might go wrong. When this happens, fear is no longer functioning to secure our survival. We are caught in the trance of fear and our moment-to-moment experience becomes bound in reactivity. We spend our time and energy defending our life rather than living it fully.” (Source: Wisdom Quotes) – http://www.wisdomquotes.com/) 

 S & R* QUOTE #2: Mary Pickford

“Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.”

 (Source: Wisdom Quotes) – http://www.wisdomquotes.com/)

 S & R* QUOTE #3: Robin Morgan

“It isn’t until you begin to fight in your own cause that you (a) become really committed to winning, and (b) become a genuine ally of other people struggling for their freedom.”

 (Source: Wisdom Quotes) –   http://www.wisdomquotes.com/)

ANNEX II
SCHEDULE I
“IT WORDS FOR ME!*”
“For today, my word/phrase(s) are:  “wildlife”; “hunting”; “”

Wildlife

Wildlife includes all non-domesticated plants, animals and other organisms. Domesticating wild plant and animal species for human benefit has occurred many times all over the planet, and has a major impact on the environment, both positive and negative.

(Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wildlife)

Hunting

Hunting is the practice of pursuing any living thing, usually wildlife, for food, recreation, or trade.  In present-day use, the term refers to lawful hunting, as distinguished from poaching, which is the killing, trapping or capture of the hunted species contrary to applicable law. The species which are hunted are referred to as game, and are usually mammals and migratory or non-migratory gamebirds.”.

(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunting)

SCHEDULE II
STUDY/STATISTICS:

“Major threats to wildlife can be categorized as below:

  • Habitat loss: Fewer natural wildlife habitat areas remain each year. Moreover, the habitat that remains has often been degraded to bear little resemblance to the wild areas which existed in the past.
  • Climate change: Because many types of plants and animals have specific habitat requirements, climate change could cause disastrous loss of wildlife species. A slight insects are harmed and disturbed. Plants and wildlife are sensitive to moisture change so, they will be harmed by any chan in h moisture level.
  • Pesticides and toxic chemicl’: Pesticides are deliberately spread to make the environment toxic to certain plants, insects, and rodents, so iould not be sur to wildlife, such as PCBs, mercury, petroleum by-products, solvents, antifreeze, etc.
  • Unregulated Hunting and poaching: Unregulated hunting and poaching causes a major threat to wildlife. Along with this, mismanagement of forest department and forest guards triggers this problem.
  • Natural phenomena: Floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, lightning, forest fires.
  • Pollution: Pollutants released into the environment are ingested by a wide variety of organisms.
  • Over-exploitation of resources: Exploition of wild populations for food has resulted in population crashes (over-fishing, for example).
  • Accidental deaths: Car hits, wiow collisions (birds), collisions with ships (whales).etc.”

(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wildlife_conservation)

N.B. For some wildlife rescue numbers, visit www.wiley.com/go/dmytryk/wildlifeemergency 

 813312 Environment, Conservation and Wildlife Organizations

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in promoting the preservation and protection of the environment and wildlife. Establishments in this industry address issues, such as clean air and water; global warming; conserving and developing natural resources, including land, plant, water, and energy resources; and protecting and preserving wildlife and endangered species. These organizations may solicit contributions and offer memberships to support these causes.” (Source:  http://www.census.gov/econ/census02/naics/sector81/813312.htm)

Wildlife can be found in all ecosystems. Deserts, forests, rain forests, plains, grasslands, and other areas including the most developed urban sites, all have distinct forms of wildlife. While the term in popular culture usually refers to animals that are untouched by human factors, most scientists agree that wildlife around the world is impacted by human activities.

Humans have historically tended to separate civilization from wildlife in a number of ways including the legal, social, and moral sense. This has been a reason for debate throughout recorded history. Religions have often declared certain animals to be sacred, and in modern times concern for the natural environment has provoked activists to protest the exploitation of wildlife for human benefit or entertainment.

Anthropologists believe that the Stone Age peoples and hunter-gatherers relied on wildlife, both plants and animals, for their food. In fact, some species may have been hunted to extinction by early human hunters. Today, hunting, fishing, or gathering wildlife is still a significant food source in some parts of the world. In other areas, hunting and non-commercial fishing are mainly seen as a sport or recreation, with the edible meat as mostly a side benefit.[citation needed] Meat sourced from wildlife that is not traditionally regarded as game is known as bush meat.

In November 2008, almost 900 plucked and “oven-ready” owls and other protected wildlife species were confiscated by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks in Malaysia, according to TRAFFIC. The animals were believed to be bound for China, to be sold in wild meat restaurants.

Many wildlife species have spiritual significance in different cultures around the world, and they and their products may be used as sacred objects in religious rituals. For example, eagles, hawks and their feathers have great cultural and spiritual value to Native Americans as religious objects.

Exploitation of wild populations has been a characteristic of modern man since our exodus from Africa 130,000 – 70,000 years ago. The rate of extinctions of entire species of plants and animals across the planet has been so high in the last few hundred years it is widely considered that we are in the sixth great extinction event on this planet; the Holocene Mass Extinction.

The four most general reasons that lead to destruction of wildlife include overkill, habitat destruction and fragmentation, impact of introduced species and chains of extinction.[3]

(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wildlife)

 SCHEDULE III
S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1:
Bring nature into play in your own backyard

“Creating a personal backyard eco-system is easier than you might think and it encourages children to connect with nature. If you have room to stake off a corner of your yard, for example, that spot could be made into an inviting ‘personal play garden’ for the kids. Add a raised bed or a container garden and follow a few more green-thumb tips from home improvement retailer, Lowe’s:

Allow your children to choose plants that they would like to grow. A family trip to the local garden centre lets you explore the endless varieties of flowers, plants and perennials that are perfect for gardeners big and small. Integrate bright colours and interesting textures, and mix in some vegetables and or herbs. Pumpkins or gourds cover a considerable amount of ground space, but offer a long growing season and can be displayed at holidays. Kids will love picking and eating the strawberries from a hanging basket. Cosmos and snapdragons are colourful and fun and will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. Lamb’s Ear is durable and soft to the touch.

Arriving this spring at Lowe’s are Growums by Bonnie Plants, designed to make growing food fun and educational for kids. Cartoon characters like Coco (chocolate cherry tomato) and Duke the Cuke (straight eight cucumber) introduce children to gardening along with a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition, said Jeff Howe, president Fernlea Flowers Ltd.

For cooler climates, consider planting some seeds in containers indoors in late winter/ early spring so that children can nurture the plants over two seasons, and then transplant them when the ground thaws.

Not all plants are kid-friendly. Avoid plants with thorns or prickly parts such as cactus and roses. Believe it or not, some plants are toxic or even poisonous. A quick search on the internet will provide you with a list of plants that could pose a health risk.

Add a bird feeder or water feature to attract gentle wildlife to your yard. Although be aware that bees are often attracted to hummingbird nectar as well.

As with all outdoor activities, children should be supervised at all times when gardening. Use child appropriate gardening tools, and encourage children to wear gloves and safety gear when necessary. The gardening staff at Lowe’s can give you more information on this topic (www.lowes.ca).”

www.newscanada.com

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #2: Stop wildlife collisions in their tracks By Glenn Cooper

“From St. John’s to Victoria, Canada is certainly known for its unique and picturesque landscapes. We are one of a handful of countries where people and wild animals live side by side, usually quite peacefully. However, when those people are behind the wheel of a car, that relationship gets a bit trickier.

Wildlife collisions are a real worry for Canadian drivers, particularly between April and June, when wildlife collisions are most frequent. The most costly result of these collisions is injury or even death of both the wildlife and the driver. They’re more common than you’d think a report from Transport Canada found that between four to eight large animal vehicle collisions take place every hour in Canada.

Most people, especially those in regions with a mix of urban and rural areas, need to be more aware of animal collisions, says insurance and claims expert Mauro Convertini from Aviva Canada. It’s important that drivers know the risks and act responsibly behind the wheel to try to prevent these accidents.

Convertini offers these tips to reduce your chances of being involved in a wildlife collision:

Read the signs and watch the road: Those yellow signs with the prancing deer are erected to warn drivers to slow down and be more aware, especially at night.

Stay in control: Never swerve abruptly hitting a tree or moving into oncoming traffic can result in significantly more harm than hitting the animal. Brake firmly if an animal is standing on, or crossing, the road.

React: If you can’t avoid striking the large animal, be ready to duck inside your car. Big animals well in access of 100 kilos can come through your windshield and cause severe injuries.

More information is available from your insurance broker or online at avivacanada.com.”

www.newscanada.com

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