Monthly Archives: June 2014



By Bryan Bird,

WildEarth Guardians,

Cross posted from the WildEarth Guardians website


Outstanding. More than 200 miles of it!

Last week WildEarth Guardians secured the very best protection possible under the Clean Water Act for more than 200 miles of headwater streams of the Colorado, White and Yampa Rivers.

The victory means that these newly designated “outstanding waters” will remain pristine—now and forever.

It also means that Colorado’s cutthroat trout will have a better chance to survive rapidly changing climate conditions because of the added degree of security. And it means that these waters can’t be polluted by activities like fracking, mining, logging and cattle grazing.

The Colorado Water Quality Control Commission approved the “outstanding waters” designation for critical cutthroat trout streams in roadless national forests on the White River National Forest. The downstream communities of Carbondale, Meeker and Craig will also benefit by having source water for drinking water supplies protected by the designation.

The commission supported our proposal for outstanding waters by a vote of 8 to 1, and so too did thousands of our members in Colorado and across the nation—we thank you too!

Outstanding. It’s what we won and it’s how we feel.

And we’re going to keep fighting to secure similar victories for wild forests, pristine waters and native trout all across the American West.


For the Wild,

WildEarth Guardians, portraits, jpeg org

Bryan Bird

Wild Places Program Director

WildEarth Guardians


To visit the WildEarth Guardians website, click here.


Top photo: “As a work of the United States Government, the image is in the public domain.” /The White River flows through Colorado and Utah.


Second photo: Courtesy of WildEarth Guardians / Bryan Bird





Rashid's Blog: An Educational Portal

Geochemists have opined that  a huge rise in atmospheric CO2 was only avoided by the formation of a vast mountain range in the middle of the ancient supercontinent, Pangea.

300 million years ago, plate tectonics  aggregated land masses into a giant supercontinent, known as “Pangea.” The sheer size of the continent meant that much of the land surface was far from the sea, and so the continent became increasingly arid due to lack of humidity. This aridity meant that rock weathering was reduced; normally, a reduction in rock weathering means that CO2 levels rise, yet in spite of this CO2 levels — which had been falling prior to the mountain formation- continued to drop, eventually undergoing the most significant drop in atmospheric CO2 of the last 500 million years. …

A group of French scientists have now produced a model which seems to explain this contradiction.

According to the research…

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By Davide Ulivieri, Cycle 4 Strays

On September 15th, 1821 Costa Rica proclaimed its independence from Spain. This is a date that Ticos (as Costa Ricans like to refer to themselves) celebrate with passion every year. September 15 is also the name of a small housing project in the south side of the capital city of San Josè. This is where Doña Sandra Rojas resides and this is her story.

Doña Sandra always had a soft spot for animals. As a child, she noticed the strays in her community, scruffy dogs huddling under an overhanging roof to stay dry during rainy season or skinny ones roaming in constant search for food. She remembers befriending many, checking on them and offering a kind word and a little comfort.

Over the years, as the problem of homeless animals in her neighborhood became more severe, Sandra started to take a more proactive approach to trying to at least manage the situation. She started a sort of homemade triage system, quickly assessing the conditions of the strays she encountered and helping first the ones who needed help the most. Soon, the neighbors noticed her efforts and started to call on her whenever a sad case needed immediate attention.

“At first I was trying to save them all, but the magnitude of the problem was such that I was exhausting what little resources I had without even putting a dent in the problem,” tells Sandra while gently petting her latest rescued best friend. “Eventually, I learned to prioritize things and started working towards addressing the long term solution of the issue. This was hard because my instinct was to run out and rescue, but I had to steel myself and will myself to plan and stay the course…” she adds with a sad smile.

Today Sandra is a recognized community leader in Barrio 15 de Setiembre, spearheading the effort to organize and promote the low-cost spay & neuter clinics that are held there on a regular basis, distributing flyers and educational material about responsible pet ownership, looking for places suitable for hosting the clinics and, generally, counseling her fellow citizens on building a community free of animal suffering.

Thanks to a small grant from the SNIP Foundation (Spay Neuter International Project) Sandra was able to snip, vaccinate and de-worm 5 recently rescued dogs who are now being put up for adoption. As soon as a few go to good homes, a few more come in from the street and are brought back to health by her loving efforts.

Together with the volunteers of ANPA (Asociación Nacional Protectora de los Animales) and the dedicated veterinarians who believe in offering low-cost community clinics, Sandra is turning the tide on animal welfare in her neck of the woods.

It is community heroes like Sandra that make the SNIP/ANPA model so successful. The recipe is simple: take a few dedicated animal lovers, add a sprinkle of committed veterinarians, mix in a municipality that understand the importance of humanely controlling pet population and very quickly you notice less strays roaming the streets and more well taken care pets being walked by their owners.

To learn more about the work of SNIP Foundation in Costa Rica and other Central American countries, click here.

Photo: Courtesy of SNIP Foundation

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This is a black-tailed godwit video from Sweden.

Dutch migratory birds biologist Theunis Piersma recently won the Spinoza Prize, the highest prize for science in the Netherlands.

He said this morning to Vroege Vogels radio that he intended to use the money especially to study black-tailed godwits, spoonbills and red knots; helping with conservation of these three bird species.

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India's river interlinking plan

Maneka Gandhi“There is no question of (linking rivers). There can be no scheme in the world as bad as this. Every river has its own eco-system, own fish, own PH value. If you connect one river with another, it will kill both of them. Don’t be in any misconception.” – Maneka Gandhi

Terming the ambitious river-linking plans of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as ‘extremely dangerous’, party MP Maneka Gandhi has said it was she who had stopped former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee from going ahead with it.

The idea of inter-linking of rivers was floated during the NDA government headed by Vajpayee.

Replying to a question on linking river Gomti with Sharda at an event here last night, Gandhi, who is sitting MP from Aonla, said “I had stopped Atalji from this rubbish (Maine hi Atalji ko roka tha is bakwaas se). Such plans are…

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Council for all wildlife

crow one

By Kirk Robinson, on behalf of the Western Wildlife Conservancy

This letter, by Kirk Robinson, opposing the proposed Utah crow hunt was sent to all the Members of the Utah Wildlife Board.  All the accompanying photos posted here were sent as well, and they relate to his point in the second paragraph, about the likely confusion between ravens and crows. Can you tell which is which? The Wildlife Board will be making a decision on Wednesday, June 5, on whether or not to allow the crow hunt, so if you’d like to send an email before then, that would be a great help. Please see below for a link to help with sending your email. Many thanks! – Editor

Dear Chairman Albrecht,

I am writing to you concerning the proposed crow hunt that is on the Wildlife Board meeting agenda for Thursday, June 5. Western Wildlife Conservancy is opposed to…

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