Madukanda Tank – How Lovely is our Earth

Madukanda Tank – How Lovely is our Earth

The Wanderlust Gene

While I was catching my breath yesterday I read some compelling posts in honour of Earth Day.  Sadly I didn’t have time to comment, let alone make up a post of my own.  Nor do I have time today – the move is in full swing and the Forest Officer will be here in half an hour to inspect all the wooden items I will be taking out of the country …

Madukanda Tank* isn’t a special place – it certainly doesn’t feature on any tourist literature about the island,  I doubt it’s even marked on the map – which is why I thought it would be a good example of just how lovely is our Earth.

*  Near Vavuniya, Sri Lanka

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Great egret feeding, video

Stories this week on The Treetalker

news from (and about) the trees

In my quest to find stories that give hope (and perhaps a smile) to the wearied environmentalist, I submit these stories for your perusal. Please visit my website for links to the stories in their entirety. Have a great week.

Mass. Senate OKs $1.9 Billion Environmental Bill

Lawsuit Demands California Stop Approving Pesticides that Harm Honeybees

3-D Technology Used to Help California Condors, Other Endangered Species

“Snowpiercer” is Cli-fi with No Science in It. We Need More Films Like It

Bike Lanes Save Lives AND Money


How To Sell Green Products To The Self-Regarding Consumer

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BLM, Cattle, Wild Horses, and Biodiversity on Western U. S. Ranges

BLM, Cattle, Wild Horses, and Biodiversity on Western U. S. Ranges

A sad story about the U.S. government’s on going persecution of American wild horses….

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

BLM and Biodiversity on Public Lands

Mustang photo by John Harwood

GR:  The U. S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) protects livestock ranching interests while seeking to balance other public land uses. Public interest has forced BLM to remove and board cattle-competing wild horses and burros instead of thinning them. Today, BLM is boarding almost 50,000 horses and burros and the number is increasing. For 2013, the total cost was $7.8 million.

I love horses.  As an advocate for non-human animal rights and species equity, I also care about the other species sharing the public lands. Are we sacrificing vegetation, soil, and biodiversity in the western U. S. to protect cattle?  In consideration of the general decline of birds, frogs, insects, mammals, and turtles, is it time to give the BLM a new mandate?  Should we direct the BLM to give its highest priority to protecting diversity?
There is no…

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Please Sign Petition to Stop Wildlife “Services” From Killing Canada Geese | Exposing the Big Game

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

“USDA Wildlife Services has been lethally removing Canada Geese from the Puget Sound area for 13 years under an interlocal agreement between several cities and entities within the region.  The geese are being rounded up in our parks and gassed to death or shot on Lake Washington, as well as elsewhere.  In 2013, nearly 1200 were killed by Wildlife Services in just King County alone.

“Many humane solutions mitigate conflicts with geese in urban areas.  These include reduction of populations through egg adding, use of OvoControl-G (a proven oral birth control method for geese), and sterilization.  Various other measures to cut conflicts include: landscape changes, goose deterrent products and control techniques, automated devices to clean up goose droppings, and education and public outreach on the need to stop feeding waterfowl in our parks.”

Please Sign Petition to Stop Wildlife “Services” From Killing Canada Geese | Exposing the Big Game.

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