Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Secular Jurist

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund pledged Monday to divest itself of investments in coal and tar sands, promising to reduce that exposure to less than 1% of the total portfolio by year’s end.


The fund is worth $860 million.

The fund was created by the children of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., a philanthropist whose father founded Standard Oil and was the richest American of all time.

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Dear Kitty. Some blog

This is a little grebe video from Belarus.

On 21 September 2014, to Voorne island.

Between The Hague and Rotterdam, a grey heron on a lamppost. Not so unusual. However, on lampposts next to it: two white storks, more unusual.

A few kilometer more south: again, three white storks on lampposts.

Near Rotterdam, again a stork on a lamppost. As it is still rather early in the morning, are they waiting for higher temperatures, with better conditions for soaring, continuing their autumn migration to Africa?

On Voorne island, first to Strypsche wetering nature reserve.

This is a video about ruff mating season at Strypsche wetering on 2 May 2014.

We saw ruffs on 21 September there too. Not in mating season mood and plumage, but in autumn migration mood and plumage.

Other Strypsche wetering birds: redshanks, ruff relatives. Northern lapwings, more distant relatives. A big golden plover flock landed. Egyptian…

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news from (and about) the trees

This week, I have posted another excerpt from Volume Two: The Midcontinent of Secret Voices from the Forest.

The pages are from Chapter Four: Lower Midwest—Pecan.  Each tree’s information contains a section on its “Companions,” which is how I refer to a few selected plants and animals within the trees ecosystem The section begins with a listing of what is pictured on the page on the right side. The list reads clockwise, starting from the top left image. Inside the page is a poem from or about the tree itself, written by my friend Brian Mitchell. The four pages following the listing and poem contain interesting and/or fun facts about some of these companions.Pecan-pg-1C

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Ann Novek( Luure)--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors

2,500 hectares of farmland dedicated to wildlife habitat
September 2011. Celebrating a scheme that’s seen land totalling the equivalent of 4,000 football pitches being dedicated to wildlife friendly habitats, the Waitrose WildCare scheme marks its fifth anniversary this month.
“We are talking a large area,” comments Tim Oliver who heads up the scheme. “Dairy farmers who supply milk and cream to Waitrose are on average dedicating 25% of their overall farmland to wildlife habitats – amounting to 2,500 hectares of land. It’s above and beyond what we ever thought could be achieved when the scheme was launched five years ago.”

First rolled out in 2006, Waitrose WildCare was designed to be a flexible and pragmatic scheme with the primary objective of improving plant and wildlife habitats across the farms, a focus which, as the scheme reaches its fifth year milestone, is still held today. “Our strategy to target habitat…

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Natural History Wanderings

Press Release Defenders of Wildlife

Sharks and Mantas Gain Needed Protections Under CITES

New International Trade Regulations In Effect

WASHINGTON – Five species of sharks and two manta ray species will officially be listed today, as a result of the 2013 Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora CITES. During the last 18 months, countries from all regions have been preparing diligently to enforce the listings.

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Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video is called 16×9 – Jungle Survivors: Saving Orangutans in Borneo.

From Wildlife Extra:

Wildlife corridors could offer new hope for orangutans

Researchers from Cardiff University, University of Adelaide, NGO HUTAN, and Sabah Wildlife Department have been looking at ways to improve wildlife corridors in Borneo as a new method of protecting the endangered orangutan.

According to the researchers, more than 80 per cent of the primate’s habitat has been destroyed in the past 20 years due to demand for agricultural land, leaving the remaining forest fragmented, isolating orangutans from one another and resulting in a major threat to their survival.

The study highlights that establishing wildlife corridors that connect fragmented protected areas will allow animals to move freely from one territory to another. This will be beneficial to gene diversity, as it will minimise the negative impact of inbreeding caused by animals being…

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