Why invasive plants are second biggest threat to biodiversity after habitat loss

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

As experts gather in London for a major conference addressing the often overlooked threat of invasive species to biodiversity, Carrie Madren gets a briefing from those on the frontline in the battle against ‘pest plants’…Source: www.theecologist.org

GR:  I reached the same conclusion about invasive plants, but as the symptoms of global warming grow stronger, I am shifting my central focus to another lost cause–leaving fossil fuels in the ground. The photo shows a barren area carpeted by invasive plants.  Ninety percent of the native shrubs are gone.

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Court Rules BC First Nations Can Sue Over Territorial Claims

Court Rules BC First Nations Can Sue Over Territorial Claims


Two northwestern First Nations expressed vindication on Wednesday after a panel of three judges overturned a lower court ruling that denied them opportunity to sue the aluminum producer Rio Tinto Alcan.

The Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations, based downstream of the company’s Kenney hydroelectric dam and reservoir, were refused a trial on the premise that aboriginals must first establish their title. Their initial suit was mounted in September 2011.

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Bull Point Pt., Pt. Reyes Flowers, Birds and Photos 4/16/15

Natural History Wanderings

Updated with many spelling corrections on the plant list

Yesterday we went on a Marin CNPS walk at Bull Point, Point Reyes National Seashore led by Doreen Smith. The weather was sunny, temperature 65 F and breezy. In true botanizing style we covered about one and half miles cross-country in about two and quarter hours.The habitat was mainly grasslands with some marshy areas. It is also an area where cows graze and they were present today.

The focus of trip was seeing plants including a number of rare ones. Not much bird activity. Many plants found and identified due to knowledge of leader. Not any significant wildflower displays; trip was truly for the plant lover. I didn’t take time to really do serious photography but here are some quick photos from the day.

 Click read more to see detailed plant and bird list

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Old-Growth Forest with Astonishing Biodiversity

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

Astonishing biodiversity exists in Congaree National Park, the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States.  Source: www.pinterest.com

GR:  This is a region that has received little protection from development and has survived simply by chance.  Small bits are protected, and we can add to those.  But rather than saving a specimen of this beautiful place, wildlife survival requires that we connect the bits and save a large portion of the surrounding region.

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Scottish common dolphin news

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from the USA is called Short-Beaked Common-Dolphin (Delphinus delphis) off Southern California Coast.

From Wildlife Extra:

Double the sightings of common dolphins in the Hebrides

There has been a substantial increase in common dolphin numbers off western Scotland in recent years, and this is to be studied by Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust in a new season of marine research expeditions beginning in May.

The Trust’s encounter rate with common dolphins has more than doubled over the past 12 years. The causes – and broader effects on the marine environment and other species – are still unclear.

Common dolphins come to the Hebrides each spring to take advantage of seasonal food stocks. They are gregarious, often approaching boats to bow-ride and play in the wake, and are smaller than the region’s resident bottlenose dolphins.

The species also travels in large groups – sometimes forming super-pods of…

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IUCN – Human development and biodiversity conservation can go hand in hand, study finds

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

For A development scenario involving reduced meat consumption and crop waste, as well as less energy-intensive lifestyles can help us reach global development goals while also protecting biodiversity, according to a new study.  Source: www.iucn.org

GR:  What are our global development goals?  Total annihilation of nature? The Trantor of Asimov’s novel?  The words “development” and “progress” are words that are used by those that seek to profit from human desires and fears.  Let’s look closely at our desires and think about making them lasting and beneficial for all–including our fellow Earthlings.

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Positive News about Trees & the Environment

news from (and about) the trees


Costa Rica just became the first country in Latin America to ban hunting for sport. Costa Rica’s Congress voted unanimously on Monday to approve the ban, which will protect the country’s wildlife – including several species of native big cats, such as the pictured Jaguar. Any hunters caught breaking the new law will face jail time or hefty fines.


An Oxford-based startup, UAE Drones for Good, has an ambitious plan to combat deforestation by planting 1 billion trees a year by using drones.


I don’t usually promote somebody elses sales pitch, but you can get a good book about seed libraries from Mother Earth News. See their site for details.

Rod Mast

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) funds grants to civil society groups that implement diverse projects to safeguard the world’s biodiversity hotspots – areas that harbor 90 percent of the biological diversity…

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Orangutan shares food with chimpanzees

Dear Kitty. Some blog

From The Dodo about this video:

Captive Orangutan Sneaks Food To His Friends In Never-Before-Seen Act Of Kindness

By Stephen Messenger

April 10, 2015

Humans are commonly believed to be the most intelligent and advanced of all the great ape species, a position that’s led us to routinely subject the others to lives in confinement. But the most potent lesson on what it is to be humane just might have come from one of these non-human captives.

In a remarkable show of interspecies solidarity between primates imprisoned at the Phoenix Zoo in Miyazaki, Japan, an orangutan has been observed sharing meals with a group of chimpanzees in a cage just out of reach. Keepers say that 21-year-old orangutan Happy has made a habit of offering food given to him so that the nine chimps have a little more to fill their bellies.

Experts say this sort of seemingly selfless…

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