AFA Executive Director Ken Wu adds scale to “Big Lonely Doug”, Canada’s second largest Douglas-fir tree found recently near Port Renfrew, BC.
“This may very well be the most significant big tree discovery in Canada in decades. This is a tree with a trunk as wide as a living room and stands taller than downtown skyscrapers,” said TJ Watt…
Exciting News, Tumblrs. It’s A My Public Lands Magazine!
We’re excited to announce the release of the My Public Lands magazine, filled with little-known stories about the BLM-managed public lands that we all love.
Taken together, the stories echo the BLM’s mission “to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.”
Like the BLM itself, the stories span the country - from caribou habitat in Alaska to mountain bike trails in Oregon to the “Great Houses” in New Mexico built by the Chacoan people 1,000 years ago.
“The fact that the three-banded armadillo is a vulnerable species is very fitting,” Jerome Valcke, Secretary General of FIFA, said at the mascot’s official inauguration. “One of the key objectives through the 2014 FIFA World Cup is to use the event as a platform to communicate the importance of the environment and ecology.”
Environmentalists, too, hoped Fuleco would bring more attention to the plight of the endangered species.
But now, as millions around the world tune in to watch the ultimate soccer tournament, critics are claiming that FIFA’s sweet rhetoric on the environment is nothing more than crass corporate greenwashing, and that the organization is doing zip to save the unfortunate armadillo.
“It is not ethical,” says Rodrigo Castro, of Brazilian environmental group the Caatinga Association, whose campaigning was responsible for FIFA choosing the tatu-bola as the tournament mascot over 46 other proposals. “You cannot exploit the image of an animal that is nearing extinction to make millions and then give nothing back.”
Castro says that a 10-year plan to save the armadillo would cost $12 million, and he had hoped that FIFA would contribute around 15 percent of that amount.
But although Continental Tire, one of the official sponsors of this year’s World Cup, has donated $45,000 toward the Caatinga Association’s tatu-bola project, FIFA has refused to give a single cent to any organization working to save the armadillo.
That comes despite expectations that FIFA will make millions from sales of tatu-bola stuffed animals, which retail for $14.99, and other Fuleco merchandise….
As for Fuleco, he has not even raised awareness of the tatu-bola’s dire straits in the wild, says Flavia Miranda, a Brazilian biologist and deputy chairwoman of the group of experts that is recategorizing the tatu-bola as endangered.
That is partly because the mascot’s official World Cup publicity barely mentions the danger the creature is in. Not to mention, the mascot looks as much like a squirrel or racoon as it does a real armadillo.
“I don’t see any benefit from this use because we are not talking about the real tatu-bola,” Miranda said. “Many people think that the species is an insect that we have here in Brazil.”
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Endangered Animals Campaign I
Saw a post of Tumblr (the one about the thylacine), talking about the lack of interest of everyone in general towards the conservation of animals, simply because of the general belief that our ‘modern society’ will not allow these animals to disappear (we do, all the time), and also certain animals, unlike the tiger or elephant, by look or by bad luck, are not ‘popular’ enough. So that inspired me to want to draw these unpopular and critically endangered animals, if only see how pretty they actually are. I am easing in by drawing the populars first, then I will move on with the rest.
On the Comings and Goings of Species
Experts are still unsure just how many species exist in the world, where any as of yet unidentified species are found and what their respective rates of extinction are, according to a Review article by Stuart Pimm and colleagues. The authors pored over recent findings to gauge future extinction rates and to assess how effective protected areas may be at slowing those rates. In light of their analysis, Pimm and colleagues suggest that current extinction rates are approximately 1,000 times greater than the rate that would occur with no human activity and that current protected areas are not optimally located to quell the loss of species.
Read more about this research from the 30 May issue of Science here.
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