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Snake Fungus Threat

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Dec 27, 2017. 10 Replies

Fungal pandemics have hit frogs and bats. Snakes are now succumbing too. Fungal disease poses global threat to snakes …Continue

Tags: climate change, wildlife extinctions, fungi

Republicans eliminate wild mustangs

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 20, 2017. 0 Replies

Congressional committee votes to allow destruction of wild horsesBeloved wild horses aren't profitable to the 1%.…Continue

Tags: wild burros, wild horses in US, mustangs

Has Coral Mass Extinction Begun?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22, 2016. 2 Replies

Dr John "Charlie" Vernon, "Godfather of Coral", warns that we may be seeing coral extinction now. The Great Barrier Reef is in critical danger. An unprecedented global coral bleach is underway. Coral suffers from from hot water, acid, and more…Continue

Tags: possible coral extinction, global coral bleaching

Bee Demise

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by sehkmet Sep 17, 2016. 14 Replies

If you like to eat, the plummeting bee population matters.Bees are having a really hard time right now. For about a decade, they've been dying off at an unprecedented rate—up to 30 percent per year,...... in the last few years scientists have…Continue

Tags: climate change, bees

Wildlife Extinction - Psychological Impact

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Thomas Murray Sep 9, 2016. 17 Replies

How does wildlife extinct make you feel? It makes me sad that so few bees visit my garden, and that so many species are threatened. I celebrate every time one bee comes around, which is rare.There are now so many creatures on the endangered species…Continue

Tags: emotional health, Anthropocene Extinction

Sea Lion Die-Offs Continue

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 25, 2016. 2 Replies

FEATURE-California sea lion crisis lingers; falling births reportedOnly 2,000 dead and dying pups and juveniles beached since January, not because California sea lions…Continue

Tags: Climate Change, California Sea Lion die-off

Wolves Improve Rivers

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 9, 2016. 0 Replies

When 14 wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone, they changed the birds, bears, rabbits, beavers and even the rivers.Through trophic cascade, the entire ecosystem of the park improved.Continue

Tags: Yellowstone National Park, wolves, trophic cascade, reintroduced predators

Shellfish already dissolving in CA tidepools

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 18, 2016. 0 Replies

As climate change acidifies the Pacific, nighttime respiration in tide pools has already made their pH begin dissolving shells."This work highlights that even in today's temperate coastal oceans, calcifying species, such as mussels and coralline…Continue

Tags: dissolving shells, tide pools, Ocean Acidification, Climate Change

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Comment by Idaho Spud on December 13, 2016 at 10:04am

I'm glad I don't have any rats in the middle of this city of 50,000, and I only saw a few mice when I first moved into this house that was vacant for 5 or10 years.  After a few months of trapping, I've not seen another in 20 years.

Even when I lived in a community of 100, I saw no rats, but I had to keep trapping mice the whole time I lived there.  When I moved here and left that house vacant for several years, the mice multiplied and overran the place.  There were even mice droppings on a painting hanging on the wall.  

Comment by Randall Smith on December 13, 2016 at 8:01am

I don't know if rats are considered "wildlife" for this group, but I've caught in a trap my fourth one in past 2 weeks, the latest in my house basement! After seeing mouse in a mousetrap "cannibalized", I suspected something other than another mouse. It took 4 days, but I caught my intruder. Upon release, my dog killed it. Nasty critters, rats.

Comment by Plinius on December 4, 2016 at 4:13am

I wouldnt buy it anyway - once dinnertime comes in sight they will deny everything and tell you that animals have no spirit and no feelings. On the other hand - everytime I had to say goodbye to one of my cats, someone starts the sentimental crap about the rainbow bridge... nauseating!

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 3, 2016 at 12:16pm

Among theists, I've heard differing opinions on whether animals can go to heaven.  Some of you may be interested in this official statement of the Mormon church:

Do animals have spirits? What happens to them after they die?


Yes, animals have spirits (see D&C 77:2–3). Of course, there is a major difference between animals’ spirits and our spirits—we are begotten sons and daughters of Heavenly Father, and they are not.

And according to the Prophet Joseph Smith, there are at least some animals in heaven. He said:

“John saw curious looking beasts in heaven; … actually there, giving glory to God. … (See Rev. 5:13.) …

“I suppose John saw beings there of a thousand forms, that had been saved from ten thousand times ten thousand earths like this,—strange beasts of which we have no conception: all might be seen in heaven. John learned that God glorified Himself by saving all that His hands had made, whether beasts, fowls, fishes or men; and He will glorify Himself with them” (in History of the Church, 5:343).

So, although we don’t have a complete understanding of what happens to animals after they die, we believe that they will enjoy some kind of salvation and immortality.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 14, 2016 at 11:13am

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 4, 2016 at 3:56pm

I thought this stingray migration was interesting.  I think I got the image from Google facts.

Comment by Plinius on September 6, 2016 at 12:49am

both beautiful, Ruth!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 5, 2016 at 7:06pm
Comment by Steph S. on September 4, 2016 at 7:23pm

Cool post Ruth thanks.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 4, 2016 at 5:52pm

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