Farewell to Martha – the last of her kin

Martha - the last passenger pigeon

On 1 September 1914, in the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio the last Passenger pigeon called Martha died.

Passenger pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) was the most abundant bird in North America and possibly in the world, and its swift extinction is an amazing and scary example of what human activity can achieve.

How did this all happen? Is there a lesson to learn?

More info:

Mark Avery‘s  prestigious book A Message from Martha.

Mark Avery: A Message from MarthaAudubon Magazine writes about the Project Passenger Pigeon:

“If public disinterest helped exterminate the passenger pigeon, then one modern-day parallel might be public skepticism about climate change…

…’The world is so big and the atmosphere is so big; how could we possibly have an impact on the global climate?’

Even the political rhetoric of those who don’t want to address climate change aggressively has 19th century echoes. “The industry that paid people to kill these birds said, ‘If you restrict the killing, people will lose their jobs,’ ” notes Greenberg–“the very same things you hear today.”


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Celebrate Nature

Join the Natura 2000 Day

May 21th is the European Natura 2000 Day.
Send your hand butterfly photo to  www.natura2000day.eu

Día Europeo de la Red Natura 2000 21 mayo:

Celebra el Dia de la Red Natura 2000
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Oceans 14

Ahoy! If you’re interested in salty waters and marine conservation, sail to Scotland next August! There’s a very interesting meeting for sailors, landlubbers and scientists interested in the future of the oceans in Glasgow:

Marine animals workshop - IMCC2014

“To conserve the world’s oceans we must go beyond science, and use it to inform policy and management, and ultimately to catalyze change. The Society for Conservation Biology’s International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) brings together conservation professionals and students to develop new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy.”

I will be there too, live-drawing marine animal caricatures for the participants. Please, post the bottle forward!

Arrr…  Sea ya in Scotland!  =;)

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Daddy goes wild for the wildlife

Urban forest management makes daddy mad

Urban forests are important for people and wildlife. Unfortunately  they are, at least in Finland, often managed like commercial forests: thinned, even clearcut and replanted.

Urban forests can be a paradise for people and nature, if they are protected and their biodiversity is taken care of. Let’s let the urban forests grow old and allow also rotten and fallen trees in them.

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Fossils in the tar

Tar pit fossils - Harper and Obama

Some background info:

The Rancho La Brea Tar Pits – “One of the world’s most famous fossil localities, recognized for having the largest and most diverse assemblage of extinct Ice Age plants and animals in the world.”

Alberta Tar Sands – A destructive fossil fuel exploration project, that will produce dirty oil, toxic waste and huge CO2 emissions.

Keystone XL Pipeline – “Pipeline that would trek close to 2,000 miles from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas. If constructed, the pipeline will carry one of the world’s dirtiest fuels: tar sands oil.”

Barack Obama – The President of the United States.

Stephen Harper – The Prime Minister of the Canada.

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