Macquarie Island Reborn:
8-10-22, Guardian -- Macquarie Island [21 miles x 3 miles] is a unique place in Tasmania halfway between New Zealand and Antarctica. A $25 million dollar project was engineered to clear the land of cats, rabbits and rats allowing the populations of penguins (including the endemic royal penguin), albatrosses, petrels and prions to survive once more. They used -- DOGS.
Just like every other island on Earth, sailors during the 1800s brought cats, rats, mice and rabbits [for fresh meat] ashore which ultimately decimated the vegetation and insect populations turning the island into a barren rock.
New Zealand trainers delivered Labradors, Springer Spaniels and Terriers to chase down the pests. The dogs were trained not to harm the natural wildlife; walking through a colony of 5,000 penguins - with dogs off leash - with no harm to the penguins. It's estimated that approximately 300,000 cats, rabbits & rodents were eliminated! The island pest eradication has been seen as one of the best-performing conservation strategies employed worldwide by humans. Many islands from Macquarie to the Galapagos are now free from introduced European pests. Indeed, Macquarie is just one of 181 islands [here] that have - since 2000 - eradicated over 800 invasive species.
EU Targets Environmental Enemy =
Cows and their excrement = 'urine'
6-30-22, Under the the guise of reducing “pollutants” the E.U. is targeting Farmers. The EU government says emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia [urine], which livestock produce, must be drastically reduced.
The EU government published a map with reduction targets across the 27 nation bloc based on proximity to areas designated as part of the EU's Natura 2000 network of vulnerable and endangered plant and animal habitats.
The EU ruling coalition wants to cut emissions of pollutants, predominantly nitrogen oxide and ammonia [animal urine]. The proposal is an “unavoidable transition” aiming to improve air, land & water quality. They warn that farmers will have to adapt or face the prospect of shuttering their businesses. More here
Homeland Security [DHS] has Warned Churches and Pro Life Pregnancy Centers to be Prepared for “Night of Rage” by Pro-Abortion Terrorist Groups
6-23-22, GatewayPundit -- Christian churches and pro-life pregnancy centers have been warned by DHS to be prepared for a “night of rage” by pro-abortion terrorist groups. Targets could include public gatherings, faith-based institutions, schools, racial, ethnic. religious minorities, government facilities and personnel, U.S. critical infrastructure, the media, and perceived ideological opponents of killing unborn human babies in legalized abortion.
Recently the far-left terrorist organization “Jane’s Revenge” firebombed a pro-life pregnancy center in Buffalo, NY. Fire officials said the firebombing caused at least $150,000 in damage [reported here].
The group also took responsibility for vandalizing a DC crisis pregnancy center and last week issued a terroristic threat against pro-life pregnancy centers. The terror group proclaimed: "Future measures may not come in the form of something so easily cleaned up as fire and graffiti; it’s “open season” on pro-life centers." More here
6-15-22, Ulysses, Kansas -- Thousands of dead cattle are stacked on the side of the road, many claim it was caused by a strong heatwave. [See June 2022 weather calendar below; it wasn't a heat wave]
6-1-22, The Sacramento-based California Court heard a case about honey bees ... they're "Endangered" but haven't been covered under the Endangered Species Act (CESA). To remedy the issue honey bees have been reclassified as fish. More here from Reuters
- They're bright yellow, black, blue and red and can grow up to 3 inches
- They likely traveled across the globe on shipping containers, similar to the Bubonic plague
- Their life cycle begins in early spring, but they get big in June and are often seen in July and August.
For a bee to call it quits in the middle of the day is pretty unusual, unless something like a storm passes through. As Galen puts it, “bumblebees and honeybees have to make hay while the sun shines.” More here at Smithsonian
Owls Live With Vultures and Scavengers
Isaiah 13:21, 14:2, 8, 11-21
2-5-22, In this portion of the Bible's Old Testament we can assume it speaks of the ruin of Babylon; it was a noble city; yet it should be wholly destroyed. Humans shall not dwell there; it shall be a haunt for wild beasts. All this is fulfilled. The fate of this proud city is a proof of the truth of the Bible and an emblem of the approaching ruin of the New Testament Babylon. A warning to sinners to flee from the wrath to come. It encourages believers to expect victory over every enemy of their souls and of the church of God. The whole world changes and is liable to decay. Wherefore let us give diligence to obtain a kingdom which cannot be moved; and in this hope let us hold fast that grace whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. -- Matthew Henry 1700 AD
Humboldt State University in California Experimenting with Barn Owls Instead of Pesticides
10-20-21, EconoWatch -- Winemakers must pay close attention to their soil, the rain, the heat, and the sunlight. But rodents like gophers and mice can wreak havoc on a vineyard. Rather than turning to rodenticides to deter pests, graduate students at Humboldt State University in California are testing a more natural approach by using owls.
The experiment is part of a long-term research study under the direction of professor Matt Johnson of the university's Department of Wildlife. Students have placed around 300 owl nest boxes sporadically throughout the Napa Valley vineyards. They are documenting the impact of relying on owls to deter and remove pests rather than rodenticides.
The researchers have seen a difference in the 75 wineries and four-fifths now use the owl nest boxes and notice improved rodent control. The barn owls have a four-month nesting season, during which they spend about one-third of their time hunting in the fields. A family of barn owls may eat as many as 1,000 rodents during the nesting season or around 3,400 in a single year. Success with gophers but not mice, however. [..]
There's a long way to go in improving sustainable agriculture, including in the wine industry. Napa Valley has over 40,000 acres of vineyards, and only 3,800 acres are certified organic. With the increasing use of nest boxes, there's hope that farmers will rely on these more natural methods over the rodenticides.
Dogs that few want to adopt — most of them are pit bulls — get training from county jail inmates, which helps the inmates as well. ... “They care about the dogs.” He went on, “It’s really great for the dogs. They get human companionship 24/7 instead of being in a...
8-8-21, Rover.com -- Dogs are social pack animals who thrive off of attention and affection, making them a prime candidate for a person's best friend. Since dogs have been domesticated to a point where they need us to survive, and we tend to find that we need them almost as much, people and dogs developed a symbiotic relationship. More here
Michael Packard swallowed by a whale:
How do we know it is true?
6-11-21, Cape Cod, MA, USA -- Lobster Diver, Michael Packard reports:
“I was completely inside; it was completely black,” Packard said. “I thought to myself, ‘there’s no way I’m getting out of here. I’m done, I’m dead.’ All I could think of was my boys — they’re 12 and 15 years old.” Outfitted with scuba gear, he struggled and the whale began shaking its head so that Packard could tell he didn’t like it. He estimated he was in the whale for 30 to 40 seconds before the whale finally surfaced."
Packard’s sister, Cynthia Packard, spoke with crewman Josiah Mayo, who relayed some of the details to her. Packard said Mayo saw the whale burst to the surface, and that he initially thought it was a great white shark.
“There was all this action at the top of the water,” Packard said Mayo told her. Then the whale flung her brother back into the sea. Mayo picked him up, called by radio to shore and sped back to the Provincetown pier. A Provincetown Fire Department ambulance took him to Cape Cod Hospital.
“Thank God, it wasn’t a white shark. He sees them all the time out there,” said Cynthia Packard. “He must have thought he was done.”
"Based on what was described, this would have to be a mistake and an accident on the part of the humpback," said Jooke Robbins, director of Humpback Whale Studies at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown. Humpbacks are not aggressive animals, particularly toward humans, she said.
The humpback was described by Mayo as being medium-sized, Michael Packard said, and Robbins suspects it was a juvenile feeding on sand lance. When a humpback opens its mouth to feed, it billows out like a parachute, blocking the animal’s forward vision, which is why so many become entangled in fishing gear in their mouth and jaws, said Robbins. Incidents of feeding humpbacks injuring swimmers and divers, especially instances of swallowing them, are so exceedingly rare as to be nonexistent, Robbins said. The esophagus on nontoothed whales is too small to actually swallow a human but they couldwrap their mouth around a large object and then spit it out. Robbins said that, unlike toothed whales such as Orcas.
More information here:
Five Times a Toy Stuffed Purple Unicorn was Stolen!
Looking for a home:
1 yrs old
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Twenty Five Years after Wolves Returned, Ecosystem Stabilized
Yellowstone area’s wolves now numbering between 300 and 350 — the study, published in the Journal of Animal Ecology reports that to maintain consistent numbers, rather than yo-yoing up and down, can better withstand more frequent droughts. Doug Smith, Yellowstone's senior wildlife biologist reports that: “In a future that will be very unpredictable, we want a buffer against mass die-offs, wolves’ ability to keep elk herds balanced can play that role. Through hunting and management practices, humans help stabilize elk populations also, but they don’t do the same thing as wolves.” More here https://www.nationalgeographic.com
Loving and Caring For Animals
“Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.”
2-24-21, Whosoever is righteous will have kind regard for the life or the care of animals, whether they are pets or livestock. Clearly God's word shows that merciful and compassionate care given to our animals is very pleasing in His sight.
People who give humane treatment to animals is righteous in God’s sight. However that doesn’t mean they can be forgiven for their sin by the good works of having regard for the proper care & treatment of animals.
Our righteousness & salvation only comes from forgiveness and the life changing event of turning to the Savior Jesus Christ (Luke 13:3; John 3:3, 7; Acts 4:12, 14:6; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
Bible verses about kindness to animals:
Deuteronomy 25:4 “You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain.”
Proverbs 27:23 “Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds.”
Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Luke 14:5 “And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?”
Texas Coast: Thousands of ‘Cold-Stunned’ Sea Turtles Rescued
Why does my cat lay on the other cat?
The female cat will sometimes be laying down in a box or in it's bed and the male cat likes to come over and walk on her and lay right on top of her. She will hiss and "cry", seems to be agitated...
I have several pairs that do this all the time. They are very much bonded to each other. The only thing is that they never object. After all, it is like a warm blanket on the cat that is on the bottom, and cats love warmth.
Why Do Dogs Roll in Smelly Stuff?
Veterinarians and behaviorists are not entirely sure why dogs roll in smelly things, but they do have a few ideas. Whatever the reason, one thing is certain: the last thing we want is to share their disgusting discoveries; not easy to avoid.
One of the most widely known theories is that dogs do this to cover their own scent, hiding from prey or other predators. Interesting that the Lord God almighty created animals with innate behaviors ... how else could it have happened that ALL dogs do it and no human trained them ... not even their parents?
7 Ways Dogs Are Good for Your Health
12-6-20, AARP -- Dogs don't just have a hold on our heart, they can also keep it healthy by getting you on the move. Studies have shown that dog owners have a lower risk of high blood pressure, and a 2013 report issued by the American Heart Association concluded that owning a dog is most likely linked to a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. As you age, the things that previously occupied your time fall away.
Caring for an animal can help make you feel needed and wanted. They also add structure to your day. “You have to get up in the morning to feed the dog, right?” Marks says. “That dog needs you.” The interaction and companionship that a dog provides can also ward off feelings of isolation and loneliness, which, in turn, can lead to depression.
The photographers had been exploring the Churchill region of Canada’s Hudson Bay, which is known to be the polar bear capital of the world.
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Silkworms: Amazing Miracle from God
Spiders and at least 18 different orders of insects make silk.
- Silkworms are the larvae from silk moths (Bombyx mori).
- They produce silk fibers—water-insoluble filament from glands—to create cocoons; humans simply unravel the cocoons back into strings.
- Domesticated silkworms tolerate human handling and massive crowding and are totally dependent on humans for survival.
- Silk fibers were used to make clothing by the Longshan period (3500–2000 BCE).
Archaeological evidence indicates that the use of cocoons of the silkworm species Bombyx to produce cloth began at least as early as the Longshan period (3500–2000 BC). More here
Flannel Moths Become Toxic 'Toupee' or 'Puss Caterpillars'
The Most Venomous Caterpillar in the U.S. Invades Virginia
9-16-14, National Geographic -- University of Florida entomologist Don Hall reports that these insects may look soft, their outer comb-over (which some have compared to a toupee) hides small, extremely toxic spines that prick and remain in victim's skin. (More about venom here) Mr Hall said: “A puss caterpillar sting feels like a bee sting, only worse. The pain immediately and rapidly gets worse and can even make your bones hurt.” Some have been hospitalized.
Also, the female flannel moths (what puss caterpillars become as adults) covers her eggs with hairs from the tip of her own abdomen. Strangely they also fling their poop away from their bodies. Hall believes that behavior prevents parasites from being attracted to the feces and potentially harming the caterpillars themselves. (Also see “Scat-Firing Caterpillars Elude Predators.”)
10-7-20, Daily Mail -- Furry caterpillars covered in venomous spines invade Virginia:
Maine, Michigan, Texas and Others See Honey Bee Populations Growing
9-29-20, GoodNewsNetwork -- Recent data from the U.S. Dept of Agriculture show that some states are experiencing Honey Bee colony growth of 70% or more.
From Jan 2019 to Jan 2020 there's been a 14% increase of honey bee colonies across the USA. States experiencing the broadest increase in colony growth—Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Maine adding tens of thousands of colonies.
This is especially good news as honey bees are are vital for stable, healthy food supplies. They pollinate, helping plants grow, breed and produce food. They do so by transferring pollen between flowering plants and so keep the cycle of life turning.
The first half of 2020, the United States added roughly 420,000 more colonies to its bee populations than were lost. Thanks to bees we can enjoy a range of foods from fruit, vegetables to coffee and spices. And if you are wearing cotton, that's because the cotton plant your threads came from was pollinated. Source More here
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
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