Happy Holiday Season for all of you around the world who are passionate about nature, wildlife and other true wonders of life! May your passion never stop and drive your actions in 2021, to make a better world for our fellow species, as we did for ourselves! Everything is possible!
For those like me who cannot travel to their favorite wild places this year, due to Covid or other restrictions, take your time reviewing the past journeys and think where will you go next, when circumstances allow!
Remember many national parks rely on income from tourism, and although travel itself is not very climate friendly (unless close to area where you live), the longer-term existence of these wild places depends on your visit! It is very important to maintain such samples of unspoiled nature, to allow many emblematic species to survive, and hopefully one day, to roam again their natural extended territories, when people have become wise enough to learn to coexist with other species!
Enjoy a wonderful summer, stay positive!
PS. Picture taken in August 2015, in Alaska
Enjoy a very special day, the Day of Forests, celebrated today around the World! If man is to find inspiration and wisdom, that is likely to come through reflection, in the natural environment, where time slows down, the pace of life is back into normality and all senses are coming alive, re-activated by nature’s voices and smells! A feeling of scope and priority is born, our lives are mentally reviewed, and desire to change and improve will come! There is no better way for one to reflect at own existence and place in Nature and the Universe, then in a natural pristine forest! While you take the path (!in the countries where going out is still possible today ref. the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions!), make sure you wear a binocular, you may be awarded some beautiful sights and memories of fellow species, with whom we once shared this home – the forest! Enjoy an unforgettable day with your self-conscience in the Forest! And for the ones of you locked at home (ref. Covid-19 movement restrictions), don’t miss the chance as well to reflect at what is really of importance to you, to the planet, and make a pledge to come a step closer to natural world and chose how to do it, could be through your daily behavior, adopting a more sustainable way of life, or making your voice heard in protecting nature and all its species from today’s economic system and its nature-destroying practices, before it is too late!
Famous quote to remember: “Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning Renaissance painting to cook a meal” – Edward O. Wilson
Happy World Wildlife Day 2020, to all Wildlife and Nature lovers around the World! As a new decade has started, find a way to contribute to saving Earth’s species before it is too late, as their remaining wild habitat is under threat from a man-made ever stronger phenomenon, the climate change! Massive wildfires are ravaging through wild country, every time extending more North, destroying the last home of very iconic species and the last genuine ecosystems! Wildlife is counting on you to make a difference! You may find some guidance on how to be a better global citizen at the ECO section of this blog, but feel free to find your own way!
Best Winter Season wishes to all Wildlife fans around the world! Let’s meet again in the year to come, with more wildlife pictures and happy news from the wild, to share with all those who celebrate the rich diversity of life on planet Earth! Wild & Happy Holidays!
Because there cannot be genuine Wildlife and Nature without Forests, nor a healthy ecosystem from which we are part of, as every year, lets take the time today to remember and contemplate The International Day of Forests! If your are in Northern hemisphere, this time of year is best to put your tracking shoes and go search the arrival spring season where it is most spectacular, in an authentic blooming forest, you will never feel more alive! And where-ever you are around the world, remember the Forest was once our home, and even today is best remedy against day to day stress and body and mind peace and balance! Alone in the woods, you enter in communion with fellow Homo sapiens through the ages! Therefore, enjoy the day, and don’t forget to protect the Forest, starting by being a responsible consumer in today society, this is the very minimum each can do (some tips to start with on our blog on ECO page)!
A Day like no other, a Day to remember this is not a story only about us, a Day to be humble, embrace and admire nature, with its most wonderful creations: thousands and thousands of different species, each unique in its own way, which make this world so special, and it is worth every bit to fight preserving it: wild and unspoiled! Happy World Wildlife Day 2019, for all of you around the world, who give your time and passion to admire and learn more about Wildlife!
To all Wildlife fans, best wishes for winter season, with many wildlife tracks in the snow, and with even more adventures from the Wild in the year to come! Keep in touch in 2019!
Today, with the occasion of International Day of Forests, let’s take the time and review few of most important well known benefits of forests for humanity and wildlife alike, to understand importance of fighting for for their long term preservation, in their actual state, limiting current intensive exploration by governments and private companies whose only short term and narrow minded objectives are material profits to benefit few!
Forests help us breath, also clean dirty air and keep the Planet cool: Trees absorb CO2 and emit Oxygen, essential for existence of life on Earth as we know it, whereas CO2 is stored in wood, leaves and soil, often for centuries, delaying global warming and maintaining a fragile ecosystem balance! Today’s combination of high CO2 human activity emissions and cutting down forests is leading to an accelerated global warming, with its associated disasters!
Home of biodiversity: Nearly half of all known species live in forests, estimated at 80% of biodiversity on land, including bugs and worms who work nutrients into soil, bees and birds spread pollen and seeds, and keystone top of the food chain species who keep herbivores in check, protecting on long term the well-being of forest!
Water regulator, as important part of water circuit in nature, refilling aquifers and important role in fighting floods: Large forests can influence multi-regional weather patterns, for example disappearance of Congo basin forest may impact climate on American continent! Regarding floods, tree roots are key allies in heavy rain, especially for low-lying areas like river plains. They help the ground absorb more of a flash flood, reducing soil loss and property damage by slowing the flow. Forests also act like giant sponges, catching runoff rather than letting it roll across the surface, but they can’t absorb all of it. Water that gets past their roots trickles down into aquifers, replenishing groundwater supplies that are important for drinking, sanitation and irrigation around the world.
They block wind: Groups of trees can also serve as a windbreak, providing a buffer for wind-sensitive crops and making it easier for bees to pollinate them.
They keep soil in place and clean dirty soil: A forest’s root network stabilizes huge amounts of soil, bracing the entire ecosystem’s foundation against erosion by wind or water. Not only does deforestation disrupt all that, but the ensuing soil erosion can trigger new, life-threatening problems like landslides and dust storms, or desertification. In addition to holding soil in place, forests may also help cleaning out certain pollutants. Trees can either sequester the toxins away or degrade them to be less dangerous. This is a helpful skill, letting trees absorb sewage overflows, roadside spills or contaminated runoff.
They feed us and give us medicine: Some trees provide fruits, nuts and other seeds and a wealth of natural medicines. The asthma drug comes from cacao trees, for example, while a compound in eastern red cedar needles has been found to fight an infection that resists many antibiotic drugs. About 70 percent of all known plants with cancer-fighting properties occur only in rain forests. Also many other medical benefits are yet to be explored and apply in practice, but large tropical forests disappear today faster than researchers have time to fully grasps all unexplored benefits!
They help explore and relax, reduce noise pollution and stress, lower blood sugar, help with better concentration, diminished pain and improved immunity for humans: Sound fades in forests, making trees a popular natural noise barrier, with just a few well-placed trees being able to cut background sound by about 50%! And because modern society is relatively a new born in evolutionary terms, humans may still feel natural in a forest, rather than a modern urban environment, supporting a multitude of hormones and natural process to occur in our bodies, making us happier people! It may even help us live longer!
Forests are pillars of human communities and here I am not referring to 1% richest of the planet, who probably could live happily in artificial underground palaces, if needed, but to majority 99% whose well-being and survival may depend on preservation of forests, on long term. I am sure through technology the problems as feeding the large population or shelter them may be over-come, but not sure you will feel happier, so it is in our majority interest to fight for a happier and greener future!
To all Wildlife lovers around the world, wishing you a Happy World Wildlife Day 2018! Let’s stay connected and join efforts in making sure there are still wild places and wild animals left in the world, where they rightfully belong! Let’s admire wilderness and take action, in any way we can, every-time is needed! The wildlife is counting on you more than ever!