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at this afternoon. Pictures of the back feathers of a Starling & head shot of Great Spotted Woodpecker

at this afternoon. Pictures of the back feathers of a Starling & head shot of Great Spotted Woodpecker

The beautiful foliage of Homoranthus prolixus. Endemic to the granite ranges SW of Inverell, we waited out yesterday's heat by scouting populations of this rare shrub. I'd love this one in my garden, especially when it flowers en masse!

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Spent an amazing Sunday out with the Lothians Volunteers clearing rhododendron from a Scotch Pine woodland. Weather was on point, the views were great, the tea was hot and I feel thoroughly soothed ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ‘Œ – at Falkland House School

Let's talk a little bit about the Jordan Birdwatch logo. The bird on it is a scrub warbler, a characteristic bird of the arid rocky areas of southwest .

Are you ready to turn your love for , the outdoors and into a career? Become a conservation officer and help to protect Canadaโ€™s natural and wildlife. It is not too late to start your journey in 2019.

For here are some adorable Emperor from Snow Hill from our trip. We loved observing their personalities, expressions, interactions & curiosity

As the dog whistles call for an impractical wall, the same forces are heaping havoc on our natural resources:

Itโ€™s ๐Ÿง The Humboldt penguin like many of the other 17 penguin species are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN red list... This weekend we have been raising money for all the hard conservation work that Sphenisco carry out in Central Chile

Mountain lion and bobcat passing by the same trail camera at Jasper Ridge, showing relative size.

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A walk at one of our favourite places -Beacon fell. Rocco asked โ€œWhere have all the trees gone?โ€

features Island Conservation CEO, Karen Poiani in a discussion about preventing the next mass and what people can do to save species today.

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Deciduous forests of eastern North America by Braun, E. Lucy



Still not done for today, but I thought I’d upload this while I’m taking a break😊

I’ve had a fairly lazy yet still productive Saturday today! 

I’ve re-typed and organized my notes from my Conservation Genetics class (top pic is one of the pages!), spent some time with a friend looking at plants (almost got a bamboo plant today! but my budget said no…) and bought a replacement lamp and new grow light for my Sundew - poor thing wasn’t properly cared for while I was out of town and the lamp broke the day after I got him back. I hung out with my roommates, skyped my boyfriend before he went to work, and read two articles on freeze tolerance in wood frogs and gnats for a paper discussion next week! 

Still to do - GRE studying and then bed.

 🎶 - Low Down Brass Band (aka best band I’ve heard)🎷

PS - I don’t know how it is to look at such *long* posts from me when I do OC, but it seems like I don’t realize how much I accomplish each day until I type it all out and then realize oh, hey, I did actually get several tasks finished today. Does anybody else have that happen?

If you ever leave rubbish behind, if you ever litter and think “oh it’s just one bit of rubbish” here’s some perspective. If every person on this planet thought that, that’s over 7 billion pieces of rubbish. If every one of those 7 billion people did it just once a week that’s 364 billion pieces of rubbish in a year. Times that by how many years have passed since plactic became widely used, say around the 1960s, that’s over 21,800 BILLION pieces of plastic.

You might think “I don’t litter once a week!” But did you know that cigarette filters are the most common form of plastic pollution in the world? Any time you leave a cigarette butt lying around you are contributing to the problem.

I hear so many people say “just one person won’t make a difference” but if everyone thinks that then that’s a whole collective group that could easily make a difference.

Start thinking about the choices you make and the rubbish you create because one person CAN make a whole lot of difference.

Aunque no pueda parecerlo en la primera foto tenemos un Pulpo (Octopus vulgaris) perfectamente mimetizado con el fondo, al vernos lanza su tinta y escapa nadando. Un momento impresionante como queda reflejadoen las fotos.

Although it can not seem like it in the first picture we have an Octopus (Octopus vulgaris) perfectly camouflaged with the background, seeing us he throws his ink and escapes swimming. An impressive moment as reflected in the photos.

Day Fourteen [Internship at IBIMM]


What a stressful day!! Ugh!!

I got up at 6h30, as usual, and as I was about to go up to the main house, I saw Amora walking around, then heard her screaming; we quickly opened the door and called her; she came running, looking very scared, and kind of limping. I was worried it might have been a snake, so I tried to take her with me, to talk to the director, but she didn’t want to and ran in the opposite direction.

When I got up there, the other intern and a teacher (who’s staying here until the end of the month) had already done everything, which made me going all the way up there pretty pointless… neither of them was here yesterday, when we cleaned everything up, so they didn’t know there was a lot of salad to give to the tortoises, so even though they had already been fed, I cut all that salad and took it to them, otherwise it would be wasted.

Today we were told to not leave the food there, for the worker to feed the other animals, which I totally agree with, I mean, why shouldn’t we feed them?! But that’s what we were taught, and now we were getting lectured for it!! ¬¬

I fed the coatis, of course, since no one else goes in there… I did the same thing as yesterday, putting the banana in the corner, so I could go inside without them… Puffy took his half and went back inside though, while Kiwi stayed there… so now I couldn’t close the door, no matter which side of it I was on… so I just put the food there (which made Kiwi go inside) and left, because there was no way I could clean the enclosure with one of them in there!

We then cleaned Flor’s cage and put new food and water for her.

I went down to have breakfast and swept the museum’s floor afterwards; I went back up around 9h, and as I started to help the other girl to put together a sea turtle skeleton, which was broken, we got called to a meeting. It REALLY annoys me that we don’t have a schedule, here!! Aside from the animals, and beach monitoring, we don’t know what to do! And then we were lectured about not doing stuff, because we are supposed to go and find stuff to do!! Are you kidding me?!?!?!?! Needless to say, we all got mighty pissed!! Especially because the coordinator DID make a schedule for us, but the director deleted it!!

I went down to the museum with the coordinator, because all the baby mice are much bigger now, and the boxes were overpopulated, so we had to remove them from there… which meant putting them in the freezer… I didn’t personally do that, I just put them in another box… 32 little ones, in total, and 3 adults… it’s so sad! I know the other animals need to eat, but it’s still sad…

The coordinator took them up and I stayed there cleaning all the boxes, because it’s Monday. Once I was done with that, I went back up and tried helping the other girl, again… by then they had given up on it, most of the bones had been bagged, and only the vertebrae and such were assembled, and the skull was somewhere in between… once again a couple of parts had been glued before putting some others together, so the other ones wouldn’t fit anymore… eventually, we gave up on it and just bagged the skull as well.

It was already noon, so we came back down to have lunch. We still have leftovers from the students, so I had fish with some pasta I cooked the day before yesterday (you know, the one with the expired broccoli… still no stomachaches!)… it was yummy! And much better than the ramen I always have for lunch! =P

I went back up to try and do some internet stuff on my lunch break, but I only had half an hour before having to come back down to get ready to go beach monitoring. Both the girl and I needed to clear our heads, so it went together… it started raining just as we were leaving, but we preferred to go in the rain than staying here today. Soon it started pouring, though, so we stopped at a restaurant not far from here, to wait for it to get better… we stayed there for 10 minutes or so, then proceeded to the beach.

Aside from a dead fish, we didn’t find anything. The good thing about it raining just before we got there, is that the soft sand was not so soft anymore, making it a lot easier for us to pedal!

Before coming back, she went for a swim and then it was my turn… the water temperature was really nice, and the waves were a lot cooler than usual!

We got back at 16h, and after quickly getting in the shower to get rid of all the sand, I went back up and went in with the coatis.

I stayed in there for as long as I could stand it (I remember hanging out with the lion cubs for hours… they were so nice.. I miss them!)… thankfully it was already 16h40 when I left… I honestly couldn’t think of anything else I could do, so I did computer stuff. When the coordinator got back, I asked him about cleaning the tortoises’ enclosure, because it’s been bothering me for days, but he said the worker does it… I got to rake it, though… because of all the rain, there were a lot of leaves in there, decomposing… it’s much better, now!

I was gonna come back down at 18h, but then it started pouring… like, it was a thunderstorm!! And a few minutes later, the power went out… we all waited there, and played a couple of games, including Uno, which I love! So it was fun, in spite of my hunger.

I was finally able to come to the little house, but there was still no power, so I had to re-heat my food in a pan, instead of using the microwave.

My computer battery had died, so what was left for me to do was take a nap! I slept until 21h, when I finally gave up on using the internet tonight and went up to get my stuff… of course that, as soon as I got back down, the power came back on!! ¬¬ At least now I can charge it and do stuff!! And take a shower!! Because there was no way I was taking a cold shower (it’s not warm anymore, because of all the rain)!!

It’s now midnight and it sounds like it has finally stopped raining… I really hope it doesn’t rain again, tomorrow, because I did some laundry today that definitely needs to dry!! Fingers crossed!!

“Wildlife and The Wall.” A short film showing some of the ecological and wildlife impacts of a border wall.

MY words on this subject:


This should be an eye opener for many. That wall will not stop immigrants from coming into the US, it will stop life from happening where it is blooming and thriving. A wall will cut through parks and conservation habitats. One MAJOR thing would be the migratory path of Monarch butterflies being cut off the them TRULY going extinct. They’re numbers are already down below what they should be. And it’s not just the Monarchs that have a migratory path through the Rio Grande, it’s many many animals and crawlies.

 A wall will take away land rightfully belonging to several Native American Indian tribes, for which their lands have already been ruthlessly stolen for hundreds and hundreds of years, as immigrants to this very country tried to kill them off. Yes, kill them off. It was a purposeful genocidal attempt on the people who’s land this was first. Everyone but the Native people of this land are immigrants, and it’s funny hearing immigrants telling other immigrants it’s wrong to come into another country - EVEN if they are asylum seekers. 

This fake president thinks he can take away even more land from the Native American People, but he cannot, and he will not win. 

He wants to destroy National parks so that we are thrown into the age of more fossil fuel consumption when WE HAVE ALTERNATIVES FOR ENERGY!! 

This fake president knows nothing, and is nothing. 

This wall will not happen, and it shouldn’t happen. It’s as if history is TRYING to repeat itself, but we are so far into the future of thought that the people won’t allow it to happen. 

WHAT we NEED to focus on now, instead of trying to build a stupid ass wall that will do ABSOLUTELY nothing, is SAVING the VERY PLANET WE ARE LIVING ON BECAUSE SOON WE WON’T HAVE A PLANET THAT CAN SUSTAIN LIFE. WE are destroying Earth, and WE are killing off life. WE are a plague because people like the fake president want to TAKE and TAKE and TAKE for MONEY, until there will be NOTHING left. 

If you haven’t noticed, Earth is taking it’s revenge on us. That is why the weather is changing erratically, why the earth beneath our feet is giving way, why thousands of people are increasingly being killed by nature - IT’S BECAUSE OF US! And if we don’t straighten our actions up, then we will not have much of a life left soon. 

We need to protect and nourish this beautiful Earth for our future generations. Your kids need a place to live healthily, and their kids will to, and so on and so forth. 

So open your damn eyes, change your ways of destructive thinking, stop all this racial hate (because one race is not better than the other, we are ALL human, and humans rely on nature to live), and step forward and DO something!! Before there is nothing to do!!! 

This wall isn’t just about a wall. This wall is suppression, it’s hate, it’s everything the future doesn’t need. Don’t repeat what history has shown us will fail. Instead, do something that won’t. And do it so we, humans and animals and other critters of the planet, can live!!


I’m in South Africa learning about the steps @vetpaw , @karmagawa , and @rhinorescueproject are taking to combat poachers.  These Rhinos are being killed and pushed toward extinction for their horns which provide no medicinal value.  The two Rhinos seen In the video were near a road that is actively used by poachers, and under the supervision of Vetpaw and the private game reserve, we used the drone try and push them to a safer area.  While this shot turned out beautiful, under any other circumstances I should not have flown this close to the animals.  Please visit


for more information on how you can save these Rhinos.  Music: M83 - Outro

“I am a senior studying History with licensure in Secondary Education. I chose UNC because I knew it would prepare me for teaching and also for the amazing history faculty. Besides teaching, my biggest passions are in sports and my roles Outdoor Pursuits where I’ve called home since my freshman year. I’m also very big on traveling and am currently writing this while in Nepal on a faculty led study abroad. This is actually my third Faculty Lead Study Abroad (FLSA), the previous two being to Iceland and Guyana, all under the geography department. I decided to join the Nepal trip to experience new cultures, learn more about conservation, and because it is being led by the amazing Dr. Karen Barton (TAKE A CLASS WITH HER IF YOU CAN). Sko Bears!”

- Brett