Arctic Animals Are Dying; Here’s What You Can Do About It

The Arctic Circle is home to 5,500 species of animals. Many of which cannot survive in other types of terrain and currently are barely surviving now, in their home terrain.

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A severely malnourished Polar Bear

Scientists have been warning us for decades about climate change and the effects of global warming. At this current date, little to no changes in human behavior have occurred.

As the human population grows and continues to turn a blind eye; more and more natural wildlife die.

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Baby Harp Seals like this one are getting crushed by melting ice and drowning in shifting waters according to National Geographic

The planet Mars is a perfect example of what will, not can but will, happen if climate change is not halted. Mars is believed to have once been a twin to the planet Earth. Although somewhat smaller in size, evidence shows that the once green, water filled planet’s atmosphere was stripped away and left vulnerable to the sun’s radioactive waves. If you’ve never seen Mars; here’s a picture:

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Mars. It has polar ice caps too, but all life has been stripped from the planet.

 

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Chances are the people reading this, are genuinely kind, caring, and animal-loving individuals. Therefore, you all most likely already get the point.

I know that it’s hard to change. I know there are some small fears that prevent us all from becoming something or someone different. Having a car is necessary, for many of us. Having electric light bulbs in our houses, again, is a necessity. However, small, painless changes can be made. And the result of every small, painless change, will mean another arctic animal gets to live.

Here is what we can do NOW, to break the cycle:

Carpool: I know it’s weird at first, but I stumbled on the majesty of the concept. My neighbor and I get along. We ride together almost everywhere, or we walk if we can. What began as a kind of awkward thing at first, eventually became a really good friendship.

Use Public Transit: It’s often cheaper than filling up your tank of petrol/gasoline anyway!

Ride A Bike: You don’t have to be Lance Armstrong about it. But on occasion and if the situation fits; why not? Your doctor would probably be happy to hear about it.

Walk if you can

Use Renewable Resources: Solar power, wind power, Hydropower, etc. All of these not only can provide fuel for your lightbulbs but heat as well. Where I’m from, we have ONE power company with one ring to rule us all, and honestly, just being able to stick it to them makes me want to buy some solar panels! Although incredibly expensive at first, they definitely pay off in the long run. (solar panels are becoming super affordable now)

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Plant a tree: check out the Arbor Day Foundation to find out more

Grandma’s Adage: Unplug your appliances, Turn off lights that aren’t in use, line dry your clothes if possible; all that stuff that Grandma would tell you to do

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“Turn off the lights and eat your vegetables!”                 Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

There are so many more things you can do that I have not listed like, buying electric cars or hybrids and growing your own crops.

One of the greatest producers of carbon dioxide (the stuff that’s eroding our atmosphere) are actually cattle farms. Vast amounts of land is taken up by herds of cattle used for human consumption. Not only do the animals themselves generate large amounts of carbon dioxide, but the practice and process is borderline inhumane in it’s own right. So TRY to eat less meat. I can’t say go Vegan because I myself would never be able to do that BUT balance is key. Make sure you’re getting your proteins to keep your body healthy but have the awareness that there are other ways of getting protein as well.

Arctic Animals are not the only species at risk because of global warming. They are simply the precursors. The omen. A clear sign of what will happen to the earth if we don’t stop.

We can all do something about this. No matter how seemingly small, or “on occasion” it is.

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The Cry Of The Wolf

 

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Red Wolf at the Alexandria Zoological Park

The picture above shows a Red Wolf. They are similar to the Grey Wolf and Timber Wolf however there is one large difference. They will most likely be extinct in 8 years according to the journal Scientific American.

Many biologists and scientists back Scientific American and that means that the photo above may soon become something found in a museum along with a stuffed carcass and cute little informative placard to remind humankind that at one point in time; we seriously messed up.

I would hate to be the parent of the little girl reading that placard when it says: Went extinct….last year…..

Why does it matter, right? The critically endangered Red Wolf is not going to stop anyone from living their daily lives; that is true. However, it will matter when suddenly wild hares come hopping in the road while you’re driving Main Street because their population has skyrocketed since the death of their predators and have literally no other place to go but your roads, your backyard, and your cupboards.  Or when you head to your car in the morning on your trek to work and there are 10 deer in your driveway, (because there is no predator to reduce that population.) They wont move out of the way, so you have to spend an extra 20 minutes moving deer, they do this everyday and they don’t even hold your coffee mug for you when you’re looking for your keys! Suddenly you’re Jack Hannah, living in the suburbs and managing wildlife on the way to your office.

Even hunters are becoming seriously concerned with this issue. I have to congratulate Gohunt.com for producing a very well written, highly informative post on exactly this issue. Not only are these dedicated hunters willing to acknowledge the severity of this issue but they go further to request their readers to take action!

The -rare to begin with- Red Wolf, calls Eastern North Carolina home. This is a problem since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has allowed people to shoot Coyote (which, they clearly look similar to- especially if you shoot with your eyes closed.) Which has resulted in a world-wide Red Wolf population total of: 40!

The story of the Red Wolf, believe it or not, includes a similar chapter already. If it weren’t for conservation attempts in 1973, the story would’ve ended there.  However, the good-fight was won and the wolf population was able to be raised to- at least surviving (around 120 to be exact.) But that has since changed when the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and gun-happy landowners decided it was super important and detrimental to their everyday living, that they be allowed to shoot Coyote on their land. Since the Red Wolf and Coyote both have red-tinted fur, they’re being intentionally, accidentally shot.

I understand, as a rural landowner, that it is bothersome to have “pesky” wildlife roaming your grounds. I’ve seen fox, wild hare, COYOTE, deer, and more in my backyard. However I do not get so compelled to grab a gun and shoot it! I understand that someone can get a little upset when one of their chickens goes missing- I get it, but what you do if that happens is: BUY ANOTHER CHICKEN! Because the chicken population far outweighs the number of Red Wolves. I also am a horse lover, and I completely understand that it is a nightmare to have a scared, frightened horse. Which Coyotes and wolves and other wildlife can cause, however- being scared is not at all the same as being DEAD.

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Baby Red Wolves

I have also lived in North Carolina! (I’m batting 2 for 0!) And I know that it is only a rare few that is making it so difficult for all of the thousands of others that DO care for their wildlife. North Carolinian’s love their state, its beauty, and the freedoms they are allowed. But it is important to understand that these wolves are found ONLY in North Carolina! Therefore it is even MORE important to be proud of your state for that reason and take a stand for these wolves.

So what do humans with a caring soul do about this?? Well, chances are the ones reading this post ARE NOT the ones getting gun-happy on wildlife. So as with all awareness initiatives; remain aware. Have the awareness that this is going on. Talk about it. Share it.

This site, created June 2018, is packed full of conservation outlets, including a link to sign a petition against the poaching of Red Wolves.

Halloween Series: The Great Auk’s Ghost- A Poem

The Great Auk’s ghost rose on one leg, Sighed thrice and three times winkt, And turned and poached a phantom egg And muttered, “I’m extinct.”

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The Great Auk

The Great Auk was once a flourishing species that could be found off many North Atlantic coastlines. Once used heavily as bait for commercial fishing, the Great Auk became classified as extinct in 1844.

For more information, click the link here to the Audubon Society and also the Smithsonian Magazine.

For even cooler information, check out this article in the Daily Mail and see what efforts are being explored to bring this species back.

 

– poem by: Ralph Hodgson from the book The Haunted House and Other Spooky Poems and Tales by Gladys Schwarcz and Vic Crume