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.

Polly Wants More Than A Cracker

I had initially started this post with completely different intention. Yet as I did research on the topic of birds and their ability for speech and song, I came across a daunting reality. It became so amazingly clear to me that we, as a world and as a society, have a serious dilemma in front of us that is going seemingly ignored. Of all the birds that are vocal, Parrots are the ones which exhibit the greatest ability. It is for this reason that many of the wild Parrot species are being threatened, as they are taken captive to be sold as house pets.

I grew up in the 90’s and during that time, there was a public campaign to “Save the Rainforest.” Activists and wildlife experts then were trying to raise awareness for the need to stop the destruction of harvesting the rainforest for private companies. Thousands of trees and habitat were being cut down and ravaged through, without a single tree or bush being replanted in its place. All of the jungle wildlife were being threatened and guess what- It’s STILL happening! I’m in my 30’s now and lo and behold, very little is being done; and what is being done, simply isn’t enough. The population of jungle birds are dwindling as a result of this, and yet, this isn’t the only factor contributing to this decline. What birds that ARE left in the wild, are being taken into captivity for the pet trade.

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 “Hey we’re Macaws! Check out our Facebook status; Endangered! You can also follow us on Twitter!”                             Photo by Matthias Zomer on Pexels.com

Common household exotic birds include: the African Grey, Amazon Parrots (various breed types,) Caiques, Cockatiels, Cockatoos, Conures, and Macaws. All of the birds I just named above are listed as an endangered species- aside from the Cockatiels and a few Macaw breeds. Don’t believe me? Click here!

Is it possible that these birds are being sought after in the private sector as a means of ensuring conservation? Maybe. And if so; that’s great! But why is that the first measure of conservation and not the last? Preservation of their natural habitat should be the focus; not harboring as many as you can until their apocalypses. The average cost of an African Grey is between $1,000 to $1,500. What I am suggesting is that, if you truly do care about these exotic birds, take that $1500 and donate it to the IUCN, or the Rainforest Foundation.  There is still time to save what is left.

 

The Pony People

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Although the title of this blog sounds a bit on the creepy side and may lead you to believe that I’m going to talk about inbred rednecks that go on pony killing sprees; I’m actually not going to talk about any of that. No, The Pony People are the ones that I call die-hard pony owners. When talking with Pony People, I’ve noticed their dedication in their words. In mostly humble ways, they talk of their ponies and their greatness. It is a love you would see in dog and horse owners however there is more of a personal connection happening that I see with Pony People. So I’m going to talk a bit about ponies and try to find out why people are so committed and honored to be Pony People.

There is little information available on the number of ponies that are owned throughout the world. Although there is claim that in Scotland the pony population exceeds the number of human population.

One breed of pony, the Exmoor, according to the BBC,has been around since the time of Sabre-Toothed Tigers and Wolly Mammoths but now faces extinction. These ponies were traditionally used for plowing fields, delivering goods, and for bringing children to school in the snow. Their population today is a shy 2,700 due to the second World War. During that time, these ponies were used as target practice for soldiers and were stolen by thieves and eaten for meat. This surge brought the Exmoor population down to around 50. Breeding efforts are still underway, in hopes of taking this breed off of the endangered species list. If you would like to help, contact the Exmoor Pony Society to find out more.

Ponies are an excellent choice for blossoming child riders. Their smaller stature and gentle temperament makes them less dangerous for an unpolished young one to be around than its larger cousin the horse.

Ponies have been used for a wide number of things including: coal mining, farming, riding, transporting goods, jumping, and pulling carriages. Some ponies are exhibited in breed shows.

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Ponies are easier to care for than a horse. They require similar, if not exact, methods of care however, they require less amount of thatcare. For example, although both horse and pony need hay, a pony  will consume less.

It’s no wonder Pony People have such an affinity for these animals. They’re kind and gentle temperament, small size, low maintenance, and all around versatility make them the type of pet that any person would feel comfortable around.

To find out more about ponies or to make a difference in a pony’s life, click here,

United States Pony Club

UK Pony Club

Exmoor Pony Society

Thanks for reading!