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Creatures of the night deserve saving too
Beautiful photos highlight the creatures that have evolved to live in the planet’s darkest corners and the need to save them.

#conservation   #wildlife   #wildlifephotography   #animals   #biodiversity  
I could say that biodiversity should be saved for its richness and beauty alone, but there are more pragmatic, and perhaps even life-saving reasons.
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naturestimeline.tv

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Tracking bird species global distribution and movements. Researching globally important issues. This is precisely what the BTO do best. Check out their latest research project as they could do with your help. http://ow.ly/tOV0300st7j
How bridging the knowledge gap can help save our birds. Many summer migrants like Cuckoo, Nightingale and Turtle Dove are on the UK Red List of Conservation Concern and we face the potential loss of some of our most iconic summer visitors from parts of the UK in the coming decade.
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Please take the time to read and share this important article about the amazing work being done to save the N. White Rhino. This ground breaking work could create the foundation of future work to prevent the extinction of other critically endangered species.

#EndExtincion #SafariPark #SDGlobal #SanDiegoZoo #Rhino #Conservation. #CincoDeRhino
Ambitious effort depends on transformation of rhino tissue into sperm and egg cells.
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To bring back wild populations we need to conserve or bring back habitat as well as they are interrelated. We don't need more small reserves, parks or zoos. Sometimes I think better extinct than trapped.
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Biodiversity Professionals

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Mark your calendars!
CEE is an open collaboration with a global mission to provide the best available evidence to inform decision making in the environmental sector. The theme for this inaugural event is “Better Evidence. Better Decisions. Better Environment.”
#conservation   #environment   #science   #research   #policy  
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Scubaverse

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In his latest blog for Scubaverse, Mark Erdmann of Bird's Head Seascape reports on the movements of whale sharks indigenous to Cendrawasih Bay in Indonesia.

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http://www.scubaverse.com/cendrawasihs-whale-sharks-not-such-homebodies-after-all/ #marine #ocean #conservation #WhaleShark #CendrawasihBay #Indonesia 
Mark Erdmann of Bird's Head Seascape reports on the movements of whale sharks indigenous to Cendrawasih Bay in Indonesia.
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Wildlife ACT

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Beautifully written, first-hand account of the #Zululand Vulture Project by Rhino Africa. "Our carefully placed impala carcass lies on the open plain, on the other side of a gully, two hundred meters in front of us. We sit in our bakkies to escape the heat and squint across the searing savannah, waiting..."
Zululand's endangered vultures are under threat from poachers and dehabitation. We visit a team of conservationists to see how they're tackling this issue. 
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Biodiversity Professionals

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Leonardo DiCaprio uses the Oscars as a platform to speak out about climate change
Although DiCaprio is not a scientist he is voicing the opinion of the vast majority of scientists, based on verified, peer-reviewed research over many decades. Moreover, given that climate change presents such a serious threat to humanity (not to mention other life on our planet) DiCaprio, as a layperson, deserves to be applauded for choosing to use the Oscars as a platform to publicize this view, when so much of the science is ignored by the popular press. As DiCaprio says: "I am not a scientist, but I don’t need to be. Because the world’s scientific community has spoken, and they have given us our prognosis, if we do not act together, we will surely perish."
#leonardodicaprio   #oscars2016   #climatechange   #environment   #extinction  
The Oscar-winning actor’s environmental activism may not quite stretch back to What’s Eating Gilbert Grape but he has steadily schooled himself on the oceans and climate change since the 1990s
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Wildlife ACT

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Wildlife ACT has partnered with African Parks – a world-renowned conservation organization, in an exciting project where we’ll assist with their Black Rhino Monitoring and ‪Conservation‬ Programme in Liwonde National Park. We’re offering a unique opportunity to one individual who will work one-on-one with a black rhino researcher.

The work will be intensive. You’ll experience long, grueling days with lots of responsibilities and duties but it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget. You’ll get stuck into the heart of black rhino research and help protect them from the threats of ‪poaching‬.

Find out more here: bit.ly/1TRUX1h
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What is your opinion on the future of invasive species management?
Biodiversity Professionals member Katharina Dehnen-Schmutz is conducting a survey looking for your opinion on the future of invasive species management. Her project, Alien Futures, is a global research project exploring the wider environmental, social and technological issues external to invasion ecology that may have implications for the future management of invasive species.
#invasivespecies   #conservation   #research   #project  
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Leslie Mary Olsen, MPA

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It's widely planted to slow the butterflies' decline, but a recent study suggests monarchs' misfortune goes well beyond milkweed loss.
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We planted at least a dozen of them this year.
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Wildlife ACT

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Wildlife ACT offers eco-tourists a volunteer experience on the exclusive North Island in the Seychelles! With a primary focus on Endangered Species monitoring, Marine Conservation and Ecosystem Restoration, it is very seldom that the opportunity arises to make such a significant and positive impact on a region, a specific area, its wildlife, and surrounding environment. Apply to join a dedicated conservation and research team on a private island paradise. Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/1C8fhoP
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Stem-cell plan aims to bring rhino back from brink of extinction
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In a last-gasp effort to avert that scenario, researchers this week unveiled the details of an audacious plan to save the northern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni), by transforming cells from living rhinos and from frozen storage into sperm and egg cells, and then using in vitro fertilization (IVF) to create embryos and revitalize the population. Teams led by San Diego Zoo Global in California and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin have already started work on the idea

Ambitious effort depends on transformation of rhino tissue into sperm and egg cells.
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Proud to be partnered with African Parks who share the same #conservation vision. Great video explaining that vision
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Scubaverse

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On a recent trip to Bimini, in the Bahamas, we had the chance to meet Jillian and Duncan. They are talented underwater photographers and videographers with a particular passion for sharks. We met on a dive boat, heading out to dive with Great Hammerhead sharks, and chatted about their charity, Sharks4Kids, about shark conservation and our joint passion for shark imagery. We asked Jillian to tell us a little more about what she does.

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http://www.scubaverse.com/sharks4kids/ #scuba #diving #marine #ocean #shark #conservation #Sharks4Kids #awareness #education
Scubaverses UWP editors Nick and Caroline interview Jillian from Sharks4Kids, a charity which aims to raise awareness of shark conservation with children.
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Orion McCarthy

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Drones offer insight into orangutan population decline
Scouring the forests of Sumatra with a fleet of drones, researchers have uncovered valuable data that could help to protect the imperiled orangutan
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Leslie Mary Olsen, MPA

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We should be adding insects for protein instead of large mammals.
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Biodiversity Professionals

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Picture the diversity of large mammals if humans hadn't taken over the planet
In the article, presenters compare the diversity of modern megafauna with the theorized diversity of large mammals in the absence of humans: "...this is the “first estimate of how the mammal diversity world map would have appeared without the impact of modern man.” The research is a data-driven portrait of mammalian species, both living and those that went extinct within the last 130,000 years, as they would be naturally present across the landscape if humans had never arrived to throw a wrench in the works."
#biodiversity   #conservation   #megafauna   #humanity   #extinction   #massextinction   #research  
If it weren't for the ascent of mankind, the entire world would still look like the Serengeti, a galloping, roaring, thunderous paradise.
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naturestimeline.tv

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Biodiversity. A LinkedIn contribution from a connection of mine, Tom Butterworth.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/biodiversity-tom-butterworth

Please take a few moments out of your time to watch the following video clip to listen to the wise words of Tom Butterworth from Natural England.

Best Wishes

Tony William Powell and naturestimeline
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