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Spirit Bear ( Kermodei Bear) – Ghost Bear of the Rain Forest

 

Check out this rare, close-up footage of a beautiful Spirit Bear (Kermodei Bear). This one was seen in the Great Bear Rainforest, this stunning creature is rarely spotted on camera. Video by Eric Posen.

Posted by ForestEthics on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Kermode bear /ˈkɜrˌmoʊdi/ (Ursus americanus kermodei), also known as the “spirit bear” (particularly in British Columbia), is a subspecies of the American black bear living in the Central and North Coast regions of British Columbia, Canada. They are also called a ghost bear or a “white black bear”.

The verdant forests of the Great Bear Rainforest — which spans roughly 65,000 square kilometres — is often called the Galapagos of Canada. There are hundreds of islands, lush forests, and diverse wildlife.

It is mainly on Princess Royal Island, where the spirit bear makes its home.

The rare white bear has been treasured by many coastal First Nations communities for hundreds of years.

Some researchers believe that the grizzlies are forcing the white bears out of prime fishing territory.

The spirit bear has long been a cherished part of the Kitasoo/Xai’xias First Nation culture, which call it the moskgm’ol.

As with most of the legends of creation, the story of the spirit bear comes through the tales of the Raven. At one time the world was covered in ice. The Raven – Goo-wee – created the green but wanted something by which to remember the great ice. The Raven chose the black bear, the keeper of dreams and memory, promising the bear peace if he would let one out of every ten bears turn white.

https://spiritbearfoundation.com/

http://docuwiki.net/index.php?title=Ghost_Bears_of_the_Rain_Forest

http://globalnews.ca/news/892936/the-elusive-spirit-bear-of-b-c-may-be-facing-a-threat-the-grizzly-bear/

Spaceship Earth


Apollo astronauts take photos of Earth from space.

Click on the word Vimeo to watch it in full screen.

Did you know that in 1966, British economist and writer, Barbara Mary Ward coined the term “Spaceship Earth?”   Read about that here.

one earth or none

Celebrate Easter by helping Chocolate, the Orang-utan

chocolate the orang-utan

Chocolate the orang-utan

Courtesy of The Orang-utan Project

http://www.orangutan.org.au/adopt_orphan_orangutan/chocolate

Introducing “Chocolate” a gorgeous two year old Sumatran orang-utan.  The habitat of orang-utans and elephants in Sumatra and Asia has been degraded by human activity, at the expense of these animals.

When you buy your easter chocolate, have a look at the ingredients and if one of them is Palm Oil or Vegetable Oil, think about putting it back on the shelf and opting for a non palm oil chocolate.  Palm oil plantations can be replaced by eco-tourism and other businesses, so that the habitat of the Sumatran wildlife will not be wiped out within the next ten to thirty years.

You can download a palm-free Easter chocolate guide from the page below.

http://www.orangutan.org.au/palm-oil

A regular or once-off financial donation will help Chocolate, the orang-utan.   Please click on the link below to help.

http://www.orangutan.org.au/adopt_orphan_orangutan/chocolate

Also, go to the Home page of the The Orang-utan Project (TOP) website to read and learn, and find other ways to help, like volunteering.

You can help Sumatran elephants by reading about the rescue of Bona at this post   HERE.

The Sumatran Orang-Utan is critically endangered.

See the IUCN Red List link about this below.

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/39780/0

Help stop habitat destruction in Aceh and Riau.

Thank you on behalf of the Sumatran wildlife.

PLEASE SEE   THIS   POST ALSO ABOUT ORANGUTANS

Help Sumatran Elephants and Orang-utans – the story of Bona

Read about the story of the rescue of 18 month old Sumatran elephant, Bona, at this website below please.

 http://www.savebona.com/causes/bona/

“Australian Story” on ABC recently aired the story of three young Australians and their mission to rescue an orphaned elephant calf on the Indonesian Island of Sumatra in 2012.

Sumatran elephants are officially listed as critically endangered driven out of their habitat by encroaching industries – in particular palm oil production.

It is estimated that there are now only two or three thousand left in the wild.

But against all the odds, one Sumatran elephant calf has become a symbol of hope in an otherwise bleak situation.

The program has the heart warming story of ‘Bona’ and three friends mobilising to save her.

The three are all ex employees of the late Steve Irwin, who had a particular interest in the plight of the Sumatran elephants.

As this episode reveals some of those closest to the ‘Crocodile Hunter played a key role in the saga…

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Endangered Jaguars – help stop the persecution

Jaguar painting by Jason Morgan

Jaguar painting by Jason Morgan

Original painting of the beautiful Jaguar by talented wild-life artist, Jason Morgan.  I have this print on canvas from Jason – you can order it too if you like by going to Jason’s website here.   In 2004 I had a black jaguar (panther) animal guide helper.   This page  here   explains the symbolism of the panther.

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David Attenborough – Master Natural Historian of Life on Earth

David Attenborough - Life on Earth

David Attenborough filming “Life on Earth”

Sir David Attenborough (born 8 May 1926 in London, England) is Britain’s best-known natural history film-maker.   His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly five decades and there are very few places on the globe that he has not visited.   Over the last 25 years he has established himself as the world’s leading natural history programme maker with several landmark BBC series, including: Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984), The Trials of Life (1990), The Private Life of Plants (1995), The Life of Birds (1998), The Life of Mammals (2002) and Life in the Undergrowth (2005).

The final chapter in the Life series, Life in Cold Blood is the grand finale to David’s survey of life on earth.

He is also a former senior manager at the BBC, having served as controller of BBC Two and director of programming for BBC Television in the 1960s and 1970s.   In 1965, Sir David became Controller of BBC2 and was responsible for the introduction of colour television into Britain.  In January 1969, he was appointed Director of Programmes with editorial responsibility for both of the BBC’s television networks.  Then, in 1973, he resigned to return to programme-making, claiming “I haven’t even seen the Galapagos Islands”.  First came Eastwards with Attenborough, a natural history series set in South East Asia, then The Tribal Eye, examining tribal art.

He is a younger brother of director, producer and actor Richard Attenborough.  He is widely considered a national treasure, although he himself doesn’t care for the term.

David Attenborough received a Knighthood for services to broadcasting in 1985.

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