The adventure is over for now and Ali is coming back home. I’m so grateful for she had lived this marvellous experience. As an activist she is, I can’t imagine how much it supposes for her, to finally met the most biggest wildlife area of the world, to put her foot on it, breath the air and see the place by herself. Any Drake Passage can’t erase anything of this gratifying experience, by the hand of a wonderful crew like Esther or Fernando, and of course by the hand of David and his penguins. I think one of the most powerful things of this trip, is that she made it our journey too. We lived every post, picture, video, and we enjoyed of everything together, with her.
This is only the first step of this adventure, I’m sure she won’t stop her adventure, and I’m sure she won’t stop to fight to protect the Antarctic. We shouldn’t either.
Thank you @alisonsudol for giving us a little piece of such a magical place, and for let us know a bit more about what is happening on there. 💙 my heart is full of joy, happiness and proud.
Remember you can find the link to sign the official petition of Greenpeace to protect the Antarctic right now on their profile - @greenpeace. We are a million trying it now!!!
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White Oak is not on fire today so we went out this morning to survey the results of the prescribed burns that were done yesterday. Besides seeing how the underbrush had been removed, we also found gopher tortoise burrows where their inhabitants had obviously 'sheltered in place'. Afterwards the tortoises had resurfaced and cleared the area around their burrows of ash and soot.
Did you know that a gopher tortoise burrow averages 15 ft in length and 6.5 feet deep? The record length for a burrow is over 47 feet long! Because of their length and depth the burrows maintain a fairly constant temperature and humidity throughout the year and protect the gopher tortoise, and the 350+ species they share their burrows with, from heat, cold, drought, and predators.
According to @myfwc, "Gopher tortoises have adapted to living in dry habitats with frequent fire occurrence by digging burrows deep into the sandy soil. The absence of natural cycles of burning in pine forests spells hardship for tortoises. The dense vegetation (shrubs, brambles, small trees) that grows in a forest in the absence of fire shades out the tender herbs tortoises like to eat, and limits their food supplies. Fire is vital in maintaining many native ecosystems, like longleaf pine sandhills, where gophers live."
You're welcome, gopher tortoise; you're welcome.
El Oso Andino (Tremarctos ornatus), hace presencia en el suroriente de Boyacá, específicamente en el macizo de Mamapacha y Bijagual, el cual tiene una extensión de 36.390 hectáreas y comprende municipios como Garagoa, Ramiriquí, Chinavita, Ciénega, Viracachá y Tibaná (Boyacá) #oso#bear#biodiversity#biodiversidade#animals#fauna#photo#nature#natural#pic Foto: @giovannypulidophoto
Looks like UC Santa Cruz's salamanders give the salamanders I find at UC Berkeley a run for their money! These Santa Cruz black salamanders (Aneides flavipunctatus niger) are a geographically isolated subspecies of black salamander that only occur in the Santa Cruz Mountains. As seen from these three individuals, the young start out highly speckled, and gradually lose their patterning with age, though some adults still retain some of the speckling. A study from Reilly and Wake 2015 at Berkeley (take that, Santa Cruz!) determined that the Santa Cruz subspecies diverged from the rest of the population found in the North Bay, due to geologic processes that led to the separation of the Santa Cruz Mountains from the Coast Ranges of Marin and Sonoma Counties. Subsequent extirpation of intermediate populations from Marin and southern Sonoma led to the high genetic divergence that we see today in this subspecies. In fact, some researchers propose elevating it into its own separate species, Aneides niger.
I want to thank @pantheracats Panthera for inviting me to be one of their Social Media Ambassadors. Panthera is a New York-based NGO that focuses on conservation of big cats throughout the world. But it goes beyond lions, cheetahs and leopards. Often these NGOs are the only ones funding security and development for communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Anti-poaching units sometimes are the only security forces in some areas, and after securing the big cats, they employ locals as guides and also provide them with education. Panthera seeks to have these communities benefit from tourism, like in El Pantanal in Brazil. Consider supporting them and other similar NGOs. Nature and humans are meant to co-exist, I believe.
Here’s a lovely little Auzzie scarab beetle. @jayswildlife says he is Saprinus species (Histeridae) — so, now you know! He may also be commonly known as a”clown beetle".
He also looks a bit like a piece of expensive 1900's jewelry and that's enough for me to get excited and photograph him! I love the metallic beetles and borers but they are difficult to photograph since they are reflective and are often iridescent -- this one was patient.
Want to learn more about the drivers and barriers to biodiversity conservation? Join our conversation featuring Women for Nature tomorrow at changingtheconversation.ca/edialogues
📷: Victor Larracuente on Unsplash
#DESCUBRE La espátula africana se diferencia de la espátula común por la zona pelada de color rojo que posee en su cara. Se localiza en gran parte en el sur del Sáhara y Madagascar. // #DISCOVER The African spatula differs from the common spatula by the bare red area it has on its face. It is located largely in the south of the Sahara and Madagascar.