I am mentally and physically tired. I have gone through a roller coaster of emotions this past week, and have experienced my first major storm as general manager of a huge wildlife sanctuary. To say the least, I learned many lessons, but I am so proud of the volunteers that have come in. The teamwork had kicked ass!!! We had people climbing over trees to feed animals, people risking their lives in the middle of the storm to ensure the safety of our residents and I am proud to be surrounded by such great people! We still need help, both physically and monetary! THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HAS HELPED AND HAS COMMITED TO HELPING!!💖💖💖 #eop#evergladesoutpost#wildlife#sanctuary#wild#animals#florida#hurricane#volunteers#teamwork#lovetheteamwork#reptiles#blackthroatmonitor#monitors
"Boat life is kind of a (usually frustrating) dance in a sense, constantly moving around each other. Much of the work is untangling the salmon from the net and getting them gently into the refrigerated seawater right away. There is always something to do, always things to fix, prepare, organize, clean, improve or replace." -Frances Bursch #bristolbaynation#knowyourfisherman
While a pika can live in a wide range of air temperatures, the microclimates where they spend most of their time average 32 degrees. When those microclimates warm, pikas overheat and die. But a recent study has shown that lands protected by The Nature Conservancy around Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Idaho will play an important role in connecting pika populations and providing suitable habitat for pikas and other wildlife threatened by climate change.
Photo by @blensch_photography
Have you heard that the elusive but beautiful Snow Leopard is no longer considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature? The downgrade to a "vulnerable" designation follows a three-year assessment of snow leopard populations by researchers from Panthera (@pantheracats), the Snow Leopard Conservancy (@snowleopardconservancy), the Wild Conservation Society (@thewcs), and academia.
That doesn't mean snow leopards are doing okay, though. They still face a high risk of extinction from habitat loss, declines in prey populations, and poaching. It is critical to continue and expand conservation efforts to protect this iconic species.
What do you think, @biologistimogene?