Friday, August 24, 2012

Meerkats: Surviving in the Unforgiving Kalahari Desert

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Meerkat or Suricate (Suricata suricatta)

MEERKATS 3D Follow Klinky and her clan as they take on the challenges of living in the unforgiving Kalahari Desert. This tale of strength, survival, family and FUN will delight audiences of all ages!

Meerkat or Suricate (Suricata suricatta)

Meerkat or Suricate (Suricata suricatta) Status: Least Concern Range: Angola; Botswana; Namibia; South Africa

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sacred Earth: Time Lapse Journey Around the World

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King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus), Fortuna Bay, South Georgia Island

Terra Sacra Time Lapses - Sacred Earth Around the World An around-the-world time lapse journey celebrating our Sacred Earth. Six years in the making... seven continents... 24 countries. Photographed & Edited by Sean F. White Original score by Roy Milner

Sean F. White My life as a filmmaker has been a journey which has blessed me with the privilege of seeing some of the most surreal and timeless places on the planet. These images of our Sacred Earth set to music are my way of sharing some of the magic I’ve experienced along the way...

Terra Sacra Time Lapses is a short film featuring remote landscapes and ancient monuments from around the globe. These images were photographed between 2006-2012 on personal travels and assignments for Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge and Parallax Film Productions.

Djenne Mosque, Djenne, Mali

Mount Fuji, Japan

Machu Picchu, Peru

The Kimberley, Australia

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Woodpeckers vs. The World!

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Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)

Woodpeckers vs. The World! Acorn woodpeckers must deal with birds of prey, greedy ground squirrels, and a hectic gathering schedule to protect their treasured acorn hoard.

Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Bringing Back the San Juan Capistrano Swallows

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Visitors come to witness the "miracle" of the return of the swallows

The Return of the Swallows The American Cliff Swallow is a migratory bird that spends its winters in Argentina and makes the 6,000-mile (10,000 km) trek north to the American Southwest in springtime. According to legend, the birds, who have visited the San Juan Capistrano area every summer for centuries, first took refuge at the Mission when an irate innkeeper began destroying their mud nests. The Mission's location near two rivers made it an ideal location for the swallows to nest, as there was a constant supply of the insects on which they feed, and the young birds are well-protected inside the ruins of the old stone church.

Bringing Back the Swallows Thirty years ago, the Cliff Swallows stopped migrating to the Mission at San Juan Capistrano, Calif., after it underwent renovations. But now biologists are trying to lure the swallows home by playing the birds’ courtship song just beneath the mission’s bell tower. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Living Planet Report 2012: Resource Demand Increasing, Biodiversity Decreasing

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Biodiversity continues to be lost on planet Earth

We may not recognize it, but virtually every decision we make comes with a price to our planet—a small, but not insignificant, withdrawal of the earth’s resources. Added together, these withdrawals represent our environmental footprint.

WWF’s 2012 Living Planet Report highlights the cumulative pressure we are putting on the planet and the resulting decline in the health of our forests, rivers and oceans.

We are living as if we have the resources of an extra planet at our disposal. We’re using 50 percent more resources than the Earth can provide, and unless we change course that number will grow very fast—by 2030, even two planets will not be enough.

The Living Planet Report finds:

• Biodiversity continues to be lost: Populations of species continue to decline, with tropical and freshwater species experiencing the biggest declines.

• The U.S. has the fifth largest ecological footprint in terms of the amount of resources each person annually consumes. We rank only behind Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, and Denmark in the global rankings of the Ecological Footprint.

• Resource scarcity is already being experienced across the globe, as 2.7 billion people around the world already are forced to cope with water scarcity during at least one month a year.

A View from Space Listen to European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut AndrĂ© Kuipers talk about the health of the planet. Learn more about WWF's 2012 Living Planet Report at

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Seeking Alpha