Love this little cutie!
Piper Plover Chick by Brian E Kushner on Flickr.
We as a society have begun to think of what our elders are capable of as merely pinochle and dancing and bingo — and that’s such a waste of humanity. It really is. I mean, that’s sadder in my opinion than cases of neglect that you see in facilities. To see someone who is, or was a doctorate — had a doctorate — or was a high-level professional or was just good at what they did, could have been a cabinet maker, and then to see them lose that edge, to see them stop and become what I call elder zombies. It’s very sad, very sad. — Former journalist Martin Bayne on societal perceptions of the elderly (via nprfreshair)
This is me.
roof garden plus houses!
WHAT THE WHAT?!
The Chinese city of Zhuzhou, the second largest in the province of Hunan, is being pressed under the tremendous pressure of growth. Home to many a manufactory and textile mill, residents are seeking new ways to live close to work while preserving the spaciousness of the countryside. Thus, these wonderful photos of McMansion-style housing atop a five-story shopping center in the central district of Zhuzhou.
There is grass up there, which I think ALL buildings should have, but houses? Can they have parties up there? I’m curious about the weight-load on the roof. I have so many questions.
Feds to Shoot Endangered Mexican Wolf - I would send $$ to reimburse the ranchers if that meant we could find a way for them all to coexist….
The alpha female of the Fox Mountain Pack of Mexican gray wolves will be shot due to the seven-member pack preying on four head of cattle over several months. The owners of the cattle will be fully reimbursed, but the wolf family will lose their matriarch, according to a kill-order issued Wednesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to its sister agency, U.S.D.A. Wildlife Services. Last year, only 58 Mexican wolves and six breeding pairs survived in New Mexico and Arizona, their only home in the wild.” More: CBD
My readers know that I love wolves (and birds). Protection of their habitat has a special place in my heart and me wee brain. The Mexican Gray Wolf is protected by the Endangered Species Act. There are about 40 left, and they live here. They cross into Mexico, making it a trans-boundary species that, in my and some conservation lawyers’ opinions, ought to be subject to international law and protection. They’re not.
More information about this beautiful animal:
- Monthly status of the Mexican gray wolf, here
- Center for Biological Diversity PSA
- Mexican gray wolf recovery program
- Facts: Diet, range, behavior, size, etc.
The only thing that can be done, effectively, is to check out and join the Center for Biological Diversity and the Defenders of Wildlife.