Gregory Euclide: Laid Down and Wiped Away

Gregory Euclide, artist and teacher, creates temporary paintings during his twenty-five minute lunch breaks. They’re beautiful but the message he imparts through his works are more important. Euclide began creating temporary paintings on whiteboard as a demonstration to his students of the impermanence of nature. He relates this concept to societyʼs impact on the natural world by stating, “When people get to know nature and spend time in it, they start to realize how their actions affect it.”

Euclide’s project is called “Laid Down and Wiped Away” and he mainly uses Japanese Sumi ink, erasers and paper towels.

 

Rhinos and Elephants are Gardeners

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Rhinos and Elephants are actually ‘gardeners’ of tropical forests! These megaherbivores are seed dispersers, a function that is vital to the growth of many plants in spaces with little light and wind.

“In these forests in East Asia, the large diversity of plant species means that there is not enough space for all the trees to germinate and grow. As well as the scarce light, seed dispersion is made more complicated by the lack of wind due to the trees that are up to 90 metres high. Plant life is then limited to seeds dispersed by those animals that eat pulp. They either scatter seeds by dropping their food, regurgitating it or by defecating later on.

… In the case of large seeds, “plants need a large animal capable of eating, transporting and defecating the seeds in good conditions. This is where elephants and rhinoceroses come into play because they can scatter large quantities of seeds thanks to the fact that they slowly digest very little of their food.”

Really proves the point that everything on the planet plays a role that affects other things!

Read the full article here.

Tips for Taking a Nature Walk with Your Dog

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Going for a nature walk with your dog is great exercise and bonding time for you and your pet. But before you set off to that happy adventure, read these tips to make your time together more fun and safe!

Our Body Needs a Dose of Nature!

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Here’s a very interesting article that talks about how our bodies actually need the natural environment to stay healthy.

“There is something about the natural environment that is biologically part of our system. In a way, we are hard-wired to respond to it. Ecosystem services – even at a local, urban level – by giving people the opportunity to mentally, as well as physically, engage with the natural environment may just be tuning our bodies back into something, biologically, we have evolved to respond positively to.”

Purple in Palawan

Photograph courtesy Hendrik Freitag

A purple crab stares down the camera in the Philippine island of Palawan in an undated picture. The colorful crustacean, dubbed Insulamon palawanense, is one of four new species in the Insulamon genus described in a recent study.

The crab’s brilliant hues may simply help the species recognize its brethren, said study author Hendrik Freitag, of the Senckenberg Museum of Zoology in Dresden, Germany.

“The particular violet coloration might just have evolved by chance, and must not necessarily have a very specific function or reason aside from being a general visual signal for recognition,” said Freitag.

Freitag described the four new crabs—each between about an inch (2.5 centimeters) to 2 inches (5.3 centimeters) wide—from museum specimens and individuals collected during two field surveys in Palawan. Only one other species, I. unicorn, is already known in the genus, and it was identified in 1992.

—Christine Dell’Amore 

How To Turn A Little Patch of Grass Into a Forest

This video by Myles Thompson is a winner of the WWF Short Film Competition.

“My daughter created a tiny nature reserve in our garden to save the wildlife in the grass from the lawn mower. We stopped to talk about it, and then spent the afternoon looking for wildlife in the grass. What she found really amazed me: so many little creatures in a tiny patch of grass.

Wildlife often seems remote and disconnected from our day-to-day lives, and our impact on the environment as individuals seems minimal. But my daughter’s idea – that an individual can save a tiny patch of the earth suddenly changed the way I think, and inspired me to do something.

So, I’m sending out this thought in the hope that others may be inspired to appreciate the diversity of life on earth (even the slugs and snails) and take positive action to protect it. I hope this inspires you too.

As environmentalist David Orr wrote: “When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.”

Maybe together we can save an entire forest…starting with a tiny patch of grass?”

– Myles Thompson

The Endangered Species Print Project

What is it? It’s the ferocious Philippine Crocodile!

Another great effort that shouts “everyone can make a difference!”.

“The Endangered Species Print Project offers limited-edition art prints of critically endangered species. The number of prints available corresponds with the remaining animal or plant populations. For example, only 45 Amur Leopards remain in the wild, so for this edition, only 45 prints will ever be made. An organization whose mission is to the ensure the survival of the species depicted, is chosen to receive 100% of the sales price of each print.” ESPP is a project by artists Molly Schaferand Jenny Kendler.

Here are more samples of their endangered species prints. Get inspired by these artists, get creative, and help the planet!

Indri Lemur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guam Micronesian Kingfisher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amur Leopard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Javan Rhinoceros

Swimming with Whale Sharks? Know the Rules!

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Getting up close and personal with nature is a thing that humans love to do. Like swimming with whale sharks! What an experience! But remember that there are particular rules to follow to help keep both man and animal safe. Project Aware shares this code of conduct when with whale sharks–

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Environment and Nature Photographers: Daniel Bergmann

Daniel Bergmann started photographing at an early age. In 1999 he decided to shift his focus completely towards nature photography and has since been photographing Iceland’s wildlife and landscape.

“Nature photographers are a tribe of hardy souls that seem to endure enormous amount of pain and boredom. Our idea of fun is sitting motionless in a hide for hours and days or carrying too much gear for far too long… I also work as a writer, editor and graphic designer so that I actually get to see some of my work published. I’ve authored four books on Iceland’s nature and there will be more coming out soon. I enjoy making books, love holding them in my hands and still don’t have an iPad.” – Daniel Bergmann

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