Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

January 27, 2013

It Works For People, Why Not For Panthers?

 A Florida Panther

There are at least 20 places in Thailand right now, that are storing sperm and cells for many
Critically Endangered animals, so why can't we do this in Florida for the Panther,
who is on the absolute brink of extinction?
The Thai Government is working in tandem with Zoos and Wildlife Conservation Institutions.
Well, we have these in this country, so why aren't we doing the same thing here?
If it works for the Panthers, we could then move on to other mammals, like the Right Whale, etc.
We have to do something, because so far, nothing else has worked for either of them.
Human interference is keeping both of them from making any kind of recovery.
Scientists are supposed to be the ones who "think outside of the box."
Ok, so it's time to start a new plan.

January 20, 2013

Who Will Cry For The Animals?

Today is a very sad day for my family, as one its most admired members has passed.
Over the past three days, there have been so many prayers, kind words
and loving thoughts posted on each of our Facebook pages, which is
of course, to be expected at this time of sorrow and remembrance.
But last night, knowing that today at the church most of this part of my family attends,
there will be much said and done to show affection and respect for this person, that
instead of sleeping, I was thinking about all of the animals who die every day
and wondered if anyone will cry or pray for them.
Sadly, many animals die at the hands of humans for their body parts;
their tusks, fur, skins, antlers, horns, and appendages,
others die merely for sport and saddest of all,  some die just for spite.
Does anyone cry for any of them?
Do you? If not, why not?
Are not their lives just as important as a humans?
My hope in writing about what must seem ghastly, or even repugnant to some,
or perhaps all, is that maybe you might have never thought about this before.
So, if you have not, maybe today, you will think about an animal that you know
has died and feel sad, or maybe even shed a tear for it.
And I am not talking about our pets when I say this, I am talking about animals that
you know nothing about, you know, the one with no names or families to love them.
Maybe today will be the day you choose to help stop the needless deaths
of so many animals on this planet, who have no voice.
Will this be the day that you choose to become a voice for the voiceless
and just maybe, perhaps cry for them when they die?

January 13, 2013

So Much To Choose From In Florida

 A Florida PantherWhooping Cranes in flightRight Whale Mother and CalfFlorida Loggerhead TurtleManatees headed for a disaster

If like me, you love the environment and all of the wild things in it
and wish to help them all to live to be very old,
Florida is your kind of place.
In this one state, there are so many causes to join, animals to defend, places to protect,
or speak out about, that it can all be just a bit overwhelming.
So, after living here for the past 8 or so years, I have gathered some information about
the most needy things here and the groups dedicated to saving and or protecting them.
This is an abbreviated list of what Florida has, to help get you involved
and on the road to making a difference:
and lastly, more Birds than you can count on your fingers and toes~
So, to begin your quest in helping to save any and every wonderful thing in Florida,
here are just a few of the many places you might begin:

January 6, 2013

26 Acts

 1-2 hour old Key Deer Fawn, picture credit: CWRL-SIUC/Key Deer Protective Alliance
A Key Deer Fawn

As the 2012 year end post was so very sad, I choose to begin 2013 with more hopeful thinking.
Lately, the world all around us has become so violent and ugly that sometimes I just want to crawl back into bed and pull the covers over my head, but that would serve no purpose really.
So, in light of the recent sad news everywhere, I wish to believe that 2013 will be, must be, a better year not only for all of the fragile, delicate things that I love, but for the entire Human Race as well.
If each of us does what was suggested by someone right after Newtown, that we all might voluntarily commit 26 random acts of kindness, couldn't that also include our out there on the edge, hanging on by just a thread, endangered plants and wildlife on the planet too?
So, nice to meet you New Year 2013 and I would like to let you know, that I have already begun those 26 random acts of kindness this week and intend to continue doing them all year long, wherever I just happen to be.
It can't hurt and it just makes you feel so good~