SNN (ScrollingNetworkNews) ✿ ✿ Our Mel and Sydney returned to their nesting box with plenty of bonding occurring..but after 2.5 months of Sydney in the box from Dec 2013 to mid Feb 2014, the lack of prey gifts from Mel ( perhaps due to the severe and historic drought underway in California)and they have forgone the nesting process this year as many other raptors ✿ Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food. Pound for pound, Barn Owls consume more rodents – often regarded as pests by humans – than possibly any other creature. ✿ We remind viewers that sometimes owlets may not survive - the parents will dispose of things in "The Owl Way" -viewer discretion is advised, this is nature and the "Owl way". ✿ ~ ✿ “Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski, The Souls of Animals ✿ Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius." ~ E.O. Wilson

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Why you little Devil

The Tasmanian devil is one of the rarest animals on earth. A marisupial that has existed on this planet for thousands of years is being wiped out by a facial cancer. Timber concessionaires will bulldoze vast tracts of forests, then replant with only the desired species of trees that are turned into wood chips to export to Japan. Only certain types of wood make the best paper. These timber concessionaires then replant only the species they prefer. They grow saplings on the clearings, and these are vulnerable to insects, and rodents, deer, and many of the animals in Tasmania are very rare and endangered. Big business timber concessionaires used pesticides, then started poisoning forest creatures by dropping carrots laced with odorless, tasteless poisons made in Alabama, USA. The Taz devils ate animals that died from this poison, which in turn destroyed the Tasmanian devil's immunity to disease. These timber concessionaires buy the lease to the lands in Tasmania, and defend their right to do as they please with the land they use. Whatever the effort that conservationaists are doing to save the Taz are rendered useless if the habitat of these animals will be destroyed.