The San Francisco Chronicle reports In 1981 the Xerces Society, a nonprofit environmental organization that focuses on invertebrate conservation, counted more than 1 million western monarchs wintering in California. The group’s most recent count, over Thanksgiving weekend, recorded less than 30,000 butterflies — an 86-percent decline since 2017 alone. Researchers with the group called the number “disturbingly […]

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THIS BLOG TAKING A HOLIDAY BREAK…

until January 2, 2019. Happy Holidays! We wish all was well with the world’ wild animals…unfortunately not.

By Damian Carrington as published on The Guardian The huge loss is a tragedy in itself but also threatens the survival of civilization, say the world’s leading scientists Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world’s foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an […]

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