PrairieDogElaine Miller Bond spent 3 months photographing prairie dogs at Bryce Canyon a few years back, and now she has a new book The Utah Prairie Dog: Life Among the Red Rocks (written by Theodore Manno and photographed by Elaine) to show for it.

Elaine has a lovely message to go along with her book launch announcement: “One thing that impressed me most about working with prairie dogs was their sense of community. They bark at danger to protect one another. They nurse babies from other moms. They kiss. Thank you for being a part of my community. May your own dreams come true this holiday season.”

May 26 2009 — A tiger reserve in India and a former military training area in Germany are among the 22 new sites from 17 countries added by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today to its World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Today’s additions brings the total number of sites on the list to 553 sites in 107 countries, UNESCO announced during its International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB-ICC) meeting on the Island of Jeju in Korea. Ten of the sites are in Asia, with Europe getting six and the rest divided among Australia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

Wend Magazine’s article, Ten Endangered Rivers That Still Have a Chance, posted by “peter.” (Note: the Sacramento-San Joaquin river system tops the list!)

A tour of the nation’s most endangered rivers—even on paper—is a sobering trip. The conservation group American Rivers today released a list of the top ten rivers in trouble all over America and the variety of locations is rivaled only by the types of threats facing these rivers—from floods to sewage to encroaching highways.

Orphaned elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Orphaned elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Thanks to Kaye McKenzie for this link to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, to which you can contribute by adopting or fostering an orphaned elephant or rhino.

Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick (“the first person in the entire world to successfully hand rear newborn fully milk dependent African Elephant orphans”) explains the organization’s philosophy: “Saving wildlife and wilderness is the responsibility of all thinking people. Greed and personal gain must not be permitted to decimate, despoil and destroy the earth’s irreplaceable treasure for its existence is essential to the human spirit and the well-being of the earth as a whole. All life has just one home — the earth — and we as the dominant species must take care of it.”

Turning the Tide

Turning the Tide

On April 2-3, 2009, the Institute at the Golden Gate will hold its premier signature program, Turning the Tide.  This prominent event will bring together Nobel Laureates, young activists, CEOs, philanthropists, venture capitalists, nonprofit leaders, scientists, artists and social entrepreneurs to help advance action on global sustainability.

Visit Turning The Tide to find out more.

“Head in the Sky, Feet in the Mud”—Conversations with Eco-Innovators

The Institute at the Golden Gate, in collaboration with Conservation International, presents the ongoing lecture series: “Head in the Sky, Feet in the Mud: Conversations with Eco-Innovators.” Begun on September 18, 2008, and continuing into the summer of 2009, the lecture series delves into environmental challenges faced throughout the world, looking into societies from Costa Rica to China. Click to learn more and to watch past lectures online.

Ecotrotters

February 10, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Ecotrotters.com “where ecology meets travel” targets eco travelers. “Our ECO community includes a photo section where users may upload their personal photo album with pictures from their trips, hotels, countries, and daily lives and comment on each other’s photos and hotels.” Articles include How to offset carbon emissions for travel and living and Is your ecohotel really green? How to tell.

Science Feeds

December 2, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Some of the best travel writing zeros in on specific aspects of place: food, history, flora and fauna, culture, etc.  If you want to keep up with what’s going on in the world of nature and science, check out Science Feeds.

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