animals in decline

Though the Museum’s diorama of American bison and pronghorn is set in the mid-1800s, its contents needed a 21st-century update. In 2012, this bison and its fellow animals in the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals received touch-ups from a team of artists, taxidermists, and conservators. President Theodore Roosevelt, whose official New York State Memorial is at the Museum, was a major advocate for American bison. As a rancher living in North Dakota, he saw the animals’ decline. To prevent their extinction, he created two big game reserves: Montana’s National Bison Range and Oklahoma’s Wichita Game Preserve. When Roosevelt became vice president in 1900, bison were nearly extinct. Today, thanks in part to the President’s efforts, there are approximately 30,000 wild bison living in conservation on federal, tribal, state, and private lands.

You can find this touched-up bison in the Hall of North American Mammals:

anonymous asked:

hey finch, if its okay asking - what was your very first map part or animation in general? i wanna see how you started out animating, but feel free to decline :3 have a nice day!

ooh this was my first ever map part, a gravity falls one lmao

And here is one of the oldest animations I can find

I still remember doing this and being proud of it smh. I did this and some other tiny animations in 2009 and then didn’t touch animation again until 2014


head-shot: $10

bust: $15

full body: $25

color: +$10

line-art: +$15

background: +$20 for detailed, +$15 for designs/transparent, +$5 for flat color

additional character: +$10 (for each other character after that is another $5)

icons: $10


- i mostly do humans, but i can do anthros/furries as well. (which means no full-on animals.)

- i can decline any offer i want. (i will let you know if i have declined your offer and for what reason. i might try to compromise with you.)

- the art i sell you is mine. i will sign the pieces, and if you erase the signatures/sell it/say you made it, i will report you.

- i will do fandoms and ocs, as long as you give me at least one reference picture/description for each character.

- no hard/extreme gore. (i will tell you what i am comfortable with, but i am open to experimentation with this.)

- no complex designs. (i will let you know if something is too complicated for me.)

- for all nsfw and/or shippy requests: no rape, pedophilia, or incest. i do not tolerate any of those things.

- you must tell me the point of view and whether you want separate pictures for backgrounds or other characters, as well as what position you want the characters to be in.

- message me via tumblr messenger if you’re interested and i’ll give you my email so we can discuss your commission!!!!

Full Confession:

I honestly don’t know how they did it. In SoS, I read on that Eda dies. I laughed and thought it was a bit morbid for a kids game, but didn’t think about it too hard as I went to play. In summer she’s out farming when you go visit her plot. Later, she stops caring for her garden. Then you stop seeing her out and about. Then her farm is totally neglected and you think, should I feed her animals? So there’s a whole decline … and it’s very upsetting. When they finally go to the cutscene of her funeral, I actually felt myself welling up with tears, I couldn’t believe it. I was in shock. I’ve never experienced that in a computer game before ….

brihndille  asked:

so I'm a trapeze artist, and I recently got an offer from a really big circus to sign a 6 month contract to go on tour with them. problem is, they use animals in their shows. I declined the offer and explained my ethical standpoint to them, and while I know it would have looked good on my resume, I feel proud of myself for sticking up for my values instead. just wanted to share :)

Wow mango–queen ! You have enough reasons to be proud of :) 

Moose mortality: scientists try to explain mystery of animals’ decline

“Moose are a symbol of Minnesota,” says Dr Ron Moen. But their future is bleak. It’s not due to hunting; the state stopped that three years ago. Something else is happening to them.

Since 2006, the state has lost more than half its moose population – from more than 8,000 to 3,450 – and in some places they’ve virtually disappeared. Moen is trying to find out why. He and colleagues at the University of Minnesota Duluth have been using remote mapping techniques as well as GPS collars that track the animals’ movements to understand how moose use their environment and to detect when a moose dies.

Climate change, says Moen, may be part of the problem. Minnesota has had unusually warm winters for the last few years and warmer temperatures can overheat the shaggy, cold-adapted animals. It is also thought that higher temperatures could help spread diseases and pests such as ticks and brain worms.

“The other thing that’s happened over the last 15 years is that calf survival has declined,” says Moen. Attempting to shed light on this, and the contribution played by predators, researchers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have been using GPS collars on newborns annually since 2013.