The internet is outraged over tragic loss of #CeciltheLion and for a very good reason – He was illegally poached by American, #WalterPalmer. Walt is a rich older white guy, a dentist, a big game hunter and – you guessed it – a major fucking douchebag. Here’s why:

1) He paid $50K to kill, skin, and behead a treasured African icon. Walt is apparently flush in murder money.
2) Palmer and team lured the great animal out of a protected reserve with bait and spot light to kill him. Illegal? You can say that again.
3) Cecil suffered for over 40 hours before Palmer tracked him down and finally killed him – for a trophy. Sickening.
4) Palmer was previously sentenced to a year of probation after lying about where he killed a black bear in Wisconsin a few years back. Walt clearly isn’t new to this game.
5) Palmer often goes after endangered big game, even killing a WHITE RHINO.
6) There are tons of photos circulating of Palmer posing with his dead endangered trophies. Google it if you want to see a grown man hugging bloody animal caucuses.
7) Cecil was part of longterm Oxford study and a major tourist attraction in Zimbabwe. The already hurting economy will surely suffer more.
8) Conservationists say that Cecil’s 5 cubs will likely be killed by the new Alpha male. So Walt really killed 6 lions in this illegal endeavor.
9) Locals serve 2-5 years for illegal poaching, but charges against Palmer have yet to be served.
10) There’s currently a manhunt underway in Zimbabwe to find Palmer. Why are you hiding, Walt?
11) According to a spokesperson for Palmer, he’s “upset” over the internet outrage and that the hunter has become the hunted. Sorry, Walt. You’re just a cruel asshole. It was a only a matter of time.

Just because you’re an old rich guy, doesn’t give you permission to do this heinous shit like this. Sign the petition demanding justice for Cecil: http://bit.ly/1D6wBLu

#endtrophyhunting Photo: Paula French

Puebloan archaeological site buried for safekeeping

ST. GEORGE, Utah — The excavated site of an unusual ancestral Puebloan pit house was reburied last week, closing the book on a recent effort to solve its mysteries but leaving open opportunities for future researchers.

After a four-month excavation, archaeologists discovered clues pointing to various uses and potential eras of habitation of the house, discovered last year just behind a backyard fence in Dammeron Valley. A bone awl was dated to 500 years ago, but researchers also found evidence of corn farming going back 1,500 years.

They learned little about who might have lived in the house, or for how long, and they are unsure when it was abandoned. 

“It’s like this unopened book of knowledge that maybe we can open later with new eyes and new techniques,” said Greg Woodall, an archaeological consultant and member of the Dixie Archaeological Society. Read more.

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Circulation just sent me this book, which apparently is actually the halves of TWO different books bound together accidentally by our commercial binder.

As far as I can tell, the first half of the book is “What we talk about when we talk about love" by Raymond Carver, and the second half is a book by Jilly Cooper, whose work we do not actually have listed  in our library catalog. In other words, one of these books IS from our library, and the other is probably from some other library. So that means there might be another library book floating around with the first half of Jilly Cooper’s book, and another book with the last half of our copy of Raymond Carver’s book.

Sigh.

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SOS – Save Our Salamanders! 

An exotic disease threatens hundreds of native species

If you’ve ever wandered the woods, you’ve probably seen one. That splash of color in the water, the shadow darting under a decaying log as you approach.

The U.S. has more species of salamanders than any other place in the world. They come in species large and small, brightly colored or well-camouflaged, frilled, spotted, and every other variation you can think of, and the entire menagerie is right here in our own back yards and woods. Sadly, many species are already threatened or endangered as their habitats become smaller and more developed and polluted by human activity. And now, these animals may be facing what experts are calling an “amphibian apocalypse.”

Salamanders are the next in line for what seems to be a wave of diseases attacking not just single species, but dozens or hundreds of related species at a time. First was the chytrid disease, threatening to wipe out frogs and other amphibians in the U.S. and around the world. Then it was white nose syndrome, which is decimating bat species across the continent. The latest enemy is another chytrid fungus – this one called Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans or Bsal for short. Like its frog-attacking counterpart, Bsal starts as a skin infection, rapidly becoming more serious, and nearly always lethal…

(read more: Defenders of Wildlife)

photographs via: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

One of our interns works on training with Renki. This particular behavior is called “touch” and requires the animal to touch their nose to our hand in order to get a treat. We use this behavior a lot with our animals, especially if they get grumpy like Renki. It’s a great “reset button” to keep their minds doing something productive.

Photo courtesy of Monty Sloan

heavy.com
Walter Palmer: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Walter Palmer, a dentist and big game hunter from Minnesota, is accused of paying $50,000 to slay Cecil, a famed…
By Tom Cleary

Learn a little more about this scumbag piece of shit poacher. Visit his Yelp page and join the thousands of other people giving him love ( http://www.yelp.com/biz/river-bluff-dental-bloomington?osq=Dr.+Walter+Palmer and http://www.yelp.com/biz/palmer-walter-j-dntst-minneapolis?osq=Dr.+Walter+Palmer )

If everything was legal and above the board…why TRY and FAIL to destroy the GPS tracker and WHERE is the mother fucking head? This guy is a lying piece of shit and a mother fucking CONVICTED POACHER!!! 

I wish you, Dr. Walter Palmer, the most horrible and painful death. 

You shot a fucking lion with a crossbow…allowed the animal to suffer for 40 mother fucking hours before finally shooting the poor majestic beast. Effectively, killing not only Cecil…but all of his cubs in the pride, you moronic fucking cocksucker.  You are a pathetic excuse of a human being…specially as a “doctor”. Rot in hell.

If you are so brave and such a great white hunter…why did you close your business, you pussy piece of garbage? Real tough guy, aren’t you.

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We’re currently processing a very large donation of books on logging, forestry, conservation, and the lumber industry in the Pacific Northwest, and wanted to share some of the great artwork we’ve come across. These are all part of our new David M. Larson Forestry Collection, which is still very much a work in progress. We will be adding new titles over the next couple months.

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White House Plays Down Pesticide Threat to Pollinators

by Cynthia Palmer

When the White House Pollinator Health Task Force released its long-awaited federal strategy in May, we applauded the Obama administration for this Herculean effort to protect the nation’s pollinators.

The first sentence of the Executive Summary raised our hopes: “Wherever flowering plants flourish, pollinating bees, birds, butterflies, bats, and other animals are hard at work, providing vital but often unnoticed services.”

Unfortunately, the rest of the document takes a more myopic view. There are positive aspects — who could be against planting more wildflowers? — but the plan tiptoes around the role of neonicotinoid insecticides commonly used in both agriculture and home gardens. This insidious class of chemicals has the potential to derail U.S. efforts on behalf of pollinators.

Hundreds of recent studies detail the worrisome effects of neonicotinoid pesticides, not just on honeybees but on birds, butterflies, earthworms, and a wide range of terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates — effects that occur when the chemicals are applied as directed. These chemicals are a primary driver in the bee declines of the past decade…

(read more: American Bird Conservancy - Bird Calls)

photographs:

Calliope Hummingbird, Kenneth Rush/Shutterstock
Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly, Rabbitii/Shutterstock
Bumble bee on tomato plant, David Schnerch/Shutterstock

nytimes.com
A Renegade Trawler, Hunted for 10,000 Miles by Vigilantes
For 110 days and across two seas and three oceans, crews stalked a fugitive fishing ship considered the world’s most notorious poacher.
By Ian Urbina

I have to share this with you!!!

The New York Times has published and article about our las Sea Shepherd´s operation Icefish, including some of my footage. This is absolutely exciting!

In this super short video is some of my footage. If you ever wondered what it´s like to be in a storm.. well, now you know!