healthy ecosystem


Only a few animal species use tools and the Egyptian vulture is one of them. Egyptian vultures use rocks to crack open the hard shell of ostrich eggs. Despite their important role in healthy ecosystems, over half of the 23 vulture species are threatened or endangered. Learn about nature’s cleanup crew and how you can help: (Watch the full video on YouTube)

““The ancestral lands of indigenous peoples contain 80% of the earth’s remaining healthy ecosystems and global biodiversity priority areas.”

- Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change. 

Guys, this is why everyone needs to care about DAPL. Indigenous peoples and their careful custodianship of their land is doing *the entire world* a huge service in maintaining biodiversity and the environmental resources we need to combat emissions. Not only should no one should be encroaching on their rights to their ancestral lands, but we should be giving them damn prizes to acknowledge the vast and endless debt we all owe them for helping to mitigate the damage the rest of us are causing to the planet. 

If DAPL goes ahead, we *all* lose. 

@nabesima moving this to a new post so as not to clog people’s dashes. Just to warn I kinda start to ramble after a while but… further thoughts on Ashfall and the weird ecological conundrum that is the scorched forest below.

Your hatred of the canon map is shared. Working on a better one as we speak. I completely agree that Ashfall cannot possibly be 100% burning hell pit. Plus my Southern Hemisphere headcanon puts the place fairly close to the South Pole which means cold wet winters and mild dry summers. Also rain shadow effect from the mountains means a very wet, very green side of the wastes and a dryer more barren side that transitions nicely into the shifting expanse. re Northern California? 

Moving back to scorched forest mess. Pine forests are a common thing since pines grow quickly and very well in cooler alpine situations and again volcanic soil doesn’t hurt either. What’s a natural part of a healthy pine forest ecosystem? The occasional forest fire of course. Fueled by fire magic and other bullshit, it helps rejuvenate the forest and keep things healthy. During a burn, all the lovely fire spirits and animals we see in the coli come out. Otherwise it’s mostly the nature and ice aligned creatures who also live in the area. 

On to the centaurs. I’m saying the Wintermanes and company came over from the Southern Icefield perhaps via some sort of third age ice bridge which has since melted away (again thanks Flamecaller) once the effects of magical climate change became evident it was too late to move and they were boxed into their seasonally fiery home (by dragons, lava flows, what have you) just by how close they are one can surmise that black sand annex and the fortress of ends were once similar in climate meaning that it would’ve made sense for centaurs to migrate there in search of more livable conditions or fleeing enemies etc.


HAPPY PANGOLIN AWARENESS DAY!!!! Pangolins are adorble little solitary, nocturnal, insectavors who live majorly in Asia and Africa. They spend most their days sleepily curled up in a hollow tree or in a cozy lil burrow, in fact the name “pangolin” comes from the Malay word “pengguling”, meaning “something that rolls up” but at night they sneak out of their hidey holes to look for food #relatable. It’s believed that a single pangolin consumes more than 70 million insects per year!! This means that they have a huge and important part in helping maintain a healthy ecosystem.


-Baby pangolins travel around with their mothers by riding on the base of her tail.
-The scales of these critters make up about 20% of their total body weight.
-When the pangolin’s tongue is fully extended, it can be up to 16 inches longer than its entire body length.
-Pangolins’ scales are made of keratin, the same protein that makes up our own hair and nails, rhino horns, and the “teeth” of baleen whales.

Sadly, these adorable lil mammals are critically endangered. The biggest threat to all pangolin species today is illegal, commercial hunting for human consumption. African species are largely hunted as bushmeat, but there also seems to be some regional use of their scales and other body parts in folk medicines and cultural traditions and rituals. In China and Vietnam (the primary sources of demand for pangolins), the flesh of both adult and fetuses is considered a delicacy and some mistakenly believe they will be blessed with health benefits if they eat it. Their scales, blood, and other body parts are also widely used in traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs) and ‘health tonics’ despite the fact that scientific studies have proven that keratinous body parts of other animals (e.g. rhino horns) are void of any medicinal or curative properties.

The key to growing edibles in a time of drought is healthy soil. In the same way that our bodies depend on millions of microscopic organisms to stay functional and in balance, healthy soil is host to a microscopic world that gives it—and the plants that grow in it—the necessary building blocks for a healthy ecosystem. The organisms in the soil create and maintain the pathways through which water and nutrients travel. Without happy soil life, you don’t have soil—you just have dirt.

On VERSO, research horticulturist and Huntington Ranch Garden coordinator Kyra Saegusa talks soil health and sheet mulching.

caption: Just about six months of sheet mulching produces rich compost, teeming with soil life. Photo by Lisa Blackburn.


The Brain Scoop:
Spiders, The First Web Developers

There isn’t a whole lot of love for spiders in our world – at least, not from humans. Out of any creatures in the animal kingdom they seem to have the worst reputation among people. Spiders are most often our allies in the way they capture and kill pest insects, quietly left to themselves in the corner of a room, basement or garage. Outside, they play a major role in maintaining healthy ecosystems and stabilizing habitats. Their diversity is immense, and their history is one worth exploring. 

Thanks to Dr. Petra Sierwald for sharing her love of these leggy creatures with us! 

Are you a fan of spiders?

Be wary of witchcraft books

It has come to my attention that Melusine Draco author of Traditional Witchcraft for the Seashore is not using ocean conservation friendly spells and such in the book. Apparently in the beginning of the book, it says to put your intent in a PLASTIC container and THROW it in the ocean. No. Stop. This isn’t healthy for the marine ecosystem! Plastic doesn’t decompose. It doesn’t go away just because the waves carry it off. If you’re a beginner sea witch and don’t realize these things, it’s ok, but please don’t do this. These plastics break up and become microplastics eaten by marine organisms. If that’s not enough to deter you, WE then EAT the organisms eating the microplastics! Pollution and marine debris in our oceans not only upsets the marine ecosystems, but also the Earth’s ecosystem including land animals and humans!

Pease be careful when reading books on Sea Witchcraft. Keep our oceans in mind!

Meet the #CarbonFarmer. The free-roaming, humanely raised American buffalo help keep the Great Plains ecosystem healthy. Their unique grazing habits with their soil-tilling hooves and nutrient input allow native grasses – and the hundreds of species that depend on them – to thrive. And thriving grasslands, and healthy soil as a result, are a great carbon sequestering system.

Today we announce our new @patagoniaprovisions Buffalo Jerky, a product of our partnership with Dan and Jill O’Brien of Wild Idea Buffalo. Learn more about the #CarbonFarmer through the link in our profile. by patagonia

Photograph by @paulnicklen // Spinner shark migration along East coast of Florida. When all we hear is doom and gloom it is very refreshing to see such a plethora of these small sharks as they make their way along the coast of the US. What was cool about this is that there were dozens of people in the water within a few hundred yards of these sharks and they had no idea. And, of course, there was no conflict. Sharks are vital to keeping our marine ecosystems healthy. Please follow me on @paulnicklen to see my favorite underwater shark images. #sharks #migration #nature #gratitude @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @picoftheday #instagramhub by natgeo

Photograph by @paulnicklen
A young Ringed Seal peers cautiously through the glassy water surface for polar bears before taking a breath. All species in the polar regions, one way or another depend on a healthy icy ecosystem. To see other images of my favorite polar species please follow me on @paulnicklen. This week, we will be focussing on pinnipeds (seals, sea lions and walruses) With @sea_legacy @cristinamittermeier @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @elplanetaphoto #seal #climatechange by natgeo