Rhinos

Photo: Ray Morris, Black Rhino Dawn A rhinoceros is one of any five extant species of odd-toed ungulates in the family Rhinocerotidae, as well as any of the numerous extinct species. Two of the extant species are native to Africa and three to Southern Asia. September 22 is World Rhino Day Hashtag: #WorldRhinoDay Headlines dark-world-of-the-rhino-horn-trade – …

Coral

Poster: @BioDivLibrary, Coral Coral = a hard stony substance secreted by certain marine coelenterates as an external skeleton, typically forming large reefs in warm seas Spotlight Topic Planeta.com celebrates coral reefs around the world and the people who do their best to protect them. We are curious: what are the financial values for reef tourism? …

Insects

Photo: Marlene Ehrenberg Enríquez, Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Insect = a small arthropod animal that has six legs and generally one or two pairs of wings Essay While most nature travelers do not go out of their way to inspect the insects, it would be a far less interesting world without ants, bees, butterflies and the …

Butterflies

Photos Wikipedia: Butterflies are insects in the macrolepidopteran clade Rhopalocera from the order Lepidoptera, which also includes moths. Adult butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. The group comprises the large superfamily Papilionoidea, which contains at least one former group, the skippers (formerly the superfamily “Hesperioidea”) and the most recent analyses …

How can remote allies, friends, journalists, and others participate in #COP15?

Roofdog A request for the organizers of the 15th Biodiversity COP: Please show us communication strategies where remote participants can engage – listen, learn, and share relevant info. Translating: How can remote allies, friends, journalists, and others participate in #COP15? Spanish: ¿Cómo pueden los aliados, amigos, periodistas, y otras personas participar en forma lejana (remote …

15th Biodiversity COP (2020)

Poster Kunming, China is scheduled to host the 15th Biodiversity COP in October 2020 with the theme “Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth.” Given the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, these plans may change. Hashtags: #COP15, #Biodiversity2020 Planeta.com is updating this guide to the event, making requests of the organizers and participants …

International Day of Forests

Poster March 21 is the International Day of Forests. Hashtag: #IntForestDay The United Nations proclaimed March 21 the International Day of Forests. Starting in 2013, the day is observed each year to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of forests and trees to all life on earth. Key Links fao.org/international-day-of-forests posters Flickr 2020 https://youtu.be/tYm-PytLh9c Background Forests …

Forests

Photo: Mosquitia Forest = a large area covered chiefly with trees and undergrowth Celebrations March 21 is the International Day of Forests International Day of Forests Forests Mexico’s Forests and Notable Trees Bialowieza Forest Planeta.com Trees Trees Links IUCN Report: Guardians of the Amazon Forest (2017) Crown Shyness

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Lingo Cards Spotlight on Papahānaumokuākea National Monument Google Maps goo.gl/maps/ZVoQ9JWGyhtLDWQy6 How to pronounce Papahānaumokuākea? Have a listen: Papa-hanau-moku-akea. More online Papahanaumokuakea.gov, its @HawaiiReef. Here’s the media release from the US White House: The monument was originally created in 2006 by President George W. Bush and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010.  Since that time, …

Wild New Zealand

Hashtags Wildlife, biodiversity, and parks in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Features Department of Conservation New Zealand Great Walks in New Zealand Birds Kākāpō Kea Livestreaming Now: Royal Cam from Taiaroa Head/Pukekura Ministry for the Environment Motto: Aotearoa – he whenua mana kura mō te tangata Making New Zealand Aotearoa the most liveable place in the world …