Celebrating Matariki (2016)

Poster: Matariki Matariki is the Māori name for the stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster in the constellation Taurus. Celebrations begin on the day of the first new moon following the rising of the star cluster. In 2016 the Matariki star cluster rose in New Zealand skies on Thursday, June 6, beginning a …

State of the World’s Plants

Just Published: State of the World’s Plants Download report (pdf) The report – prepared by Kathy J. Willis and Steve Bachman with contribution from 80 experts from the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London – provides, a first-time ever baseline assessment of our current knowledge on the diversity of plants on earth, the global threats these plants currently face, and …

World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate

The latest UNESCO report on World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate was published this week, with a startling omission: At the request of the Government of Australia, references to Australian sites were removed from the Report (recent information about the state of conservation of the Great Barrier Reef is available on UNESCO’s website …

2016 #WorldRangerCongress in Colorado

May 2016 – This week the 8th World Ranger Congress takes place in Estes Park, Colorado and provide rangers and protected area professionals the opportunity to learn new skills, share knowledge, create lasting partnerships, and be inspired by their colleagues. The event takes place at the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park May 21-26. Between 300 and 400 …

Re-Dedication of the Desert View Watchtower #nps100 #findyourpark

Breaking. This story is being updated. Grand Canyon, Arizona –The National Park Service (NPS) and its partners invite the public to a re-dedication ceremony at the Desert View Watchtower on Sunday, May 22, 2016. The ceremony, a National Park Service Centennial event, commemorates the grand re-opening and rededication of the Watchtower from a souvenir shop to …

Desert National Wildlife Refuge Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Saturday, May 14, the refuge celebrates its 80th anniversary, having first opened May 20, 1936. The much newer visitors’ center hosts the celebration from 9am-1pm. There will be a bird hike, guided walks, cake and more. Free for everyone. Our questions – what is the status of the refuge and how land may or may not …

Mexico’s Invisible 2016 Tourism Trade Show

Tianguis Turístico is underway in Guadalajara, Mexico but the trade show’s online presence is sorely lacking. Recommendation: participants find a way of benevolently hacking the event. Live video is a must. Remote participants need access to presentations and press conferences. Any tourism event worth its salt this year haslivestreaming video starting with the exhibitors — …

The best way to help Ecuador is to visit Ecuador

Planeta.com – A 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Ecuador has left more than 600 people dead and thousands injured. This week the country mourns. In an impromptu hangout Friday, April 22, Dominic Hamilton shared his observations and reflections from Quito. Dom’s main take-home message: The best way to help Ecuador is to visit Ecuador. Planeta’s request/challenge: we need to …

Planeta’s New Look

Henderson Library by Ron Mader Hello, 2016. This is the beginning of a long-overdue overhaul of the content-rich and award-winning Planeta.com website. Personally, your humble editor is just learning how to navigate the new hierarchy of URLs, along with tagging and links. Friends who would like to help migrate the old content or assist with editing, …