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published in Animals, Change, Environment, Nature, Wolves by Maryanne | August 29, 2017 | No Comment

One Quick Way YOU Can Help Stop Wolf Cull in BC

(And no…you don’t have to be a BC resident)

 

 

“Gunning wolves from helicopters and using strangling snares on the ground have been the main tools used in an ongoing experiment to recover caribou herds protected by federal law.  These herds were pushed to the brink of extinction not because of wolves, but due to continued destruction and fragmentation of their habitat by logging, resource extraction and motorized recreation.”

– Wolf Awareness Inc

 

If you’ve heard about the wolf cull in BC and don’t support it:

One quick way you can take action, right now, to speak up on behalf of wolves in BC is to fill out this quick survey at wehowl.ca.

If you’re not familiar with the culling practice, here’s a bit of background from Wolf Awareness Inc:

On Feb 24th, 2017, British Columbia announced that aerial gunning of wolves would begin in a new area – Revelstoke-Shushwap – as the third provincially designated “wolf kill zone.”

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations stated they are “taking immediate action to save the Columbia North caribou herd from wolf predation.”

But killing wolves won’t repair what’s been damaged. Instead of protecting the homes and habitat caribou require, industrial interests have been allowed to trump conservation, ecology and ethics.

Over the winters of 2015 & 2016, a minimum of 288 wolves were killed in BC – most often through callous methods that prolonged suffering – under the guise of conservation.

More than $1.5 million tax dollars have been spent on aerial gunning wolves, despite no evidence to show this is increasing caribou numbers. In fact, there is a lack of scientific evidence that wolf kill programs will increase caribou populations.

Scientists and governments recognize that caribou populations are low because of ongoing destruction and impoverishment of the habitat they need to survive. Yet destruction and impoverishment of critical caribou habitat continues for industrial and recreational interests.

 

Killing wolves over a prolonged period creates major ecological repercussions that negatively impact many plants and animals in the ecosystem.

Those involved in planning the expanded wolf and cougar kill disregard the considerable damage that scientists understand happens in ecosystems when top predators are removed, and callously exhibit an indifference to the suffering experienced by wolf families as pack members are killed.”

– Chris Genovali, Executive Director, Raincoast Conservation Foundation

How you can take action:

If you haven’t already, please take the 5-minute survey (it actually only takes 3 minutes) at wehowl.ca.

If you are on Twitter, please follow Wolf Awareness Inc @wolfawareness and use the hashtag #NoWolfCull

 

About Wolf Awareness Inc.

Wolf Awareness Inc. is a non-profit charitable foundation, established in 1987,  whose primary goal is to promote positive attitudes towards predators in general, the wolf in particular, and to foster an appreciation for the environment of which we are all a part. They achieve their mission through the development and implementation of educational programs and by supporting scientific wolf research. Please visit wolfawareness.ca for details.

Related Blogs by Maryanne

Wolf Bounties Abound in Alberta

A Wolf Named Nakoda

Wolves in British Columbia Need Our Help

Help Stop Wolf Cull in Alberta

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here.

 

 

 

published in Animals, Environment, Face the Future, Nature by Maryanne | April 20, 2017 | No Comment

This is the 6th and final blog in the Spring 2017 Face the Future blog series:

Plant Milkweed for the Monarch Butterfly

 

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

~Maya Angelou

Monarch Butterfly Numbers Down Again 🙁

The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 27 percent this year, reversing last year’s recovery from historically low numbers, according to a study by government and independent experts released in February 2017.

The experts say the decline could be due to late winter storms last year that blew down more than 100 acres (40 hectares) of forests where migrating monarch butterflies spend the winter in central Mexico.

Millions of monarchs make the 3,400-mile (5,500-kilometer) migration from the United States and Canada each year, and they cluster tightly in the pine and fir forests west of Mexico City. They are counted not by individuals, but by the area they cover.

Another problem has been the loss of milkweed—the plant monarchs rely on for food—in the United States and Canada, because of the increased use of herbicides and the conversion of land to development.

The loss of forests in Mexico and milkweed north of the border has proved devastating.

For further details, please click here to read the entire report.

What you can do…

Plant milkweed in your garden!

 

Why Milkweed?

In their early caterpillar stage, the monarch’s source of food is the milkweed plant (World Wildlife Fund). Butterflies will usually lay their eggs on milkweed plants so that once they hatch, the caterpillar can start feeding on the milkweed leaves. Once the butterflies turn into adults, they can start sipping the nectar from the flowers.

Where to Find Milkweed Seeds

One place you can order milkweed seeds on-line is through the Save our Monarchs website.

New Butterflyway Project Taking Flight


The goal of the David Suzuki Foundation’s Butterflyway Project is to provide food and shelter for butterflies and bees by establishing a network of wildflower patches through neighbourhoods across Canada, starting in five cities in 2017.

This Mother’s Day, send the moms in your life a beautiful, original card. Your gift will help the Butterflyway Project welcome butterflies and other pollinators across Canada.

For further info on all things pertaining to milkweed and Monarch butterflies, please check out this link.

Face the Future is an on-line environmental awareness campaign that raises awareness about how and why individuals can lessen their environmental footprint one step at a time.

The 2017 blog series runs from Mar 24th to Apr 28th. To receive the weekly blogs via e-mail, here is the link to subscribe . Face the Future is an initiative of Pink Gazelle Productions Inc.  

published in Activity, Beauty, Environment, Face the Future, Inspiration, Nature by Maryanne | April 19, 2017 | No Comment

This is the 4th blog in the Face the Future 2017 spring blog series:

Getting Out into the Great Outdoors – Earth Play for Earth Day 2017

Maryanne & Sadie, Qualicum Beach, BC

“Kids who don’t get outside, who aren’t stimulated by their environment, won’t grow up with any motivation to protect our planet.”

– Earth Day Canada

Earth Day is Saturday April 22nd!

This year marks Canada’s 150th birthday and celebrations across the country are highlighting our great outdoors.

At a time when most children spend less than an hour per day outside, Earth Day Canada is asking everyone to “EarthPLAY for Earth Day 2017” by getting outside to connect to your nature!

Remember how you played as a child?

Did you spend a lot of time outside, building forts, climbing trees, inventing new games and getting your hands dirty, without any grownups interfering?

I sure did!

But according to Earth Day Canada, this type of play is rapidly disappearing from our world.

Why does Earth Day Canada care so much and why should you?

Because kids who don’t get outside, who aren’t stimulated by their environment, won’t grow up with any motivation to protect our planet. And kids who don’t connect to their inner nature through creative play won’t be as resilient as generations before them.

That’s why Earth Day Canada is dedicating this year’s campaign to outdoor play.

So whether you have kids or not, I hope you can get into the great outdoors on Apr 22nd and have some FUN while celebrating the beauty of nature 🙂

About Earth Day Canada

Founded in 1990, Earth Day Canada is a national charity that inspires and supports people across the country to connect with nature and build resilient communities.

For further information, please visit their website.

Face the Future is an on-line environmental awareness campaign that raises awareness about how and why individuals can lessen their environmental footprint one step at a time.

The 2017 blog series runs from Mar 24th to Apr 28th. To receive the weekly blogs via e-mail, here is the link to subscribe . Face the Future is an initiative of Pink Gazelle Productions Inc.