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Species and their Appreciation

Species and their Appreciation

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, May 23, 2015/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, marine life, sustainability, environment

                  Pacific Atoll and Fringing Coral Reefs seen from Space (credit: NASA)


You probably missed it but May 22nd was  International Day for Biodiversity  as declared by the United Nations. The designation of a specific day is intended to increase understanding and appreciation of biodiversity issues and projects underway to encourage actions to reduce species losses. This year, island nations are being highlighted for their efforts to conserve biodiversity and promote sustainable marine-based livelihoods. These oceanic nations are especially appropriate as their economies are so closely tied to the health of the marine ecosystems surrounding them. Their actions are called “bright spots,” that point towards more sustainable development practices that could be replicated elsewhere..

Another case of species appreciation is the designation also this week of  World Turtle Day  which  brings attention to and increased knowledge about turtles and tortoises. Turtle Day encourage actions to help the reptiles survive and thrive.
The day is celebrated worldwide in diverse ways, from dressing up as turtles for a parade or wearing green summer dresses on a stroll; to rescuing turtles stranded on highways; to research activities on turtle nesting. Lesson plans and craft projects offer classroom teaching about turtles to kids and are available from the American Tortoise Rescue organization.
             
               
                                                        
  Eastern Box Turtle  (credit: Wikicommons)

Not to be outdone by specific days, the College of Environmental Science & Forestry (ESF) at SUNY has just released their annual  report  on ten newest species discovered during 2014. The ESF is dedicated to the exploration, inventory, and classification of earth’s species, and to build public awareness of biodiversity and species conservation. Among the 10 species just discovered is a new spider, frog, and bromeliad.

It's heartening to know that species keep being discovered or that days are designed to be mindful about their conservation. The biodiversity goals are big and many tasks will need to be attempted. There's an opportunity for anyone to become involved. Everyday should be a "species appreciation day"...

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