Archive for the ‘News & Boos’ Category

Mermaids and Wildlife Saved from Navy Sonic Testing

Monday, March 18th, 2013

On March 8th, 2013, the NY Times published an article by the Associated Press: California Regulators Reject Navy Offshore Training. The article pertains to the Navy insisting that their sonic and explosives training would not have an effect on our sea life. Bogus! Thankfully, the Navy lost this argument and the regulators found that it could be, in fact, detrimental to our endangered mammals such as the blue, fin, and beaked whales. This reminded me of a documentary I saw on The Discovery Channel entitled “Mermaids” chronicling mass whale, sea life, and mermaid beachings caused by Navy Sonar Testing. This is not new and it is clearly dangerous.

OC- Natalie Kelley

Stop the Buying…Stop the Killing

Friday, March 8th, 2013

While searching the internet for an interesting article concerning wildlife conservation, I came across an unusual ad that ran during an Oklahoma City Thunder – New York Knicks game Thursday night.  The ad featured center for the Knicks, Tyson Chandler. It was only a 30 second spot but it paralleled the elephant in his habitat alongside the basketball players in theirs. It showed piles of elephant tusks that had been cut off the elephant carcasses.  The message was simple, as Tyson said, “Please support conservation, never buy products made from ivory…because when the buying stops, the killing can, too”.

Eye Help Animals supports wildlife around the world – when you purchase an Eye Help Animals wildlife collectible pin, 25% of the profits are donated to wildlife conservation and habitat preservation organizations. Purchase an elephant pin for $4.95. Other products are available for purchase.

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Love Is In The Air

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

What do Barry White and Marvin Gaye have in common? Why flamingo mating of course! Eve was not the only one tempted by the apple, just ask the people at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center in Southwest China. Read more about these zoo “Tricks” at Mental_floss “7 Tricks Zoos Use to Get Endangered Animals to Mate” by Lauren Hansen.

-OC Natalie Kelley

Giant Panda Eye Wildlife Collectible Pin
This beautiful wildlife collectible pin features the artwork of professional artist DJ Geribo. Depicted is the eye of the Giant Panda. Wear this pin with pride and know that you are helping to save the giant panda!

25% of the profit from every item we sell helps save wildlife and protect habitat.

See Our Mission Statement to find out more.

Price: $4.95

Don’t Poison the Owl!

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Have you ever used rat poison to get rid of a rodent problem, even as a last resort? I have and I will never use it again, thanks to an article I read on entitled “An Owl’s death in Ridgefield Park points up dangers of rat poison”. Not only are owls dying at a staggering rate, but hawks and all other wildlife that rely on rodents as part of their diet are being poisoned. Trapping is probably your safest and best option, so let’s save these beautiful birds together!

-OC Natalie Kelley

Great Horned Owl Eye Wildlife Collectible Pin
This beautiful wildlife collectible pin features the artwork of professional artist DJ Geribo. Depicted is the eye of the Great Horned Owl. Wear this pin with pride and know that you are helping to save the Great Horned Owl! 25% of the profits on every item we sell helps save wildlife and protect habitat. See Our Mission Statement to find out more.
Price: $4.95

The Lion Lady Strikes Again!

Monday, January 28th, 2013

We are ecstatic to report that Cheryl Semcer a.k.a “The Lion Lady” of Hoboken NJ is at it once again. Back in August of 2012 she stated a petition to end the sale and food preparation of lion meat at a restaurant in Witchita, Kansas- she won! Now she has started a petition on urging the U.S. government to not only place lions on the Endangered Species List, but now under the “Endangered Species Act”. The government does not currently protect animals unless they are listed under the “Act”. This would prevent the importation of lion trophies, parts, and the sale of lion meat. The lion population has decreased over the last 50 years by 90%, due  primarily in part to severe habitat loss, exotic animal trade, trophy hunting, etc. Urging the U.S. government to now protect the lions would greatly increase their chance for survival.

OC- Natalie Kelley

Robots Helping Nature

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Surprising even to me, as an artist, I also love technology and being married to an internet architect it is easy for me to convince him to purchase the latest gadget out there (he usually wants it, too). So when I hear about scientists using technology to learn more about nature, I want to find out more. It is true, technology is used in pretty much every aspect of our lives, but animals, nature, and the wild is about as far as you can get from anything to do with computers or robots. I was excited to read about robots that are used to detect endangered whales in the waters off the coast of Portsmouth, NH, about an hour from where I live.

The robots, called gliders, are able to listen to the calls of whales and report back to researchers on shore. Sofie Van Parijs, leader of the Passive Acoustic Research Group at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) said “These gliders provide a great complement to this system. Knowing where right whales are helps you manage interactions between an endangered species and the human activities that impact those species.”

Besides tracking the whales in the water, another goal was to collect samples of the crustaceans or zooplankton on which the whales feed to have a better understanding of the ocean’s conditions and how these conditions affect the food the whales eat, and what is it that attracts the whales to a certain area, i.e., the New England coast. Through the efforts of the team, which included experts on identifying right whales from the New England Aquarium, during their week on the research ship, the experts recognized four whales of which two males were born in 2006, one male was born in 2004, and one female was born in 2008.

For more information about this exciting discovery, go to the Science Daily website:

The Netherlands is Down on Fur

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The Netherlands has just signed momentous legislation ending mink farming. With the Netherlands ranking as the third largest producer of mink fur, this is a huge landmark accomplishment for protecting animals against cruel treatment. The ban will take place starting in 2024.

The Netherlands is apparently ahead of the pack since they already ban farming of fox and chinchilla (it should be noted that the UK has banned fur farming since 2003 and Austria and Croatia have similar prohibitions). The Dutch farming industry has expanded from 3 million to approximately 6 million pelts per year, produced by 170 mink farms. It is indeed encouraging that, as Joanna Swabe, Humane Society International EU director notes, “…the majority of the Dutch senate has not allowed economics to prevail over ethics, recognizing that it is unacceptable and cruel to keep animals in small, wire cages to be killed for their fur…”

Hopefully other countries will follow and will ban the cruel treatment of caged animals for fur. How can you help? Refuse to buy mink, fox, or other animal furs.  


Marines Save Endangered Animals!

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Ooh-rah! According to DVIDS– Seven Marines are responsible for building an enclosure that will house six- eight Sonoran Pronghorned antelope in Yuma, AZ. The Marines from the Range Maintenance, assisted biologists from the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground and the Arizona Department of Game and Fish, build an enclosure on the Barry M. Goldwater Range that will be used to temporarily house the Sonoran Pronghorn antelope being moved to the area. There are only approximately 100 Sonoran Pronghorned antelope remaining in the North America region.

OC- Natalie Kelley

Nations Fail to Protect Antarctic Wildlife

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

With the presidential election just around the corner, I thought this article that discussed the failure of all nations to come together to protect Antarctic wildlife was apropos. Like congress who can’t seem to agree and make the right decisions, when it comes to protecting wild and sealife, the world is divided. The most resistance came from the Ukraine, Russia, and China during talks through the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to protect areas in the Ross Sea off East Antarctica, home to penguins, seals, whales, and seabirds plus valuable stocks of shrimp-like krill.

The USA, European Union, Australia, and New Zealand were among the countries pushing for an agreement on new protected zones (MontrealGazette). Some of the criticism has come from Greenpeace where a spokesperson observed that CCAMLR was behaving more like a fisheries organization than an organization dedicated to conservation of Antarctic waters.

In 2010, a goal of protecting 10 percent of the world’s oceans to safeguard marine life from overfishing and other threats such as pollution and climate change had changed to 4 percent by year’s end.

Help! “Wildlife in Crisis”

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Wildlife in Crisis is a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation organization based out of Weston Connecticut, about 45 minuets from New York City. Wildlife in Crisis is on the front line of defense for animals and they are responsible for the care and release of approximately 5000 animals a year. You can help by purchasing one of these awesome t-shirts from EyeHelpAnimals and trust that 25% of your purchase for an adult t-shirt at $24.95 will go to saving wildlife. Please visit the online store for t-shirt colors, sizes, editions and other items at EyeHelpAnimals.   

OC- Natalie Kelley                                                                

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