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The Endangered Unknown – The Mountain Sweet Pitcher Plant

By Peter Kleinhenz
December 22, 2011
File under: Environmental Concerns, Environmental Protection, Healthy Habitat, Poaching, Wildlife

High on a mountaintop in northern South Carolina, a buzzing fly meets a sweet smell. Flying towards the scent, the fly soon finds that the source is on the edge of a strange-looking plant. The fly stops and finds itself in a cesspool of delicious nectar. While following the trail of this nectar, the fly slips on a waxy surface and falls down into the plant. The fly tries to fly out but super-slick surfaces directly underneath downward-pointing hairs prevent any movement.

For several minutes the fly struggles in the water before exhaustion sets in and it drowns. This tale seems like something out of a poorly-written monster movie but, in reality, it’s a common occurrence due to the incredible adaptations of one of the most interesting and threatened plants on Earth: the Mountain Sweet Pitcher Plant.

The Mountain-Sweet Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia rubra ssp. jonesii, lives mainly in habitats that are known as cataract bogs. These consist of exposed slabs of granite with cool mountain water trickling over parts of their surfaces, inundating accumulated detritus and moss with water. It is here that carnivorous plants such as pitcher plants grow. …read more of The Endangered Unknown – The Mountain Sweet Pitcher Plant here

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Bulgaria: Chevron Takes Over

By Lucy Dimitrova
October 3, 2011
File under: Climate Change, Ecosystems, Environmental Concerns, Environmental Protection, Habitat Loss


“Only when the last tree has died, the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we cannot eat money” – Cree proverb.

The wisdom in these words is yet to be seen as we are on our way to reaching these limits – the last tree, river and fish will soon be destroyed unless we understand that money is not what our lives depend on. It’s nature.

But in contrast with the way Native American people used to feel and understand the power of nature, today we see our dependence in a very different way. Exploitation is what describes it best. While indigenous tribes like the bushmen in Africa still take from nature to ensure their survival, without destroying or taking too much though, we have become pretty good at turning every natural resource into money. Yes, even the ones we don’t actually need in order to survive. …read more of Bulgaria: Chevron Takes Over here

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Kids Connect! Healthy Habitats

By Christine DePetrillo
June 10, 2011
File under: Education, Environmental Protection, Habitat Loss, Healthy Habitat, Wildlife


What’s a habitat? It’s home, sweet, home for a species. A habitat includes the food, water, cover, and places to raise young that a creature needs in order to survive on this planet.

There are several kinds of habitats such as deserts, forests, grasslands, wetlands, and the tundra. Each of these habitats supports the animals that live in it and contributes to the overall beauty of Earth.

Don’t believe me? Check out these …read more of Kids Connect! Healthy Habitats here

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Oxygen? Thank the Great Tits for it!

By Lucy Dimitrova
May 27, 2011
File under: Birds, Ecosystems, Environmental Protection, Nature, Wildlife

 Great tit

That’s right – a part of the oxygen you breathe is there because of the great tits! No, they’re not photosynthetic organisms and can’t turn the carbon dioxide into organic compounds and oxygen for us to breathe. However, these precious little fellows are playing a vital role in saving our trees from the harmful influence of leaf-mining insects such as moths, sawflies and so on.

Ever heard of the horse chestnut? A gorgeous tree with not so lovely fate. Especially if the horse chestnut leaf-miner is around. The horse chestnut leaf-miner (or the Cameraria orhidella for science geeks like me) is a beautiful moth, whose larvae are causing a great damage by digging their ways deep into the leaves of the chestnut tree and preventing their growth that way.

Once the leaf is infested, it never recovers anymore, but dies and drops off instead. The new leaf, growing at the place of the old one, shares the doom of the previous. …read more of Oxygen? Thank the Great Tits for it! here

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The Origin of Earth Day

By Senator Gaylord Nelson
April 8, 2011
File under: Animal Protection, Climate Change, Conservation, Earth Day, Ecosystems, Education, Environmental Protection, Natural Resources, Nature

“. . . on April 22, 1970, Earth Day was held, one of the most
remarkable happenings in the history of democracy. . . ”
-American Heritage Magazine, October 1993


What was the purpose of Earth Day? How did it start? These are the questions I am most frequently asked.

Actually, the idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, it had been troubling me that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country. Finally, in November 1962, an idea occurred to me that was, I thought, a virtual cinch to put the environment into the political “limelight” once and for all. The idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give visibility to this issue by going on a national conservation tour.

I flew to Washington to discuss the proposal with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who liked the idea. So did the President. The President began his five-day, eleven-state conservation tour in September 1963. For many reasons the tour did not succeed in putting the issue onto the national political agenda. However, it was the germ of the idea that ultimately flowered into Earth Day. …read more of The Origin of Earth Day here

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Coral Reef Opera

By Laurel Neme
March 25, 2011
File under: Ecosystems, Education, Endangered Species, Environmental Protection, Fish, Habitat Loss, Natural Resources, Nature

photo: Omani Clownfish. Courtesy of Steve Simpson.

If you ever wanted ideas for a new soap opera, coral reefs would be the place to go.

These colonies of tiny living animals not only provide vital ecological services, such as protecting shorelines, but are also home to some of the most diverse-and strange-creatures on the planet.

Dive a few meters below the surface and you’ll meet a cast of characters that could rival those on Melrose Place. Similar to that fictional locale, the life of coral reef fish centers around sex, or, more accurately, tactics for successful reproduction necessary for the continuation of their species-referred to as “life history strategies.” For some, these strategies go as far as changing gender. …read more of Coral Reef Opera here

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Mexico’s Grand Water Forest

By Mary Edwards
March 18, 2011
File under: Climate Change, Conservation, Ecosystems, Environmental Protection, Natural Resources

Paving paradise: Plans are in the works for at least four major highways to traverse the Water Forest. With no integrated strategy, the result is ‘anarchistic urban growth’. Photo Credit: JORGE NEYRA JÁUREGUI

YUCATAN, Mexico – Over 1,500 delegates from all over the world gathered for the 9th World Wilderness Congress held in Merida, Yucatan, in Nov. 2009.

Launched by the WILD Foundation in 1977, the World Wilderness Congress (WCC) is the world’s longest-running, public and international environmental forum.  The Congress meets every three to four years, having been held eight times on five different continents.

The central theme of this year’s WILD9 was Wilderness and Climate Change, which points to the critical role of wilderness as carbon sinks absorbing CO2 emissions.  Research has shown that protecting primary ecosystems such as forests, wetlands and peatlands keeps their carbon stocks intact and avoids carbon emissions from degradation. For instance, after the U.S. and China, the world’s third largest carbon polluter is Indonesia – not because of its energy consumption, but because of its peatland and forest destruction which releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. …read more of Mexico’s Grand Water Forest here

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Jeff Corwin’s Welcome Message

By Jeff Corwin
March 16, 2011
File under: Conservation, Environmental Protection, Wildlife


It is our ultimate responsibility as the generation of today to insure that the next generation inherits a healthy, balanced and biologically rich planet. The fuel behind the mission of JeffCorwinConnect is to build a global community of people who care about the future of our planet, and seek to better the world for themselves and their children.

This community – your community – seeks to empower individuals with the resources and platform necessary to share their stories with the world.  Without your voice, these stories go untold, unshared and the issues challenging our planet’s ecology, wildlife and natural resources go unaddressed.

JeffCorwinConnect seeks to break down every conventional barrier of people, place and purpose, and invites you to become part of this movement.  Our community is diverse, but possesses one all-important shared goal: preserving the natural heritage of our planet, enjoying it in a responsible and sustainable way, and protecting it’s wonders so that we may be able to pass it on as a legacy to our children and the generations to come.

Whether you are American or Brazilian, versed in Farsi or Portuguese, we all speak the common language of environmental stewardship as global citizens.  Whether you’re are a scientist or farmer, an expert or a student, we’re all dedicated to the same mission at JeffCorwinConnect. …read more of Jeff Corwin’s Welcome Message here

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