International Helmet Awareness Day

Today is International Helmet Awareness Day. Check your expiration date and if you need a new helmet you can find a place participating and get a more affordable helmet due to the sales by visiting http://www.riders4helmets.com for more information.

Groundbreaking Civilian Science

On Sept. 6, Dawn Kelly was astounded to come across an unexpected and intense battle between a cottonmouth and a copperhead near her cabin in Snowball, Arkansas, close to the Buffalo National River Park in the northern part of the state.

Viper vs. Viper! on Livescience

This incredible video shows how the smartphone has effected “civilian science” and how much easier it is to get in touch with the biologists who need to see these pieces of footage to enhance their understanding of various species. This is why, if you carry a smartphone, you should be ready to preform some civilian science of your own!

Narwhals

I had almost decided that I wasn’t going to blog today. I looked through the days news from the various sources I follow and didn’t find anything that seemed like a fit. I refuse to talk politics, so that was out… I surrendered and went on with my life. Then I found the following post in my Facebook “On this day” list.

2016-09-10

The post is so old it was written back when they were still status and appended your writing directly after your name, so I always posted as if it was a statement about myself. With this in my head for the first time in years, I turned to the power of youtube…

You’re welcome.
I’m completely sure you really wanted a nearly decades old viral ear worm back in your head.

Giant Panda Conservation Success!

Giant Panda
Originally Reported by LiveScience by Kacey Deamer.

The giant panda, commonly a symbol for conservation, is no longer considered an endangered species, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

In an update to their Red List of Threatened Species on Sunday (Sept. 4), which assesses a species’ conservation status, the IUCN reported the giant panda population has improved enough for the endangered species label to be downgraded to “vulnerable.”

A nationwide census in 2014 found 1,864 giant pandas in the wild in China, excluding cubs — an increase from 1,596 in 2004, according to the IUCN. Including cubs, the current population count is approaching 2,060, the organization said. The report credits forest protection and reforestation measures in China for increasing the available habitat for the species.

On September 4th 2016 the IUCN made a historic update to the conservation status of the Giant Panda. This is huge in the conservation world due to how few major success stories there really are. This is also important because of the way the Giant Panda features as a poster child for conservation efforts. What better than to have it become a true success!

Hopefully this is just a reminder that we can make progress on these cases, and that we need to continue to add to the list of conservation success stories.