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by @robylla_

The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only need defenders - E.Abbey

Masai Mara National Reserve
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by @gregshovlin

I think this baby bird just made me lose the game 👌

Osprey Point Golf Course
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by @camhurd

A fatherly peregrine falcon flies off calmly after having a meal bogarted by his daughter.

Northern California
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by @invisiblecompass

More than a century ago, the mining tradition and now literary phrase, “canary in the coal mine” was born. The story goes like this: miners would carry caged canaries into mine tunnels. If dangerous gases collected in the mine, the gases would kill the canaries before killing the miners. The dead canary provided a warning to exit the tunnels.
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The phrase literally illustrates people’s dominance over nature – not once, but twice – without a thought to our interdependence, no survival, on the very nature that was being destroyed.
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Lucky for us, nature is smarter, and kinder, and more forgiving than its human counterparts. Nature is determined to not let the carnies die in vain. Nature is using the canary warning in attempts to communicate with us – in a way we can understand, in a way we invented.
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An increasing number of African elephants are now being born tuskless. A perceived response to the relentless targeting of elephants by poachers, resulting in the altering of the gene pool. “Long curved ivory tusks.” An official part of Merriam Webster’s definition of an elephant. Can you imagine a world without tuskless elephants, let alone elephants all together?
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A threat.
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Weather is becoming increasingly extreme. Superstorm hurricanes, rising sea levels, droughts and wildfires intensify. In May of 2018, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the lower 48 U.S. states experienced their warmest May on record. Records that have been kept for 124 years.
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A caution.
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Its fact. Humans can only survive for mere days without access to water. Recently, the South African government faced almost apocalyptic circumstances and announced “day zero” – a moment when water would cease in taps across Cape Town and people would be sent to communal water collection points. Extreme measures are being taken to prolong “day zero”, but not without damage.
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A message.
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Nature is giving us early warnings, indicators to exit the mines. The question is, are we listening? Have we forgotten the very canary idiom we invented?
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Perhaps, there is more than one caged animal in this story. Perhaps, we have been caging ourselves, all along.


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by @michaelmcguirephoto

"It's hard to tell just what a goose will have in common with a moose.
Or better yet, just what three geese will have in common with three meese.
(Is that the plural for a mouse, is grice the plural for three grouse?)
I'll say this once I'll say this thrice, the plural for a moose is mice, or plural for three mice is meeses.
I think that I may fall to pieces.
I feel my dizzy state increase about the mice, the grice and geese." - Denise Rodgers
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