This project happened in my previous life as a botanist and explorer. Recently we were very excited to discover that several new snail species were discovered by our efforts. Hilary May (nee KIngston), the snail collector, is going have one of the snails named after her. Another will be named after the Shiwiar tribe who hosted us. It made me realise I had better make a small website to store the project report and stay in touch with the Shiwiar, who now host regular tours in their territory.
One of the nice things about working for environmental organisations like INQUIRE Botany, is that you get to know about things like this: http://www.inquirebotany.org/en/news/why-spiders-don-t-get-stuck-in-their-own-webs-278.html
Two scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and The University of Costa Rica have managed to figure out the spider’s secret by washing spider’s legs!
In fact, the spider could get caught and it has to tread very carefully but it also has a couple of advantages over other bugs as the video explains…
We are all invited to chalk this logo wherever we like.
Xylo’s website says:
“The world is currently undergoing a mass extinction event, and this symbol is intended to help raise awareness of the urgent need for change in order to address this crisis.
Estimates are that somewhere between 30,000 and 140,000 species are becoming extinct every year in what scientists have named the Holocene, or Sixth Mass Extinction.
This ongoing process of destruction is being caused by the impact of human activity.
Within the next few decades approximately 50% of all species that now exist will have become extinct. Such a catastrophic loss of biodiversity is highly likely to cause widespread ecosystem collapse and consequently render the planet uninhabitable for humans.