High Point, NC - The documentary film Staring Down Fate follows Chris Lucash from working with the only wild red wolf population in the world to being diagnosed with ALS. It reveals groundbreaking research correlating ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases to environmental issues like pesticide exposure and over-fertilization. Staring Down Fate, directed by filmmaker Jeffrey Mittelstadt, won “Best Feature Film” with its world premiere this week at the Sunrise 45 Film Festival in Alpena, Michigan. The award is given by a group of judges to one feature-length film over 40 minutes in length and can be awarded to a film from any genre (drama, horror, documentary, etc.).
Facilities all over the world partner human and wildlife to help build a bridge across conflict. Carolina Raptor Center (CRC) is the largest birds of prey hospital in the U.S. They work with volunteers and staff who love wildlife to rescue, operate on and rehabilitate birds that have found themselves in harm’s way.
Currently, palm oil production and the success of orangutans both require the same resources and habitat to be successful. The issues that arise include limited space for both and the orangutans cannot speak for themselves.
“The oil, which is used for cooking and as a food additive, now accounts for about 30% of all vegetable oil used worldwide,” International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis reveals.
It is easy to become numb to situations outside of our own environment, but diving into reasons behind a conflict may be the habit mankind must fall into before any progress is made. Without home, or habitat, there can be no prosperity.
The Bornean Orangutan is critically endangered.
We shared a blog post on June 24th about the June 23rd red wolf court hearing and a glimpse into the current state of the red wolf conflict. At the end of that post, we included a few summary bullet points. One of the bullet points addressed a new bill in the North Carolina House. Shortly after posting, the language in the bill changed but the premise remained the same. The "proposed committee substitute" passed out of the House Appropriations on Agricultural, Natural and Economic Resources Committee to the House Floor.
Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory, sequel to Finding Nemo, was released into theaters this summer. The movie is charismatic and has been advertised as a sequel that surpasses the original.
Proceeding Finding Nemo, the demand for clownfish, “Nemo”, increased.
According to a Center for Biological Diversity report Blue Tang cannot be bred in captivity, each sold has to be captured in the wild. To be captured, the reefs are sprayed with cyanide to stun the blue tang. During this process, “many shrimps, crabs, mollusks, and other invertebrates are killed in the vicinity of the cyanide that’s squirted on the reefs”. Cyanide “immediately forms a lethal cloud that easily spreads down the reef — stunning, damaging or killing everything it comes into contact with.”
To flourish, wildlife requires a delicate hands-on, hands-off balance from human interaction. Too much effort may lead to destruction while too little leads to neglect. Two examples in which man and wildlife go hand-in-hand and butt heads are outdoor sports and logging.
Participating in outdoor sports is a great way for humans to get outdoors. Shem Creek is a popular fishing location in Charleston, South Carolina. It’s popularity has been great for the community of people in the area, but has put the creek’s wildlife in danger.
Raleigh, NC - Representatives for conservation groups and the federal government assembled yesterday (June 23, 2014) for a court hearing about the endangered red wolf. In 2015, conservation groups filed a lawsuit against the USFWS challenging its actions related to management and protection of the only wild population of endangered red wolves. Yesterday’s hearing revealed the complexity of the process...
South African National SAN Parks are looking to shut down apps that assist tourists in locating Africa’s “big five”: lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, and African buffalo.
Numerous articles have been written about this mobile app issue, including these by BBC and Bloomberg. According to park officials, rates of speeding, road rage and wildlife roadkill have increased since the app- “Latest Sightings” was released.
Manatees, believe it or not, are creatures that bear little body fat. Because of this, they are sensitive to seasonal temperature changes and typically only stray from Florida during the summer season. They usually migrate in groups through shallow, slow moving bodies of water off the eastern seaboard. “Travel corridors, or passageways, are necessary for manatees to move back and forth between summer and winter habitats,” Save the Manatee Club states.
Last fall, “Goose” the manatee took a wrong turn and had to be rescued from the frigid Cooper River in Charleston, South Carolina.
Summer has begun and people are heading toward the water for the season to beat the heat and enjoy the great outdoors. Locals and vacationers may notice slight changes in their beloved beach bungalows and fishing holes. Here’s a look at two locations people visit to beat the heat and enjoy wildlife.