Sunny Sunday

Cottonwood Sunrise 1 810079e (600 x 480)

The saiga antelope makes a strange pin-up for the conservation world. With
its odd bulbous nose and spindly legs, it is an unlovely looking creature – particularly when compared with wildlife favourites such as the polar bear or panda.


But the survival of Saiga tatarica tatarica is important, for it gives hope to biologists and activists who are trying to protect Earth’s other endangered species from the impact of rising populations, climate change and increasing pollution. Once widespread on the steppe lands of the former Soviet Union, the saiga has suffered two major population crashes in recent years and survived both – thanks to the endeavours of conservationists. It is a story that will be highlighted at a specially arranged wildlife meeting, the Conservation Optimism Summit, to be held at Dulwich College, London, this month and at sister events in cities around the world, including Cambridge, Washington and Hong Kong. The meetings have been organised to highlight recent successes in saving threatened creatures and to use these examples to encourage future efforts to halt extinctions of other species.

According to the summit’s organisers, there still are reasons to be cheerful when it comes to conservation, although they also acknowledge that the world’s wildlife remains in a desperate state thanks to swelling numbers of humans, climate change and spreading agriculture, which is destroying natural habitats. A recent report by WWF and the Zoological Society of London indicated that these factors have caused global populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles to decline by 58% since 1970, and that average annual decreases have now reached 2%, with no sign yet that this rate will slow down.

@ TG

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13 Responses to Sunny Sunday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Running out of critters.


  2. Den says:

    The coal mine has dozens of dead and missing Canaries.


  3. Den says:

    No one, and I mean no one on the Sunday morning blah, blah programs made one mention of the complete hypocrisy of killing “little babies” in Yemen while whining about Assad’s chemical attack to kill “little babies” in Syria with a grand applause for partially bombing an airbase for punishment.

    The Do Do principle in action, do as I say not as I do.

    Open your eyes America to what is being done in your name, selective hatred followed by bombs and dead babies, then followed by selective media reporting to promote the evil that is the rich boy administration along with it’s baby killer supporters.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    My youngest son, Kjell, was off duty from chief hospitalist at the Advent hospital in Portland. The weather being good he flew his oldest brother’s airplane out to visit today. He used his fancy folding bicycle for ground transportation. After he arrived at the house he walked and I stick walked to the Old Post Office for lunch and then back around to Stadium Way and up to Monroe Street before he headed back to the airport and I came home. Daily total is 51 minutes.

    A good catchup with children and grandchildren doings.


    • jimhitchcock says:

      Awesome! What kind if plane?


      • David B. Benson says:

        Cessna Cardinal. With an unusual Pacific Northwest Indian paint job.
        Scan down the left column for Bjorn & Kirsten Freeman-Benson.


        • micki says:

          easier to do a “command F” and put Benson in the search box…much quicker to locate. But, I have a Mac…does that work just on Macs? I sure don’t know. 😉


        • Den says:

          Nice! Love the Northwest Indian theme.


        • micki says:


          Superboy is the name of our Cessna Cardinal.

          When we were thinking of names for our airplane, we were visiting with my brother and his wife and their son. He was three at the time. The adults had been ignoring him as he played in the wading pool so he butted into the conversation and announced “everyone has to watch me jump in, and then you have to clap and say something like ‘Cheero, What a Super Boy!”. Laughing, we all did.

          We loved the phase so much that we gave our plane those call letters:

          C-GWSB – Cheero What a Super Boy
          When it came time to repaint Superboy, we decided we wanted something interesting, so we commissioned Lyle Campbell, a Haida artist from the Queen Charlotte islands, to design a paint scheme for the tail. One thing led to another and we ended up with a fabulous design for the whole airplane. The elements are:

          Human, representing power, over the engine cowl;
          Salmon, representing the Pacific Northwest, on the door;
          Harbor Seal, representing playfulness and fun, chasing the salmon;
          Bear (Bjorn is “bear” in Norwegian) on the tail;
          and Eagle, representing flight, across the wings.

          When we re-registered Superboy in the United States,
          we chose N723SB: 7=G, 23=W, SB.


        • jimhitchcock says:

          Oh, I really love this Cessna.


    • micki says:

      What a treat! I checked out the link you posted, but got a 404 error message when attempting Bjorn and Kirsten’s personal link.

      What brand of “fancy folding bike?” As mentioned here before, I love my BROMPTON!


  5. Den says:

    Family? What’s that? I have two adult (36 +41YO) children that conditionally like me, right now the condition is un-like.


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