World Crisis

We are at a breaking point, a world crisis. In just 44 years we have managed to wipe out 40% of the animal population on this earth. The world will replenish itself that is just the way of the world, where something is broken another organism can come along to make it habitable. However with the vast destruction brought on by human expansions is is hard for the species of the world survive through natural way of life after they have been brutalized by anthropogenic casualties. I say casualties because we humans especially the big money makers see is as just that. They see money but lack the knowledge to conserve what little resources are left. This is a problem way more extensive than just the loss of wildlife. 

There are advocates for bears, wolves, lions elephants monkeys etc. and their protection but who serves as an advocate for the species we deem lesser. Just in 2012, a bioluminescent  specie of cockroach was discovered and went extinct all in one year. Who speaks up for them, they certainly don’t make headline news. 

Even if we all as a race saw past greed, corruption and united for a common cause this very second, the truth is the damage is already done, it is so extensive these species have already been pushed to the brink, left without homes, resources they need and measly population numbers, at this rate many of them will not recover. This is a world crisis. Everything is interconnected. 

“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.”

This is one of my favorite quotes. It says so much about what the world need PS to make it a better place. Humans are so power hungry, if we can’t love and respect fellow human beings how can we even to begin to care about the state of the earth.

David Orr

My Quest for Slimy Critters

For the past two years I have been on the hunt for cool amphibians! Amphibians are organisms who start out gills and tails and later lose these traits in exchange for fully developed lungs and legs for living on land. Though amphibians live on land they still need very moist. Some examples of amphibians are frogs, salamanders, newts, toads and caecillians. For the past two years I have developed a growing interest for amphibians. Last summer I spent my time in the backwaters up the Upper Mississippi River in Winona Minnesota. There in Winona there’s was the infamous tiger salamander. I looked for it in every nook and cranny door the entire summer but never found any! So you can imagine my disappointment. Here in the Virgin Islands there aren’t many habitats on land that stay moist year round so we don’t have a high diversity of amphibians other that’d n frogs, a few of which are invasive.
This summer in panama however was my first chance to get to see the vividly colored red and yellow tree frogs. They were every where!! And I loved it!

Feeling Batty

When I was younger, I only thought of bats as the little critters who would swoop down to chase me when I would walk to check my mailbox in the night. Now that I am older I know a little better, those bats were actually just swooping down eating insects there were near me. Bats help keep down the mosquito population so that makes me happy.

In my ecology class I had the chance to go out and get some hands on experience working with bats. Mist nets were set up, the bats were removed from the net and then tagged, if they weren’t already, sexed, weighed and examined for wounds or parasites.
This data goes towards help studies of bats in the Virgin Islands. Bats are the only native mammals to the Virgin Islands and they do not had rabies .

On bat lab you have a chance to see more than just bats! Different insects come out at night, you can find little frogs! And see lizards sleeping on branches. While you are waiting for anbat bro be caught you can take a break and look up at the stars. Magen’s bay doesn’t have much light pollution so its a good place to look at the stars.