Shark Week is finally here! To celebrate I'll be donating 50% of the proceeds from sales on my "Save the Sharks" and shark tooth bracelets to ocean and shark conservation. This offer expires in one week.
Sipping some @brixcitybrewing craft brews with some snoozing Madagascan Fruit Bats 🦇and after enough pints of "Brews Lane", the bat inspired agave nectar beer created for the event I could use a bat nap too
Bats and Brews, an event co-hosted by the @teaneckcreek and @njbatman was created to bring light to White Nose Syndrome, a fungal disease that has killed an estimated 5.7-6.7 million bats in North America since it's emergence in the early 2000's.
The fungus causes bats to wake up during their hibernation, and they proceed to use up all of their energy reserves needed to survive the winter. A typical outbreak claims 90-100% of an entire hibernating colony.
Reasons to "give a guano" about bats and white nose syndrome: -Insectivore bats (the majority of bats in North America) can eat up to 1,000 insects in one hour
-They prevent the spread of infectious disease by eating up insects like mosquitos which are vectors for the Zika Viris, Malaria, and West Nile Virus
-They play a huge role in our food chain by protecting our crops from destruction by pests, and as pollinators and in seed dispersal
-Because of all of their ecological contributions they have been labeled a "keystone species", a species an ecosystem relies on for stability and balance 🦇For more info and for how you can help North American bats check out @batconservationinternational 🦇 #batman#bats#batsofinstagram#wildlife#wildlifeconservation#whitenosesyndrome#wildlifedisease#beer#craftbeer#brewery#nature#night
On Saturday evening, the Radio Active studio witnessed a dynamic discourse between two very passionate animal activists - Subramanya Santakumar and Yatin Kalki.
Subramanya is an active part of many NGOs that focus on animals and Yatin is a student of Wildlife Conservation at the University of Illinois. The two spoke about the need to make animal conservation a topic of concern on social media platforms in order to keep people more informed. There was also talk about what makes Wildlife Conservation a viable career option and why it is important in today's world.
This is one 'Animal Instinct' episode you don't want to miss!
Look out for the full show on the Radio Active CR 90.4 MHz SoundCloud page - https://soundcloud.com/radioactivecr90-4mhz
It's #snakesunday and although maybe not as cute as our previous post, in terms of conservation snakes are equally as important. This Madagascar Ground Boa (Acrantophis dumerili) was spotted in the campsite recently.
Hunting, once seen as an aristocratic pastime, is now needing to try and justify its continued abuse of the gun, killing and that selfish egotistic mentality to kill such animals for "sport". They are merely excuses to carry on.
The hunter's arguments don't understand the changed and progressing world we live in, one which has and continues to wake up to how we live, our responsibility and ethical ways of living. It's why more and more people are choosing a healthier lifestyle, it's why people are choosing to travel responsibly, to recycle, to use less fuel, eat less beef, waste less water, save endangered species and many more examples.
Waking up is a process not based on time, it happens when it happens, but when it does, you understand and see our world much clearly than before. It's how we progress.