8 minutes ago

Only open to the public on 1st Sunday of the month. Please visit website to learn more, to become a member, to volunteer & stay updated. Join one of the work parties - extra hands are appreciated!

#W̱MÍYEŦEN #Wsanec #Lekwungen #Nature #Sanctuary #Millstream #Watershed #GowllandRange #conservation #vanisle #PNW #VictoriaBC #yyj #greenbelt #VancouverIsland #CoastSalish #Cascadia #PacificNorthwest #ProtectedProperty #ConserveNature #biodiversity #NatureImmersion

Remnants of old cement weir.
Pink foxgloves.
Boardwalk trail through forest & swampy area.
Old deer shed.
SubtleBlade ⚔️
16 minutes ago

Airborne DNA accidentally collected by #AirQuality filters reveals state of species

Monitoring stations that already test for #pollution could have dual purpose of mapping declines in #biodiversity, reveals new study

Prof Beth Clare
55 minutes ago

Our new paper is finally out. We demonstrate that air quality samplers are quietly collecting eDNA and may have been measuring terrestrial biodiversity for decades. We are very excited about this new project. There are literally thousands of these stations in networks all over the world filtering the air every day, every week... this could be game changing for efforts to track the planet's biodiversity. #eDNA #environmentalDNA #biodiversity

2 hours ago

Are you attending the #EUGreenWeek?

We're hosting a session on unlocking financing for #biodiversity 🌱

Join us to know how #GreenAssist enhances #NaturalCapital🌳 & supports the transition to #circularEconomy ♻️

⏰7 June, 9:45 – 11:00

More info👇


6 hours ago

Short thread on research bias and the difficulty of having a true picture of #biodiversity.

Last week, I asked students what animal they'd like to research. Each answered a mammal of some kind (e.g. deer, tiger), but no insects or snails.

There are many kinds of bias in biodiversity measurement; one of them is taxonomic bias, where we tend to prefer certain species over others. This occurs on a societal, not just individual level.

Figure from: Troudet et al. (2017),

Figure from showing different taxonomic groups and their over- or under-representation in research over time. Aves has gradually become significantly more over-represented than any other group, while Insecta has become significantly under-represented. Arachnida and Gastropoda have also become more under-represented, while Magnoliopsida and Liliopsida have become more over-represented.

Source: Troudet et al. (2017),
EU Delegation to AU
7 hours ago

RT @LanaZutelija: @_AfricanUnion High-level Conference on implementing outcomes of #CBDCOP15 & #CITESCOP19 - putting #biodiversity high on the #EUAU agenda & delivering on #GlobalBiodiversityFramework
commitments @BNMarkussen


Patrick O'Beirne
7 hours ago

After #NoMowMay here's what Google Lens says we have:

Cow parsnip
Woodland Germander
Lepidozia pearsonii
Catchflies / Silene
Cat grass
Bird's-foot trefoil
Ox-eye daisies


Only two #bees in the garden today, a bumblebee and the smaller kind. An Post said record #wildflowers at but I found no place to do that.

“June 5 is #WorldEnvironmentDay and Dad took me cycling to see the just completed Growling Grass Frog breeding habitat #wetlands at Moomba Park in Fawkner constructed by #MerribekCouncil.

The Growling Grass Frog is endangered.

The frogs heard in this video are likely common froglets. You might also hear the roar of the M80 ring road nearby.“ - Juliet

#JulietAndJones #DogsofMastodon #EndangeredSpecies #GrowlingGrassFrog #LifeInFawkner

Short 26 second video showing the Growling Grass Frog wetlands in Fawkner. You can see one of four pools. A crème chihuahua in a bike basket is in the foreground. Common froglets can be clearly heard, along with an ever present roar of motor vehicles from the nearby M80 ring road. Council are still landscape planting the area around the pools.
John Smyth
11 hours ago

For the 11 summers that I've lived in our house, a nest of wrens has successfully fledged from the back garden. This year's batch (three, I think) arrived first thing yesterday morning and spent the day fluttering from branch to branch within the hedge at the back wall, and squeaking to be fed by the parents. #wren #dreoilín #Galway #GalwayNature #biodiversity #fledgling #bird #TroglodytesTroglodytes

11 hours ago

Research Associate (African TIPAs and Bioresources)

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

We are recruiting a #biodiversity postdoc to research #conservation effectiveness in Guinea and Ethiopia with @KewScience

See the full job description on jobRxiv:


Prof Felipe Gusmao
14 hours ago

"The so-called #RightsOfNature movement, which originated in the United States some 50 years ago, has gained traction in recent years thanks to growing attention to the importance of protecting #nature as part of combating #climatechange and #biodiversity loss
A growing number of countries have laws granting #ecosystems legal #rights, and court rulings in India and Colombia have recognized such rights and stressed the government’s duty to protect it"
@philosophy #ethics

18 hours ago

"Many parts of the world have successfully moved away from heavy extraction-based industries – both ecologically and economically.
The supply of sawlogs in Victoria was close to being exhausted, and the state’s #LoggingIndustry had long been financially unviable. Restoring the forest offers the opportunity to put something better in its place. Restoring heavily logged forests will need an active workforce for many years to come. First Nations empowerment is key. Now begins a long and difficult process to recover vast areas of forest after more than 50 years of #clearfelling and other destructive logging practices."
#NativeForest #Logging #EnvironmentalRestoration #Extractivism #Destruction #Biodiversity #NSW

Alex Wild
1 day ago

As best as I can discern from searches of the primary literature, the open internet, and iNaturalist, this is the first photograph ever taken of a living Tilloclytus portoricensis longhorn beetle.

I photographed it on Wednesday in the Guanica dry forest in Puerto Rico, which is also the type locality for this poorly known species.

Anyway, what a beautiful animal!

#Beetles #Biodiversity #Insects #PuertoRico #Cerambycidae #Guanica

An elongate black, red, and yellow beetle with a muscular looking neck and legs sits on several round unopened flower buds, with a few open white flowers at the bottom of the image. The texture of the beetle appears dull, but on close inspection the animal is covered in a dense honeycomb sculpture.
CelloMom On Cars
1 day ago

The #HighSeasTreaty "aims to protect #biodiversity in our #oceans on a global basis, bringing the high seas and #seabeds, which no country owns, under an agreed international law.

Under the treaty, countries and [their] companies have to do and publish an environment impact assessment for any projects they are planning for the high seas — which is particularly timely as the contemporary “gold rush” is for #minerals and rare earths on and under the #OceanFloor."

! Quite Interesting
1 day ago

Those afraid of eight-legged creepy-crawlies look away now: There are 28,000 orchid species in the world.

#nature #orchids #biodiversity #facts #QI #NotQI

Biodiv News
1 day ago

Nouvel article de Ornithomedia ! Sortie ornithologique guidée dans le site ornithologique des Cinq Tailles à Thumeries (Nord) le 11 juin 2023

Lien :
#ornithomedia #news #biodiversity #science #ornithology

2 days ago

LLL EWE: Egypt – Coral reef tourism revenues in Egypt could fall drastically due to global warming. #Biodiversity #ClimateCrisis

2 days ago

LLL EWE: Botswana — Recent sightings of elephants in parts of Botswana where they are rarely seen is an indication of the worsening impacts of climate change that cause elephants to move to different areas, particularly towards the south in search of food and water. #Biodiversity

Joe Wynne
2 days ago

Any particular plant in your home habitat is a critical resource for many animals.

An hour ago, this Milkweed Bug was roaming around on this Milkweed plant variety.
Notice how its color helps it avoid predators. As it sucks the sap from the plant, it incorporates the plant's poison into its body, just like a #monarch.

More plant types build more #biodiversity.

Additional detail and a surprise in alt text.

#nature #insects #NativePlants
#PhonePhotography #NaturePhotography

The top of an orange and black Milkweed Bug is seen very close as it navigates down onto the tiny orange flowers of a Milkweed plant.  This bug is about a centimeter long (1/3 inch).

Oh, BTW it was 93 degrees F (33.8 degrees C) when this shot was taken, and the model was not cooperative. Will not work together again.
2 days ago

There were so many insects and pollinators on these flowers today. Make room for a little wildlife in your life, it’s worth it.

#Allotment #Gardening #Pollinators #Bees #biodiversity #Flowers

Yellow flowering turkish rocket, with lilac phacelia behind and light purple comfrey next to it.
Rachel Armstrong
2 days ago

Kelp Seed Banks Save Biodiversity and Indigenous Traditions #Kelp #Biodiversity #Tradition @atlasobscura

European Research Council (ERC
2 days ago

For the latest EU policy developments in the areas of #biodiversity, check out the 2023 #EUGreenWeek conference, starting today. Its free, and you can attend either in-person or online! 👉

#EUBiodiversity #wildfire #research #animals #recovery @EU_ENV


2 days ago

Amazonia and the World:
A Threatened Realm of Life and Stories

"A brief overview of the history of the Amazon gives an idea of how essential rainforests are. Occupying 12% of the world’s surface, they’re part of the solution to the planet’s present climate catastrophe and illustrate a lot about how it happened. In addition to facing up to past horrors, inflicted by the “enlightened” West, history also shows how centuries-old crimes against small groups in local places, justified by “us and them” thinking (which includes human exceptionalism vis-à-vis all other species), have long-term world-wide consequences. Usually tucked away behind other facts and figures, the single statistic that most tragically and shockingly defines the wonder that is Amazonia is this: “Over a period of 400 years, the Amazon Indian population has shrunk from an estimated six million to perhaps 200,000 today”. Everything we see in the current climate catastrophe is somehow related with this. Once interconnected people, animals, birds, plants, habitats, rivers, soil, air, heat, winds, rain have been harmed to such an extent that vital interactions are severed and the whole planet is affected. Ursula Le Guin sums it up with her title of 1972: The Word for World Is Forest. But the rainforests’ plight isn’t science fiction."

#Indigenous #socialjustice #environmentaljustice #rainforest #amazon #climatechange #ClimateCrisis #biodiversity #biodiversitydecline #indigenousrights

Ingolf Kühn
2 days ago

If I had to chose the perfect colour representatives (not the purest, most genuine or the one with the correct wavelength), blue is from Gentians (here Genitana verna), yellow is from Marsh-Marigold, pink from alpine Primroses (here Primula hirsuta) and red from Poppies (I do not have a picture from poppies, but you all know them!).

#biodiversity #flowers

Blue blossoms of Gentiana verna
yellow blossom of Caltha palustris
pink blossoms of Primula hirsuta

Sometimes humans can be terrible and then other times we create awesome shit like museums

#naturalhistory #museums #biodiversity #nature

Ingolf Kühn
2 days ago

We found two subspecies of Alpine Pasqueflower within two days, Sulphur and White Alpine Pasqueflower (Schwefel- und Weiße Alpen-Anemone; 𝘗𝘶𝘭𝘴𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘢 𝘢𝘭𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘢 𝘴𝘴𝘱. 𝘢𝘱𝘪𝘪𝘧𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘢 & 𝘗. 𝘢. 𝘴𝘴𝘱. 𝘢𝘭𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘢). The former is more to the south of Switzerland and we found it on granite, the latter to the centre and it grows on limestone.

#biodiversity #flowers #Switzerland #Alps

2 days ago
Nika Shilobod
2 days ago

If there are any researchers and non-profits in #biodiversity, #physicalgeography, #archaeology, #ecology, #climate, etc. that have recent-ish publications or projects and would like to participate in a low-pressure short and easy online Q & A session for public outreach & showcasing your work, shoot me a dm. We are happy to work with whatever schedules you have. Especially looking for some ECRs. :) @phdstudents @phdlife

Aspen Proposal
2 days ago

With the evolution of our complex brains and conceptual thinking humans became the most adaptable of species.

We no longer need to rely on the slow process of random mutation and natural selection to react to changes in our environment. Cultural change, including changes to technologies, institutions and customs, allow us to swiftly align with shifting circumstances.

And so it is now, as we transition to a sustainable civilization.

We will shrink our numbers and our footprint, embrace the rest of the family and do a much better job of meeting everyone’s real needs.

Adapting is what we do.

#sustainability #adaptation #Nature #biodiversity #economics #politics

A stonecrop plant clings to a crevice in the side of lichen covered rock face in the  Horsebarn Valley Interpretive Forest.
Joe Wynne
2 days ago

If you build it will they come?

From a hand-dug pond in a suburban back yard, a frog chorus begins after three days of rain.

How many species can you discern?

#soundscape #frogs #nature #biodiversity

Of special interest to:

Intense frog chorus at night, multiple species.
Lukas VF Novak
2 days ago

Pacific #coral reef #biodiversity of #microbed is far greater than we know

The findings, using data collected by the #Tara Pacific Expedition during its more than two-year voyage, represent the largest investigation of coral reef #microbiome diversity to date, and suggest that the global number of #microorganisms may have been significantly underestimated.

Coral reef

The Inquisitive Biologist is going deeper underground... review coming up next

#Books #BookReview #Bookstodon #Caves #Karst #Biodiversity #Speleology #Scicomm @prosanta @HopkinsPress

A photo of the recently published book "Cave Biodiversity" from Johns Hopkins University Press, heavily annotated with yellow post-it notes. The book is standing on a shelf in front of a row of books on various topics in biology
3 days ago

Book: A perfect storm in the Amazon

"Mongabay has begun publishing a new edition of the book, “A Perfect Storm in the Amazon,” in short installments and in three languages: Spanish, English and Portuguese.

Chronicling the efforts of nine Amazonian countries to curb deforestation, this edition provides an overview of the topics most relevant to the conservation of the region’s biodiversity, ecosystem services and Indigenous cultures, as well as a description of the conventional and sustainable development models that are vying for space within the regional economy."

#climatechange #climatejustice #Deforestration #Amazon #biodiversity #biodiversitydecline

Rachel Armstrong
3 days ago

Strengthening protection of existing parks is crucial for biodiversity conservation #Biodiversity #protection #Science via @physorg_com

Paula Borchardt
3 days ago

🌱 International Nature Journaling Week is happening right now (June 1-7)! No need to register - just go to for free webinars (recorded for viewing later also) & links to tons of nature journaling related websites, videos, articles, journal prompts, etc.

#naturejournalingweek #SciArt #SciArtist #art #sketchbook #NatureJournal #NatureJournaling #MastoArt #ArtistsOnMastodon #biodiversity #environment #ecosystem #ecology #nature

International Nature Journaling Week, 1-7 June 2023. I am taking part! and #naturejournalingweek
Dezene Huber 🌻
3 days ago

Welcome, new followers!

I am an #ecologist mainly working with #insects, although I've published on #archaea, #bacteria, #fungi, #plants, and (of course) #animals. Work in my lab and with collaborators ranges from #genomes to #organisms to landscapes and ecosystems.

I'm a #professor in the #Faculty of #Environment at the #University of #Northern #British #Columbia in beautiful Prince George, BC:

I'm particularly concerned about #biodiversity and #climate change.


Bread and Circuses
4 days ago

At risk of extinction? Or not?

If you’re keeping score, domesticated animals are winning by a landslide.

More info —

#Agriculture #Ecology #Environment #Climate #ClimateChange #Capitalism #Pollution #Biodiversity #Extinction

Pictures and names of 25 different kinds of animals at risk of extinction. See link in post for more information about them.
Three kinds of animals that are NOT at risk of extinction. Pigs, Chickens, and Cattle, shown in factory farm pens.
Bread and Circuses
4 days ago

A billionaire who became obscenely rich selling the kind of technology that's destroying the planet wants to use technology to save the planet.

How surprising.

Simon Whalley, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion Japan, has a commentary about that...

Our world is being propelled into a techno tyranny where a small band of billionaires owns our information, our water, our energy, and increasingly — our food. The billionaire doing more than most to shape the future of what we eat is Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Not content with being the largest private farmland owner in the U.S., Gates is hell-bent on creating a new green revolution for Africa.

Before we look at an alternative solution, let’s look at the problems industrial agriculture is causing. We are in the middle of the sixth great extinction with as many as 274 species going extinct every day — we have lost an average of 68% of all bird, fish, mammal, amphibian, and reptile species in the past 50 years — and the decline is continuing at more than one percentage point per year.

Agriculture is the largest cause of these declines — 86% of those species threatened — with animal agriculture (60%) the salient perpetrator. A simple switch to plant-based diets could free up enough land that we could leave 50% of our planet to nature.

While the majority of our extremely compromised attention is focused on the fast-dwindling species we can witness disappearing, many of the species being lost are out of sight and out of mind. Of the almost 70,000 vertebrate species, 69% have had their risk of extinction assessed, whereas the number of insects to have been assessed is just 0.8%. They might be small, but combined, insects weigh 17 times more than humanity, and whether it be pollinating plants, maintaining soil structure, or dispersing seeds, our insect friends pack a prodigious punch.

Unfortunately, industrialized farming — in addition to light pollution and our warming world — is pushing our tenacious troops to the brink. It is estimated we are losing 2.5% of insect biomass each year, and we risk living on a bug-free ball by 2100.

Be sure you read the rest of the piece to learn what Whalley suggests as an alternative solution!


#Agriculture #Ecology #Environment #Climate #ClimateChange #Capitalism #Pollution #Biodiversity #Extinction #ExtinctionRebellion

Tractor on factory farm, spraying pesticides on crops.
Ian Rose
4 days ago

Humans and insects have had to live with each other for as long as there have been humans and insects. But that complicated relationship has changed radically over the past century, as we gained the ability to wipe them out at scale, and then began to realize, later than we should have, how much we need them.

My latest for JSTOR Daily:

#insects #nature #biodiversity #pollinators #longreads #LongishAnyway

4 days ago

The number of flying insects have decreased by 76% in only 27 years in protected areas.

This declining number will not just harm wildlife but also food production 🐝 🐝
Pollinators like bees are crucial to our biodiversity!

#environment #EndFossilCrimes #ClimateCrisis #Science #warming #Nature #climate #ClimateEmergency #climatecrisis #wildlife #ClimateAction #photo #photography #GlobalWarming #pollution #mangrove #news #biodiversity #earth

Picture: The number of flying insects have decreased by 76% in only 27 years in protected areas.
CelloMom On Cars
4 days ago

"Our work builds on the influential concepts of #PlanetaryBoundaries by finding ways to quantify what just systems look like alongside safety.

Importantly, the safe and just boundaries are defined at local to global spatial scales appropriate for assessing and managing planetary systems – as small as one square kilometre in the case of #biodiversity. This is crucial because many natural functions act at local scales. "

Dezene Huber 🌻
5 days ago

Quote: "Oceans North is celebrating the decision of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) to avoid transiting through #Nunavut’s Eclipse Sound this summer—a decision that could provide some relief to the region’s struggling #narwhal population."


Good, but:

1) Why even allow cruise ships in sensitive areas?

2) With increasing ship traffic due to #climate #change and more open water, what needs to be done to protect #Arctic marine #biodiversity?

Public domain from: "White Whale, Narwhal" illustration from "British Mammals" by A. Thorburn, 1920

Description from the Wikipedia page: "Illustration of a narwhal (lower image) and a beluga (upper image), its closest related species"

Paula Borchardt
5 days ago

We saw our first Gila Monster 😍 of the season in our yard last week! They are soooo beautiful (so of course I had to paint it for my Perpetual Journal)!!! 🥰 Yes, they’re venomous, but they don’t attack humans unless really provoked.

#SciArt #SciArtist #art #illustration #watercolor #painting #sketchbook #NatureJournal #NatureJournaling #MastoArt #ArtistsOnMastodon #PerpetualJournal #Tucson #SonoranDesert #biodiversity #environment #ecosystem #ecology #nature #lizard #reptile #GilaMonster

Perpetual Journal watercolor and pen art of a Gila Monster, Tucson, AZ, USA
Dezene Huber 🌻
5 days ago

Human activities variably affect animal #populations. Rigal et al (2023) used a large database (170 #bird species, 20k sites, 28 countries, 37 years) to measure effects of #farming, #urbanization, #deforestation, and #climate (temperature) on bird populations in #Europe.

Quote: "...agricultural intensification, in particular #pesticides and #fertiliser use, is the main pressure for most bird population declines, especially for invertebrate feeders."



Text from Fig. 1 of the paper: "Temporal change in bird abundance in Europe between 1996 and 2016 for countries participating in the PanEuropean Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) (n = 28, non-PECBMS countries in gray). For each country, the color represents the slope (red for decline, blue for increase) and the black line corresponds to the time series of the multispecies index (MSI) between 1996 and 2016 (species lists by country in SI Appendix, Appendix 5). (A) Change in abundance of farmland species (MSI by country on 19 species) showing an overall sharp while decelerating decline. (B) Change in abundance of woodland species (MSI by country on 25 species) showing an overall linear decline. (C) Change in abundance of urban dwellers (MSI by country on 22 species) showing an overall stable trajectory. (D) Change in abundance of cold dwellers (light gray, MSI by country on 35 species) showing an overall linear decline. Change in abundance of hot dwellers (dark gray, MSI by country on 35 species) showing an overall stable trajectory. Color for hot dweller trends on the southern part of countries and color for cold dwellers on the northern part of countries."
Mike Kelly
5 days ago

I need a job!

My PhD is drawing to a close.

I'm looking for post-doc research opportunities or web/software development roles, ideally a combination, as in digital humanities research.

My previous research experience is in heritage and higher education for the arts.
My PhD was about knowledge frameworks and the affordances of digital tools and representations in research, in relation to research reuse, transparency and inclusivity.

I would love to be able to contribute more to innovative work on research and knowledge representations.

I am open to new possibilities! In particular I am interested in the possibility of becoming involved in sustainability and biodiversity-related research.

I am a full-stack web developer, and have a good deal of front-end design experience. I am open to all opportunities, particularly remote working!

I am not great at this self-promotion thing...
I will be putting a portfolio site online soon, but am happy to share a CV with anyone who is interested in the meantime.

Thanks for any boosts!


Mastodon Migration
5 days ago

It's like your own custom climate science algorithm...

Follow the new @ClimateMigration account for curated climate science on Mastodon.

- Top climate related posts boosted to your timeline.
- Use the "Following" list to find climate experts to follow.
- Download .csv file to follow all the experts:

#twittermigration #climate #ClimateScience #IceSheets #Greenland #Antarctica #biodiversity #PolarPortal #SeaLevelRise #carbon #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis

1 week ago


Since this article mentions "Anthropocene" I thought it would be a good time to boost this piece again to clarify were the real blame lies:

"To date, researchers have mentioned the Anthropocene Epoch as the latest geological period in more than 1,300 scientific papers. While the scientific community has been debating over which year the Anthropocene Epoch began, several Indigenous and Black scholars have shot back against the term.

"The problem, some scholars say, is that the term assumes the climate crisis is caused by universal human nature, rather than the actions of a minority of colonialists, capitalists, and patriarchs. And the implication that the Earth was stable until around 1950, when the ‘Anthropocene’ supposedly began, denies the history of people who have been exploited by those systems for centuries.

"Indigenous scholars have further addressed how the term stands for colonialist ideologies that sever the deep ties and interconnections between humans, plants, animals, and the soil.

“Instead of treating the Earth like a precious entity that gives us life, Western colonial legacies operate within a paradigm that assumes they can extract its natural resources as much as they want, and the Earth will regenerate itself,” said Hadeel Assali, a lecturer and postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Science and Society, a Columbia Climate School affiliate."

#capitalism #colonialism #biodiversity #ClimateCrisis

Bread and Circuses
1 week ago

The remarkable diversity of life on our planet is in grave danger, with research indicating that nearly *half* of all animal species are currently in decline...

Over the past several decades, it has become clear that global biodiversity has been declining due to human activities including conversion of habitat, use of pesticides and herbicides, and more recently, climate change. It is not known how many species are extinct due to such activities, but scientists have been trying to track species at highest risk of disappearing.

Now a trio of macro-biologists and life scientists has determined that the modern "sixth mass extinction" event is going to be even worse than prior research has shown.

They found that 48% of species have declining populations, and just 3% have rising populations. They also found evidence showing that 33% of species currently classified as non-threatened are actually spiraling toward extinction.

The team concludes that the planet is approaching a mass extinction event far graver than prior research has suggested.


#Environment #Climate #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis #ClimateEmergency #Biodiversity #Extinction

Bar graph shows: Percentage of species per taxonomic group which have decreasing, stable, increasing or unknown/unassessed population trends. Each group is represented by a silhouette from left to right; mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fishes, and insects. Data were sourced from the IUCN Red List (
Priscilla Stuckey
1 week ago

“So much of the American concept of beauty, order, respectability depends on a monochromatic, homogenous look that feels limiting and exclusionary. So I have been working in my particular neighborhood to open that up.” —Camille Dungy #NativePlants #GreenerThanGrass #diversity #biodiversity

1 week ago

@openculture These drawings of plant root systems are extraordinarily detailed.

#AltText A fine detailed cross section drawing of plant above ground and it’s root system below ground with a scale showing the depth in cm of the roots.

The sheer volume of soil covered by the combination of plant roots and mycorrhizal fungi is staggering.

#SoilHealth #Plants #Soil #Biodiversity

Dezene Huber 🌻
2 weeks ago

#Lawns are tricky. Wholly unnatural, fields of grass. But often enveloped in societal (neighbors, family, etc.) expectations.

And planting “native” plants doesn’t always really mean native. Often, depending on the #ecosystem, quite the opposite - invasives.

This study was interesting. A wildflower “lawn” = increased #biodiversity ( #insects, #spiders, #bats) and reduced #fertilizer use.

Whatever we do, it’s time to think differently about lawns.


🌱 🦋 🦇 🪲 🕷️ 🌸

Prof Felipe Gusmao
2 weeks ago

"...we found similar proportions of #vertebrate species with decreasing #population trends for #terrestrial species at 47% (32–64%) and freshwater species at 45% (15–82%), and a slightly lower proportion for marine species at 36% (8–86%). However, given the wide ranges calculated for #freshwater and #marine species, we stress that these mid-point estimates are unlikely to be representative of these #habitat systems globally"

We need more Marine #Biodiversity #data

Journal Biological Reviews
Mastodon Migration
2 weeks ago

Who to follow:

Peter Gleick @petergleick
Ruth Mottram @Ruth_Mottram
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe @kathhayhoe
Andrew Dessler @andrewdessler
seaice bot @seaice
Ed Hawkins @ed_hawkins
Gernot Wagner @gwagner
David Ho @davidho


#climate #science #openresearch #IceSheets #Greenland #Antarctica #biodiversity #Arctic #Glaciology #Weather #Atmosphere #OA #PolarPortal #HorizonEurope #SeaLevelRise #carbon

Please post more links below. Help this important community expand their reach on Mastodon!


Bread and Circuses
2 weeks ago

Global warming can be deadly. Almost everyone knows that.

Fewer people know about ocean acidification, and how destructive it can be.

Fewer still have even heard of the ocean oxygen problem — which, in the long run, could lead to far greater damage and many more extinctions than any other threat we face.

Researchers complain that the oxygen problem doesn’t get the attention it deserves, with ocean acidification and warming grabbing the bulk of both news headlines and academic research.

Just this April, for example, headlines screamed that global surface waters were hotter than they have ever been — a shockingly balmy average of 70 degrees F. That’s obviously not good for marine life. But when researchers take the time to compare the three effects — warming, acidification, and deoxygenation — the impacts of low oxygen are the worst.

As the atmosphere warms, oceans around the world are becoming ever more deprived of oxygen, forcing many species to migrate from their usual homes. Researchers expect many places to experience a decline in species diversity, ending up with just those few species that can cope with the harsher conditions.

Our future ocean — warmer and oxygen-deprived — will not only hold fewer kinds of fish, but also smaller, stunted fish and, to add insult to injury, more greenhouse-gas producing bacteria, scientists say. The tropics will empty as fish move to more oxygenated waters and those specialist fish already living at the poles will face extinction.

Oxygen levels in the world’s oceans have already dropped more than 2% between 1960 and 2010, and they are expected to decline up to 7% below the 1960 level over the next century. A 2021 paper showed that the oceans are already committed to a fourfold greater oxygen loss, even if CO2 emissions stop immediately.


#Ocean #Environment #Climate #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis #ClimateEmergency #Biodiversity #Extinction

Ele Willoughby
2 weeks ago

For #WorldTurtleDay I’m sharing my ‘Turtles all the way down’ #linocut. Made for an exhibition about #cosmology I also took the opportunity to highlight the #biodiversity of #turtles. This hint of an infinite stack includes from the top down: …

#printmaking #sciart#turtles #biodiversity #conservation #cosmology #turtlesallthewaydown #MastoArt

My linocut print of ‘Turtles all the way down.’ The blue and green globe of the Earth is on top of a never ending stack of turtles of various species against the starry background of space. This hint of an infinite stack includes from the top down: an eastern mud turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum), a red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), a black pond turtle (Geoclemys hamiltonii ), a painted batagur (Batagur borneoensis), a Oaxaca mud turtle (Kinosternon oaxacae), a green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the hint of something larger.⁠ The print is on 11” x 14” beige washi paper with bark inclusions.
Agroecology Map
2 weeks ago

All the colors, smells, flavors and touches of Biodiversity are beautiful! Let's celebrate this day!

#Biodiversity #Biodiversidade #Biodiversité #BiodiversityDay #InternationalBiologicalDiversityDay2023
#Agroecology #Agroecología #Agroécologie

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Pauline von Hellermann
2 weeks ago

#ClimateDiary Today is #BiodiversityDay. The overall trend is bleak, as the #BiodiversityStripes illustrate. But this is all the more reason to know and rediscover existing #biodiversity enhancing #AgroEcology practices.

Am reposting this #HistoricalEcology 🧵 I did during #COP15 in Dec’22 - a brief world tour through West and East Africa, Amazonia, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Europe, N America - enoy! I do believe #IntermediateDisturbance is the way forward

The biodiversity stripes, going from green over yellow to grey, done in similar style to climate stripes to visualise worldwide depletion
Ruth Mottram
2 weeks ago

This paper on bird population declines is a real smoking gun in #biodiversity declines

"Agricultural intensification, in particular pesticides and fertiliser use, is the main pressure for most bird population declines, especially for invertebrate feeders."
We should be grateful to the thousands of volunteers who compiled the dataset: a "population time-series of 170 common bird species, monitored at more than 20,000 sites in 28 European countries over 37 years"

Dillon Jones - Biologist
3 weeks ago

Having my mind blown reading how passenger pigeons were #ecosystem engineers purely because of their flock size

Authors describe them as being basically living storms and wildfires. Where roosting would break off old branches and their guano would smother the plant life on the forest floor.

This was paired with the finding that much of the living #biodiversity in that region is highly disturbance dependent.

Crazy that we exterminated such a keystone species

Rekha Murthy
3 weeks ago

Carbon Countdown 2023: Reaching Our 2030 Climate Targets in Massachusetts

Join this free virtual event on May 20 9-11a

Explore climate actions in our state, from local initiatives to statewide legislation. Feat. MA Climate Chief Melissa Hoffer and Senator Mike Barrett, plus breakouts with MA climate activists + leaders.

#climate #massachusetts #cleanenergy #maclimatetargets #carboncountdown #electrification #climateactivism
#biodiversity #affordablehousing #geothermal

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3 weeks ago

Even with a high demand for land it is possible to maintain #biodiversity-friendly landscapes, which also provide critical services such as pollination and healthy soils, a new #PIK-study shows:

3 weeks ago

L'Équateur a conclu un accord record pour réduire le fardeau de sa dette et libérer des centaines de millions de dollars pour la conservation des îles Galápagos.


#environment #filanthropocene #biodiversity #biodiversite #environnement

3 weeks ago

nature observation is a bit like github. i report a bug, in this case dead blue bugs on the sandy trail and someone explains, "it's not a bug, it's intended behavior" 😁

they identified my bug in a few hours and now the observation is submitted to a scientific #opendata dataset of #biodiversity at @gbif

this can be a great #hobby for someone who likes #hiking and #photography

3 weeks ago

I just finished watching the incredible video, The Messenger (Imagine a world without birdsong), a documentary that deals with the avian extinction crisis. The video focuses on songbirds and highlights the incredible feats of migration they undertake, their variety and songs. The video also discusses their importance to our ecosystems. But, the main focus is on the existential threats they face in the Anthropocene, from the millions that perish against skyscraper windows or in domestic cats' claws, to the insidious impact of neonicotinoid pesticides and the ecological devastation wreaked by the energy sector, and the looming threat of climate change to migratory birds. The movie poses some potential palliatives, for example agroecology. But the message is stark. If we continue along the present course, birds face a dubious future.

#birds #biodiversity #extinction #nature #birding #MastodonNatureCommunity

Bread and Circuses
4 weeks ago

A group of 18 European Parliament Members have issued a statement officially calling for #Degrowth.

Here is part of what they wrote...

We believe that the current economic model, based on endless growth, has reached its limits.

Firstly, continuous economic growth, especially based on the consumption of fossil fuels, is leading to catastrophic global warming.

Secondly, the infinite pursuit of growth relies on the depletion of natural resources, the destruction of biodiversity, and the accumulation of waste and pollution. This also poses risks to our health, our economies, and our societies writ large.

Thirdly, the current economic model is contributing to social inequality and exclusion. The emphasis on economic growth has not translated into equal distribution of wealth or opportunities. Instead, it has resulted in a concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few leaving many behind.

Fourthly, the current economic model is inherently unstable and prone to crises, as seen, for example, during the 2008 financial crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. The pursuit of growth at all costs has created a global economic system that is fragile and vulnerable to shocks.

We need an economic system that prioritises human well-being and ecological sustainability over GDP growth, one that recognises that infinite growth on a finite planet is impossible.

We also believe we need to find new ways of organising our economies without relying on the continuous exploitation of resources and the constant increase in production and consumption.

We call for more pluralism in economic thinking within EU institutions and for its alignment with the scientific evidence of climate, ecological, and social sciences.

We call for economic models and other decision-support tools to be more diverse, more comprehensive, and more readable for citizens.

We call for decision-making processes to be aligned with our common policy objectives rather than on the basis of the variation of GDP figures.


Names of those who signed on as co-authors: Philippe Lamberts (BE), Bas Eickhout (NL), Ville Niinisto (FI), Manuela Ripa (DE), Marie Toussaint (FR), Ernest Urtasun (ES), Kim Van Sparrentak (NL) — Greens/EFA; Manon Aubry (FR), Petros Kokkalis (EL), Marisa Matias (PT), Helmut Scholz (DE) — The Left (GUE/NGL); Pascal Durand (FR), Aurore Lalucq (FR), Pierre Larrouturou (FR) — Socialists & Democrats (S&D); Sirpa Pietikainen (FI), Maria Walsh (IE) — European People’s Party (EPP); Katalin CSEH (HU) — Renew Europe (RE); and Dino GIARRUSSO (IT) — Non-attached (NI).

#Europe #EU #Politics #Environment #Climate #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis #Biodiversity #Pollution #Inequality

People marching through the streets with a banner saying "degrowth needs direct action" during a demonstration in Liepzig in 2014.
Rewilding Magazine
4 weeks ago

“Urban beekeeping is often falsely marketed as a solution to #biodiversity loss,” says Carly Ziter, a biology professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

“Just as we wouldn’t advocate keeping backyard chickens to save the birds, we shouldn’t look to beekeeping to save the bees.”

Beardy Star Stuff
1 month ago

I was out is the garden yesterday and heard a bird that I didn't recognize. I opened up the Merlin ID app and started a new Sound ID/recording. It identified the bird in less then a second. Then I spent a few minutes listening as it continued singing. Heard it just now outside my window and smiled: Good morning White-eyed Vireo! I love learning about this amazing planet.
#Nature #Birds #Biodiversity

1 month ago

This is what the finished IMO#4 looked like (left pic) when I peeled back the hay mulch layer. A nice fungal covering on the soil. It is now being stored in three old dustbins for regular use as and when around the plot.

I’ll transplant climbing beans up the bamboo poles into both the inoculated IMO#4 bed and into the bed next door for comparison. I’ll also sow other veg in both beds also for comparison.

Both beds were covered in a leaf litter mulch after I took the photos to protect, cover and feed the microbes and soil/compost in the meantime until the beds can be planted up.

#KoreanNaturalFarming #KNF #RegenerativeAgriculture #Allotment #Gardening #SoilHealth #Biodiversity #Soil #Compost #PeatFree #GrowYourOwn #GYO

Finished IMO4 with a white fungal covering underneath the hay mulch
The potatoes have been mulched with the IMO4 inoculated hay. Two rows of bamboo poles are ready for the bean transplants.