This video is called Sandwich Terns Love Dance.
Other Ameland Sandwich terns were in France and Spain.
This video is called Sandwich Terns Love Dance.
Other Ameland Sandwich terns were in France and Spain.
This video says about itself:
Catherine Spencer needs you. Are you ready to Endure?
5 September 2015
Catherine Spencer, former England women’s rugby captain turned adventurer & entrepreneur is embarking on the Endure 6 Skeleton Coast Expedition in November 2015. She will be leading ‘Team Snow Leopard‘ on a 150km trek across the Namib Desert to the Skeleton Coast to raise awareness and stop the illegal trade of wild animals in support of The Endure Foundation.
Catherine is looking for adventurers to join her team, if you’re interested in finding out more please visit here.
From Wildlife Extra:
Rugby stars Ollie Phillips (former England 7’s Rugby Captain) and Catherine Spencer (former Women’s England Rugby Captain) are taking on the Endure 6 Skeleton Coast Expedition this November to raise awareness and help stop the illegal trade of wild animals.
The expedition is a 150km unsupported trek from the hinterland across the Namib Desert finishing ten days later at the Skeleton Coast in support of The Endure Foundation and its six charity partners. One of those charity partners is the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, who fund a range of innovative, vital and far reaching projects throughout Africa and Asia to achieve real results for endangered wildlife.
Ollie will be leading ‘Team Elephant’ and Catherine will lead ‘Team Snow Leopard’ and the expedition will be filmed and follow the teams on their journey to form a documentary to raise awareness and help stop the illegal trade of wild animals in partnership with DSWF.
Both Ollie and Catherine are looking for motivated team members to join them on this arduous expedition. They will be involved in the planning of the expedition and will face everything from searing heat and sand storms to wild animals and coastal fog.
Ollie Phillips said “I’m thrilled to be leading a team on this expedition. The desert is a completely new terrain for myself and Catherine. We’re looking for people from all walks of life to join our teams to raise awareness for some of the world’s most endangered animals.”
DSWF CEO, Sally Case added: “It is incredible that anything survives in the harsh conditions of much of Namibia’s terrain. That a species like the rhino has evolved and adapted to survive in desert conditions is testament to a species determined to survive. With the teams drawing inspiration from the indomitable spirit of the Namibian black rhino we are sure that this will be the challenge of a lifetime.”
By Christoph Dreier in Germany:
German politicians and the media push for new wars in Africa
27 August 2015
Last year, the German people were subjected to unprecedented war-mongering against Russia and a campaign for the return of German militarism. Now, the propagandists are going one step further and are beating the drums for new wars in Africa. They cynically try to justify this by referring to the growing streams of refugees.
On Tuesday, the head of the Süddeutsche Zeitung’s foreign affairs department, Stefan Kornelius, said a European refugee policy must begin with a European foreign policy.
“If Europe does not want to become a magnet for refugees from many areas of the world, if the international community does not want to break apart due to its heterogeneous understanding for its humanitarian responsibilities, then it must turn its force outward towards the epicentres of the flight”, he wrote.
The editor has a pretty clear idea what this means and formulates it in rhetorical questions: “Who had also considered intervening in the Syrian civil war, if necessary without a UN mandate? On whose desk are the dossiers regarding Eritrea and Sudan gathering dust in Brussels? What possibilities for influence does the EU have over the African Union, from whose ranks states are bleeding out?”
This is the outline of a policy in Africa and the Middle East, which would result in a massive military escalation and is aimed at controlling the African continent and exploiting it economically.
On Spiegel Online, Roland Nelles, who heads its Berlin bureau and is a member of the Editorial Board, is even more explicit. He also takes the issue of refugee policy as the starting point for comprehensive plans for the recolonisation of Africa.
Germany must no longer “stay out of the problems of this world,” he writes. He accuses the population of keeping politicians from “dealing with the problems on the spot in the crisis regions with massive financial and political means (and if need be, military means). Germany and the other European countries must fundamentally change their attitude. We must do more outside,” he summarised.
He lists regions where he would like to see German military interventions. On Syria, he writes, “We have no real strategy in the fight against the dictator Assad or against IS [Islamic State]. At least the Americans are doing something: they are bombing the terrorists from the air. And we Germans? We send a few old rifles to the Peshmerga. That’s it. We don’t trust ourselves to do more, we don’t want to do more on the spot.”
Last week, the chair of the Foreign Affairs parliamentary committee, Norbert Röttgen, made clear when speaking to broadcaster Deutschlandfunk that the government has long been working on implementing such a policy.
He also called for military intervention against IS. In order to defeat its militia, according to Röttgen, “political and military means” are required. IS is not really affected by air strikes, “but there must be more, that’s certain”, said the former minister.
Like Nelles and Kornelius, he sees such military intervention as part of a broad offensive in Africa and the Middle East. “We need a European foreign policy that engages with this region. We need an Africa policy in Europe,” Röttgen says, relating this directly to the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.
For him, a “European Africa policy” means essentially a German policy. He also speaks in favour of Germany seeking different allies with whom it can implement its own goals. “I believe that the Europe of 28 will not respond effectively to these gigantic challenges, but will always wait until all 28 are on board,” he says.
Röttgen calls for “a predictive, preventive, proactive policy as part of foreign policy in Africa, in North Africa.”
One of the main foreign policy experts in the German parliament is advocating a preventive Africa policy—i.e., an aggressive policy based around German interests, which includes military intervention. An entire continent is to become a chessboard for German foreign policy.
This has nothing to do with the well being of the people there, or dealing with the problems forcing millions to flee their countries. It is cynical war propaganda. In reality, it was the military interventions by the NATO powers that have destroyed whole societies in the Middle East and Africa. The misery produced by these wars is now being used to further beat the drums of war.
Rather, the demand for an offensive in Africa is connected with the return of German militarism. Given the deep international economic crisis, which has now also afflicted the developing economies of South America and Asia, Africa is of special interest. The German business elite wants to secure the raw materials and growing markets there.
In May 2014, Berlin formulated its “Africa policy guidelines”, which dealt with these questions extensively and are the basis for Röttgen’s proactive plan. They talk about “Africa’s growing relevance for Germany and Europe”, due to the continent’s economic potential and “rich natural resources.”
Berlin therefore wants to strengthen “Germany’s political, security and development policy engagement in Africa”, to intervene “early, quickly, decisively and substantially” and “comprehensively deploy the whole spectrum of its available means.”
Since then, the German government has already considerably expanded its military interventions. In June, the first phase of the EU military operation “EUNAVFOR Med” was launched in the Mediterranean. Germany is participating in it with 327 soldiers and two frigates. Phases two and three will see the capture and destruction of refugee boats at sea, and according to reports, also the use of bombers and ground troops in Libya.
Earlier this month, the United States announced that together with Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Spain it was planning a comprehensive military intervention in Libya. Thousands of mainly European soldiers will participate in the operation.
In July, Germany took the lead in the military training mission in Mali and also the unlimited extension of the operation. In the last weeks, talks have also taken place with the Netherlands to deploy more German soldiers in the embattled north of the country. In addition, Defence Minister von der Leyen is stepping up cooperation with the Tunisian military.
Now, the media is beating the drum for an expansion of this policy and for new wars in Africa. The protagonists are often the same as those whipping up incitement against Russia in recent years and who call for a military intervention in Ukraine. Stefan Kornelius, who has close ties to government-related think tanks, vehemently advocates confrontation with Russia.
Röttgen, too, is one of the rabble-rousers. He has vehemently advocated economic sanctions against Russia. When Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras paid a state visit there, Röttgen declared this to be “un-European”.
Now, they are planting their flags on the map of Africa once more.
The German government is massively expanding its political, economic and military involvement in Africa. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is currently touring Mali, Niger and Ethiopia with a high-level delegation: here.
Spain’s military deployment in the African continent has seen a major increase since 2013. It is an expression of the new scramble for Africa spearheaded by the continent’s former imperialist masters: here.
Still later came Deinotherium, looking more like present day elephants; though its tusks pointed downwards.
Before elephant evolution led to the woolly mammoths of about 100,000 years ago, ancestors of these mammoths lived in Africa. They were Mammuthus subplanifrons. Ever since the 1920s, only a few small fossils of this species had been found.
Recently, Dutch paleontologist Dick Mol found an almost complete skeleton of such a fossil ancestor, 3-4 million years old, in Etosha national park in Namibia. Later, Mr Mol says, mammoths left Africa for Eurasia; and humans went along with them.
This video is called Hunting for Woolly Mammoths Documentary.
Yesterday, in Amsterdam, the exhibition Giants of the Ice Age, on mammoths and similar animals, started.
This is called A Partnership of Hope – BirdLife International Video.
Namibia takes positive steps to save 30,000 seabirds a year
By Shaun Hurrell, Fri, 07/11/2014 – 12:09
Following a meeting with the BirdLife’s Albatross Task Force, The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in Namibia has introduced new fishery regulations which should practically eliminate seabird mortality from one of the most destructive fisheries in the world.
This is more excellent news for the Albatross Task Force (ATF) who have been working with the Ministry in Namibia since 2008, and have demonstrated that the combined levels of seabird mortality for their hake longline and trawl fisheries is around 30,000 seabirds per year, which is one of the highest levels in the world.
The ATF have demonstrated that adoption of simple and cost-effective mitigation measures in both these fisheries could reduce mortality to negligible levels.
Incidental bycatch in fisheries constitutes the major threat for many vulnerable populations of seabirds. Globally 300,000 seabirds are killed in longline and trawl fisheries each year where they are hooked and drown on baited hooks or are struck by trawl cables and dragged under water. Approximately 100,000 of these birds are albatross, the most threatened family of birds with 15 of 22 species at risk of extinction.
The ATF is part of BirdLife International’s Marine Programme and works in the world’s global bycatch ‘hot spots’ with industry to introduce tested practical measures that, once in use, rapidly reduce the mortality of seabirds.
In the trawl fleet the use of bird scaring lines with streamers that flap in the wind and scare birds away from the dangerous areas of a vessel is a simple solution that practically eliminates seabird bycatch. In the longline fleet, this measure in combination with line-weighting (sinks hooks away from foraging birds) and paired bird scaring lines, should reduce bycatch by over 95%.
The new fishery regulations introduced by the Ministry will require all trawl and longline vessels to use bird scaring lines, and for longline vessels to use improved line weighting. These new regulations came into effect on 1 November 2014 and will drastically reduce the impact of these two fisheries on vulnerable seabirds.
The fishing industry in Namibia, led by local fishing companies has been cooperative with the proposed conservation measures, with several companies already adopting voluntary use of the bird scaring lines. The introduction of regulations will ensure the simple measures are adopted across the whole fleet. Namibia already has high levels of observer coverage in their fisheries, which means it will be easy to identify compliance with these new regulations.
This provides an excellent example of how positive collaboration between conservation organisations, local government and responsible industry associations can make a huge contribution to sustaining global biodiversity and reducing our impact on the marine environment.
Related news: This is also great news for local Namibian women in Walvis Bay, whose home-made bird-scaring lines have started to be sold to the fisheries, generating them an income and greater gender-equality in the community.
The Albatross Task Force is an international conservation programme run by BirdLife International and the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) which works with local NGOs in seabird bycatch hotspots to demonstrate to fishers how to use simple, effective measures that prevent seabird mortality.
15 out of 22 species of albatross are threatened with extinction. Working closely with BirdLife Partners in the Southern Ocean, we’re working to stop the needless slaughter of these amazing birds and bring them back from the brink of extinction.
New law passed in Namibia to protect 30,000 seabirds from death by trawling or longlining: here.
This video is called Niger‘s Endangered White Giraffes (Full Documentary).
From Wildlife Extra:
Citizen science project launched to help the world’s giraffes
GiraffeSpotter.org is an easy to use web-based application that allows people to upload their photos of giraffes they have seen, together with the location where the image was taken and any other valuable information they can supply to help in conservation efforts, such as herd size, sex and age class of the giraffe.
With the help of GiraffeSpotter.org, GCF will be able to improve its understanding of giraffe ranges, distribution, numbers and ultimately the various species of giraffes’ conservation status across Africa.
At the same time, the charity hopes that the project will also engage people and raise awareness of the plight of giraffes in the wild.
15 years ago there were 140,000 giraffes in Africa. Today there are 80,000: here.
Saving seabirds, empowering women: the Albatross Task Force gains momentum
By Shaun Hurrell, Fri, 18/07/2014 – 09:53
Our Albatross Task Force were recently recognised for their efforts that have saved 99% of albatrosses from death in a major fishery in South Africa. Now across the border, momentum continues to gather for seabird conservation in Namibia. Rather than official recognition with awards, this time it is personal recognition shown by the actions of local people that are causing Albatross Task Force instructors to beam with pride.
In Namibian waters alone, more than 30,000 seabirds are drowned every year due to long-line and trawl fishing, making these fisheries some of the most destructive in the world. We have devised, and been awarded for, a simple solution – techniques to scare birds away from death by entanglement (such as bird-scaring lines). Now in Namibia, fishermen are voluntarily using bird-scaring lines on their boats, a testament to the work of our Namibian Albatross Task Force.
This is not only incredible news for seabirds which, as we have seen in South Africa, will now almost entirely avoid accidental drowning on these boats. But this is great news for local Namibian women in Walvis Bay too, whose home-made bird-scaring lines have started to be sold to the fisheries, generating them an income and greater gender-equality in the community.
A force for saving seabirds, a task of attracting people
Consider how many hours Albatross Task Force instructors spend riding the waves on local fishing vessels, testing and finding these solutions. Consider their interaction with the captains, whose two main concerns are keeping their crew safe and to increase the catch rate of their target fish species. Consider their education efforts, based on sound scientific evidence, to inform the fishing community of the mitigation measures that protect seabirds.
In order to repel seabirds away from danger, first you have to spend a lot of effort to attract people to the issue.
So for the Namibian fishermen to be using bird-scaring lines voluntarily, this is huge. It means they have learnt that each bird caught on a hook potentially represents one less fish on that hook. It means they are improving their chances of their fishery being awarded a sustainable certification (we help them document the reduction in seabird by-catch). It means that when the ocean gets rough, they are still thinking about albatrosses.
“This represents a huge positive shift in momentum for seabird conservation, and the fact that it is 100% due to Albatross Task Force efforts is really encouraging,”
said Oliver Yates, Albatross Task Force Coordinator.
A total of 13 trawlers (about 15% of the trawl fleet in Namibia) have now purchased tori lines for voluntary use on their vessels, as well as 3 demersal long-line vessels (about 25% of the fleet). Steel weights that keep hooks out of the reach of albatrosses – funded by a Lucile and Packard Foundation project – are now in production for the longline fleet.
“Voluntary implementation is happening!” said Oli.
“There is a long way to go in terms of the practicalities of getting the mitigation into action on the vessels, but a lot of the hard work is already done.”
Saving seabirds is also empowering women
Earlier this year the Albatross Task Force in Namibia developed a project to work with a local women’s empowerment group in Walvis Bay to manufacture and supply bird-scaring lines for the longline and trawl fisheries of the country. Currently represented by five women whose only income was from selling jewellery made from seas shells, the local group called Meme Itumbapo have already built bird-scaring lines for 10% of the Namibian fleet.
Following training and the provision of equipment and materials by the Albatross Task Force, and with the announcement of £20,000 support from the Namport Social Investment Fund, the project will generate opportunities for Meme Itumbapo women and more with no formal education and limited employment options. Their hand-built, quality-assured, local, affordable lines will be flying off the back of more and more Namibian fishing boats in the next two years.
The lines not only prevent birds getting snagged on hooks or in nets, but flag for Namibia a vision of protected biodiversity, local economic empowerment and for greater gender equality.
On a roll in Namibia
The at-sea demonstrations and education work the Albatross Task Force undertakes does not just apply to local fishermen: we also lobby governments and fisheries for new regulations.
The new fishing permit conditions we helped draft, including technical guidelines for mitigation measures, have been signed by the Permanent Secretary for Fisheries. And next month, the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in Namibia will meet with BirdLife to discuss their National Plan of Action for Seabirds and how we can help support the implementation of mitigation measures.
“We are confident of a positive outcome in the meeting, and look forward to working with the fleet to extend mitigation use onto all vessels,” said Oli.
With a lot of the hard work done in Namibia and support from local people, Albatross Task Force instructors have every reason to be smiling confidently as they head out to sea again.
The Albatross Task Force is an initiative led by the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) for the BirdLife International Partnership.
Seventeen out of 22 species of albatross are threatened with extinction. The main threat to albatrosses is death at the end of a hook on a fishing long-line.
Working closely with BirdLife Partners in the Southern Ocean, we’re working to stop the needless slaughter of these amazing birds and bring them back from the brink of extinction.