We’re approaching the end of Plastic Free July! Make sure to check out their website to learn more about the event and plastic in general, such as possible non-plastic alternatives! In the meantime here are some health facts you should know about plastic
Plastics are beneficial to our society through providing lightweight packaging for our daily products. We are exposed to this manufacturing ingredient from day to day and the hazards behind these are often unseen
Through the production of plastics, BPA (bisphenol A) is used as a chemical building block to synthesize polycarbonate plastics and they are often used in common plastic products found in our homes. BPA is a known hormone disruptor and is an estrogen-mimicking chemical that can be found in our bloodstream and is accumulating in our fat cells which can eventually build up and cause cancer. When these plastics are exposed to heat, light or are even scratched/damaged, BPA is released into our food or beverages and are consumed. BPA’s are now being replaced by other chemicals such as BPS and BPF however they still do the same harm and accumulate in our bodies
One way to reduce single use plastics to preserve your leftover food is to use beeswax wrap instead of plastic wraps! Through doing so you can reduce plastic wastes and prevent the accumulation of these known carcinogens
Don’t forget to check out @plasticfreejuly , and also check out @plasticfreeyyc .
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Repeat #photography allows Monitors to maintain objectivity when tracking landscape change. Photos are taken along the cardinal points and of the canopy overhead. These photos can then be referenced over the years at the same location. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#conservation#hike#Volunteers#nature#landscape#change#method#eco#ecological#environment#bc#explore#learn
Our 2014-2015 #duckstamp#lid featuring our own #brigadier#camo Custom Built from the bottom, up. Great for any #duckhunter or to represent your passion at the #duckcamp and really just about anywhere! Featuring a woven label accented with a red rope.
I love this shot because it is really hard to tell how many water buffalo were actually in the picture. While we were out on the drive, I was having a hard time, frustrated with my camera and not feeling like I was getting the results that I wanted. I was looking at my images through the camera and because of this I was only seeing a compressed image of the actual shot. I was gauging my success on my perception in the moment. Back at the lodge, I was able to view my photo’s from a larger screen and found some pictures that I really liked. #photography#conservation#big5#southafrica#krugernationalpark#travel#blogger#instagood#instalike
The GWCP - No. 200 - the travel series - a bit sad 😞 and shocked 🤯 this morning After reading a staggering article (link in bio) that demonstrates just the degree of education, awareness and understanding needed (I’m making a terrible assumption here that most people are also not aware of the following) to protect our country, and our planet... Australia, according to the latest IUCN ranks 4th on the list of countries with the highest animal species extinction… 4th!!! and we have 892 species that are critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable… WOW, just WOW… (if you know of alternative statistics please share)... This release from the IUCN is worth a read… "Another invasive species threatening Australia’s reptiles is the toxic Cane Toad, which was introduced to Australia in 1935. For the Mitchell’s Water Monitor (Varanus mitchelli), which enters the Red List as Critically Endangered, dining on the toxic Cane Toad has resulted in population declines of up to 97% in some areas, following the arrival of toads. Australia’s reptiles are particularly vulnerable to poisoning by the Cane Toad as Australia has no native toads or other species that produce the same toxins.” 📸 now less than 50 meters from the ocean, these plastic bottles have most likely made their way to here through a drain waiting for the next major down pour to finish the trip... we can stop the flow by being thoughtful in our use and discarding of waste & just picking it up if we see it! Happy Sunday 😃
A bit pixelated BUT WOW! Check out this shot of a couple orcas breaching in stormy weather - 📷 taken on a sword fishing boat off of Nova Scotia 🇨🇦
Now that we've got your attention, here are some important updates and questions for you!
1. Filming begins in t-minus 19 days! Wow so soon!
2. We have something VERY exciting coming up... on July 30th, we're going to need all hands on deck from this amazing community! Comment your hands up if you're with us 🙌 and mark it in your calendar! We've got a competition to win and we're going to need your votes! Stay tuned.
3. Go subscribe to our Youtube Channel (link in bio), we're beginning to share more content there!
4. J-Pod was spotted off of the San Juan Islands yesterday! We're stoked they're around and hoping to see them next month ✨
5. For the filming period in August, we're still looking for lodging. If you know of anywhere with power outlets that we can stay for free (we have camping supplies), let us know! We're looking for lodging in the following places: Alert Bay (or Telegraph Cove), Salt Spring Island, San Juan Island, Ferndale/Bellingham, Seattle, Spokane, and Rosedale/Chilliwack.
Thank you everyone for your support and help! 🙏 We can't make this story go big without you - we're all in this together! Let's do this and make some waves!
I took this photo at the end of class one afternoon last spring. I had signed up for an amazing course offered through the regional park on the ecology of southern California 🌈. ——————————
Chaparral, the most extensive ecosystem in California, is dominated by drought-hardy shrubs. It requires infrequent, large, and high-intensity 🔥wildfires🔥 to maintain itself. Fires allow:
1) New habitat by opening up areas previously filled with brush and shrubs. This also allows for residing plants to become stronger as they now have more access to water 💧 and sunlight ☀️ .
2) Healthier soil for plants that remain, as vegetation which is burned provides ♻️ nutrients to soil.
3) Regeneration 🌱 of plants. Some species seeds require heat activation to germinate (crazy!). **Important to note that a change in frequency (more than once every 15-20 years), seasonality, or intensity of fires can actually destroy chaparral. Nature isn’t fragile, but it’s sensitive. ✨
🌞 I was so certain SoCal was going to be my place- the mountains, sunshine, and ocean. It has all that I sought. However, the brown landscape and the lifestyle attitude of most there, combined with a few personal losses had me up and leaving after 15 months. I’m still not certain where I belong on this beautiful planet, and sometimes I try to convince myself to give this area another try. But for now... it’s continuing to jethop across the world searching for that soul-comforting spot. 💛
'Pink is the love you discovah' - Aerosmith
The Deepbody Boarfish or Robust Deepsea Boarfish (Antigonia capros)
This shy pinkish marine wonder was spotted at ~910 ft ( ~ 277 metres) during the deep dive in the waters of Curacao while diving in the 'Curasub'. It didn't like the focus light from the sub so we switched it off and enjoyed it zipping around in the darkness for a bit and then went on deeper with our mission.
Its distribution is worldwide in tropical and temperate environments with an amazing depth range of 50-900 metres. Typically it resides between 100-300 metres feeding on crustaceans and mollusks. While it's conservation status is not threatened it's found in the samples of deep sea fishing trawlers.