Tasmanian-based company to manage new Macquarie Island Research Station build on the National Heritage Listed Macquarie Island. It will be significantly more efficient than the existing station and designed to minimise operating and maintenance costs. Media Release: https://bit.ly/2J2m0VG
Over the last few weeks, I have had the most amazing time with some of the kindest and friendliest people, in one of the most untouched landscapes on Earth. Feeling so incredibly blessed to have had an experience like this!
We still haven’t showed you how beautiful it is here. These photos are all taken on todays short walk around the station! It’s excellent for Baltic Sea research, workshops and education here but we believe that in experiencing this typical archipelago environment more people will truly feel the meaningfulness of being engaged in protecting the worlds oceans 🐋🐳🐬 /@askolab, editor of the week
This bowl of blackberries represents the importance of horticulture. The importance to our families, our communities, and our state. On the surface, we might sometimes be tempted to boil down our impact as horticulturists to something like the following statement: "Through educational programming, this family learned the appropriate fertilization and pest management practices to grow blackberries in Kansas, resulting in an increased yield and higher productivity." -
That’s great. But does it tell the whole story? I would argue that it doesn’t remotely touch on the whole story.
This bowl of blackberries is from a variety that was bred and selected for heat tolerance and thrives in our Kansas climate. It represents a wide range of trees, flowers, grasses, fruit, and vegetables that have been developed for the harsh climate we live in. We may live on the prairie, but there is still a value to our community in having beautiful green spaces, safe athletic fields, shade, and healthy produce. We shouldn’t have to move to Oregon, Michigan, or Maine to enjoy these things. Even knowing that water quantity and quality is a current and future concern, we can still find a way to have a green world around us through a commitment to horticulture science and research. A commitment to these things helps keep young families in our community, adds value to our properties and landscapes, and makes this a better place to live. This is community vitality.
Read the rest of the blog post at http://thedemogarden.org/2018/06/21/why-horticulture/
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With so much protected land surrounding us, wildlife abounds here at the HLC! Though normally very shy, our resident black bear (Ursus americanus) gave us a good look last night. 🐻 Black bears have a very keen sense of smell and can smell a food source from over 2 km away. This is a reminder of why we practice bear safety here, ensuring food is not kept in the cabins and instead closed up in the main lodge, as well as travelling in pairs down to the seaside cabins in the evenings. #keepthewildlifewild
For the first four months after birth, Dusky titi monkey (Callicebus discolor) fathers are the predominant carriers of the infant. They have a strong bond with their young, transporting them on their backs and acting as the primary caretaker. Titi monkeys are also unique in that they are socially monogamous, meaning they mate for life.
Para los primeros cuatro meces después del nacimiento, el Cotoncillo rojo (Callicebus discolor) macho juega un papel fundamental en el cuidado de la cría. Tiene un lazo fuerte con su cría y participa activamente en la crianza. Cotoncillos rojos también son únicos por ser monógamas, el macho sólo se aparea con una hembra.
Looking back at the Research Station over the years.
We've come a long way since the very first installation with the plastic walls and 4ft columns fruiting phoenix oyster mushrooms. It took many volunteer hours and expert hands to get it to it's current conditions. Huge thanks to everyone that has helped along the way 🙏👏💪💯
Last night broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough and Dr Christoph Schwitzer, Director of Conservation at the Bristol Zoological Society and widely recognised as the world expert on lemurs joined FCBStudios, Grant Associates and Buro Happold to discuss Madagascar, conservation and our new project for a research station in the forests of Madagascar as part of our Collaborative by Nature Exhibition events programme.
Here David Attenborough explains how #lemurs differ from their primate cousins in that they have long back legs, which allow them to jump between trees.
Madagascar has a unique habitat, but one that is in crisis. Habitat loss, deforestation and overpopulation are putting a major strain on the country’s natural resources. Each year 302,000 hectares of forest, equivalent to the area of Lancashire, disappears, of which almost 95% is untraceable deforestation. Madagascar has a distinctive ecology, with 90% of all plant and animal species found on the island including 61 species of lemurs found nowhere else on Earth.
Located in the protected Sahamalaza National Park, the Ankarafa Field Station was built by Dr Schwitzer as a research base in 2006 to observe lemurs and other indigenous wildlife in their natural habitat. Since then, many researchers have stayed at the field station, including Andrew Grant in 2013. With our understanding of lemur and forest conservation increasing, the field station needs to be expanded and improved, and the @RichardFeildenFoundation is now working with @Bristolzoo, @GrantAssociates and @buroHappold on a three year programme to rebuild it as a self-sufficient centre, contributing to the local community through employment and education.
In the UK, Bristol Zoo and Wild Place Project has a number of Malagasy species that are part of captive breeding programmes, and elements of the Field Station will be recreated here as an educational facility sharing knowledge with schools, researchers and the public.
It was a magical and inspiring evening to celebrate our collaboration. Thank you to our speakers and guests.