GREEN UP OUR PLANET

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND INFORMATION

HONEY BEES

ONE OF THE CREATURES WE NEED TO LIVE ARE IN SERIOUS DANGER

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/03/bad-winter-and-pesticides-spell-trouble-honeybees.php





http://www.bewhalewise.org/guidelines/

GOOD ADVICE FOR BOATERS OF ALL KINDS
IT IS ALSO GOOD ADVICE FOR ANY WILDLIFE






THE COVE


A DOCUMENTARY TELLING THE STORY OF WHAT JAPANESE FISHERMAN
ARE DOING TO THE WILD DOLPHIN POPULATION
NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART OR SQUEAMISH

http://www.takepart.com/thecove/


WATCH THIS FILM AND LEARN HOW BAD IT REALLY IS




Threatened and Endangered Species

http://www.naturecanada.ca/endangered.asp

Today, there are
585 endangered species at risk in Canada

Currently, one in eight of the world’s birds are threatened with global extinction,

and of the 428 bird species that regularly breed in Canada, 60 are classified as at risk.

One in 8 of the world’s plant species are threatened with extinction,

and 23% of the world’s mammals are at risk.




BRIAN KEATING

A LEADER IN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND WILDLIFE EDUCATION FROM THE CALGARY ZOO. AT A RECENT AUDIO-VIDEO PRESENTATION OF HIS, THERE WAS SOME GOOD NEWS FOR THIS PAGE. IN HIS RECENT TRAVELS HE HAS FOUND THAT SOME OF THE THREATENED SPECIES ARE ON THE REBOUND IN NUMBERS. A FEW ARE NARWALS, MOST OF THE WHALE SPECIES, ELEPHANTS, GORILLAS, SEALS, BIRDS OF ALL SORTS AND SOME OF THE COMMERCIAL FISH LIKE COD. 

THIS MEANS THAT THE RESTRICTIONS ON HUNTING AND FISHING AROUND THE WORLD ARE ACTUALLY WORKING AND HELPING. EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO MAKING THESE WORK. BRIAN MENTIONED THE DIFFERENCES IN THE AMOUNT OF TIME KIDS SPEND OUTSIDE FROM WHEN HE WAS A KID TO NOW.  80 TO 90 % OF OUR TIME PLAYING WAS OUTSIDE INTERACTING WITH NATURE, NOW OUR KIDS AVERAGE 5 %. OUR NEXT GENERATIONS ARE SPENDING FAR TOO MUCH TIME INDOORS. HOW WILL THEY LEARN TO LOOK AFTER THE PLANET IF THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND IT ? THEY CAN ONLY LEARN SO MUCH FROM THE TV OR INTERNET. ACTUAL HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE MUST BE A BIG PART OF GROWING UP. PUSH THEM OUT THE DOOR MORE OFTEN, FOR ALL OUR SAKES.



                                   


POLAR BEARS

POLAR BEARS - FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/Conservation/Endangered_Species/Canada/Polar-Bear.asp

NOW DOWN TO 20,000 TO 25,000 LEFT.




Tasmanian Devils

Tasmanian Devils Could Be

Gone in 20 Years
 


SPORT FISHING IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA

I WAS AN AVID FISHERMAN MOST OF MY LIFE. SPINNING GEAR AND FLY. I GOT HOOKED ON TROUT WHILE STILL IN SCHOOL AND NEVER FISHED FOR MUCH ELSE AFTER THAT. I STARTED ON A TINY STREAM THAT CAME OUT OF A FISH HATCHERY. THE STREAM WAS LOADED WITH VERY COLORFUL BROOK TROUT, PAN FRY SIZE. FLESH THE COLOR OF SALMON. AFTER THAT IT WAS RAINBOWS AND NORTHERN PIKE FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS. OTHER FISH I'VE CAUGHT INCLUDE BASS, SAUGER, STURGEON, FRESHWATER EEL, CATFISH, SALMON, MUSKY, LAKE TROUT, BROWN, CUTTHROAT, DOLLY VARDEN AND I EVEN MANAGED TO CATCH AND RELEASE A COUPLE OF GOLDEN TROUT. GOLDEN ARE RELATED TO THE BROWN TROUT AND WERE INTRODUCED TO ALBERTA FROM CALIFORNIA TO A FEW SMALL LAKES IN MORE REMOTE AREAS OF KANANASKIS JUST WEST OF CALGARY. AN INTERESTING ARTICLE ON THE GOLDEN http://www.flyanglersonline.com/features/canada/can306.php QUICKLY BECOMING A VERY RARE BREED. I'M GLAD I GOT A COUPLE FOR MY OWN MEMORIES. I JUST WISH I HAD HAD A CAMERA WITH ME. AFTER 4 HOURS TOTAL HIKING THERE AND BACK, IT DIDN'T REALLY SEEM WORTH IT AT THE TIME BUT NOW ITS NOTHING BUT FOND MEMORIES WITH NO REGRETS. I HAD THOUGHT OF BRINGING ONE BACK TO TAKE TO A TAXIDERMIST TO PRESERVE IT FOREVER, BUT I DIDN'T FEEL RIGHT ABOUT TAKING SOMETHING IN SO FEW NUMBERS. I FEEL THIS TROUT NEEDS TO BE REGULATED DOWN TO CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY AND THE NUMBERS OF FISHERMAN BETTER CONTROLLED LIKE HELI-FISHING. THE ALBERTA STOCKS ARE SURVIVING BETTER THAN THEIR ANCESTORS IN CALIFORNIA AND ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD AND SHOULD BE PRESERVED AS BREEDING STOCK ONLY FOR INTRODUCTION INTO MORE ALPINE STYLE LAKES. IT WOULD BE A SHAME TO SEE THE "CROWN JEWELS" OF TROUT DISAPPEAR.
MY BEST FISHING HAD TO BE THE BOW RIVER RUNNING THROUGH CALGARY. BROWN AND RAINBOWS. ANYTIME OF YEAR. THE FISHING WAS AMAZING UP TO THE 80'S BUT IT BECAME TOO FAMOUS WORLDWIDE AND THAT QUICKLY AFFECTED THE NUMBERS. SINCE THE 80'S THE LIMIT WAS 2 PER DAY THEN THE MERCURY BECAME A PROBLEM WITH RECOMMENDATIONS TO ONLY EAT ONE PER YEAR. AT THAT POINT I HUNG UP MY GEAR. I MANAGED TO FISH ABOUT 150 MILES ALTOGETHER OF THE BOW RIVER WHEN IT WAS IN ITS PRIME AND IT WAS THE BEST I HAD EVER HAD IN OVER 30 YEARS OF FISHING. BUT I ALSO SADLY WATCHED IT GO DOWNHILL DUE TO HUMAN INFLUENCES. THE REASONS INCLUDED OVER-FISHING, POLLUTION, AND MISMANAGEMENT OF WATER LEVELS CONTROLLED BY DAMS. THERE ARE A FEW DAMS AND SEWAGE PLANTS ALONG IT THAT MESS IT UP. THE SEWAGE WATER THAT COMES OUT OF THESE PLANTS IS "WITHIN GOVERNMENT TOLERANCES" BUT YOU WOULD NOT DRINK IT OR EVEN WANT TO TOUCH IT JUST BECAUSE OF THE SMELL ALONE. THE WATER THEY TOOK OUT OF THE RIVER AND "PURIFIED" DIDN'T SMELL LIKE THAT THEN, SO WHY DOES IT SMELL WHEN ITS COMING OUT OF A TREATMENT PLANT ? IF ITS GOING BACK INTO THE RIVER SYSTEM IT SHOULD BE AT LEAST AS CLEAN AS IT WAS TO START. MAYBE IT NEEDS TO BE RUN THROUGH A FEW MORE "PROCESSES" BEFORE RELEASING IT TO THE WILD. THE ALGAE GROWTH DOWNSTREAM OF THE ODGEN ROAD PLANT IS REALLY THICK. THE REST OF THE RIVER DOESN'T HAVE NEAR AS MUCH ALGAE. WEED GROWTH IS UP IN MOST OF THE RIVER NOW AND THAT RAISES THE PIKE NUMBERS IN THE SLOWER CURRENT AREAS WHICH DECREASES THE NUMBER OF TROUT FRY THAT MAKE IT THROUGH THE FIRST YEAR. THE ELBOW RIVER WHICH DUMPS INTO THE BOW AT DOWNTOWN CALGARY IS IN MUCH BETTER SHAPE THAN THE BOW BEFORE IT HITS THE CITY. I HEAR THAT THE BOW RIVER IS ON THE RECOVERY THIS LAST FEW YEARS. PERHAPS BY THE TIME I RETIRE IN 10 YEARS, IT WILL BE FISHABLE AGAIN AT LEAST FOR CATCH AND RELEASE.
I AM IN FULL AGREEMENT WITH HIGHER FISHING LICENSE FEES, MORE GAME WARDENS, MUCH STIFFER PENALTIES FOR OFFENSES, MORE STOCKING OF SMALL LAKES FOR APPROVED FISHING HOLES (PRIVATE AND GOVERNMENT), MORE COMMERCIAL AND PRIVATE FISH HATCHERIES TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT TAKEN FROM THE WILD, LOTS MORE 4x4 PARKS PRIVATE AND GOVERNMENT AND EVEN A COMBINATION OF 4x4 PARK AND A STOCKED PRIVATE POND. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE PROMOTING HATCHERIES , BOTH PRIVATE AND COMMERCIAL AND BOTH PUBLIC FISHING AND FARMING. THERE ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH LIVESTOCK PONDS ON PRIVATE LAND TO SUPPLY MOST OF THE FISH PRODUCTS IN THIS PROVINCE. SALMON, TROUT, CHAR AND MANY OTHER SPECIES ARE NOW BEING FARMED WITH GREAT SUCCESS. THEN PUT A CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY ON ALL WILD FISH FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS TO LET THEM CATCH UP. AN UPDATE A FEW YEARS AFTER THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN NOW SHOWS THAT THE BOW RIVER IS PRETTY WELL DEAD FOR THE BROWN TROUT. THE ALGAE GROWTH KNOWN AS ROCK SLIME HAS STOPPED THE BROWNS FROM SPAWNING OVER MOST OF THE RIVER AND HAVE DWINDLED IN NUMBERS TO NEAR EXTINCT. I RECENTLY WENT FISHING ON THE RIVER THREE DIFFERENT TIMES OVER A 4 MONTH PERIOD AND ALL I WAS ABLE TO CATCH WERE 1 - 2 LB. RAINBOWS WHERE 3 TO 5 LB. RAINBOWS AND 3 TO 10 LB. BROWNS USED TO BE THE NORM. THE ROCK SLIME IS GROWING RAPIDLY MOSTLY DUE TO THE POLLUTION LEVELS FROM ALL THE WATER TREATMENT PLANTS FEEDING THE SLIME WITH ALL THE RIGHT NUTRIENTS FOR IT TO FLOURISH. ITS HEART BREAKING TO SEE SUCH A FINE FISHERY GO SO FAR DOWNHILL.
THE DAMAGE 4x4 AND DIRT BIKES DO TO THE ENVIRONMENT SHOULD BE KEPT TO PRIVATE LAND AND NOT THE WILDERNESS. THERE ARE MANY FARMS AND RANCHES STRUGGLING OR GOING UNDER THAT COULD SURVIVE QUITE WELL IF THEIR LAND WAS USED FOR SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT INSTEAD. THERE IS A SECTION OF GOVERNMENT PARKLAND WEST OF CALGARY CALLED McLEAN CREEK OHV RESERVED FOR OFF-ROAD VEHICLES. ITS A GOOD IDEA BUT THERE IS NO WILDLIFE IN IT OR NEAR IT. THERE USED TO BE LOTS OF WILDLIFE IN THAT AREA.
DON'T GET ME WRONG. I USED TO DIRT BIKE ON MOUNTAIN TRAILS IN BC AND I ALSO ENJOYED A FULL SIZED 4x4 PICKUP WITH 425 HP ON EXTRA WIDE 33 INCH TIRES. BUT TEARING UP THE TERRAIN WAS NEVER AN OPTION FOR ME SINCE I DID MOST OF MY ROUGH STUFF BY MYSELF AND FAR, FAR FROM HOME. I COULDN'T AFFORD TO HAVE MY MACHINE BREAKDOWN 70 OR 100 KM DOWN A TRAIL FROM NOWHERE WITH NO TRAFFIC. IF I FIGURED I'D NEED TO STOMP ON IT TO GET OVER SOMETHING, I'D LOOK FOR ANOTHER WAY. AND OUT OF A COUPLE OF DIRT BIKES AND A 4x4 I WAS NEVER LEFT STRANDED WITH BREAKAGE FROM CRANKING ON IT TOO HARD AND I ALWAYS GOT TO AND FROM WHERE I WAS GOING. IF YOU WANT TO TEAR UP THE TERRAIN, DO IT ON ROCKS AND DIRT IN AN APPROVED AREA, NOT IN THE TREES AND BUSH AND WATERWAYS.
MOST IMPORTANT IS, LEAVE IT LIKE YOU FOUND IT AND DON'T LEAVE ANYTHING THERE.




HINTERLAND WHO'S WHO


DO YOU REMEMBER THESE FROM THE 60'S AND 70'S ?.

THERE ARE ALSO THE NEW SERIES AVAILABLE

 http://www.hww.ca/media.asp?mcid=1