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Margaret Mead, American anthropologist, 1901-1978

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  1. If you love grizzly bears, take a look at US based Vital Ground Foundation, who are based in Montana.  

    Their mission is “to protect and restore North America’s grizzly bear populations for future generations by conserving wildlife habitat and by supporting programmes which reduce the conflicts between bears and humans”. 

    They have a vision of a permanently connected landscape which ensures the long-term survival of those gorgeous grizzly bears and the species in the range.  You can find out more about Vital Ground and their current porjects here  

    They have some great news for us all!

    Supporters enabled Vital Ground and landowners Greg and Lisa Levine to complete a new habitat protection project for grizzly bears and many other wildlife species in northwestern Montana!

    This grizzly bear can pass through a protected wildlife corridor, thanks to the Grave Creek Project
    Image © Vital Ground
    Find out about grizzly bears here

    The Grave Creek Project near the town of Eureka has helped conserve a key habitat corridor.  Sponsors may have participated in the Sponsor an Acre campaign, or given monthly, or made a year-end gift in 2022, but whichever action they took, they all contributed to this win for wildlife.  Wetlands, forests and meadows will be protected for species such as the grizzly, Canada lynx, native trout.  Find out more about the project here. 

    Ways to support Vital Ground include making a monthly donation, making a one-off donation, sponsoring an acre, and buying something from their online shop.    And don't forget to check out Vital News, their official newsletter.

    Visit The Vital Ground Foundation here.

  2. Animal Survival International have an urgent appeal at the moment, which is just absolutely heart-breaking.

    It’s about drought in Kenya.

    The heat is so terrible and relentless that the animals have no choice but to risk their lives to quench their thirst.  They walk for many days and weeks in search of water – and the tragedy is that may die before they find it.

    Animal Survival International want to act fast and do what they can to provide these animals with the water they so urgently and desperately need. 

     These animals urgently need water and they need our help
    These animals urgently need water and they need our help
    Image © Animal Survival International

    Elephants, giraffe, wildebeest and Grevy’s zebra are dying beside water holes that have simply dried up.  In some parts of Kenya, there is no water to be found.

    The carcasses of dead animals litter the landscapes.  The drought is getting worse and scientists fear that the land may never been the same again, say Animal Survival International.

    Animal Survival International are focusing their efforts on Turkana County, the most northern in Kenya and the largest, and one of the counties the worst.

    Please help Animal Survival International help wildlife affected by the drought in Kenya
    Please help Animal Survival International help wildlife 
    affected by the drought in Kenya
    Image © Animal Survival International

    The plan is to install boreholes to provide a sustainable water supply to the region’s wildlife.  Animal Survival International have delivered water to meet the most urgent needs of these animals but they know that longer-term solutions are needed.

    A borehole is costly to create – it costs about $50,000 or £41,500 per borehole.  But it is essential – or more animals will die.  The rains are well overdue, but there is no sign of them.

    Please find out more and donate here, and spread the word if you can. 


    CPRE, the Countryside charity, want to make the countryside a better place for everyone to live, work and enjoy.  They have a number of areas they are particularly passionate about:

    • Nature and landscapes
    • Better places to live
    • Litter and recycling
    • Farming
    • Sustainable transport
    • Climate change and energy

    They have local groups in every county – so plenty of opportunities to volunteer and get involved in looking after the countryside around you.

    Their current campaigns include Dark skies, Hedgerows, Climate Emergency and What gets built where.  They've currently got a petition, Tell the government to put brownfield first, which you can sign to support them.

    Information about their hedgerow campaign is here and the UK government has finally announced an ambitious target to create or restore 30,000 miles of hedgerows by 2037, and 45,000-miles of hedgerows by 2050, under the new Environmental Improvement Plan 2023.  Find out more about the UK government's target. 

    Dark Skies Campaign and Star Count 

    As part of the Dark Skies campaign, they have their annual Star Count which started on 17th February and runs through to the 24th February.

    Dark, starry skies are vital for the health of us all, people and wildlife.  But light pollution is disturbing the behaviour patterns of wildlife and in 2022, only 3% of people who took part in Star Count really enjoyed “truly dark skies”.

    Count the stars and let CPRE the Countryside charity know the resultsImage © CPRE the Countryside charity

    Star Count gives CPRE the countryside charity the opportunity to find out where is best and worst for seeing stars.  They can see on a map where light pollution is worst, and then work to tackle it with local councils.

    CPRE the Countryside charity have five simple steps you can follow to participate in Star Count:

    1. Try to pick a clear night for your star count.  Wait until after 7pm, when the sky is really dark.
    2. Give yourself at least 20 minutes to let your eyes adjust.
    3. Look south and find the Orion constellation with its four corners and three-star belt.
    4. Count how many stars you see within the rectangle that the four corner stars make.  Leave out the corner stars from your count, but you can count the three stars in the middle.
    5. Note down how many stars you see with your naked eye – not with binoculars or telescopes.  Then submit your findings on CPRE’s website.

    You can share your photos and experiences on social media – tag CPRE with @cpre and use #StarCount in your posts.

    Get counting!!  This is a wonderful opportunity to really look up at the stars! 


  4. Butterfly Conservation have an urgent appeal which I wanted to share with you.  It comes following the State of the UK’s Butterflies 2022 Report, which says that 80% of butterflies have decreased since the 1970s.

    And scientists have issued a stark warning:  time is running out to save the UK’s butterflies.   We can turn this situation around, but we need to act urgently.

    Butterflies are an integral part of the eco-system and the good news is that the report confirms that Butterfly Conservation’s projects make real change but the charity want to do more:

    • Fund more expert research
    • Expand its advice services rapidly
    • Keep inspiring the next generation of butterfly and moth enthusiasts

    It’s crucial to ensure that butterflies and moths  have the space they need to thrive.

    If you can’t donate, please spread the word about this appeal. 

    Other actions you can take to help butterflies include:

    Get gardening!

    Creating wild spaces for butterflies and moths at home, by planting butterfly-friendly plants and flowers in your garden or on a balcony or patio, in school grounds, village greens, roadside verges, and streets.  You can register your wild space with Butterfly Conservation.  There's a list of butterfly friendly plants and flowers here 

    Please don’t use insecticides and pesticides or peat compost – find out why here.

    Get busy monitoring and recording butterflies and moths

    Tell Butterfly Conservation about the butterflies you see – monitoring and recording butterflies is really important, as it helps build up a picture of how butterflies are doing and what action is needed where.  Be a citizen scientist for butterflies!

    Join in the National Moth Recording Scheme, which is a huge resource gathered by thousands of volunteer recorders.  It’s used to conserve threatened moths and increase scientific understanding of why moths have declined and improve public awareness                                                           

    Join in the Garden Butterfly Survey – tell Butterfly Conservation about the butterflies you see in your garden throughout the year.  There’s also the Big Butterfly Count from mid-July to early August

    Become a member!

    You could become a member of Butterfly Conservation  - you’ll receive a welcome pack with membership cards, essential advice on gardening for butterflies and leaflets to help you identify butterflies, moths and caterpillars.  It also includes Butterfly magazine three times a year, a monthly e-newsletter with the latest news, membership of your local branch with regular newsletters and invites to local guided walks, talks, conservation action days and social events.  And you’ll have the knowledge you’re helping to support Butterfly Conservation!

    Donate to Butterfly Conservation

    Donations can help (and I quote from the appeal information I received through the post)

    • £10.00 could help buy plug plants to create the habitats anad butterflies and moths need to survive
    • £25.00 could help create habitat case studies to show landowners which species can thrive on their land
    • £100.00 could provide specialist training to volunteers, helping them protect vulnerable species
    • £500.00 could fund research into how to mitigate the effects of climate change for endangered species.

    All donations help fund vital conservation work.   Butterfly Conservation says that targeted conservation action works, and that the recording and monitoring of UK butterflies is key. 

    Flutter off to Butterfly Conservation here