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📌January 8th - Stephen Hawking’s Birthday! He may have changed the world by questioning the universe, but in doing so, it should make us question ourselves. What is the impossible we intend to build from here? Photo from J. Hoyos. Quote by Stephen Hawking.

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📌January 7th - On this day in 1914, the first steamboat passed through the Panama Canal! This was an important stepping stone for economies around the world and still leaves many questions unanswered about the surrounding structure of the ecosystem. This 2012 article explains: “The Agua Salud Project is a joint effort between the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), the Panama Canal Authority, Panama’s National Environmental Authority, and the HSBC Climate Partnership. The effort aims to ‘understand and quantify’ the ecological, social, and economic services provided by forests in the watershed of the Panama Canal, the economic lifeblood of Panama. The significance of the research is amplified by the importance of forests in the functioning of the canal, which requires vast quantities of freshwater to power its system of locks. Erosion — worsened in deforested areas — is a substantial cost for the canal. Authorities now understand the risks to the canal posed by deforestation and have banned forest clearing in much of the canal’s watershed. Yet as forests are restored, there remains a lack of information on what types of vegetation are best at reducing erosion and maintaining water flows. Agua Salud is now helping inform them.” Article by Rhett Butler. Illustration by Jorge Aleman.

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📌January 6th - Cuddle Up Day! After the #bombcyclone hit the northeast, it seems like the perfect sequel to a pre-weekend storm. * The mamas: Pregnant polar bears will start building a maternity den after feeding through summer and fall. Birthing usually occurs in December, and the family will remain in the den until March or April. Mom will likely not eat or drink for these months, which can be termed “carnivore lethargy” or more commonly, “hibernation.”

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📌January 5th - National Bird Day! This was one of the more entertaining posts of the day so I will share by repost from @sandiegozoo - Sound on 🔈 #NationalBirdDay is no laughing matter. 😆 #LaughingKookaburras are native to Australia, and their call has been used as a sound effect in jungle movies for many years, where it sounds like a group of monkeys. #ZooTrivia #AffableAvian #SanDiegoZoo

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📌January 4th - National Missouri Day! Missouri is home to 6 national parks, 1 national heritage area, 37 national historic landmarks, 16 natural national landmarks, and 3 national trails managed by the National Park Service! This photo is of Elephant Rocks State Park, taken by Aaron Fuhrman. Here, giant boulders of ancient red granite formed from hardened magma, to which erosion occurred over time and left us the “core stones” we observe today.

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📌January 3rd - Alaska Admission Day! On January 3, 1959, Alaska became the 49th [and largest] state in the U.S. Alaska is home to 24 national parks, 1 national heritage area, 49 national historic landmarks, 16 natural national landmarks, and 1 World Heritage Site! There are 13 Wild and Scenic Rivers managed by the National Park Service. Wrangell St Elias National Park and Preserve is the largest national park in the United States, equal to 6 Yellowstone’s. This photo is taken by Eric Rolph with a double rainbow through the park.

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📌January 2nd - Swiss Cheese Day! Where do you find that little bit of Fear? Get out and get after it 🏔🏕🏜🛶🚤🚁🎿🚴🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♀️🏄🏻‍♀️

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📌January 1, 2018: Start the year off with a book. There isn’t a place you can’t go! Repost from @ekpurrsico: Act III in Patagonia: People and Wildlife; where Act II consisted of mass destruction of species. Time to preserve, conserve and rebuild populations... and not let it interfere too much with politics or economics. Conservation is not a species or environmental problem, it's a human problem. Here are a couple photos of species addressed in this book: flamingos and guanacos (which are a "wild" non-domesticated species; the bottom left is their domestic counterpart from Peru). But the list goes on with elephant seals, sea lions, blue and right whales, orcas, maras (Patagonian hares) and many species of birds including albatross, condors, petrels, cormorants, and terns and lots of large fish species which have been continually exploited by fisheries worldwide. Such rich histories of Patagonia, other parts of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Falkland Islands and other "Southern Cone" areas. 😍 #conservation #savespecies #savewildlife #nature #environmentalhealth #publichealth #vetmed #veterinarymedicine #animalkingdom #patagonia #travel #explore #wildlife #sustainableliving #sustainableuse #biodiversity

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📌December 25th -🎅🏼Merry Christmas! ⛄️🎄🎁🌏❄️🐧💚❤️

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📌December 2nd - National Mutt Day! Some people celebrate this day on July 31st, and today! Why twice? Because there are SO MANY lovable “mixed breeds” or “mutts” in shelters all over. They may not have designer names like “golden doodle”, “cockapoo”, “maltipoo”, or “yorkiepoo” (yes, there are a lot more 💩) but they don’t need a label to steal your heart! 💝❤️

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📌December 1st - Operation Santa Paws collection runs through December 15th! Since 2001, Justin Rudd has been running the Haute Dog organization which provides toys/treats to local shelters during the holidays. They run multiple collections in Long Beach, CA and will be delivering their total gift collections on December 16th! You can donate (a tax-deductible gift) to a great cause online or with a check or gift card to SANTA PAWS, Attn: Justin Rudd, 5209 E. The Toledo #1, Long Beach, CA 90803. Their wishlist can be downloaded off their website: www.hautedogs.org/santapaws.html

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📌November 30th - Final Day of #NoStrawNovember! Don’t worry, if you missed it (like I did #latergram), start with decreasing your own straw use! Americans use approximately 500 million straws per year estimated by the National Park Service. Although straws may not be the biggest contributor to the 8 MILLION TONS of plastic trash (National Geographic) that flow into Earth’s oceans every year; they are less likely than other plastics to reach a trash bin. Your single action may seem small, but as a collective effort, it helps to prevent negative impacts like this! In 2015, this video of a Costa Rican sea turtle found with a straw lodged in his nostril went viral. Full video on YouTube😓.

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📌November 29th - World Tamandua Day! Repost from @endextinctionintl - Post by @zookeeperrick 🐾 ・・・ Happy #WorldTamanduaDay! What? You don't know what a #Tamandua is? Well, let me bring you up to speed... They are also known as a lesser #anteater. (But we don't think anything less of them. That just means they're smaller than the giant anteaters.) There are countless #AnimalFacts about tamanduas, but lets focus on those feet. The front feet have a very big claw in the middle and they have very powerful muscles attached to those claws. They use these awesome adaptations to tear open rotting trees and termite mounds to get to the yummy eggs and larva of the termite and/or ant colony they are digging up. And how about that row of short hooked claws on the back feet? They are perfect for hooking into a tree as they climb. And get this! They can rotate their back feet 180 degrees. So when they climb out of a tree, head down, they can still use those short hooked claws to help them climb down. #wildlifeeducation #animalfact #toes #claws #littlestinker #cute #cuteoverload #cuteface #awesomeanimal #wildlifeaddicts #wildlifeseekers #sandiegozoo #safaripark #sdzoo #natgeo #tamanduas #uniqueanimals #nowyouknow

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📌November 28th - #GivingTuesday! Every little bit counts. Big or small, near or far, action goes farther than you think. Repost from @polarbearsinternational - Your generosity will help #polarbears and the Arctic. Link in bio⬆️! #GivingTuesday

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📌November 27th - Turtle Adoption Day! Thankful for all the rescue and adoption agencies out there, especially on days like today❤️. Repost from @ncaquariumri using - A sea turtle release was the perfect start to this Monday! Darwin was underweight when he arrived at the STAR Center in September. During his rehabilitation, this loggerhead sea turtle gained 37 pounds! Our veterinarians cleared Darwin for release at his new healthy weight of 185 pounds, and he met the ocean early this morning near Frisco, where water temperatures were in the mid-60s. • • #SavingSpecies #seaturtle #ncaquariumri #loggerhead #aza #safe #outerbanks #savinganimalsfromextinction @capehatterasnps

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📌November 24th - Fur-free Friday! Especially with all the shopping going on this weekend, do you know which brands support humane fashion? Check out furfreealliance.com for a list of companies that pledged to avoid supporting the practices of fur farming, wildlife trapping, seal hunting and habitat pollution for pieces of clothing. We are humans, the most adaptable species on the planet, and we have already made the alternatives. What’s our excuse?

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📌November 23rd - Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🍁 Yep, you guessed it, today’s topic is TURKEY (Meleagris gallopavo)! There are 6 subspecies of wild turkey native to North America. The one the pilgrims hunted and ate was the eastern wild turkey (M. gallopavo silvestris) which is most common in the eastern half of the United States and into Canada. Others include the Osceola or “Florida” wild turkey, the Rio Grande wild turkey (named by their geographical location😉), Merriam’s in the west, Gould’s in the south, and the Ocellated wild turkey found in the Yucatan peninsula and into Central America. Domestic turkeys are in the same “genus” (a larger group of species) as these wild turkeys. But they have 8 breeds that are recognized by the American Poultry Association with many different varieties. However you prefer to feast this holiday, give a little turkey appreciation. 👍🏼

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