Documentary : Dirt! Incredible Secrets of Soil

Do not miss this documentary, friends…

An excursion into the realms of soil, the number 1 life-giver on Earth…It’s fundamentally important ecological functions, our poor understanding of it as well as our destructive relationship with it. They are so essential to life and thus to us, that our survival is directly dependent on their understanding and protection!

Story : We’re Cowards

1_treeWe spotted him standing alone in the darkness. With no weapons to defend himself.

He was tall, stout and strong but an idiot who follows non-violence. Those who can’t fight back were our prey by default.

We poached to attack, chop-off, kill and rob him.

“Get the saw, cut the tree” the boss ordered us.


Din


Story : 55 Fiction : End of Her Days

Old Well

“How life changed in dribs and drabs?” she ruminated about her good old days.

People stopped coming around. Even the ones she raised within had abandoned her.

Loneliness at ageing left no option, but to console herself. The old traditional well awaited an untoward funeral, on her very own mother earth’s lap, with no water.


– Din


Earth Our Home Too : Quokka : The Happiest Animal

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Quokka – Sounds like an Avatar animal’s name? No! They are living along with us in our very mother Earth. One of the friendliest animals to human beings. Referred to as the happiest animal on the earth. But they are an endangered species. ūüė¶

The quokka the only member of the genus Setonix, is a small macropod about the size of a domestic cat. Like other marsupials in the macropod family (such as the kangaroos and wallabies), the quokka is herbivorous and mainly nocturnal. It can be found on some smaller islands off the coast of Western Australia.

The quokka was one of the first Australian mammals seen by Europeans. The word quokka is derived from a Nyungar word, which was probably gwaga.

Setonix brachyurus distribution.svgThe quokka weighs 2.5 to 5 kilograms (5.5 to 11.0 lb) and is 40 to 90 centimetres (16 to 35 in) long with a 25 to 30 centimetres (9.8 to 11.8 in)-long tail, which is fairly short for a macropod. It has a stocky build, rounded ears, and a short, broad head. Although looking rather like a very small kangaroo, it can climb small trees and shrubs. Its coarse fur is a grizzled brown colour, fading to buff underneath.

The quokka has no fear of humans and it is common for it to approach them closely, particularly on Rottnest Island. It is, however, illegal for members of the public on Rottnest Island to handle the animals in any way. An infringement notice carrying aA$300 fine can be issued by the Rottnest Island Authority for such behaviour. In addition, prosecution of the offense can result in a fine of up to $2,000.

In the wild, its roaming is restricted to a very small range in the South-West of Western Australia, with a number of small scattered populations on the mainland, one large population on Rottnest Island and a smaller population on Bald Island near Albany. The islands are free of foxes and cats. On Rottnest, quokkas are common and occupy a variety of habitats ranging from semi-arid scrub to cultivated gardens.

Although numerous on the small offshore islands, it has a very restricted range and is classified as vulnerable. On the mainland, where it is threatened by most introduced predatory species such as foxes, it requires dense ground cover for refuge. Clearfell logging and agricultural development have reduced this habitat, thus contributing to the decline of the species. The introduction of cats and dogs, as well as dingoes, has added to the problem, as has the clearing and burning of the remaining (swamp) lands. Moreover, Quokkas usually have a litter size of one and successfully rear one young each year. Although these animals are constantly mating, usually one day after their young is born, the small litter size paired with the restricted space and threatening predators contribute to the scarcity of these marsupials on the mainland.


Courtesy : Wikipedia


Documentary : Incredible Journey Of The Butterflies

The Monarch butterfly

The Monarch butterfly

The monarch butterfly is sometimes called the “milkweed butterfly” because its larvae eat the plant.¬† In fact, milkweed is the only thing the larvae can eat!¬† If you’d like to attract monarchs to your garden, you can try planting milkweed (if you live in the right area).¬† You can purchase milkweed seed online from Butterfly Encounters