Why protecting large mammals is so important

umbrella species
Tursiops truncatus
Tursiops truncatus

Large mammals, for example: bears, wolfs, large cats, cetaceans… Any selected species from any of the named groups of animals is a bioindicator.

When a large mammal species which requires a wide space, lives in a certain area, that means the ecosystem is relatively stable, strong and healty enough to be able to sustain it.

There is a nice expression – umbrella species, which means, by protecting the one selected species of animal, an entire ecosystem is protected. We protect its pray, its pray’s pray and all the smaller animals, all the plants and all the way to bacteria and plankton (in case of a marine mammal).

We do, however, have to keep in mind that all the ecosystems can be and are very fragile. If one element falls out, it might collapse completely or sooner than later starts to degrade and collapse. It can completely collapse. So naming and protecting an umbrella species should not be the only solution, but it is a very good start.

In this video it is explained why protecting bears is important:

Love your home, love our planet ❤

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Owl city

owl city

I just got the chance to finally listen to the last Owl city’s album, Mobile Orchestra and this whole post just flew to my mind. Adam continues to pour his soul into his music as this album is a continuation of his colorful artistic expressions. I meant to write about his music (the author is the amazing Adam Young) for years now. I just couldn’t find enough beautiful words to describe the mesmerising music and the feelings I get every time when listening to it. I still can’t find all the words but at least found some, listening to the mentioned album, to write about it now.

Every song goes right into the soul, the rhythm, the melodies and especially the lyrics. It reminds us how beautiful and magical every aspect of life is. I mean life in its broadest meaning possible – from nature to family to every big and small thing there is.

This music also accompanied me when I was in a deep cave of grief from the loss of my beautiful cousin. When I could think of nothing at all, there was something I heard from afar… Music in my head, and it was Owl city’s If my heart was a house you’d be home. Where he is. It’s hard for me to write about this but very important, because hearing it grew moments that made me feel alive again when I was coming back from being numb of all the pain.

In every note there is happiness, there is also sadness. And magic. It’s filled with magic. It takes you to some outer or inner world (both, really), full of endless colors.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfukjynBoyU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHo4XE3mGiU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psuRGfAaju4

And one of my favourites:

How do you feel about Owl city’s music?

Ocean Eyes

Biologist working in forestry

field work

endless

Working in forestry from a biologists point of view is quite interesting.

Work days consist of field work and office days, what predominates depends on the season. The interesting part is, of course, working in nature. We conduct various measurements. For example, one type of measurements is called constant sample surfaces. There has to be a team of two, equipped with measure tapes, compass, maps, gps and a folder with the specification sheets. The maps and gps lead us to the exact spot on the particular surface where we monitor the state of the forest, the state of particular trees and wood increment.

The work is awesome because we’re basically paid to hike. I get to observe the awakening forests in the morning and encounter forest animals: foxes, deer, squirrels, salamaner, fish, crustacea, amphibia, birds, the list goes on… I also observe the crawling world of invertebrates; decapoda, ants, earthworms… I get to listen to bird songs all morning and can now identify by sound and sight almost all of the local dwelling ones – goals achieved, yay!

Working in a position like this gives one the perspective of how different biologists and foresters actually are. This way it becomes completely clear why we studied in different branches. From the first look of it – at least I thought so – we aren’t that different, clearly we all are interested in nature, plants, animals and their preservation. It turns out we don’t have as much in common in those areas as I thought. Some foresters chose this branch namely for the reasons I named, others are more into wood and profit. The latter was something I learned a new. Maybe it’s something that should be clear from the start. Peter Wohlleben has described well where forestry goes off track. On universities they primarily learn about forest management. In authors words, he only knew about forests as much as a butcher knows about animal felings. Where he wanted to know how forest ecosystems function, they learned about cutting down healthy trees in their lush growth and where to spray chemical products. So he removed himself from that world and wrote the book The Hidden Life of Trees : What They Feel, How They Communicate-Discoveries from a Secret World. Long story short. 🙂

The book gives a new perpective of the forests and individual trees. Basically it shows just how little we actually know about trees.

Our forests (in Central Europe) mostly consist of the following trees:

  • beech (Fagus sylvatica)
  • spruce (Picea abies)
  • pine (Pinus sp.)
  • fir (Abies alba)
  • oak (Quercus sp.)
  • chestnut tree (Castanea sativa)
  • larch (Larix decidua)
  • birch (Betula pendula)
  • linden (Tilia sp.)
  • aspen (Populus tremula)
  • maple (Acer sp.)
  • ash (Fraxinus sp.)
  • hornbeam (Carpinus sp.)
  • alder (Alnus sp.)
  • rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)
  • elm (Ulmus sp.)

To name a few.

Working in forestry is great, though. This work enables us to enjoy the nature and moments where we feel like the right part of this world.

Erythronium dens-canis
Erythronium dens-canis

earth colorsEarth colors

colostygia sp.
Blend in. This might be Colostygia sp. Not sure, biologists?
morning magic forest
Magic beech/spruce forest in the morning.
Helleborus sp.
Helleborus sp. Again – not sure about the species…
ponys
Ponys at the local farm.
prunus in bloom
Prunus sp. in bloom
Salamandra salamandra
Salamandra salamandra
steep
The terrain can be quite steep. Yes, we had to climb up here. 🙂
tall orchard
A tall orchard.
vinca minor
Vinca minor
views
The views!

10 songs to get you going!

10 songs to get you going

Presenting the music that always gets me dancing and increases my energy.

It’s also great for working out indoors.

1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4Bj7Zb-YD4

2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGwWNGJdvx8

3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Mgqbai3fKo

4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3CaHeakZF4

5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD4HCZe-tew

6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOMKUihPNm4

7 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz2GVlQkn4Q

8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDcFryDXQ7U

9 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOBVEq_Bi5k (I recommend not watching this video though, it’s way out of taste)

And of course it never gets old <3:

10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUsoVlDFqZg

 

Outdoors, however, is a different story. In nature the best and most beautiful music is bird songs, crickets, wind that gets caught in the tree tops, insects buzzing, flowing rivers and streams… Endless…

What music lifts you up makes you dance?

Best vegan hair mask

best vegan hair mask

Weather, dust, washing, brushing and different sorts of heat treatments affect the hair short and long term. It’s very good to nurture it every once in a while by using masks. I’m referring to long hair, I’m not familiar with treating short hair. Pixie ladies out there, you can let us know, how you take care of your hair. 🙂

When starting with using hair masks I went for the natural ones first. So coconut oil. I would apply it, starting a couple cm from the roots down to the tips, put on a shower cap, warm it up with a hairdryer and leave it like that for two hours so it would penetrate the hair where it could. Then I washed it thoroughly. I would do this about once per two months. The problem was, no matter how thorough I was, I couldn’t get all the oil out and my hair would look greasy after it’s dried. But it also made it very smooth and silky, so I insisted for about a year. Continue reading