About Islands: April 2011 Archives
Today's blog is a guest post by Seacology's partner Arkive, a multimedia source for information and images of endangered species.
Islands around the world are home to some of the most unique, bizarre-looking and biologically important species on Earth. Most people won't ever come face-to-face with these plants and animals and alarmingly, the majority of the world's species extinctions have taken place on islands over the past 400 years.
However, there is a way to come virtually face-to-face with the enormous Coconut crab, the stunning Fiji banded iguana and the playful Hawaiian Monk Seal. ARKive.org, considered the Noah's Ark of the internet era, is leading the "virtual" conservation movement by utilizing the worldwide web to create a free, online resource of images, films, sound recordings and biological fact files for the 18,000+ species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Visitors to ARKive can learn about what each of the over 12,000 species in the collection looks like, where it lives, how it behaves and why it is special. If a visitor to ARKive aimed to learn about one species every day in the collection, it would take nearly 2 years for a visitor to learn about each species currently on ARKive!
Although islands cover just 5% of the world's land area, they contain over half of all recent species extinctions. Earth Day is next Friday, April 22, and it's the perfect time to celebrate our planet by helping protect these islands and their wildlife.
With only one click, you can do just that: Berkeley-based jewelry store Nina Designs, which supports fair trade and women's equality at their factories in Thailand and Bali, is raising funds for Seacology this Earth Day. For every person who "Likes" Nina Designs on Facebook before April 22, the store will donate $1 to Seacology. Click on the image below to go to the Nina Designs Facebook page--and be sure to share it with your friends!