Sunday, February 23, 2020

Environment

Australia: Heron Island’s Dire Warning About Coral Reef Die-Offs

A small tropical paradise on the Great Barrier Reef is at the forefront of research into why corals around the world are dying in droves.

(Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef)

Of all the beautiful places on earth, the majestic Great Barrier Reef stands out as one of the most remarkable. …Read More: Australia: Heron Island’s Dire Warning About Coral Reef Die-Offs

Governments buying Islands

USA: The Odd Story of Venezuela’s Private Island in New Jersey

Few people are aware of the strange tale of how Venezuela’s late leader gave the USA a private island – and even stranger is the island’s location.

(Aerial image of Petty’s Island)

After the passing of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in early March, there was a flurry of media reports recounting …Read More: USA: The Odd Story of Venezuela’s Private Island in New Jersey

Governments buying Islands

Canada: Nova Scotia Nature Trust Buys 15 Islands for Rare Turtles

The new year started off with a huge success for Nova Scotia’s preeminent nature trust, but buying 15 islands was only the beginning of this urgent conservation.  

(Image of McGowan Lake from www.nsnt.ca)

A rare species of North American turtle was guaranteed a safe home early this year after the …Read More: Canada: Nova Scotia Nature Trust Buys 15 Islands for Rare Turtles

Governments buying Islands

UK: Conservationists Campaign to Keep Flat Holm Island in Public Hands

When the Cardiff Council announced that it no longer had the funds to maintain the historic island of Flat Holm, local citizens and conservationists jumped into action.

(Image of Flat Holm by the Cardiff Council)

The news last month that the Cardiff Council was reportedly thinking of selling Flat Holm, a …Read More: UK: Conservationists Campaign to Keep Flat Holm Island in Public Hands

Governments buying Islands

USA: Vast 6,000 Acre Boyles Island Purchased for Conservation

With the recent protection of an enormous island in Georgia, the trend of governments and conservancies buying islands appears to be growing ever stronger.

(Image Courtesy of Rayonier/Georgia Conservancy)

The protection of islands has become a major focus of government and environmental groups in recent years, but rarely is a property …Read More: USA: Vast 6,000 Acre Boyles Island Purchased for Conservation

Governments buying Islands

Canada: Another 20 Islands Go From Private Hands to Conservation Land

The biggest trend in the private island world continues with a large donation of 20 pristine Lake Superior islands to a local conservancy.

(Image of the Gargantua Islands by Gary and Joanie McGuffin)

The Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy was thrilled earlier this month to report a very unusual donation …Read More: Canada: Another 20 Islands Go From Private Hands to Conservation Land

Governments buying Islands

USA: Florida Private Island Donated for a Bird Sanctuary

The Audabon Society was thrilled to receive a donation of a small Florida private island for use as a bird sanctuary and nesting ground.

(Miller Family Bird Colony Island, Florida)

For the Miller family of St. Pete Beach, a resort community on the …Read More: USA: Florida Private Island Donated for a Bird Sanctuary

Environment

Europe: Surprise Discovery of Large New Island in Germany

Scientists are astounded by the sudden appearance of a vast sandy island off the German coast in the shallow Wadden Sea.

(Islands of the Wattenmeer, Germany)

With the modern era’s ability to chart and plot each tiny piece of the Earth’s landmass, one …Read More: Europe: Surprise Discovery of Large New Island in Germany