No elephants in 10 years?

Did you know that elephants and rhinos are killed at a rate that will have them extinct in ten years? I didn’t. And boy do I ever want to help stop that from happening. So when I stumbled upon Air Shepherds, I knew I wanted to support the endeavor, which just might be the saving grace of elephants and rhinos, with a little luck and a lot of help from me, you, and everyone else!

Image courtesy of Air Shepherds

Image courtesy of Air Shepherds

Air Shepherds uses drones and supercomputers to stop poaching, and the results have been amazing! To quote from the IndieGogo-page, where I hope you’ll also pledge to help air shepherds stop more poachers, this is what’s happened where Air Shapherds have operated:

”Poachers operate under the cover of night, and until now, rangers have not had an effective way to find them before they kill.  We fly drones, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that have infrared cameras and GPS on them and can send back thermal images of animals . . . and poachers. They’re electric, silent and invisible but provide the information operators use to rapidly vector rangers to the location of the poacher before he kills.

It works. Flying in one area where as many as 19 rhinos were killed each month, there have been no deaths – for six months.  None at all.”

Amazing results. Zero poaching. This sure is a beautiful marriage of technology and human endeavor! And I for one sure want to do what I can to stop elephants and rhinos from going extinct during my lifetime – for manmade reasons! – so I have pledged a sum of money and hope you’ll do the same. I also urge you to spread the word, to help make this crowdfunding campaign a successful one. I for one am rooting for The Lindbergh Foundation getting a lot of money from this campaign, making it possible to set up new Air Shepherd-teams all over Africa in areas where poachers are ruthlessly killing elephants and rhinos.


There is nothing like witnessing nature in all its grandeur, but we are destroying it at an alarming rate. Perhaps our scientific accomplishments can ensure our grand-children and future generations to come will also be able to sense the miracle of life so present in the wilderness?



Podcast 1/52 – Quiet places

VejbystrandWalking along the beautiful coastline of Vejbystrand just before New Years I listened to the most amazing episode from On Being, featuring acoustic ecologist (you’re in good company, I had no idea there was such a thing either!) Gordon Hempton sharing his love for nature and both sound and silence.

He speaks about silence not meaning the absence of sound, but rather the absence of noise. And the conversation Gordon and Krista have about the last quiet places really shook me up. I urge you to listen, and see if you get shook up as well. It made me realize that noise pollution really is all around us, and I’ve never really gave it proper consideration before. Did you?

Eco system engineers

Oh, what a lovely – and significantly important! – video on the eco system engineering powers of wolves:

I love how nature naturally strive towards balance. But in a sense I feel humans have lost touch with that concept. And somehow it strikes me how odd it is, that human beings, in our quest to conquer and control nature, seem to believe we are not a PART of nature, but rather the rulers of it?