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Aviva Community Fund is giving away up to $100,000 to the environmental cause with the most support!” 

Its the last two days of the qualifying round and they need votes! Register and vote today and tomorrow! 

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Hotelier Eric Goode talks turtle conservation at Waverly Inn – NYPOST.com

Hotelier Eric Goode talks turtle conservation at Waverly Inn – NYPOST.com

Hotelier Eric Goode talks turtle conservation at Waverly Inn – NYPOST.com

Hotelier Eric Goode talks turtle conservation at Waverly Inn – NYPOST.com

“I wish I’d picked something a little more cuddly,” he said. But the creatures are at risk as heat records rack up across the US. “Global warming affects turtles,” Goode said. “If the temperature raises a few degrees, turtles will disappear because their sex is determined by temperature. So if the egg is warmer, the turtle will have all females. If it’s cooler, they’ll have more males. If you have only females, you’re not going to have reproduction.”

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/hotelier_fights_for_turtles_qQw6Imvzf0SD60VvW2j9FK#ixzz23TJAwspA

TWENTYNINE PALMS — A plan for desert tortoises is part of the final environmental impact statement examining a proposed expansion of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.

The document, released July 27, deals in depth with how to avoid damaging populations of desert tortoises in the Johnson Valley land being examined for use by Marines in training exercises.

It describes creation of special-use areas, including one in which no mechanized maneuvers would be allowed and another in which bivouacs, off-highway vehicles or training involving vehicles will be discouraged but not prohibited.

The document proposes the combat center develop a program for moving tortoises from areas targeted for high and moderate use before the first large-scale training exercise.

The program would monitor tortoise health, habitat and population for at least two years before moving the animals from areas proposed for high and moderate impact by military training, the report suggests.

Based on the monitoring and analysis, the Marine base would devise a strategy to augment the tortoise population, supported by its ongoing tortoise headstart program based at the Tortoise Research and Captive Rearing Site. There, tortoise eggs and hatchlings are protected from predators and studied by biologists.

TWENTYNINE PALMS — A plan for desert tortoises is part of the final environmental impact statement examining a proposed expansion of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.

The document, released July 27, deals in depth with how to avoid damaging populations of desert tortoises in the Johnson Valley land being examined for use by Marines in training exercises.

It describes creation of special-use areas, including one in which no mechanized maneuvers would be allowed and another in which bivouacs, off-highway vehicles or training involving vehicles will be discouraged but not prohibited.

The document proposes the combat center develop a program for moving tortoises from areas targeted for high and moderate use before the first large-scale training exercise.

The program would monitor tortoise health, habitat and population for at least two years before moving the animals from areas proposed for high and moderate impact by military training, the report suggests.

Based on the monitoring and analysis, the Marine base would devise a strategy to augment the tortoise population, supported by its ongoing tortoise headstart program based at the Tortoise Research and Captive Rearing Site. There, tortoise eggs and hatchlings are protected from predators and studied by biologists.

Creating a safety net for the Ploughshare tortoise: 

The ploughshare tortoise is one of the most threatened species on the planet

Conservationists are launching the first European breeding programme for the critically endangered ploughshare tortoise, it has been announced.

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, in Jersey, said a boom in the Asian pet trade, where the animals are being sold illegally for high prices, is raising concerns for the future of the Madagascan species.

To try to create a vital “safety net population”, the trust has joined forces with Chester Zoo and Rotterdam Zoo, in the Netherlands, to take in 13 rescued tortoises and begin a breeding programme.

Creating a safety net for the Ploughshare tortoise: 

The ploughshare tortoise is one of the most threatened species on the planet

Conservationists are launching the first European breeding programme for the critically endangered ploughshare tortoise, it has been announced.

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, in Jersey, said a boom in the Asian pet trade, where the animals are being sold illegally for high prices, is raising concerns for the future of the Madagascan species.

To try to create a vital “safety net population”, the trust has joined forces with Chester Zoo and Rotterdam Zoo, in the Netherlands, to take in 13 rescued tortoises and begin a breeding programme.

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Doctor saves his pet tortoise by giving it mouth to mouth for six minutes after it nearly drowns in a bowl of water

Dr Waterfall had been tending his garden when he had walked past Atlas’s run and noticed that his pet was in serious trouble. He said: ‘I saw his back feet sticking up out of the water. I pulled him out but he was not breathing and was completely floppy. 

‘I did six minutes of mouth-to-mouth before he slowly started breathing and blinking.’

The doctor, who works at a GP’s surgery in Barnstaple, North Devon, admitted: ‘I was quite emotional at the time. 

‘I first started doing it and I had my mouth over his whole head, mouth, nose and nostrils. Then I changed it to sort of breathing into his nostrils. 

‘He has a run outdoors which had some water in a concrete container about ten inches long – the same width as his shell. He had just fallen in. He was essentially dead.’

Dr Waterfall’s wife Subhani had been putting the couple’s two-year-old son Harry to bed when her husband saved the life of their pet. 

The doctor told his son that Atlas had ‘been swimming’ because the boy was too young to understand what was really going on.

The family, who also have a cat, have had Atlas for a year and Dr Waterfall said that to lose him would have been devastating. He said: ‘When my wife came downstairs she said that Atlas is supposed to outlive us. He is not supposed to die young at eight years old.

Tortoises generally have lifespans comparable with those of human beings, and some have lived for more than 150 years. 

The pet owner took Atlas to the vet to be checked out and he was given antibiotics in case he had any water in his lungs.’The guys at work think it is hilarious,’ added the doctor. ‘There is a mixture of laughter and them kind of saying well done for giving it a go.’