By Nk Soon, Youth Manager
Humans are known to be unique, one of a kind, but are we really? Orangutans are one of humankind’s closest relatives. We share about 97% of the same DNA and both humans and orangutans are born with the ability to think and reason. Orangutans have also been seen with tools and spurring huge leaves as umbrellas. They are also the only one out of the four great apes to come from Asia.
Whistles, squeals, moos, chirps, and clicks might not be the sounds that you think that a whale could make. However, one whale can make all of those sounds, the Beluga Whale. With their highly carnivorous diet and adorable, unique appearance, Beluga Whales are smart and interactive.
The African Wild Dog is definitely not a ‘friendly dog’. These wild canines that have been endangered for more than 20 years are one of the most endangered mammals, as less than 7,000 of them remain in the wild. The African Wild Dog typically lives up to 12 years, and grows to be 60 pounds and around 35 inches. Strangely, they have four toes on their feet instead of the normal five. With spots and white, red, black, brown, and yellow fur, you would never find one African Wild Dog identical to another. These Dogs like to be social and live in packs with up to 40 dogs in it. They live in Africa, especially around Southern Africa.
Tree Musketeers has always been proud to call Chevron its partner, and some recent news makes it even clearer to the outside world why an environmental organization would take such a stand.
The El Segundo refinery has just completed over a $1 billion in projects to enhance environmental performance and safety. Further, Chevron El Segundo earned the title of safest operating refinery in the country upon receiving the 2015 Distinguished Safety Award from the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers Association. But wait, there’s more! Chevron was also honored by the Project Management Institute with the Project of the Year award. Congratulations are justly deserved.
Chevron was Tree Musketeers’ first corporate donor, and has remained one of its most generous financial partners during the intervening 30 years. Beyond the annual donation check and serving on committees, Chevron contributes in-kind goods and services on a meaningful level, and its people are always visible among volunteers at events.
Our Youth Planting Supervisor training on Saturday November, 5th was a great success!
We had 8 new Youth Planting Supervisor (YPS) trainees participating in both our classroom and field portions. In the morning our Executive Director Gail Church taught the classroom portion about how youth can effectively lead volunteers of all ages and how to plant trees to ISA specifications.
In the afternoon, our Youth Manager and President of the organization Fernando led the planting portion. The 8 trainees put theory into practice, successfully planting Stella, a Pink Trumpet Tree.
And finally the YPS trainees joined hands for the 3×3 Pledge which states they will do all they can to protect the tree so that it grows to give the community all the great environmental services that trees provide. These YPS trainees did an amazing job! Alison, Victor, NK, Paloma, Kate, Noah J, Noah S, Isaac, and all the rest of us here at Tʀᴇᴇ Mᴜsᴋᴇᴛᴇᴇʀs hope that Stella will bring joy to our hometown of El Segundo.
If you are between ages 10 and 17 and want to lead volunteer events with Tʀᴇᴇ Mᴜsᴋᴇᴛᴇᴇʀs, sign up for our next YPS training on January 21st, 2017!
All trained YPS will be group leaders during our 30th Arbor Day Celebration, so join us today!
Have questions? Email volunteers@TʀᴇᴇMᴜsᴋᴇᴛᴇᴇʀs.org or give us a call at 310-322-0263!
Black Spider Monkeys make their home in the rainforests of South and Central America. These primates form a community with many other members of their species and work together to survive life in the rainforest. They are masters of their environment and manage to work with the earth and each other. These Monkeys are currently vulnerable as a species, meaning they face a high risk of extinction in the near future. They swing among the branches of the Amazon rainforest and can hopefully continue to do so if we make a sustained effort to protect them.
Fire-breathing dragons may be fantasy, but Komodo Dragons are not. With the yellow color of its long, forked tongue that is a spitting image of fire, and it being an actual lizard, Komodo Dragons are the closest thing you can get to the mythical creatures.
Pollinators are very important to the survival of humans and other species around the globe. Most people think that only bees pollinate, moving pollen between plants or trees to fertilize them. However, pollinators also include ants, wasps, beetles, butterflies and even some reptiles, birds and bats. Unfortunately, our most familiar pollinator, the bumble bee, is in decline.
Why they are important: Between 80% and 90% of all the world’s crops require pollination from one animal or another and over 100 of those crops are grown in the United States alone. Their contribution is responsible for an estimated $20 billion dollars of the US economy. You might be interested to know that not all pollinators are native. A large percentage of the bee population in the US is managed by bee keepers in order to help pollinate local crops. However, when bee populations get low we require the help of native, ‘wild’ or ‘un-managed’ bees to pick up the slack to create our food supply and keep the entire ecosystem healthy.
What is the problem: Bees are in decline all over the world at a rate of about 30% each year, mostly due to human activity.
Why they are going extinct: Much of the bee decline is due to pesticide spraying. These insecticides are called neonicotinoids and can kill billions of bees at one time. Other negative outside factors can cause Colony Collapse Disorder. Invasive parasites or beetles and disappearing native habitat are also contributing factors.
How we can help:
Do not use pesticides or insecticides to treat your yard or garden. These are harmful for bees and can be harmful to humans as well.
Buy local organic produce and honey. This helps support fruit, vegetable and honey producers in your area.