July 26, 2017


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Did You Hear?

THAT …a man smuggled a King Cobra into the United States in his potato chip can?

A man has been arrested on federal smuggling charges after customs officers intercepted a shipment with three live king cobras hidden inside potato chip canisters that were being mailed to his California home, US prosecutors said.

Rodrigo Franco, 34, was scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles on a charge of illegally importing merchandise. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.


Good News

Emergency Animal Response Service

EARS was formed as a stand-alone, all-volunteer, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing dedicated response to animals in emergencies. EARS is considered a “Non-Governmental Organization” (NGO) when it comes to emergency responses in that our team is not overseen or funded by any municipality or state agency, and we can be called upon for assistance by local and state officials, as well as animal facilities and individual animal owners themselves. Through various associations with partner organizations, company sponsors, professional animal practices, services, and individuals, EARS continues to grow and make an impact on helping animals in our state.

Our team has been growing steadily since its inception, thanks to the dedication of our leaders and team members. Our primary focus is on providing rapid-response capability for animals in emergency situations. Although our team trains in, and can assist with, large-scale animal evacuation and sheltering, we are equipped and organized for more direct-intervention issues. An example of these types of incidents includes fires, transport vehicle accidents, technical animal rescue, medical transport, and similar situations that require the need for immediate action.


In the News

Before Laudato Si, there were the Trappist Monks of Holy Cross Abbey

Years before Pope Francis’ recent ecology encyclical Laudato Si was published, a Trappist monastery in Virginia went back to its spiritual roots by embracing environmental stewardship. “This really is a re-founding,” Fr. James Orthmann of Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, Va. told CNA, a “real renewal and a re-founding, and in a real sense getting back to our traditional roots.”

Since 2007, the community has taken concrete steps be better stewards of the earth in the tradition of the Cistercian Order, while also reaching into the outside world to draw more Catholic men to their monastic life.


Picture of the Week

An ant gets a glimpse of his own reflection

Ask Susi

Q: QUESTION: Numerous times in your writings you have alluded to the animals and creation “being hard-wired” by God to be who and what they are. And you go on to say that you believe them to be redeemed by Christ and moving to an eternal existence. Explain that.


Susi’s Weekly Column

My Saint, My Friend

~by Susi Pittman

When I was confirmed into the Catholic Faith as a young convert, I took the name of a very special saint, one who had a connection to Our Blessed Mother that I could only dream about.


Catholic Journeyman

Finding Home

~by Louis Templeman

Home. At some point in our life we are called to define it no matter our state in life. Where is home for you?


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

To Be or Not To Be—A Squirrel

~by Virginia Rhys-Anson, OFS

Love them or hate them, it’s hard not to identify with them…clever and quick learning they live life efficiently and seemingly carefree. The mind of God is indeed filled with humor!


Weekly Commentary

Future of wildlife conservation, our kids

~by Paul Buttner

As a parent of a now 10-year old boy, I have my share of special moments that stop and make me go “wow!” The ones that have been creeping up on me most these days are indications that my boy loves wildlife – especially birds. He’s always been sensitive and connected to nature, but his love of birds is now off the charts.

This got me thinking about how we can influence our kids so naturally. I’ve become passionate about bird conservation and I think I’ve created a bird-crazy boy as a result. Based on my real-life experiences with him, thought I would offer my list of the top 10 signs that your child is going bird-conservation crazy!


Catholic Writers


Michelle Buckman is the author of six novels including award-winning novel Rachel’s Contrition and Christy Award Finalist Maggie Come Lately. She is an international conference speaker renowned for her dynamic discussions on writing and faith.

She has been a featured author at the Catholic Marketing Network Tradeshow, International Christian Retail Show, Southeastern Independent Booksellers Association, and the South Carolina Book Festival.

She was born in New York, raised in Canada, and has lived in the south for over thirty years. She currently resides near the Carolina coast with her husband, five children and a slew of animals. Walking on the beach is both her inspiration and her favorite pastime.


Recommended Read

Rachel’s Contrition – by Michelle Buckman

After the death of her daughter, grief-spawned delusions cause Rachel to lose her husband, her home, and custody of her son. Help arrives from two unlikely sources: a young teen, Lilly, battling her own demons, and a tattered holy card depicting Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. As Rachel grows closer to Lilly and comes to know Saint Thérèse, unbidden memories from her edgy past reveal fearful mysteries of seduction, madness, and murder… and a truth that will haunt her forever.


Quote of the Week

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence

~Helen Keller~

Catholic Saints

Saint Peter Claver

Geology & Archaeology

Is it Vasco de Gama’s Esmeralda?

For five hundred years, Esmeralda remained a footnote to the Age of Discovery—until divers discovered its possible wreck site on the island of Al Hallaniyah, 25 miles south of the Omani coast. Over the past three years, an archaeological project led by the Oman Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Blue Water Recoveries Ltd. has investigated the early sixteenth-century shipwreck. More than 2,800 artifacts have been recovered by archaeologists.

“As the earliest ‘Ship of Discovery’ ever to be found and excavated by archaeologists,” says project director David Mearns, “we knew that virtually every artifact recovered could provide new insights into how the Portuguese conducted navigation, trade, and naval warfare during this historically important period.”



One More Good Reason Not To Launch A Nuclear War

Four U.S. scientists have just introduced one more good reason not to launch a nuclear war. It would not simply guarantee the mutual destruction of the participants. It would also precipitate catastrophic climate change. And, they argue in the journal Environment Magazine, even a single nuclear missile strike could darken the skies, chill the atmosphere, stop rainfall, ruin harvests and cost a billion lives.

Observers with memories that stretch back to the Cold War and the arms race between the U.S. and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) powers on the one hand and the USSR on the other will know something of this already.


Global Weather

The Global Seed Vault Has FLOODED

The Global Seed Vault, which has been called “the Noah’s Ark of plant diversity,” has flooded after the permafrost around it thawed.

The frozen safe house, designed to protect the seeds of tens of thousands of food crops from global disaster, opened in 2008 in Svalbard, Norway. The vault hold seeds from every country in the world to safeguard agriculture against man-made or natural disaster.



Wildlife Conservation Society

WCS uses science to discover and understand the natural world. This knowledge helps us engage and inspire decision-makers, communities, and millions of supporters to take action with us to protect the wildlife and wild places we all care about.

WCS scientists study what wildlife species need to thrive. With this knowledge we invest in abating threats to wildlife within their most important strongholds and the corridors that connect them. We target large, iconic, wide-ranging species because of their intrinsic value and because they are vital to ecosystem health. By saving them, we protect all other biodiversity that shelters under their conservation canopy.



Australia: How does land clearing harm animals?

Land clearing harms animals in two basic ways. First, they may be killed or injured when native vegetation is removed, typically through the use of earth-moving machinery. For example, animals may suffer traumatic injuries or be smothered when vegetation is cut or soil and debris are shifted.

Second, the removal of native vegetation puts animals in harm’s way. Those that survive the clearing process will be left in an environment that is typically hostile, unfamiliar or unsuitable. Animals are likely to find themselves in landscapes that are devoid of food and shelter but filled with predators, disease, and increased aggression from members of their own species as they struggle to make a living.



Bodies of Water Too Dangerous To Touch

Water is the essence of life, except for when it isn’t. In some instances, people need to stay as far away as possible from certain bodies of water, and here are the deadliest that the planet has to offer.


God’s Green Earth

Flight of the Flamingo

Farm News

Farmers Need New Mechanical Ways To Harvest

If you’re enjoying a late-summer fruit pie, consider what went into growing and harvesting that fruit. Chances are, it took a lot of human hands to ensure its skin would be perfect and smooth when you bought it.

While machines have replaced human hands for a lot of farm jobs — the harvesting of tomatoes for processing, the cutting of lettuce and spinach, the shaking of almond trees to make the nuts fall to the ground — many fruit, vegetable and nut farmers still rely heavily on people to plant, maintain and harvest their crops.


Steward Alerts

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week

July 23-29

For some, it was a health-conscious decision. For others, it was environmental. For still others, it was faith-based. But no matter the reason, more and more women are ditching the pill and opting for fertility awareness methods as a natural way to achieve or delay pregnancy.

“In the US, there does seem to be an increase in the interest in fertility tracking and understanding the signs and symptoms of our bodies to plan and prevent pregnancy,” said Dr. Victoria Jennings, director of the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University.


Steward Activities

Create a Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat

The Schoolyard Habitat Team is composed of educators, students, parents, maintenance personnel, administrators and community volunteers. Every member of the team brings their own skills. Some will focus on how to garden, others might figure out what parts of the curriculum can be served by the wildlife habitat, or what animal visitors to expect.


A Song Before the Lord

Christ Be Our Light


Answers to Your Wildlife Gardening Questions

This is a special time of the year to rally gardeners, wildlife lovers and anyone interested in going the extra mile for local birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

Here are answers to some common questions we get here at the National Wildlife Federation about feeding the birds, nesting boxes and bats.


Wellness & Nutrition

Avoiding Ticks

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the incidence of tick-borne diseases is soaring, with Lyme disease alone infecting an estimated 300,000 Americans each year. Unlike my husband, who recovered after prompt treatment, as many as 20 percent of those infected develop serious chronic symptoms, from crippling joint pain to heart problems.

This surge in Lyme disease is related in part to climate: Ticks are expanding their ranges as warming temperatures open new habitat niches, and scientists continue to identify “novel and emerging” tick-related ailments such as the Heartland virus in Missouri and Tennessee and the Powassan virus, mainly reported in the Northeast and Great Lakes.



STARLINER ISS — Beyond Earth

The next generation of America’s human spaceships is rapidly taking shape and “making fantastic progress” at the Kennedy Space Center. Starliner will ferry NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) by early 2018.

“We are making fantastic progress across the board,” John Mulholland, vice president and program manager of Boeing Commercial Programs, told Universe Today at the July 26 media event in Boeing’s new Starliner factory.




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