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@franslanting Frans Lanting
National Geographic Photographer || Author || Speaker || Creator of images, stories and events to inspire wonder and concern about our living planet.
|Photo by @FransLanting Monarch Butterflies Alert. A year ago I shared concerns about the alarming decline of the Western Monarch population, which has plummeted by 95% from more than ten million in the 1980s to less than 30,000 in 2018. I made this photo years ago when conditions were much better. Insects can bounce back quickly when conditions improve, but unfortunately the numbers were not any better in 2019. A recent census done in the wintering sites along the California coast revealed mostly empty trees where they used to be festooned with Monarchs. The decline is due to habitat loss, pesticides and droughts triggered by climate change. None of us can turn those big trends around individually, but what each of us can do is to make backyards and public spaces more attractive to Monarchs by planting the right milkweed plants. You plant and they will come! Check Xerces.org for details. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom as we bear witness to our changing planet. @Xercessociety @Thephotosociety #Monarchs #Endangered #Extinction #Nature #Butterfly #Santacruz #MontereyBay #California||2020/02/05 04:02:54||46,349||398|
|Photo by @FransLanting Last week the hottest temperatures ever were measured in the Antarctic. It became warmer than 20 degrees Celsius (68 F) for the first time in recorded history on Seymour Island. I felt that heat myself, because I was at work in an Adelie penguin colony not far away on the Antarctic Peninsula where chicks were standing caked in mud. As temperatures rise, snow and ice give way to rain and mud and chicks lose their insulation when their down gets mucked up. Adelie penguins have a hard time coping with the new realities caused by climate chaos. They are canaries in a global coal mine, but will we get the message in time for us to turn things around for their sake and ours? Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more stories from the front lines of a changing planet.
If you feel concern, here are two groups deserving of your support: The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition is a global coalition of environmental organizations working to ensure the preservation of the Antarctic and the great Southern Ocean. The Global Penguin Society is dedicated to the survival and protection of the world’s penguin species and is supported by the top-rated Wildlife Conservation Network, wildnet.org. You can learn more here: @AntarcticSouthernOcean and @GlobalPenguinSociety—and at their respective websites, which are highly informative.
@AntarcticSouthernOcean @GlobalPenguinSociety @wildnetorg @thephotosociety #Antarctica #Penguins #PenguinChick #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis #naturenow #globalwarming #savetheplanet
|Photos by @FransLanting Adelie penguins are also called ice penguins because they thrive in the extreme cold of Antarctica. Along with the bigger Emperor penguins Adelies spend more time on ice and snow than any other members of the penguin family. But now they have to learn how to cope with a different environment as their world is warming up dramatically. During my recent trip to Antarctica the temperatures rarely dropped below the freezing point for nearly two weeks, which is very unusual. If this becomes part of a new normal we may have to start thinking of Adelies as mud penguins. Here are two views from one site. The first image shows a chick caked in mud. it’s losing its down, but it is not ready yet to go to sea. The second one shows a colony overview. The clean, white adults have just come back from open water to feed their young, who are standing around in mud and guano. They have no other place to go, because their parents will only feed them close to the original nest site. When the chicks get that dirty, they lose their insulation and they risk dying of hypothermia when it rains or gets cold again. If you care about what is happening down there, please consider supporting organizations that can do something about this, because change begins with us. Go to the link in my Instagram profile to learn more about the Global Penguin Society. And follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more stories about our changing planet.
@GlobalPenguinSociety @AntarcticSouthernOcean @ThePhotoSociety #Antarctica #Penguins #PenguinChick #ClimateChange #globalwarming #savetheplanet
|Photo by @FransLanting Most Emperor penguins never touch land in their lives. Their habitat is sea ice. But the rapid warming of Antarctica threatens the base of their existence: The ice is melting out from under their feet. A recent study reported that the world’s second largest Emperor colony suffered a catastrophic breeding failure for 3 years in a row because of changing ice conditions. In 2016, thousands of chicks are thought to have drowned when the sea ice broke up before they were ready to swim. I know firsthand which hardships Emperors face, because I camped out for a month with them on sea ice. I was pleased that the Center for Biological Diversity is using my testimony in its legal effort to get Emperors recognized as an endangered species by the U.S government. For the CBD lawsuit I stated, "Emperor penguins are as vulnerable and important a symbol for the effects of climate change in Antarctica as polar bears are for the Arctic.” If Emperors get listed, we can put the requirements of the Endangered Species Act to work on their behalf. The Endangered Species Act has been an essential tool that has aided the recovery of wolves, bald eagles, condors and many other species. The Trump administration however, is trying to weaken its provisions. If you care, let your elected officials know how you feel. Emperors need the support of ice and we need to support the CBD. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more stories from the front lines of a changing planet.
@CenterforBiodiv @GlobalPenguinSociety @AntarcticSouthernOcean @ThePhotoSociety #Antarctica #Penguins #ClimateChange #globalwarming
|Photo by @FransLanting Animals of all kinds, from great to small, mingle at a waterhole in Namibia. I was mesmerized to see them come and go. Can you spot the tiny guinea fowl between the elephant and the giraffes? I’m sharing this image in recognition of World Wildlife Day, which has become the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife. March 3 was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as a special day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants as key components in the web of life on earth. Will you join us in lending your support to the organizations that support the right people in the right places to make a real difference for the future? Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more intimate encounters with wildlife. @ElephantCrisisFund @SaveTheElephants @WildNetOrg #WorldWildlifeDay #Biodiversity2020 #Respect #Dignity #Conservation #Wonder #Naturelovers||2020/03/03 11:23:48||25,495||169|
|Photo by @FransLanting Today we are celebrating International Biodiversity Day. Sheltering in place for the last two months, I’ve gained a new appreciation about the diversity of life that surrounds me at home. The birds that come to our feeder outside the kitchen window, like this Anna’s hummingbird, have become a new focal point for my photography. We’ve all had to redefine our lives and for me, one lesson is that recognizing and protecting biodiversity starts at home. But while we do that, I’d like to salute the organizations that work on a global scale to keep the web of life we call biodiversity intact for all of us. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more stories from home.
@UNBiodiversity @world_wildlife @conservationorg @wildnetorg #Hummingbird #Home
|Photo by @FransLanting A mare nuzzles her newborn foal, which is still unsteady on its feet. Konik’s horses are close relatives to the wild horses, which used to roam widely throughout Eurasia. They vanished from the wild due to competition with people and their livestock. But in recent decades they’ve been reintroduced to nature reserves in Europe with the recognition that large grazing mammals play a crucial role in maintaining a balance in natural ecosystems. Today is World Horse Day and I’m sharing this image in honor of all efforts to bring horses back to places where they belong throughout Eurasia. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more stories from the wild. @natgeo @natgeotravel @thephotosociety #life #birth #mother #WildHorses #Horses #Netherlands #OneEarth||2020/03/02 01:30:51||18,810||102|
|Photo by @FransLanting I offer this as a message of hope in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This forest didn’t exist a century ago. It was clearcut, like much of the forests around my home in the Monterey Bay region of California. But over time, it became part of a network of protected lands and the forest has regrown; the creek runs clear again. On the right side of the frame, you can see a redwood that was probably too small to be cut long ago, but now it is thriving. Small stories of hope can inspire bigger ones. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom to learn more about the natural world that is our shared heritage.
#EarthDay #Hope #MontereyBay #Home #PlanetEarth
|Photo by @FransLanting A polar bear mom is nuzzled by her cub, born the previous winter. They’re standing on new ice along the shores of Hudson Bay where polar bears gather in great numbers every fall waiting for the Bay to freeze over so they can start hunting seals. But climate chaos is creating big fluctuations in ice conditions from year to year. Let’s hope the ice will remain strong enough for many years to come to support them. I share this in celebration of International Polar Bear Day, to draw attention to the challenges polar bears face on our warming planet. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more stories from the wild.
@PolarBearsInternational #InternationalPolarBearDay #PolarBears #ClimateChange #ice
|Photo by @FransLanting We are celebrating World Bonobo Day (February 14) with this image. You’re looking at a male bonobo playing with a female adult who is playing with an infant on the ground, who is laughing back at her because she is playfully biting his toes. It’s play all around for them. Bonobos engage in social interactions we long considered only humans capable of: They play and express empathy like we do. Compared with chimps, bonobo brains appear more developed in areas vital for emotions like feeling empathy and sensing distress in others. Perhaps fewer than 10,000 bonobos live in the jungles of the Congo Basin, the only place where they occur in the wild. Their survival depends on our ability to apply the same kind of compassion to them that we cherish so much in ourselves. Let’s spread the love on Valentine’s Day to our next of kin and to the organizations that take care of bonobos like the ones mentioned below. And follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more stories about the connections between us and our relatives on the great tree of life. @Lolayabonobo @BonobodotOrg @thephotosociety #Bonobos #Apes #Play #Compassion #Empathy #Love #naturelovers||2020/02/15 07:20:57||16,536||74|
|Photo by @ChristineEckstrom In these troubled times we need messengers of hope like Jane Goodall more than ever. I was honored to join her in the Netherlands for several fundraising events in support of her work last December, and we were interviewed by the Dutch TV host, Ivo Niehe. The interview was broadcast last night, March 29, in the Netherlands, but it can be seen at the link in my bio for the next 2 days. Click on my image of the Emperor penguin family, and the show will begin. The program is in Dutch, but the interview with Jane and me is in English. By the way, right now Jane is sheltering at her home in England, and Chris and I are sheltering at home in California.
|Video by @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom Icebergs of every shape and texture are gathered in a remote bay along the Antarctic Peninsula where our drone revealed details hard to see from the water. Ninety percent of all ice on Earth is contained by Antarctica. The ice that breaks off from glaciers and ice shelves at its outer edge is often thousands of years old, but once an iceberg is afloat, it melts into the surrounding ocean in a matter of a few years. Because of rapidly warming temperatures in Antarctica every year more ice is dislodged from the frozen continent and that will ultimately affect the lives of many millions of people living far away. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more coverage from our recent expedition.
@thephotosociety #Antarctica #Iceberg #Ice #globalwarming