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Marsh frog (Pelophylax ridibundus)
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With about 15 cm these guys are one of the largest species of true frogs in Europe. Widely distributed across Europe marsh frogs are frequently spotted throughout the range. Unsurprisingly, marsh frogs are almost inevitably connected to water bodies where they feed, mate and go through metamorphosis.
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They rarely leave the proximity of their watery home and this stationary lifestyle makes this species less susceptible to road fatality which strongly impacts other frog species found in Germany.
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IUCN conservation status: “Least Concern”
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📸 Nikon D3300
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#taiapo #marshfrog #connectwithnature #nature

Where are your footsteps taking you #livehappy#livetrue#taiao#

Sand lizard (Lacerta agilis)
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Found this female basking on a log in the late morning sun.
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IUCN conservation status: “Least Concern”
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📸 Nikon D3300
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#taiapo #sandlizard #connectwithnature #nature

Waitii - sweet water💧
Wairaka - sprinkle of water
Waipunaarangi - sky spring
Tupuaaanuku - 🌏 earth Tohunga
Tupuaarangi - sky Tohunga
Ururangi - Warmth
Pohutukawa - memories
Hiwa I te rangi - wishing star🌌

Matariki - brings together the people to connect to one an other and to the environment.

Nga mihi kau ana mountain te tauhou ki te Ao Marama e Ko weneki nga Marama mo nga Wananga kua oti nga mahi o Hineraumati ko mahi o Hinetakura e.

#Matariki #taiao #environment #tereomaori

European toad (Bufo bufo)
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As I was looking for snakes around a wetland area I stumbled upon dozens of juvenile toads and frogs. After a successful mating season and surviving the initial dangers during metamorphosis, these amphibians now have to start stocking up on fat reserves to prepare for hibernation during the colder months.
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It will take this juvenile 3-7 years to reach sexual maturity and produce a clutch of offspring about 5000 eggs strong. Just like many other frog species the European toad is an externally fertilizing species, where the female lays the eggs in the water and the male fertilizes them afterwards. .
Many of these eggs will not make it through metamorphosis because of the vast number of aquatic invertebrates preying on eggs and tadpoles. But even fully developed toads have to avoid a variety of predators such as snakes, birds, rats and domestic cats.
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Besides natural predation the European toad faces many dangers such as loss of habitat due to urbanization, drainage of wetlands, agricultural activities and mortality on roads. Generally considered widespread and abundant across Europe, some local populations seem to be in decline. In some areas in Germany “frog crossings” and “frog tunnels” have been created to guarantee these amphibians safe passage during their annual migrations and minimize road fatality.
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IUCN conservation status: “Least Concern”
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📸 Nikon D3300
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#taiapo #europeantoad #connectwithnature #nature

A beautiful day, living grateful#taiao

Eastern water skink (Eulamprus quoyii)
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I encountered this guy catching the last beams of the afternoon sun during a hike along the coastal walk in Royal National Park.
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Water skinks are fairly common around Sydney and so I’ve never really stopped and acknowledged them properly. This guy however was a decent sized individual that wasn’t really bothered with my presence and so I decided to hang out with it for a bit. It’s easy to overlook things when you are too focused on what you want to do or where you want to go. Stopping and acknowledging your surroundings can actually be quite rewarding sometimes.
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IUCN conservation status: “Not Assessed”, but quite abundant.
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📸 Nikon D3300
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#taiapo #easternwaterskink #connectwithnature #nature

Parahanga paratiki!! Plastic waste!!
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Me and @jith_geo removed 60 kg of plastic waste from the @wgtncc Te Kopahou Reserve today which had blown into the reserve from the privately owned landfill below it. The amount of plastic in the reserve that is making its way to the ocean is horrifying, it broke my heart to see thousands of tiny white balls of polystyrene heading straight for Taputeranga Marine Reserve. What’s worse is the landfill don’t appear to be doing anything to stop it! Why?
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We all need to think about how we live, what we use, how we dispose and how we act when we see our nature being hurt! Reduce your waste, pick up plastic from the streets you walk on - Take Action!
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Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou, ka ora ai te iwi / with your basket and my basket the people will thrive.
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#plasticwaste #plasticpollution #plastic #plasticfree #plasticocean #paratiki #parahangaparatiki #waste #rubbish #nature #taiao #ocean #moana #help #change #makeadifference #1plusaday #reduce #reuse #recycle #remove #polystyrene #volunteer #conservation #Wellington #reserve #ournature #Earth #takeaction

TE INGOA- The Name
Pipiri is the lunar month of the Māori calendar equivalent to the month of June. Piri means “to be close”, while pipiri means “to keep very close”. For Māori this time of the year is indicated by Matariki – a cluster of stars also known as Pleaides. The shining constellation of sister stars signifies a time of celebration, renewal, and harvest. Matariki are also an indication of connectivity, as well as being an optimum time to be close to family, friends, land, sea and Papatūānuku – Mother Earth.

PIPIRI KI A PAPATŪĀNUKU

KEEP CLOSE TO MOTHER EARTH

Check out papatuanuku.org for more info or to join the movement.

Last week I joined the #PIPIRIKIAPAPATŪĀNUKU movement and today is Day 1 - Te Rā Tuatahi!

By joining this movement, I will be committing to THREE actions to lower my carbon footprint and as a small contribution to tiaki Papatūānuku.
A huge mihi Tamoko o te rangi Ormsby & Waimirirangi Koopu Stone for this amazing kaupapa!
#PipiriKiAPapatuanuku
#PKPthatsme #Kaitiakitanga

If you're keen to join check out: www.papatuanuku.org

Peering through the looking glass, and this is what I see..#taiao#papatuanuku#aotearoa#nature

#fridayfacts
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Did you know that female spotted hyenas possess a penis?
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The spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) is a carnivorous mammal widely distributed across central and southern Africa. They show complex social behaviour and populations have competitive hierarchical structures. Females are larger and more aggressive than males and set the tone in the matriarchal spotted hyena society. .
The genitalia seen in the photo really is that of a female. The clitoris is shaped like a penis and is fully erectile which makes it physically impossible for the males to force sex on females. They even have a pseudo scrotum. Spotted hyenas are the only mammals that do not have an external vaginal opening and yet all parts of the female reproductive organs are present.
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Females will also give birth through the pseudo-penis. Unfortunately about 60% of the young get stuck in first time mothers which is often fatal for cub and mother.
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It seems like an extremely high cost to own such an elongated clitoris, so what is it for?
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There are theories about high levels of testosterone during early development or females’ ability to control paternity to be responsible, but why exactly female spotted hyenas possess such an extravagant pseudo-penis is still a mystery.
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IUCN conservation status: “Least Concern”
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📸 @arjdheer
Please check out his channel if you want to learn more about hyenas and see awesome footage of African wildlife🦁
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#taiapo #hyena #pseudopenis #connectwithnature #nature

Maori people have understood the word Pounamu for thousands of years. The rest if the world knows it as Jade.
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Maori also understand it as a Tipuna (ancestor), as such, we know it to be an extension of the natural world we live in....
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#pounamu
#whakapapa
#ourworldview

Happy world turtle day 🐢🎉
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Today we celebrate all the incredible turtles, tortoises and terrapins around the world and raise awareness of the dangers they face to encourage the protection of our friends with carapaces.
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This little loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) emerged from its nest only a few minutes ago and already faces many dangers. To avoid the numerous predators waiting for a turtle meal and the burning heat of sun, hatchlings usually only leave the safety of the nest at night and together with up to 30 siblings. They find the ocean by heading straight towards the brightest light which naturally is the whitewash and reflection of the moon and starlight on water surface.
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Unfortunately beach bars, hotels and street lights at the top of the beach outshine the ocean and lead many baby turtles into wrong direction and almost certain death. Additionally, the disturbing and destructive presence of humans on nesting beaches has a devastating effect on nesting behaviour and nest numbers which is one of the main threats for sea turtles. Plastic pollution of the ocean, fisheries bycatch and poaching for meat and delusional medical promises are just a some of the countless dangers sea turtles face and have led to all seven species of sea turtles being threatened with extinction.
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It takes about 20-30 years for a hatchling to reach sexual maturity and only 1 in 1000 makes it to reproductive age. That is about one hatchling every ten nests!
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Fortunately there are a lot of amazing people and organisations out there working hard to prevent these awesome reptiles from disappearing. With the right conservation measurements and enough people behind it we can have a future where turtles and humans can happily life together.
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IUCN conservation status: “Vulnerable”
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📸 GoPro Hero 5
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#taiapo #worldturtleday #loggerhead #connectwithnature #nature @taia.po

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