United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

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The Decade coincides with and supports the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 adopted by the Conference of the Parties at its tenth meeting held in Nagoya, Japan.

The United Nations General Assembly at its 65th session declared the period 2011-2020 to be “the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, with a view to contributing to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity for the period 2011-2020” (Resolution 65/161).

The United Nations Decade on Biodiversity aims to support the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and promote its overall vision of living in harmony with nature. Its goal is to mainstream biodiversity at different levels. Throughout the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, governments are encouraged to develop, implement and communicate the results of national strategies for implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.

More fungi love here on UNBiodiversity from @fascinatedbyfungi. I have ways had a soft spot for slugs (when they aren't in my garden). Even more so after attending UC Santa Cruz where our mascot was the fascinating Banana Slug or #Ariolimax. While the slugs around Santa Cruz tended to be bright yellow, the slugs I see up in Mendocino are usually darker with black spots. Individual slugs can vary in color and patterning depending on subspecies, habitat, food, age, moisture, and light. Banana slugs are avid consumers of mushrooms and are fascinating in their own right. They can live 1-7 years and are the second largest land slug. They have 2 "eye" stalks and 2 chemical sensing "tasting" stalks. They have a single lung with a pneumostome (large hole visible in this video) to facilitate gas exchange. Like all mollusk they have a radula, a set of iron teeth they use to scrape away at their food. They excrete a mucus to help them get around that also contains compounds to deter predation (don't lick a banana slug no matter what anyone tells you). This mucus also contains pheromones that help slugs locate one another for mating. Banana slugs are simultaneous hermaphrodites (they have both male and female parts). Mating starts with slowly circling each other and tasting the collective slime, next massive penises (equal to the length of their bodies) emerge from a pore on their heads and stretches over to the other slug. They exchange sperm and usually go their separate ways, although in some cases "apophallation" has been observed where one slug will eat (with gusto) its mating partners member (possibly because it's stuck). Now you know, GO SLUGS! This slug is munching on a #Suilluscaerulescens a common "Slippery Jack" type bolete found in great numbers under conifers in Mendocino. They are decent edibles but are often filled with bugs or munched on by slugs. #bananaslugs #timelapse #fungi #fungus #fungiphotography #mushroomphotography #mycology #mushroomsociety #mushroomhunting #mushroomsofinstagram #mushroomlove #mushroomidentification #bananaslug #naturephotography #naturetimelapse #allthemushroomhashtags #sluglove #slugsofinstagram
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