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SARA (Special Activities and Recreation Area) Park is an 1100-acre regional park with spectacular mountain views and access to Lake Havasu. The park's facilities cater to a wide range of recreational activities and also serve as venues for events such as the popular Winter Blast fireworks display, obstacle races and concerts throughout the year. SARA Park has a network of hiking and mountain bike trails, ballfields, dog park , rodeo and fairgrounds . Other activities include BMX and motocross racing, roller hockey, RC plane field, and a shooting and archery range.

Wild by Sara Fields


I seek to break down knowledge barriers between fields: I founded the successful AI for Conservation slack community (with over 1000 members), I am the Biodiversity Community Lead for Climate Change AI, and I am the founding director of the Caltech Summer School on Computer Vision Methods for Ecology. I work closely with Microsoft AI for Earth, Google Research, and Wildlife Insights where I help turn my research into usable tools for the ecological community.

Sara Beery will join MIT as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Artificial Intelligence and Decision-Making in EECS in September 2023. Beery received her PhD in computing and mathematical sciences at Caltech in 2022, where she was advised by Pietro Perona. Her research focuses on building computer vision methods that enable global-scale environmental and biodiversity monitoring across data modalities, tackling real-world challenges including strong spatiotemporal correlations, imperfect data quality, fine-grained categories, and long-tailed distributions. She partners with nongovernmental organizations and government agencies to deploy her methods in the wild worldwide and works toward increasing the diversity and accessibility of academic research in artificial intelligence through interdisciplinary capacity building and education.

In Fall of 2019 I started a Slack channel on AI for Conservation, to provide a shared, interdisciplinary space for researchers who work across the fields of computer vision, machine learning, and AI for conservation and sustainability applications to share opportunities, discuss best practices, and find collaborators. Now our community is over 1000 strong, with researchers from all over the globe. If you'd like to join us, just email (

Residual larvicidal activity of Nanoemulsion of eucalyptus oil and bulk eucalyptus oil against different stages of mosquito larvae at semi-field condition. Twelve artificial breeding places (11 meters) were prepared and then allowed the wild mosquitoes laid eggs. L1, 2 = Larvae stage 1 & 2, L 3,4= Larvae stage 3 & 4

The architecture of the homes in the two novels mirrors important aspects of the characters' lives and the histories in which they are situated. Sara, the narrator of Wild Mulberries, was born and lives in the family compound (haara) in the village of 'Ayn Tahoon. A sprawling structure with numerous rooms overlooking a courtyard and fields, the haara serves as a home for Sara, her half-brother, aunt, and father. In addition, many of the novel's most colorful characters rent rooms in the haara, including a Syrian Circassian woman who teaches Sara how to "love without giving away her soul." However, the most important residents of this structure are the silkworms farmed by Sara's father, the unnamed Sheikh. These silkworms determine the rhythm at which life [End Page 193] proceeds in the haara, the rooms of which are transformed to accommodate their life cycle. The title of the novel, Wild Mulberries, is taken from a passage in which the Sheikh speaks of how mulberry trees grow wild without taming and cultivation by human hands. At several points in the novel, Younes equates the Sheikh's insistence on taming nature with the patriarchal control he exercises, in varying degrees, over his sister, daughter, and son. As he grows older and weaker, they become stronger and more assertive. Despite their growing independence, Sara, her brother, and her aunt become entangled in the lives for which the Sheikh has laid the foundation. By the time of his death, there is no escape from these lives, only time to reminisce over lost possibilities.

China is one of the largest global markets for wild animal products, both legal and illegal. In the last two decades, this market has expanded significantly as a result of China\u2019s economic boom, increasing consumer affluence, and traditionally utilitarian culture. China has reduced its own wild animal diversity and now relies largely on trade from other countries, particularly those in Southeast Asia (SEA), to acquire wild animal products. Specifically, 79% of wild animal products imported to China from SEA between 1997-2016 originated from three countries: Indonesia, Laos, and Malaysia. \n\n\n\nSoutheast Asia supports a rich variety of wild animals. It also has close economic ties with China. As such, it has long been implicated as both a source and transit hub for China\u2019s legal and illegal wild animal trade. For example, between 1997-2016, around 3.8 million live mammals, amphibians, birds, fishes, and reptiles listed by CITES were imported to China from SEA. This trade feeds five key industries: fashion, traditional Chinese medicine, food, companion animals and ornaments, and musical instruments. Live animals and skins dominate the business. What\u2019s more, nearly half of the illegal species imported into China are also present in the legal market. This allows the laundering of illegal animals into the legal supply. Illegal trafficking threatens the region\u2019s biodiversity and poses a danger to human health and collective security. \n\n\n\nEfforts to combat illicit commerce require coordination between regulatory and enforcement agencies. In China and SEA, responsibilities for overseeing the wild animal trade are scattered across various agencies and ministries. All SEA countries regulate the killing or hunting, possessing, transporting, importing, and exporting of endangered species. Likewise, China\u2019s national law for wild animal protection limits the hunting, catching, sale, and purchase of protected animals and their products. However, there are many exemptions that allow for the use of protected species in scientific research, captive breeding, heritage conservation, and other special purposes. China\u2019s emphasis on economic growth as an overriding goal blunts the potential impact of conservation laws, as it positions wild animals as a profitable resource instead of a group to be protected.\n\n\n\nHistorically, communication and coordination between China and SEA has been limited. However, since 2002, cooperation on environmental issues has expanded and become more formalized. China has entered into agreements with the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to combat transnational crime, including wild animal trafficking. China has also been supporting regional forums, workshops, and training sessions on the wild animal trade in collaboration with SEA. At these events, officials discuss topics such as reducing demand, raising public awareness, and sharing information to fight the wild animal trade. Finally, Chinese officials have stepped up transnational law enforcement operations aimed at dismantling criminal syndicates. For example, between 2007-2016, the Chinese forest police apprehended 3.9 million environmental and wild offenders while confiscating 57.6 million individual animals. But while all of this is good news, the authors note that much work remains to be done on this issue. More collaboration is especially needed when it comes to apprehending SEA criminal groups and individuals working outside of China but selling goods to Chinese consumers.\n\n\n\nThe best solution lies in strengthening legal cooperation to combat illegal trafficking. This can be done using international legal tools (e.g., legal frameworks and principles) to disrupt and destroy the cross-border criminal networks that trade protected wild animals. One example is the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), which addresses transnational crimes committed by organized criminal groups and would apply to many of the wild animal crimes happening in China and SEA. In addition, China needs to proactively share information with SEA countries. Systems already exist to promote communication between customs authorities, and China should use these systems, along with other secure tools, to share knowledge with frontline workers battling the wild animal trade. The governments in China and SEA should also harmonize their domestic criminal laws regarding illegal wild animal activities. There needs to be agreement on the definition of an organized criminal group and penalties for serious environmental crimes. And finally, China, individual SEA countries, and ASEAN as a whole must develop and strengthen their agreements for extraditing people charged with wild animal trafficking. \n\n\n\nAs this paper makes clear, there is still a long way to go in the fight against the illegal wild animal trade in Asia. With growing attention being paid to wild animal crimes in China and SEA, advocates can join forces with those already working on these issues to make a bigger difference. As the harms associated with wild animal trafficking become more apparent, advocates on the ground in China and SEA could use the support of international policy, enforcement, and communication experts to navigate the road ahead.\n","post_title":"Cooperating To Combat The Asian Wild Animal Trade","post_excerpt":"To fight the illegal trade of wild animals, China and Southeast Asian countries must strengthen their legal cooperation. 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