In Pictures: Celebrating the World's Plant and Animal Life on International Day for Biological Diversity

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 22 May 2017 at 12:09pm - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Kajsa Solander/ Greenpeace
Puffins on the Isle of May

Every year on the 22nd May the diversity of our natural world is celebrated. Whether you pay extra attention to the insects crawling in your garden or join a local group to help with a park or beach clean up, there are lots of ways to mark this special day!

Here in the UK we are currently on a scientific tour around Scotland, raising awareness about the impact plastic has on our oceans - you can see some recent photos below. But beautiful wildlife and natural beauty can be found around the world as our images show.


Gannets at Bass Rock in Scotland. Greenpeace is there working on the campaign to highlight the problem of ocean plastics. Studies have shown that 90% of seabirds have ingested plastic.

© Kajsa Sjölander / Greenpeace 2017

Guillemot on the Isle of May in Scotland

© Kajsa Sjölander / Greenpeace 2017

Nordic forest in Sweden. Muddus National Park.

© Markus Mauthe / Greenpeace 2010

Close up of bumblebee on Phacelia flowers, bee friendly plant and used as green manure.

© Axel Kirchhof / Greenpeace 2013

North American Beaver in Alaska's Boreal Forest.

© Bernd Roemmelt / Greenpeace 2007

Kenogami forest of Northern Ontario - East of Thunder Bay between Terrace Bay and Geraldton, Canada

© Greenpeace / Andrew Male 2005

Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). 

These short lived insects migrate to Mexico each year, but no single butterfly completes the return journey. Instead four different generations are born throughout the year and each completes a segment of the round trip. They can fly at between 20km and 40km an hour, and make use of updrafts of warm air called thermals to rise high into the air and slowly glide down. This endangered species has been negatively impacted by herbicides, human disturbances, and predation.

© Dave Taylor / Greenpeace 2015

Raccoon (Procyon lotor). 

These versatile omnivores are often found at the edge of the water using their dexterous paws to snare creatures in the water. These highly intelligent mammals have keen senses, particularly making use of their sense of touch. Related females form social strong groups, while unrelated males form smaller looser social groups.

© Dave Taylor / Greenpeace 2014

Sea anemones in British Columbia, Canada.

© Markus Mauthe / Greenpeace 2007

Camels in the steppe of Mongolia.

© Markus Mauthe / Greenpeace 2013

Fifteen year-old female orangutan, Ranesi, climbs a tree at Kaja island in Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation, Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan.

© Bjorn Vaugn / BOSF / Greenpeace 2013

Young seal pup in the snow in Svalbard.

© Nick Cobbing / Greenpeace 2016 

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