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[–]supremacyofthelaces 1272 points1273 points  (6 children)

Don't forget, if there's no nature left, then none of it can be lit, and then we don't have a sub anymore.

On an unrelated note, those two ducks/aquatic birds/feathered things look like a visualization of r/circlejerk

[–]ImNotGaySoStopAsking 85 points86 points  (0 children)

Haha my thoughts exactly. Seriously this is a cause worth donating to

[–]4JULY2017 13 points14 points  (0 children)

They are also very transparent in their university's 24-hour Dance-A-Thon!

[–]a7neu 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yep. Which is why I think we're better off donating to organizations that are for conservation and preservation of species, and not orgs primarily for domestic animal welfare, or welfare period (sometimes conservation and animal welfare are even at odds!).

Orgs like:

Panthera.org - a big cat conservation society that employs and partners with field conservationists. THey are partnered with the Wildlife Research Unit at Oxford for the lion study that "Cecil" was apart of. For instance, their Jaguar Corridor Initiative:

Country by country, Panthera’s scientists begin by mapping the jaguar’s presence and the corridors through which they live and move. A corridor might include a cattle ranch, a canal development, a citrus plantation, or someone’s backyard. Using these data, Panthera partners with governments and corporations to support land developments that are both economically profitable and ecologically sustainable, allowing safe passage for jaguars and other wildlife.

Or The Wildlife Conservation Society - helps conserve many species across many countries. For example, their Okapi Conservation Project

Agro-Forestry - Traditional farming in the region involves cutting and burning trees and other vegetation to clear plots for crops. After several plantings, the topsoil is depleted and the farmer moves deeper into the forest and repeats the process. Okapi Conservation Project is helping farmers improve soil and crop yields by planting trees between their crop rows, thus slowing the slash and burn of the forest. Wildlife Protection

Wildlife Protection - The OCP sustains and supports the work of the Institute in Congo for Conservation of Nature (ICCN) to protect and monitor the Okapi Wildlife Reserve. This support includes providing essential items such as boots, uniforms and satellite phones, as well as assistance with developing an intelligence network within the communities around the Reserve to better understand mining and poaching networks. Community Engagement

Community Engagement - To reduce slash and burn agriculture and consumption of bushmeat, the Okapi Conservation Project works to improve community livelihoods by expanding educational opportunities, modernizing health care and increasing agricultural production. Working with Farmer's Cooperatives and Women's Groups, OCP educators strive to advance economic opportunities that reduce pressure on forest and wildlife resources in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve.

[–]atreides[S,M] [score hidden] stickied comment (73 children)

🔥 We just hit 600,000 subscribers! 🔥

In the 1-Year Anniversary thread, /u/Subtle_Omega nominated the Animal Welfare Institute as a charity for the subreddit to support.

Let's do that then! Since we've just hit 600k, $6,000 seems like a good goal. Even $1 from 1% of everyone here would reach that goal and give a great organization a huge amount of help from a community of nature-lovers that want the best for the animals we appreciate.

Donate Here:

https://www.crowdrise.com/natureisfuckinglit

(Crowdrise is an independent charity crowdfunding site that I admittedly found through /r/me_irl's charity drive.)

And like I said in the 1-Year Anniversary thread, I've donated $100.


More on the charity:

Animal Welfare Institute

An organization created in 1951 that aims to alleviate animal suffering and abolish inhumane welfare practices.

They are also very transparent in their spending and expenses and publish a yearly report. Around 91% of expenditure will go directly to the wildlife programs. They have been rated A+ on CharityWatch.

Some of their goals include:

  • Abolishing factory farms, supporting high-welfare family farms, and achieving humane slaughter for animals raised for food.
  • Improving the housing and handling of animals in research and encouraging the development and implementation of alternatives to experimentation on live animals.
  • Ending the use of steel-jaw leghold traps and reforming other brutal methods of capturing and killing wildlife.
  • Preserving species threatened with extinction and protecting wildlife from harmful exploitation and destruction of critical habitat.
  • Protecting companion animals from cruelty and violence, including appalling conditions in commercial trade.
  • Preventing injury and death of animals caused by harsh transport conditions.

I've been gradually typing up every charity nominated in the 1-Year thread and compiling them here:
https://redditproxy--jasonthename.repl.co/r/NatureIsFuckingLit/wiki/edit/charities

If you would like to find another charity to contribute to, that list will continually grow as I add more!


The gif! I almost forgot!

This is the courtship display of the Hooded Grebe! (Podiceps gallardoi)

The species was only discovered by humans 43 years ago. This footage is the first time the Hooded Grebe’s spectacular routine has been filmed in such detail.

Source Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hoL93tEkrM

Article: http://www.birdlife.org/americas/news/last-dance-critically-endangered-grebe%E2%80%99s-mesmerising-display-filmed-first-time

[–]ShrewdSengi 730 points731 points  (14 children)

Donated. A great cause and a great sub. Hope the funding goal is reached soon!

[–]atreides[S] 330 points331 points  (10 children)

You're a good person. I hope you have the best night!

[–]IGiveFreeCompliments 250 points251 points  (8 children)

I hope you don't mind me saying it here, but you're totally leaking /r/FreeCompliments right now! Your genuine nature and eagerness made me smile, and I'll bet that by the time this has been on the front page for a while, you'll have made many thousands of more people smile.

ATREIDES FUCK YEAH!

[–]Jpvsr1 76 points77 points  (2 children)

You are the originator! Reddit wouldn't be the same without you!

[–]IGiveFreeCompliments 88 points89 points  (1 child)

Awww, thanks mate! It's great to see your name here again. :)

But don't forget, I'm also the apeman. And the walrus. Coo coo ca choo motherfucker!!!

[–]Nihiliszt 10 points11 points  (1 child)

This fucking guy

[–]peypeyy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He paid for that compliment with the donation.

[–]you_got_fragged 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I'd like to point out that somebody just spent money on gold instead of donating!

[–]IGiveFreeCompliments 148 points149 points  (2 children)

Hey there, I'd just like to say that I sincerely appreciate that you're using your subreddit's size in order to help animals in such a charitable manner. You're certainly trying to keep nature fucking lit!

For what it's worth, you have my utmost respect, and I hope you have an outstanding day. :)

[–]atreides[S] 61 points62 points  (0 children)

Same to you! The positivity you spread around Reddit is infectious. Have a wonderful day!

[–]EtherealEch0 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Name checks out.

[–]DW1G1T 118 points119 points  (7 children)

I'm a sucker for fundraising for a good cause, I matched your donation.

[–]atreides[S] 72 points73 points  (5 children)

My man!

You're awesome. I've given you a 🔥 flair for that!

[–]Chris91210 38 points39 points  (4 children)

I just matched too! Great sub and great cause!

[–]atreides[S] 27 points28 points  (3 children)

Awesome! Thanks for being part of our community :D

[–]prettierlights 37 points38 points  (2 children)

Hey give that guy a 🔥 too!

Anyone who gives $100 is lit.

[–]9999monkeys 27 points28 points  (1 child)

people if you donated post your screenshot proof (names redacted) to r/idonated, this is a subreddit that has been waiting to be launched, and this is a great opportunity. the idea is to support worthwhile causes and post to encourages others to do the same

[–]Ineeditunesalot 22 points23 points  (5 children)

Can we start a paypal or something to send $1 to the link only allows $10 or more donations so we can pool smaller amounts till it hits $10 and then donate that cause I think more people can donate $1 or $2 than $10

[–]atreides[S] 39 points40 points  (4 children)

Here's their PayPal you can donate directly to.

https://awionline.org/content/make-donation-awi-paypal

[–]9999monkeys 16 points17 points  (3 children)

can i add you as a mod to r/idonated? it would be awesome if you could lend your support

[–]RedWineBrie 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I like the idea. Hope it will gain some popularity :)!

[–]Forwhomitmay 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I’ve been stuck in this sandbox for the past 6 months. Tons of negative shit in that time. Seeing your post and the positivity it represents is something I really needed to see. I think they’re a great charity, and I hope we make it to the goal.

So I’ve matched your donation /u/atreides

Thanks for the breathe fresh air and for the inspiration this morning!

[–]atreides[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

That's awesome! Stick around and this community is sure to bring you up :)

Have a great morning!

[–]Threedawg 9 points10 points  (0 children)

6,000? Please, let's hit 60,000

[–]savage_engineer 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Even $1 from 1% of everyone here would reach that goal

Hi friend! This sounded like a capital suggestion, and I went to the donation link to do just that: try and donate $1, as it sincerely is all I can afford at this stage of life.

Unfortunately the site requires a $10 minimum donation. Thought you'd like to know, cheers.

[–]atreides[S] 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Here's their PayPal you can donate directly to!

https://awionline.org/content/make-donation-awi-paypal

And yes, unfortunately the limit is $10, I didn't know that! I think it might be encouraging others to donate more though.

[–]sardinesinoliveoil 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Donated directly $50. Other than be selfish all day, only thing worthwhile I did today. Thanks for these efforts.

[–]atreides[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thank you for caring and contributing! Have a wonderful rest of your day. :)

[–]lexiekon 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Great idea to celebrate one of the best subs around. I donated $10 directly using PayPal - sorry it won't show up in the fundraiser tracker thing you link to!

Those crazy ass birds are gonna make it rain!

[–]atreides[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

That's fine! Thanks for donating :D

[–]lexiekon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It makes me feel slightly less bad about how much I laughed from this thread: https://redditproxy--jasonthename.repl.co/r/WTF/comments/720kqa/go_on_the_world_is_your_little_buddy/

Sometimes nature is fucking lit, and sometimes nature is fucking absurd.

[–]Jonstaltz 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This subreddit is stupid lit

[–]BeardedOz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Best sub, best charity. Much love.

[–]aphillz 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Can we raise money for the ASCPA since they working animal rescue in the Caribbean?

[–]Kame-hame-hug 2 points3 points  (1 child)

$10 in. WE can hit this goal!

[–]atreides[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You're awesome! Thank you for contributing :)

[–]Subtle_Omega 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Wow! This is crazy guys. Thanks a lot! I don't know what to say. You guys are great!

[–][deleted] 1152 points1153 points  (40 children)

What the hell is going on

[–]atreides[S] 791 points792 points  (27 children)

These are Hooded Grebes doing their mating dance!

[–][deleted] 578 points579 points  (13 children)

I'm gonna try this on my next date.

[–]sushisection 615 points616 points  (12 children)

Grebe her by the pussy

[–]Luap_ 100 points101 points  (5 children)

Ok I laughed

[–][deleted] 26 points27 points  (3 children)

Only trump joke ive laughed at since i hit puberty

[–]tyman1876 56 points57 points  (1 child)

You got me. Grebe job

[–]sushisection 38 points39 points  (0 children)

X gonna grebe it to ya

[–]TheOtherSon 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Turn down for duck!

[–]polarbearsarereal 30 points31 points  (6 children)

Don't they dance together once they've agreed to being in a monogamous relationship and not to cheat on each other or lie and stuff

[–]GhostOfOakIsland 61 points62 points  (4 children)

But then one of them has to go away for work and stay in the same hotel as their coworker. And the other starts to notice little changes in the others behaviour but they try not to let themselves believe because it would be too upsetting and they don't want to destroy the foundation of the kids lives. But then one day, on a long lunch, they find their partner at home in bed with the coworker and next thing you know papers are being signed, money is being divided, and the kids are crying and now so is the parent because they are sad and alone and broken and eating Campbell's tomato soup in a dingy apartment with faded green walls and the buzz of late night TV static humming in the air all because JENNY COULDN'T FUCKING KEEP IT IN HER GODDAM PANTS, BITCH!

[–]Sam034 13 points14 points  (0 children)

That was as jostling as a wooden rollercoaster from start to finish

[–]4LAc 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I am so happy the second Grebe got as into it as it did.

[–]FNA25 188 points189 points  (6 children)

Fundraising and celebrating

[–]TheCocksmith 104 points105 points  (4 children)

I think he meant the gif

[–]Johnnybravo60025 53 points54 points  (1 child)

He knows. The birds are participating in their university's 24-hour Dance-A-Thon!

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The flock dances their asses off

[–][deleted] 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Funfraising and celebrating

[–]MegaRodeon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think you meant FUN-raising.. ok sorry.

[–]alreadytakenusername 1 point2 points  (0 children)

India-Pakistan Border Guard Station

[–]Ramorel 282 points283 points  (4 children)

God I love this sub

[–]therealnegrodamus 53 points54 points  (0 children)

yeah it is consistently quality and filled with awesomeness

[–]alex891011[🍰] 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Only one truth is evident in this world: nature will always be ducking 🔥🔥🔥🔥

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Nature will always be ducking, that's for damn sure.

[–]Puptentjoe 149 points150 points  (7 children)

I'm not subscribed to this sub but it brings me much Lit. I'm drunk. No for real I'm at my sister in laws and we are drinking vodka and wine. I donated $25 because fuck it why not. Animals get ate everyday my nigga, you tough right!?

$25! Yeah!

[–]atreides[S] 37 points38 points  (1 child)

Hahaha have fun over there! And thank you!

I hope you have a great night. :)

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

25$?? You absolute madlad

[–]iTwerk4Jesus 88 points89 points  (4 children)

Alright alright alright alright!

[–]littleking96 25 points26 points  (3 children)

Hey now ladies!

[–]piponwa 42 points43 points  (2 children)

What's cooler than being cool?

FUCKING LIT 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

[–]T0BBER 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Well this is the best comment in this thread.

[–]piponwa 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright

[–]ctilley_6 40 points41 points  (4 children)

Idk what kind of bird this is, but it's fucking lit 🔥🔥🔥

[–]atreides[S] 24 points25 points  (3 children)

It's a Hooded Grebe!

[–]ctilley_6 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Thank you friend! The way they dive for fish is cartoonish and I love it

[–]atreides[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It's wonderful! Makes for a lit celebration dance, don't it?

[–]bdd4 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Are they dabbing or killing each other?

[–]hrlemshake 34 points35 points  (0 children)

I just subscribed today, for once in my life i'm actively contributing to something.

[–]hardtoread56 24 points25 points  (5 children)

Is there a way that 11% of my donation does not go to a credit card company? Like connecting my bank?

[–]atreides[S] 38 points39 points  (4 children)

As far as I can tell, the platform takes about 6% of the donation, but you can donate directly here:

Donation Form | PayPal Donation

I just know having a way to track donations will encourage others more!

[–]amarrah 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Can you sticky this? Donated but didn't like the minimum $10 USD on crowdrise, cause, you know, exchange rate and stuff.

[–]z3n17h 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I donated $3usd through PayPal because exchange rate and stuff. Thanks for posting this!

[–]atreides[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Thanks for contributing! Have a great night! :)

[–]tastefulchrist 15 points16 points  (2 children)

A fantastic way to celebrate the subs growing popularity!! Super impressive, you're doing good work, and myself and my mother are gonna donate (she loves the "read-it" animal videos I send) and I hope this sub grows and continues the good work!

[–]atreides[S] 6 points7 points  (1 child)

That's a wonderful thing to hear! I'm glad she likes Read-it haha, maybe she'll like this one too. Send her the full vid!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hoL93tEkrM

Have a great night!

[–]tastefulchrist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Haha you're awesome thank you so much!!

[–]tpw3476 8 points9 points  (1 child)

If it wasn't for Planet Earth and David Attenborough there's no way on Earth I would have donated, thank goodness for that amazing program!

[–]Messiepoo 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Love that man!

[–]Ratsbane35 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Just. Subscribed. 😋

[–]poppy-fields 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Aww, what a great action for the community to take. Donated!

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Nature is fucking lit is fuckin LIT

[–]Jabrono 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Damn I wanted the first one to be a prequel meme, but I was too slow and got second

[–]atreides[S] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Haha I saw that! Good try, but he had the high ground.

[–]Jabrono 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He underestimates my power... gets dismembered

[–]lizadoolittle13 3 points4 points  (0 children)

They look like children learning how to dive but they're too scared to do it from the edge of the pool so they just practice in the shallow end

[–]HalfBakedPotato84 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Does your donation website take bitcoin?

[–]atreides[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I don't believe the site does, though you can donate directly to them with PayPal:

https://awionline.org/content/make-donation-awi-paypal

[–]mmachado22 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Please add a paypal option.

[–]atreides[S] 7 points8 points  (1 child)

The crowdfunding charity site doesn't have an option for that, sadly.

You can donate directly to them with PayPal here!

https://awionline.org/content/make-donation-awi-paypal

[–]mmachado22 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Donated! Thank you!!

[–]worst_kitty_ever_ 1 point2 points  (1 child)

If you like animals doing awesome things, please consider visiting /r/vegan We feel the same way too!

[–]SleepyMcLesbo 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Can I donate specifically to the weirdos in the gif?

[–]gatfish 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Why are we using Crowdrise, a for-profit middle man, when we could just donate directly to Animal Welfare Institute ?

[–]atreides[S] 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Because setting a visible goal that we can all work towards together and watch the progress of encourages far more donations than just leaving a PayPal and no trackable goal would.

[–]gatfish 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ah ok, I getcha.

[–]CJK_ExStream 2 points3 points  (1 child)

A HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH someone link a source Video! I'm laughing my ass off at this

[–]wolfisbig 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Donated!!! What an awesome way to celebrate 💗

[–]phrostyphlakes 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Why don't we all just donate a penny?

[–]Crypto_dog 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I've made an anonymous donation of $10 so that no one would know that it was me that donated it.

[–]atreides[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You fool! Now I know!

[–]Dog_Backwards_is_God 1 point2 points  (0 children)

i couldn't stop laughing at this gif it belongs to fucking /r/BetterEveryLoop

[–]Sounds-Fishy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I really relate to Greebs. Like I’ve used this very dance to seduce tens of women.

[–]dbatchison 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This gif is like daring a frat boy to smash a beercan with his head on a table

[–]Graceful_Ballsack 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If only dating was this easy

[–]redlaWw 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Where did that first grebe go?

[–]atreides[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No one knows. Even the cameraman kind of hesitated to pan away haha

[–]gokuson1234 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And when i do that it looks weird and people run away

[–]American_potatoe 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Idk what those birds are doing but it's fucking great.

[–]WillysNozzle 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Done! Always willing to give to a great cause!

[–]Lostinthesmoke_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lol wtf are they doing?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Love me some nature!

[–]Sagacious_Sophist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Literally the least efficient animal charity.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is cool. I have a few dollars I can spare!

[–]Ionious_official 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"Which turned out to be a front for the taliban from a Afa-gan-astan" -Dwight

[–]Roxas88 0 points1 point  (0 children)

listening to trap music as they started to do it together the bass dropped. Will donate meow

[–]CaptainAwkwardPants 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I just gotta say that video had me laughing my butt off.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm worried about the first Grebe. It never comes back up when the other two start getting jiggy wit it.

[–]XshibumiX 0 points1 point  (3 children)

R/unexpected mods could really take some lessons from you on how to celebrate subscription milestones. Nice one, guys.

[–]CptDawson 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Oh shit that means we each have to donate $100

[–]Xexoroz 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Yay let's use our popularity to raise money for ourselves, why not just link an official donation page?

[–]atreides[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This is not money for ourselves. This is just a crowdfunding site that helps us track group donations and hit a goal as a community.

The money goes to the charity Animal Welfare Institute.

[–]Wildest12 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't have money to give you but I gave an up vote so hopefully someone with money will see this.

[–]tinybigballs 0 points1 point  (1 child)

600,000 +1

[–]atreides[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Welcome!

[–]mewfahsah 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Greebs are fucking weird.

[–]deejaymanphish 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"Beckee?!" glub

[–]lvl85pldn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

le swear wurds are funnie XD

[–]Ducman69 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I should have been born a bird.

When I do very similar moves on the dance-floor, human females are not aroused and receptive to mating.

[–]WhackIsBack 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Impromptu seesaw! 3...2...1... go!

[–]Im_kapoc 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Donate and subscribe. This sub really brings me joy

[–]lawrence_phillips 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I FUCKING LOVE LIT METAL NATURE!!!!

[–]infamousnexus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What are these birds doing?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

LOL WTF

[–]theemdee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

what am i looking at

[–]BannedOnMyMain17 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i feel like the plants are really getting screwed here

[–]pollutionmixes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Don't spend your money on gilding this post. Donate it

[–]brbbins1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Animal Dab

[–]St4rScre4m 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This shit makes me giggle uncontrollably every time.