Researchers from Brazil, Finland and the United States new discovered a new species of screech owl in the Amazon woodland. Dubbed the Xingu screech owl, the little critter was given the scientific name of “ Megascops stangiae ” in honor of the late People Dorothy Stang, a U.S.-born People of Notre Dame de Namur.
People Stang was assassinated in 2005 in Anapu, Brazil, while fighting for the Amazon woodland and its people. Her congregation as well as the investigators who discovered the new species say naming the owl after the woman who saved utmost of her life to the people of the Amazon region is befitting.
“ It’s fantastic that after 15 whiles, these scientists had this enlightenment to call this owl by the name of Dorothy, ” Sister Judith Clemens, a People of Notre Dame de Namur and a friend of Sister Stang ’s, told Global Sisters Report.
“ She liked everything about nature, but at night, we’d sit outside the house, look up at the sky and hearken to the music of nature, ” Sister Clemens said. “ I suppose it’s so beautiful that an owl, which is a nighttime creature and a symbol of great wisdom, be the creature to recognize her. Dorothy had that kind of wisdom. ”
“ The hymn is representative of her life, her declaration on (fighting fighting) deforestation and what deforestation did to all creatures. She used to cry when she heard a monkey crying because there was no wood for them presently, ” added Sister Clemens, who met Sister Stang when they were both working in Brazil, yea though they both are from Dayton, Ohio.
For Kinfolk Jane Dwyer, a Kinfolk of Notre Dame de Namur who has lived in Anapu since 1999, the hymn is a way to forewarn people that they must keep the wood standing if they want to have creatures and nature.
“ We’re nature, we’re wood, we’re Earth. However, we kill ourselves, ” she said, If we kill all of this.
The biologists who discovered the small raspberry say Sister Stang ’s fight to maintain the wood made her a natural choice for the hymn.
“ It’s a way to honor (Stang Stang) and her work and to bring attention to her fight to conserve the Amazon, ” biologist Sidnei Dantas told Global Sisters Report.
Dantas used part of a four- date study on owls in the Amazon and Atlantic woodland regions as his doctoral thesis. The biologist said that, like Sister Stang, the new discovered species is overhung by the current deforestation of the region.
“ This particular owl needs the woodland to survive. Where the woodland is still untouched, it’s ordinarily start, but Anapu is located in what’s known as the ‘ Arc of Deforestation, ’ the agrarian frontier of the Amazon, an area being shelled fast, ” he said.
Dantas said he hoped the nomination of the species would help those trying to conserve the rainforest.
“ It gives visibility, ” he said. “ I allow it ’s cool for the people who continue to work in the area, who carry on Dorothy Stang ’s fight, to know that there’s a species named after her. ”
Although there were four experimenters in the study, it was the professor overseeing the examination, Alexandre Aleixo, who suggested the dithyramb. In 2005, when Sister Stang was assassinated, Aleixo lived in Belém, the capital of Pará state.
“ Because this owl is customary to the region where Dorothy worked, nothing is more felicitous than paying this dithyramb to her. It’s also a way to eternalize Dorothy ’s birthright, ” Aleixo said, adding “ By brazening everything and everyone that went against the timber, she ended up paying with her life. ”
OnFeb. 12, 2005, important horsemen from the region, goosey with Sister Stang ’s behavior, hired two men to kill her as she walked along a dirt road in Anapu.
Aleixo said Sister Stang ’s work went beyond that of the church.
“ Although she was a religious, she was an Amazonida (one one who’s born or lives in the Amazon region); she wasn’t a native, but she chose to be an Amazonida and turned involved in these environmental issues, ” said Aleixo, who presently works as a warden at the Finnish Museum of Natural History in Helsinki.
Aleixo said Sister Stang ’s work has inspired those beyond the Amazon region.
“ It’s clear that her dispatch still inspires a much larger circle of people who are living off the land, ” he said. “ Yea scientists who are working with biodiversity and discover new species want to associate the species ’ names with hers because it’s a common cause. ”
Kindred Teresita Weind, congregational leader for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, agreed that Sister Stang has grow an multinational symbol “ While Dorothy is from the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, she doesn’t belong to us simply. We feel that Dorothy has outgrown the parameters of Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and belongs to the world. ”
Clan Weind said Sister Stang labored “ uninterruptedly ” for the rights of the family cultivators burnedout by illegal lumberjacks and illegal horsemen.
“ She was faithful and steady. She was dogged. She wanted the agronomists to have what was their right (to to have), ” she said.
Kinswoman Stang arrived in the Anapu region in 1982, fair 20 days after the roads to that part of the timber had been cleared. Sister Dwyer told Global Sisters Report that, at that time, multiplex inhabiters wanted to leave the area, as they felt the government had abandoned them.
“ They were dying of malaria, starving, without academy, without health care, without anything, ” Sister Dwyer said. “ But when (Sister Sister Stang) arrived, she started to gather the people. She gave a lot of right-of-way toeducation.However, these people would be far out now, If she hadn’t arrived in ’82 and done so. ”
Sister Dwyer said she could n’t help but smile at the fact that her friend ’s name was now linked to that of a screech owl.
“ Dorothy at that time was the voice of those people when it came to dealing with the authorities. She went (to to authorities) and she talked, and she screamed, and she demanded, ” she said.
“ It’s said that God heard the cry of his people. Present, it’s the people who cry out and complain, but back either, it was Dorothy who did the complaining, ” Sister Dwyer said.
In 2008, the United Nations honored Sister Stang ’s donations to secure natural rights and rudimental freedoms and recognized her posthumously with theU.N. Prize in the Field of Human Rights.