My Lastest Musings on 28 November 2014

Hello To All My Loyal Readers:

On alternate weeks, I share the URLs to some articles by others that I have found interesting. Here is a list of some recent articles that I’ve read.

I hope that you will offer your comments at the end of this list.

 

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A fully grown python swallows a whole deer. I love BBC Nature videos with David Attenborough. The photography is amazing in this video.The extraordinary sequence demonstrates the active lives of cold blooded animals. Presented by BBC Earth’s natural history masterpiece, Life in Cold Blood.

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Another great Nature video (PBS). This one is shows how groups of humpback whales feed on herring using a bubble net and coordinated behavior. This is a living demonstration of the high intelligence of these whales. It sets aside the idea that we humans are the only creatures with decision making intelligence skills.

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Mother Nature Is Speaking. A new series of videos narrated by Julia Roberts, Robert Redford, Penélope Cruz, and other actors as they provide first person perspectives of Nature as they proclaim that  Nature doesn’t need people, but people need Nature. . Really great !!!!

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It appears that prey in the wild are not only affected by predators who eat them, but by the fear of being eaten. There is growing scientific insight that ecosystems are defined not only by predators eating prey, but by the behavior of the prey as they exhibit fear.

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Here is another success story about non-lethal predator control where a rancher learns how to live with wolves.With his new approach, there have been “no known losses of cattle to wolves”. Facts rather than fear mongering. I hope there will be a day when the huge political will of the cattle industry is directed toward predator coexistence rather than fear mongering and the killing of an important top predator.

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I am fascinated by the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly which requires three generations to migrate each year. Add to this the intimate dependency on the milkweed plant. Here is a recent article that describes that life cycle and the recent huge decline in the Monarch Butterfly population.

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I love fractal art because it mimics all of Nature. I thought I’d share this with you:

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Organisms below-ground could hold the key to understanding how the worlds ecosystems function. Below-ground communities also play a major role in shaping plant biodiversity ways that plants respond to environmental change.

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An interesting story about the skin of Southern Right Whales being attacked by Sea Gulls.

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Pope Francis: We Are ‘Stewards, Not Masters’ of the Earth

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I’m a big fan of Dr. David Suzuki whose gift with the pen and his expertise as a speaker have made him one of our most revered environmental advocates. He backs up his statements with scientific fact. Here is his article entitled: People’s Consumptive Demands Undermine Planet’s Life-Support Systems

My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.

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