My Latest Musings 0n 1 November 2014

Hello To All My Loyal Readers:

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

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The Ups and Downs of Wildlife

The abundance of prey species can be divided into “top-down” and “bottom-up” processes. In the former, predators directly affect the abundance of prey. In bottom up processes, prey abundance is controlled by available resources. Separating top-down from bottom-up systems is no easy feat. As a result, it is not always appropriate to attribute prey abundance to their predators.

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The isolating effects of human development are causing a sharp decline in genetic diversity among mountain lions in Southern California

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A Forest Year is a wonderful video was made from 40,000 still images taken from a front window over 15 months, and were blended into the film.

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The video, Return of the Cicada, portrays an amazing 17 year strategy of life. Produced by a very gifted videographer.

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We human tend to minimize the intelligence of animals. Recent studies have found that crocodiles and their relatives are highly intelligent animals capable of sophisticated behavior such as advanced parental care, complex communication and use of tools for hunting. New research shows just how sophisticated their hunting techniques can be.

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Animal behavior isn’t complicated, but it is complex. This TED talk by Nicolas Perony studies how individual animals — be they Scottish Terriers, bats or meerkats — follow simple rules that, collectively, create larger patterns of behavior. And how this complexity born of simplicity can help them adapt to new circumstances, as they arise.

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Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust conserves a ranch for agriculture & Sage Grouse by establishing conservation easements. This process is described in three short videos:

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Why the Passenger Pigeon Went Extinct

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Gardening the forest. You can’t manage a forest with chainsaws or by culling wildlife. The US Forest service, and other government agencies, are wrong. They don’t understand how ecosystems work.

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The Netherlands has 600 bridges to help animals get across highways safely!

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Down by the River

A riverbank restoration revives a desert city

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Bernie Kraus’ talk on TED about Nature’s sounds

He has been recording wild soundscapes — the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds, the subtle sounds of insect larvae — for 45 years. In that time, he has seen many environments radically altered by humans, sometimes even by practices thought to be environmentally safe. A surprising look at what we can learn through nature’s symphonies, from the grunting of a sea anemone to the sad calls of a beaver in mourning.

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Union is strength

Videos on the power of self organizing systems in Nature.

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Connected – A film for change

Connected asks questions about what kind of future we all want to see. Filmed on a journey across Europe, the film seeks to connect with others to discuss key issues that affect us all on a global scale.

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Trees and plants communicate and interact with each other. Sophisticated, underground, fungal networks  connect the trees and plants of an ecosystem. This symbiosis enables the purposeful sharing of resources, consequently helping the whole system of trees and plants to flourish.

“Mother Trees” Use Fungal Communication Systems to Preserve Forests

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Fantastic Fungi: The Forbidden Fruit 

Fantastic Fungi Blog Site

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The Standing People. An incredible conversation about trees between the videographer and a Cherokee elder

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Reversing the course on Beavers

Once routinely trapped and shot as varmints, their dams obliterated by dynamite and bulldozers, beavers are getting new respect these days. Across the West, they are being welcomed into the landscape as a defense against the withering effects of a warmer and drier climate.

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The New Farmers

Meet the youthful future of American agriculture. A hopeful solution for a new ecology.

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Monarchs & Milkweed – Yosemite Nature Notes

I am planning a blog post on the incredible Monarch Butterfly migration. In this very well done National Park Service video, take a microcosmic safari through a field of milkweed and discover a whole world of life, from bees to wasps to hummingbirds to butterflies. The charismatic Monarch butterfly is completely dependent on milkweed for its survival, and places like Yosemite National Park offer protection for this often overlooked plant.

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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.

2 Responses to “My Latest Musings 0n 1 November 2014”

  1. Bill,

    I’m glad that you found my short film “The Standing People” worthy of your site.

    The film was for a challenge with the theme “Trees.”

    I’ve always been fascinated why we so easily destroy nature yet we name so many of our suburban lives names that have something to do with nature.

    When I read about the Cherokee believing that the trees were the spirits of their ancestors and they called them the standing people, I knew I had to do something with that in my film.

    I am grateful to Ed Warrior Bear for trusting in me that I would do his beliefs honor and tell the story honestly.

    Thanks again for posting a link to my film! I really appreciate it!!

    `Kevin

    • Hi Kevin:

      Thanks for your reply. And thanks for bringing “Standing People” into the world. I strongly believe that Native American wisdom carries an important message to all of humanity and is a vital part of our hopeful recovery from the horrible effects of the Anthropocene. I love your web site at http://filmmakingnaturally.com/ .

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