My musings for 29 June, 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.

For each posting I offer one of many videos created by Mike Foster. Mike is a wonderfully talented Nature videographer who has produced many very informative Nature videos about the San Pedro River and places in Mexico.

The Largest Cactus In The World

This video is an introduction to the largest of five major Sonoran Desert columnar cacti. The saguaro, cardon, organ pipe, senita and hecho are each reviewed. Flowers and fruit of each cactus are shown and a few interesting facts are given about each one. Later the difference between the saguaro and the cardon are clearly defined.

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A new language for ecology

It’s hard to imagine a more pervasive idea in modern science than interdependence, a key concept for understanding all kinds of systems—especially living ones, such as an ecosystem. Diverse entities interact in multiple, simultaneous ways: Think of all critters in a biome doing their own unique things, to each and all. It’s somewhat analogous to wild, sustained, multivoiced sounds of many differently tuned orchestras performing and influencing each other at once. In music that’s called “polystylism.” But in attempting to define how things work in an ecosystem, scientific language tends to focus on a single entity and follow it through a sequence, losing the essence of interdependence along the way.

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How to protect an American wildlife legacy

A new paper shows that while science plays a critical role in informing conservation action, scientists must move beyond the realm of their expertise into less familiar areas like public relations, education, and even politics, to ultimately meet America’s conservation goals.

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Moose moms abandon research calves, threatening Minnesota study

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Wildlife Services Kills Millions of Animals Every Year, Some are Even Endangered

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The Last Coyote. This essay will offend the hunters among us who kill for fun…er.."sport."

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How Environmentalists and Skeptics Misrepresent the Science on Polar Bears

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Many people are saying that it is time to completely reform wildlife management in the United States. 

Event organizers for Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014 have developed the following five keys to reforming wildlife management in America:

* Ban trapping/snaring on all federal public lands.

* End grazing on all federal public lands.

* Abolish the predator-control department of the USDA Wildlife Services.

* Reform how state fish and game agencies operate.

* Introduce legislation to protect all predators, including wolves, from sport hunting, trapping, and snaring.

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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.

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