My Musings For 6 June 2014

Hello To All My Loyal Readers:

As promised, I will be emailing you with announcements of my new blogs every other week. On the alternate weeks, I will share the URLs to some articles by others that I found interesting. Here is a list of some recent articles that I’ve read.

Enjoy !!

For each posting I will try to 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.

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Coati of the San Pedro River

In this video Mike Foster takes us to the world of the rare and elusive coati, once know as the coatimundi. He explains the relationship between the habitat where the coati are found and of Mexico and the tropics where the animal can be found in more abundance. He also discusses the relationship between the coati and its animal relatives as well as the confusion associated with the species and subsequent misnomer of the animal. The video contains delightful and impressive footage of coati in their natural habitat and social environment. Beautiful shots of the San Pedro River Riparian Area, its vegetation and animals. Very informative.

 

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A Season of Predators is a feature-length documentary film that explores creative approaches that some in the northern Rocky Mountain states of Idaho and Montana have begun to use to reduce human-predator conflict. The film is set in two rural valleys where expanding predator populations have led to difficult resource challenges.

 

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The famous scientist, E.O.Wilson, talks about biodiversity from his web site.

 

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An open letter to the World Wildlife Fund about their support of sport and trophy hunting.

 

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Alan Crowe, a sawmill owner in Ireland, has provided me with an infographic  about “The Forests of the World” especially given that World Environment Day takes place on June 5th 2014 and our forests are depleting at an alarming rate. All Forests will be lost in 775 Years. There is so much that we can learn from our forests. For example, 90% of the land based animals and plant life in the world live in our forests, 1.6 billion people depend on our forests for their livelihood and one third of the world’s surface is covered in them.

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Oregon State University ecologist Cristina Eisenberg believes that wolves and other large carnivores can continue to recolonize large parts of their historic range with a little help from humans. She also believes that, without our assistance, some of North America’s most magnificent wild creatures could disappear forever. Eisenberg’s new book from Island Press, “The Carnivore Way: Coexisting With and Conserving North America’s Predators,” argues that one of the keys to their survival is the ability to move across the landscape, both to respond to changing environmental conditions and to maintain genetic connections between isolated populations.

 

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From: Henry Beston, The Outermost House: A Year of Life On The Great Beach of Cape Cod

“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”

 

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Montana’s Wolf “conservation” Stamp A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

The details of this wolf stamp proposal demonstrates Montana still has the same unscientific and unethical attitude towards predators as it has always demonstrated. Without a change in its overall philosophy, all this stamp will do is help the the State of Montana perpetuate the same old myths and misinformation about predators that it currently dishes out—only wolf supporters will be helping to fund it.

The article concludes:

"We don’t need more management of wolves and other predators. What we need is to leave them alone. There is simply no reason to “manage” predators. The science is clear on this—they have many ecological benefits to ecosystems. The idea that we should manage predators is a throwback to the early days of wildlife management—it’s time for the State of Montana and other wildlife agencies to enter the 21st Century and start treating predators as a valued member of the ecological community instead of a “problem” that needs to be solved—usually by killing them."

 

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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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