My Latest Musings 9 May, 2014

Hello To All My Loyal Readers:

This series of blog postings contains the most recent  Internet articles that interest me as I strive to more fully understand Nature . They are sources for my musings and my research which I am happy to share with you.  If you find any of the articles interesting, I hope that you will offer your comments at the end of the list.

Enjoy

Large Carnivores In A Changing World

 

Is Sustainable Forestry Sustainable ?

 

My Top 10 Heroes. Kim Manley Ort wrote a marvelous blog describing her life heroes. Many of them are mine also.

 

The Magical Forest. A 60 minute BBC video on how everything is connected.

 

One person’s thoughts: “Why I’m Quitting Environmentalism”

 

Balance In Nature. Modern Western  thought versus the indigenous approach to Nature.

 

Starlings At Sunset

Astonishing video clips demonstrate the beautiful and labyrinthine flight-paths of birds, unraveling the intricacy of their aerial choreography. Through simple digital processing techniques, American artist and RI School of Design professor Dennis Hlynsky turns an average recording of flying birds into an enthralling surreal experience. The process ensures that in each “real time” frame a plurality of frames are simultaneously displayed. No time-lapse technique is used. The trails articulate ellipses and circles that oscillate constantly between order and chaos. Many of these traces look like hyper-realistic pencil drawings. The birds create beautiful patterns as they roam the open air and display some seemingly intentional creativity.

 

The Networked Beauty of Forests. A very interesting video.

 

My kind of ecology. Oysters help filter pollution in New York Rivers.

 

Do Trees Communicate With Each Other? A very interesting video on how trees inter-communicate.

 

My focus on connections in Nature includes evolution. This web page is an exciting story about the discovery of an “anatomical mix between fish and a land-living animal.”

 

Supporting native pollinators.

 

The Sixth Extinction

 

The ethics of killing large carnivores. Nowhere in the scientific literature,  is hunting for fun, for the enjoyment of killing, or for the acquisition of trophies defended.

 

Five ways that industrial agriculture is killing the environment

 

Do hunters know best?

It has become the mantra of the hunting industry:  hunter, presumably because they spend time in the field hunting something to kill, know more about how nature and wildlife work than non-hunters.  They chide non-hunters, city slickers, tree huggers, who they say have an unrealistic, “Bambi” understanding of nature, one where bunnies cavort with foxes, in a Disneyland atmosphere.  It is because of this “vast” knowledge that hunters smugly contend that they have the inside track on what is best for wildlife, conveniently this means hunting them!  And so, what they say goes.

 

An excellent video on complex systems

 

While the web site noted here announces a protest rally aimed to change wildlife management practices by the US Government, the most important part of this web page is: The 5 Keys to Reforming Wildlife Management in America. These items make a great deal of sense and, if implemented, will do much to stop the destructive way that government agencies “manage” Nature.

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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