Here are my recent musings on patterns and connections In Nature.
This series of blog postings contains the most recent Internet articles that interest me. 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.
Please take the time to listen to this powerful video about who you are.
A growing debate has serious consequences for our collective relationship to Nature. Beginning perhaps twenty years ago, a number of academics in disciplines such as history, anthropology, and geography, began to question whether there was any tangible wilderness or wild lands left on Earth. These academics, and others, have argued that humans have so completely modified the Earth, we should give up on the notion that there is anyplace wild and instead recognize that we have already domesticated, in one fashion or another, the entire planet for human benefit.
Although the means in which these animals are killed and why they’re killed varies, one constant remains: their lives end for personal enjoyment or profit. Sport hunting is, at best, a friendly name given to an inhumane act in an attempt to make it seem socially acceptable and fair.
US researchers hope more assertive, foreign dog breeds can protect livestock from wolves and bears
Sounds in Nature are actually connections on Nature because sound is a way for wildlife to communicate with each other. This PBS NOVA video talks about the growing field soundscape ecology which is a growing field of research that uses sound to track how ecosystems change over time. Bryan Pijanowski and Matt Harris work with a team of researchers to collect hours of sound at locations from the Alaskan tundra to a rainforest in Borneo. By analyzing the recordings they can reveal changes in each ecosystem that we might not otherwise be able to see.
Another interesting article on soundscape ecology entitled: “When Birds Squawk, Other Species Seem to Listen”
The pro and anti wolf people are now beginning to meet with a skilled facilitator in the State of Washington. This is good news because gradually we may be moving away from the “shoot on sight” mentality and toward an earnest effort toward non-lethal solutions.
It’s been called The Big Empty – an immense sea of sagebrush that once stretched 500,000 square miles across North America. Yet it’s far from empty, as those who look closely will discover. In this ecosystem anchored by the sage, eagles and antelope, badgers and lizards, rabbits, wrens, owls, prairie dogs, songbirds, hawks and migrating birds of all description make their homes. Take time to view this really great 53 minute PBS video.
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.