My musings on 9 June 2015

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.

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A great 53 minute PBS video which talk about how some animal species congregate in huge groups. Icelandic puffins form colonies of more than a million, which provides shared information about food sources and reduces the odds of being attacked. Social spiders in Ecuador gather by the thousands to capture large prey. Leaf cutter ants in Costa Rica build enormous acre-wide cities to house multimillion-citizen colonies

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Yellowstone wolves need help from beavers.

A new study says that Yellowstone’s wolves probably can’t turn back the ecological clock completely—at least not without help from a less glamorous animal: the beaver.

 

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Complexity theory tutorial . Complexity science is descriptive of ecosystems and how they operate. Complexity science shows the limits of human conservation projects as well as the reality that we cannot predict or control Nature despite our arrogant thinking that we can.

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Conservation hunting: Boon to wildlife or unjustifiable sport?

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Fantastic fungi photos offer glimpse into nature’s mysteries and how things are connected.

 

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Plankton are responsible for 50% of earth’s oxygen. They are an essential part of the food chain.

 

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A Pollinator Health Task Force, formed at President Obama’s request and including government agencies from the Federal Highway Association to Fish and Wildlife as well as non-governmental partners, released a plan to protect pollinator habitat and curb pollution from pesticides. The “National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators” calls for research into why pollinator populations are declining, public education, increasing and improving habitat, and forming public-private partnerships to execute these goals. But the plan also mandates some interesting infrastructure plans.

 

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USDA’s Wildlife Services killed 4 million animals in 2013 . The US government’s incredibly stupid solution to conservation.

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.

One Response to “My musings on 9 June 2015”

  1. Annette Felix says:

    Thanks for the plankton link!!! Our dive club does educational outreach and one of the activities is phytoplankton. Amazing plants!

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