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Great Conservation Stories

Great Conservation Stories

 There are many silent conservation heroes who are making a difference   In between the government endorsed wolf killings and the negative environmental impact of off-road ATVs, there are many silent conservation heroes who are making a difference and setting examples for the rest of us.   As I do research for my blog posts, it is becoming increasingly clear to me that all is not gloom and doom in the world of conservation....

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Nature’s Relationships : Fractals and Forests

Nature’s Relationships : Fractals and Forests

“Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite ‘em, And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum. And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on; While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on.”                                                                 — Jonathan Swift:  1733 David George Haskell, in his book entitled “The Songs of Trees: Stories from...

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Nature Changes On Her Own Terms

Nature Changes On Her Own Terms

  Within Nature There Is Always Change. Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. Life on earth is interconnected and interdependent because each plant and animal requires life’s energy flow that comes from the sun or other plants and animals. This fundamental truth about Nature is ignored by many humans who believe that mankind, and his technology, can control Nature. Much of modern conservation science implies that mankind can...

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Nature Is A Self Organizing Living System

Nature Is A Self Organizing Living System

  “If we could surrender to Earth’s intelligence, we would rise up rooted—like trees.” ~ Rilke Nature is capable of organizing herself.   As a biologist, nature essayist, and eco-traveler,  I am often depressed and confused over the negative human impact on our Earth. Even though we are a seemingly intelligent race, we are determined to destroy the very environment that sustains human life.  Anyone who can do basic...

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Building A Border Wall Is An Act Of Ecological Sabotage

Building A Border Wall Is An Act Of Ecological Sabotage

It is beyond my comprehension that any responsible nation on our planet would commit an act of ecological sabotage. But yet, it is taking place at the US/Mexico border where the American people and their leaders, out of blind disrespect and hatred for another human culture, are killing off a piece of Nature that knows no borders. The very existence of a border wall blocks Nature’s energy flow as essential animal migration corridors...

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Superorganisms – Nature’s Connectivity In Action

Superorganisms – Nature’s Connectivity In Action

“We’re beginning to get some revolutionary new ideas about how social behavior originated, and also how to construct a superorganism. If we can define a set of assembly rules for superorganisms then we have a model system for how to construct an organism. How do you put an ant colony together? You start with a queen ant, which digs a hole in the ground, starts laying eggs, and goes through a series of operations that raise the...

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