Stewart Udall – an environmental hero

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Blog Post, Conservation Issues, Environmental Education, Favorite | 0 comments

Stewart Udall – an environmental hero

The earth needs your devotion and tender care   Recently, I spent some time visiting Canyonlands National Park in Utah.  I was particularly moved by the magnificent vista that surrounded and included the convergence of the Colorado River and the Green River. “Awesome” is an understatement. Later, I was deeply inspired by the story on a plaque that described the vision of the newly appointed Secretary of the Interior,  Stewart Udall’s vision for this new park.  On a flight over this area in the early 1960s, then Bureau of...

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The Web of Life – A Resource List

Posted by on Dec 23, 2017 in Blog Post, web_resources | 1 comment

The Web of Life – A Resource List

Explore extensive Internet resource lists for 22 subjects about Nature and Her interdependent web of life .     The lists are categorized by topic. These lists will be useful to environmental educators, students, and anyone who wishes to do further research on the material provided in this web site. To go to an individual resource list, simply click on its title in the list provided below. You can also view the list by clicking on the “Online Resource Lists” menu item on the main menu for this web site. To return to this list from...

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Earth’s Web of Life

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Blog Post, Favorite, Natures Connections | 8 comments

Earth’s Web of Life

If you have been a regular reader of my blog site, you may have noticed a recent subtle change. You now rarely see the words “Connections in Nature”. Increasingly, I use the the expression “Web of Life” to portray what this web site is all about. In truth, I have struggled to find a good way to describe the interconnectedness of Nature in my writing. For me the term “Connections in Nature” has always seemed too technical and vague. It doesn’t tell me much of anything unless I accompany these words...

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Humans Killing Animals Alters The Flow Of Nature’s Energy

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Blog Post, Natures Connections | 1 comment

Humans Killing Animals Alters The Flow Of Nature’s Energy

“Land, then, is not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals. … The circuit is not closed; some energy is dissipated in decay, some is added by absorption from the air, some is stored in soils, peats, and long-lived forests; but it is a sustained circuit, like a slowly augmented revolving fund of life. … When a change occurs in one part of the circuit, many other parts must adjust themselves to it. Change does not necessarily obstruct or divert the flow of energy;...

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Powerful Voices In The Midst Of Ecological Instability

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Blog Post, Natures Connections | 0 comments

Powerful Voices In The Midst Of Ecological Instability

I wish to share with you the wisdom of three people who will inspire you and help you think about the impact of an interconnected Nature on your life and the lives of all other human beings. I have mentioned each of these people separately in other posts. But, their messages have much more power when presented as a whole.   Rachel Carson was an early pioneer in advancing the idea that everything in Nature is interconnected. In her 1962 book, Silent Spring, she sounded a warning siren that was heard around the world.   Two influential men...

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In Praise Of Prairies

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Blog Post, Environmental Education, Natures Connections | 9 comments

In Praise Of Prairies

Each summer, I take a break from a structured life and roam in Nature throughout the United States. I have a special fondness for visiting tall-grass prairies where vast expanses of grasslands speak to me in the soft voice of moving grasses, gentle winds, and the sounds of birds. It is here that I experience a profound solitude and a deep connection with Nature. The prairie is also where I experience what has been lost and what is being lost. This blog is a meditation on what tall-grass prairies once were. It is also a lament on what prairies...

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Nature’s Resilience Deals With Change

Posted by on Mar 6, 2016 in Blog Post, Favorite, Natures Connections | 1 comment

Nature’s Resilience Deals With Change

In a recent post , I emphasized the idea that Nature is dynamic and changing even when humans are not impacting the environment. But yet, we see humans see resilience where Nature’s changes appear to be pretty stable and predictable. The sun rises and sets every day. The four seasons of the year each have generally predictable climates. The forests, meadows, and lakes that we visit appear to be pretty much the same from year to year. And so on. There seems to be an inconsistency between what science tells us about changes in Nature and...

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Change Is Normal In Nature

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Blog Post, Conservation Issues, Favorite, Natures Connections | 9 comments

Change Is Normal In Nature

My two previous posts, Visualizing Connections In Nature and The Architecture of Biodiversity, described Nature as a highly interconnected network of life where the energy that is necessary to live is passed from one organism to the next. These networks, called food webs, imply an equilibrium that could be disturbed by change resulting from mankind’s uninformed interference. Nature can change all by herself without the hand of man. While this picture is true, it is incomplete. The fact is that Nature undergoes many changes all by...

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Visualizing Biodiversity

Posted by on Feb 27, 2016 in Blog Post, Natures Connections | 4 comments

Visualizing Biodiversity

It bears repeating that the central theme of this blog site is that nothing in Nature exists in isolation. Everything is connected !!! Without interrelationships, the driving force of Nature, which is energy, would not flow. There would be no life. This is why visualizing biodiversity is so important. This breathtaking picture portrays important interrelationships within Nature. The image portrays where I live in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico near Guaymas and about 250 miles south of Tucson Arizona. It is a picture of two highly interconnected...

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Food Webs Portray Nature’s Energy Flow

Posted by on Feb 13, 2016 in Blog Post, Natures Connections | 3 comments

Food Webs Portray Nature’s Energy Flow

You might be curious what connections in Nature actually looks like. Through the use of food webs, I hope that this blog post will give you that picture. The main theme of this web site can be summarized with these three statements: Everything in Nature in interconnected. Connections in Nature are the conduits for energy flow within Nature. Good conservation focuses on the identification, the understanding, and the preservation of connections in Nature Energy is the fuel of life. From the smallest cells in our bodies to huge elephant herds,...

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