Earth’s Web of Life

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Blog Post, Natures Connections | 4 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...

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In Praise Of Prairies

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Blog Post, Environmental Education, Natures Connections | 7 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, Natures Connections | 0 comments

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, Natures Connections | 7 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.   While this picture is true, it is incomplete. The fact is that Nature undergoes many changes all by herself without the hand of man.  For Nature, change is a...

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Visualizing Biodiversity

Posted by on Feb 27, 2016 in Blog Post, Natures Connections | 3 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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Conserving Nature’s Relationships

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in Blog Post, Natures Connections | 2 comments

Conserving Nature’s Relationships

I was recently privileged to present a webinar at the National Biodiversity Teach-In . My presentation focused on conserving connections in Nature . This amazing five day event is a collection of talks given by about 40 speakers on subjects that relate to biodiversity. The “teach-in” is produced each year by teachers and students at Elgin High School in Elgin Illinois. The goal is to “raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity and inspire our participants to take action in its protection.” I have produced...

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Interconnected With Nature Is Your Legacy

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Blog Post, Natures Connections | 2 comments

Interconnected With Nature Is Your Legacy

As I write this blog post, I am sitting in a beautiful forest in the Chiricahua Mountains in Southeastern Arizona. The sun is beaming through the trees. Its light gives energy and life to everything around me, including myself. The gentle wind that rustles through the pine and oak forest reminds me of the gift of invisible energy that our sun has provided to our Earth. Everything around me is interconnected and is transformed. The air that I breathe is a vital part of my link to the forest. Branches and leaves reach into the atmosphere to...

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