Wildlife Issues : A Web Resource List

Wildlife Issues : A Web Resource List

 

Safe Passages, or How Did The Grizzly Bear Cross The Road?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cristina-eisenberg/safe-passages-or-how-did-grizzly-bear_b_6787160.html

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Why wild animals need wildlife corridors

http://www.mnn.com/leaderboard/blogs/why-wild-animals-need-wildlife-corridors

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280 acres bought for Highway 17 mountain lion tunnel

http://www.ksbw.com/news/central-california/santa-cruz/280-acres-bought-for-highway-17-mountain-lion-tunnel/30379012

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Moose moms abandon research calves, threatening Minnesota study

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_25908863/moose-moms-abandon-research-calves-threatening-minnesota-study?source=email

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The Ups and Downs of Wildlife

http://northernwoodlands.org/outside_story/article/the-ups-and-downs-of-wildlife

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Puma isolation

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/14/science/a-threat-is-seen-in-pumas-isolation.html

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USDA’s Wildlife Services killed 4 million animals in 2013

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/governments-kill-of-4-million-animals-seen-as-anoverstep/2014/06/06/1de0c550-ecc4-11e3-b98c-72cef4a00499_story.html

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Smarter than a first-grader? Crows can perform as well as 7- to 10-year-olds on cause-and-effect water displacement tasks

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140723180824.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fplants_animals+%28Plants+%26+Animals+News+–+ScienceDaily%29

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6 Terrifying Ways Crows Are Way Smarter Than You Think

http://www.cracked.com/article_19042_6-terrifying-ways-crows-are-way-smarter-than-you-think.html

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Wild bison to be reintroduced to swathes of American West for first time since end of 19th century

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2713149/Wild-bison-reintroduced-swathes-American-West-time-end-19th-century.html

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Frans Lanting’s short TED talk on giving voice to the animal kingdom

http://www.ted.com/talks/frans_lanting_photos_that_give_voice_to_the_animal_kingdom?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2014-10-31&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=top_right_button

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Another story about connections in Nature.. Where beaver lead, the moose will follow.
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Whale Song Patterns Explained. Humpbacks synchronize their music across oceans. A fascinating look at a famous pattern in Nature.
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Reversing the course on Beavers
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Monarchs & Milkweed – Yosemite Nature Notes – Episode 24
Take a microcosmic safari through a field of milkweed and discover a whole world of life, from bees to wasps to hummingbirds to butterflies. The charismatic Monarch butterfly is completely dependent on milkweed for its survival, and places like Yosemite National Park offer protection for this often overlooked plant.
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Obedient killer whales doing heroic leaps and splashing patrons with cold tank water are a cash cow for SeaWorld. The spectacle is such a crowd-pleaser that there seems little reason to imagine that these majestic mammals—who appear to bask in the glow of their own performance—are so distressed that they’d attack humans. All that changed in 2010, when a 12,000-pound killer whale named Tilikum dragged his trainer by her hair and drowned her in front of an Orlando audience. The 2013 documentary, “Blackfish”, makes the case that Tilikum attacked Brancheau because of mounting frustration induced by captivity. David Kirby, the author of “Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity,” believes that “Blackfish’s” interpretation of Brancheau’s death is right on the mark. See http://james-mcwilliams.com/?p=4848
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No Crap: Missing Megapoop Starves Earth
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Migration Takes Guts. 
” …strong flight muscles and an innate knowledge of what route to take are crucial, but it also takes a digestive system that is highly flexible and adaptable to different conditions and activities.”
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Beaver dams control nitrogen flow in northeastern rivers
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Being Caribou. In this inspiring video, husband and wife team Karsten Heuer (wildlife biologist) and Leanne Allison (environmentalist) follow a herd of 120,000 caribou on foot across 1500 km of Arctic tundra. In following the herd’s migration, the couple hopes to raise awareness of the threats to the caribou’s survival. Along the way they brave Arctic weather, icy rivers, hordes of mosquitoes and a very hungry grizzly bear.
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A beautifully done eco-video by Kevin Railsback – The River 
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A New Way to Save the Bees: Have Them Deliver Natural Pesticides to Crops
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A video showing while whale poop is an important part of our ocean ecology. As this BBC notes: “We thought that they were our competitors because they consumed the same fish that we relied on. Now we know they are our allies by recycling nutrients, helping sustain our ocean’s precious plant life. “
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It appears that prey in the wild are not only affected by predators who eat them, but by the fear of being eaten. There is growing scientific insight that ecosystems are defined not only by predators eating prey, but by the behavior of the prey as they exhibit fear.
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An interesting story about the skin of Southern Right Whales being attacked by Sea Gulls.
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David Suzuki: How to Save the Monarch Butterfly
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Now That Yellowstone Killed Blaze Bear, What About Her Cubs?
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Do Killer Grizzlies Deserve Death?
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What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
Yellowstone grizzly bears face the two greatest threats to their survival in our lifetime: global warming and the U.S. government. Between them they could wipe the bears out. A great article by Doug Peacock.
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Some Good News: Canada’s Porcupine Caribou Herd Is Thriving:
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Sea Turtles

Home video from a November 2007 hatching near San Carlos, Guaymas, Sonora, Mexici

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAYnJdOVOTQ

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Video of PROFEPA (Mexican Federal Environmental Agency) releasing hatchings –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW5Pl6IeyJc

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Video of Olive Ridley hatching

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGoayx3Hvo4

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Video – Tortugueros México – A great video of many Olive Ridley turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HStm4b1vMog

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Information from NOAA Fisheries on Olive Ridley turtles

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/turtles/oliveridley.html

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Here is a blog post that I wrote about ATV traffic on San Francisco beach  (San Carlos, Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico) while Olive Ridley turtles are hatching. A group of volunteers have been active in trying to stop the ATVs.

http://www.freshvista.com/2013/patterns-in-nature-turtles-and-atvs/

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A video of a turtle being released from a long line trawler-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfVvptXaZpc

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A video of a huge number of turtles arriving and laying eggs on the beaches near Oaxaca

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqU49eBZbS0

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Flying over thousands of turtles at the beaches of Oaxaca

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY29SNy0Y9Y

 

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Climate Change : A Web Resource List

Climate Change : A Web Resource List

 

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What people get wrong about climate change

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbjKcHPmxKQ

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Surreal Spring: The Cognitive Dissonance Of Our Climate Emergency
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Old People Don’t Care About Climate Change (a bit of sarcastic humor)
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Why Do I Write These Essays?

Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. The movement of life’s energy, which originates in the sun, takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself, or a natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are prepared to protect Nature’s environment that sustains you. And, you create your legacy by encouraging others to do likewise.

 

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Predators : A Web Resource List

Predators : A Web Resource List

 

Wolf Reintroduction Changes Ecosystem

https://www.yellowstonepark.com/things-to-do/wolf-reintroduction-changes-ecosystem

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Wolves and the Ecology of Fear: Can Predation Risk Structure Ecosystems?

http://www.cof.orst.edu/leopold/papers/04_August_Article_Ripple.pdf

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Basic Facts About the Gray Wolf

http://www.defenders.org/gray-wolf/basic-facts

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Restoration or Destruction? : The Controversy Over Wolf Reintroduction

http://www.jyi.org/issue/restoration-or-destruction-the-controversy-over-wolf-reintroduction/

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Research from the National Science Foundation reveals that the Yellowstone ecosystem needs beavers as well as wolves and elk. Restoring the wolf population isn’t enough to reverse the extensive changes caused by their long absence. Everything is interconnected and all of the connections need to be restored. An understanding of how species interactions cascade through food webs is essential if we are to restore ecosystem resilience. Take a look at these two URLs

http://nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=126853&org=NSF

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The Wolf Credo

Respect the elders

Teach the young

Cooperate with the pack

Play when you can

Hunt when you must

Rest in between

Share your affections

Voice your feelings

Leave your mark

http://www.videosmotivational.com/best-clips/happiness-videos/what-wisdom-can-a-pack-of-wolves-teach-you/

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A really great video on how a few wolves restored both an ecosystem and its geography.

http://bit.ly/1czsnsI

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Earth is less fertile without the poo of large predators

Whales alone once moved 750 million pounds of phosphorus from the ocean depths to the surface.

http://bit.ly/1NOO1xD

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Here is a story of how wolves can change rivers. It illustrates beautifully how one input into a living ecosystem can alter all other elements involved. This is very similar to how systemic constellations work, where a fresh input into a human system can create a renewed balance for all members who belong.

http://www.thecsc.net/the-intricate-connections-in-nature/

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While many people are calling for relisting of gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act, others are saying that it is time to completely reform wildlife management in the United States. Event organizers for Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014 have developed the following five keys to reforming wildlife management in America:

* Ban trapping/snaring on all federal public lands.

* End grazing on all federal public lands.

* Abolish the predator-control department of the USDA Wildlife Services.

* Reform how state fish and game agencies operate.

* Introduce legislation to protect all predators, including wolves, from sport hunting, trapping, and snaring.

http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/06/rally-yellowstone-national-park-aims-boost-public-support-wolves-wild25168

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The ethics of killing large carnivores. Nowhere in the scientific literature,  is hunting for fun, for the enjoyment of killing, or for the acquisition of trophies defended.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-genovali/the-ethics-of-killing-lar_b_598640.html?utm_hp_ref=email_share

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Wolves killing wolves is their No. 1 cause of death in Yellowstone and MacNulty said the research showed that adult survival rates dropped below 70 percent if there were greater than 65 wolves per 1,000 square kilometers. These key observations in wolf infanticide may provide helpful lessons for management of wolf populations because of the insights they deliver, he said.

“For those concerned about wolf populations, even when you have super abundant prey like in Yellowstone, there are limits to wolf population growth. There is an intrinsic limit to the number of wolves that occupy a given space,” MacNulty said, adding that because rival packs will attack and kill rival wolf pups, their numbers are self-limiting.

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=29873051#IqYOmE2qOFDxQjsQ.03

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Large Carnivores In A Changing World

http://westernwildlife.org/large-carnivores-in-a-changing-world/

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Oregon State University ecologist Cristina Eisenberg believes that wolves and other large carnivores can continue to recolonize large parts of their historic range with a little help from humans. She also believes that, without our assistance, some of North America’s most magnificent wild creatures could disappear forever. Eisenberg’s new book from Island Press, “The Carnivore Way: Coexisting With and Conserving North America’s Predators,” argues that one of the keys to their survival is the ability to move across the landscape, both to respond to changing environmental conditions and to maintain genetic connections between isolated populations.

http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/making-room-for-predators/article_2fa62a96-e774-11e3-a7e4-0019bb2963f4.html

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A cougar that did not need to be killed. “Recent research in predator ecology suggests that killing animals like cougars (or wolves, coyotes and bears) only increases conflicts with humans. Though this information is widely known in ecological circles, apparently the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hasn’t read any new science in decades because they continue to foster the myth that indiscriminate killing of predators will reduce conflicts. “

http://www.bendbulletin.com/opinion/3056576-151/letter-cougar-in-bend-did-not-need-to#

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Celebrating Earth Day the Carnivore Way. Another great Cristina Eisenberg article where she says: “Balanced at the apex of a Roman arch, the keystone locks all the other stones in place. Remove it and the arch collapses. Keystone predators, such as wolves, are similarly poised to hold ecosystems together from the top down in food web relationships”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cristina-eisenberg/celebrating-earth-day-the-carnivore-way_b_7104950.html

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The wolf’s uncertain future. Another excellent article by Cristina Eisenberg

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cristina-eisenberg/el-lobos-uncertain-future_b_6936200.html

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A Season of Predators is a feature-length documentary film that explores creative approaches that some in the northern Rocky Mountain states of Idaho and Montana have begun to use to reduce human-predator conflict. The film is set in two rural valleys where expanding predator populations have led to difficult resource challenges.

https://vimeo.com/57660999

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Why black bears are Nature’s landscape architects.

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Ranchers find ways to live with wolves despite deaths of dogs, horses, cattle

http://trib.com/lifestyles/recreation/ranchers-find-ways-to-live-with-wolves-despite-deaths-of/article_626f3111-aa53-53c5-8b00-664a59c895e4.html

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Emma Marris on Wolves, New Conservation & Kids In Nature

http://blog.nature.org/science/2014/09/03/emma-marris-wolves-beacon-new-conservation-kids-play-parks/

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The Carnivore Way: All Who Wander Are Not Lost

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cristina-eisenberg/the-carnivore-way-all-who_b_6285376.html

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There is more money in looking at bears than there is in shooting them — 12 times more to be exact, according to a new study. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bear-watching-more-profitable-than-bear-hunting-says-study-1.2488311

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The unique ecology of human predators

https://plus.google.com/+SamanthaAndrews/posts/BQTU45G1ELf

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Rethinking predators: Legend of the wolf

Predators are supposed to exert strong control over ecosystems, but nature doesn’t always play by the rules.

http://www.nature.com/news/rethinking-predators-legend-of-the-wolf-1.14841

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12 reasons why the killer whale is the ocean’s top predator

http://ipfactly.com/12-reasons-why-the-killer-whale-is-the-oceans-top-predator/

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Human beings are not the world’s top predator

http://earthsky.org/human-world/humans-arent-top-predators-says-new-report

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Too Many Mesopredators?

http://northernwoodlands.org/outside_story/article/too-many-mesopredators#sthash.RMMOENLD.cmfs

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Top Predators Have Sway Over Climate

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130219091014.htm

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Top predators may be the most important animals on Earth

https://gizmodo.com/top-predators-may-be-the-most-important-animals-on-eart-1689082949

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Top Predators Key to Ecosystem Survival, Study Shows

http://www.livescience.com/4171-top-predators-key-ecosystem-survival-study-shows.html

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North America’s Top 10 Most Fearsome Predators

http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/north-america/top-10/most-fearsome-predators/

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What Happens When The Top Predator Is Removed From The Ecosystem?

http://education.seattlepi.com/happens-top-predator-removed-ecosystem-3496.html

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The States Where the Government Is Killing the Most Top Predators

http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/07/05/states-where-government-killing-most-top-predators

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Top Predators Returned To Manage Ecosystems

http://planetearthherald.com/top-predators-returned-to-manage-eco-systems/

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Top Predators Limit Their Own Numbers

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/top-predators-limit-their-own-numbers/

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The World’s Top Predators Are Dining From Dwindling Menus

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/world-top-predators-endangered-prey/

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Are Wolves A Real American Hero?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/10/opinion/is-the-wolf-a-real-american-hero.html?emc=eta1

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Are wolves in Wisconsin affecting the biodiversity of understory plant communities via trophic cascade?

https://getd.libs.uga.edu/pdfs/callan_ramana_201012_phd.pdf

Overgrazing deer are changing the face of US forests. Deer proliferation disrupts a forest’s natural growth. Cornell researchers have discovered that a burgeoning deer population forever alters the progression of a forest’s natural future by creating environmental havoc in the soil and disrupting the soil’s natural seed banks.

http://mediarelations.cornell.edu/2014/03/07/deer-proliferation-disrupts-a-forests-natural-growth/

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0091155

http://earthsky.org/earth/overgrazing-by-deer-is-changing-the-face-of-u-s-forests#.UyzQwM9coqM.email

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How Wolves Change Rivers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q

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Killing Wolves On Public Land Is No Longer Acceptable

http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2016/08/11/killing-wolves-on-public-lands-is-no-longer-acceptable/

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Carnivore Cleansing Is Damaging Ecosystems.  Extermination of large predators such as wolves and bears has a cascading effect on delicate ecological balance

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/09/carnivore-cleansing-damaging-ecosystems?utm_content=bufferd1125&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Total folly on the part of both NPS and the State of Alaska. Park service moves to block predator control on federal land in Alaska

http://www.adn.com/article/20140904/park-service-moves-block-predator-control-federal-land-alaska

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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.

http://news.sciencemag.org/2013/02/yellowstone-wolves-need-help-beavers

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Here is a short BBC version of the wolf reintroduction story at Yellowstone National Park. I love this story, whoever tells it, because it is a living demonstration of the power of connections in Nature.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140128-how-wolves-saved-a-famous-park

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US researchers hope more assertive, foreign dog breeds can protect livestock from wolves and bears

http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-05-07/us-researchers-hope-more-assertive-foreign-dog-breeds-can-protect-livestock

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Lords of Nature. A powerful video narrated by Peter Coyote, Green Fire Productions has created a captivating documentary that goes behind the scenes with leading scientists to explore the role top predators play in restoring and maintaining ecosystems and biodiversity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PagO3gmwmA0

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Sequel to Lords of Nature — Non Lethal Predation in Idaho

This is a video on non-lethal wolf control. A short sequel to the great “Lords of Nature” video that describes the reintroduction of the gray wolf at Yellowstone National Park.  Narrated by Peter Coyote, Green Fire Productions has created a captivating documentary that goes behind the scenes with leading scientists to explore the role top predators play in restoring and maintaining ecosystems and biodiversity. In this segment, hear from ranchers in Idaho who are learning to coexist with wolves.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RsnjGLLujE&feature=em-subs_digest-vrecs

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Could hunting wolves actually increase the population?

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2435.12354/pdf

http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2014/11/post_41.html

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2435.12354/pdf

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Here is another success story about non-lethal predator control where a rancher learns how to live with wolves.With his new approach, there have been “no known losses of cattle to wolves”. Facts rather than fear mongering. I hope there will be a day when the huge political will of the cattle industry is directed toward predator coexistence rather than fear mongering and the killing of an important top predator.

http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/1815385/c4596bbb45/545397295/c78a9d2cf4/

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The Mexican Gray Wolf

Mike Foster visits the White Mountains of Arizona to observe volunteer efforts to manage the reintroduction of the Mexican Gray Wolf. The video summarizes the recent history of the wolf, its relationship to the human population, the wolf’s effect on the Rocky Mountain Elk and sheep and the practice of fladry fencing. Included are interviews with volunteers stating their purpose and perspectives as well as an interview with a representative from the Arizona Game and Fish.

http://vimeo.com/27946388

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A long-range, multi-state study throws into doubt the effectiveness of killing wolves to prevent their impact on livestock. In fact, the study concluded that strategy mostly does not work. An increase in wolves killed one year actually correlated to an increase in the number of livestock attacks recorded the next. The study authors hypothesize that instead of effectively diminishing livestock predators, killing wolves leads to pack instability, smaller pack sizes, an increase in breeding pairs and a higher propensity to target easier prey, like livestock.

http://www.mexicanwolves.org/index.php/news/1359/51/In-the-News-Study-Wolf-Kills-Might-Not-Work/d,News2

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Reintroducing wolves is only effective at large scales

http://4thenaturesake.wordpress.com/2014/12/25/reintroducing-wolves-is-only-effective-at-large-scales/

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Wolves In A Tangled Ecological Web. Some Yellowstone studies have found that wolves have powerful indirect effects on the plants that elk eat, such as aspens, due to fear of predation. With wolves around, elk have to keep moving to stay alive, which reduces browsing pressure.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cristina-eisenberg/wolves-in-a-tangled-bank_b_6363198.html

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Great News: Federal Court Restores Protections for Great Lakes Wolves, Ends Trophy Hunting and Commercial Trapping

http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2014/12/court-says-wolves-are-protected-under-esa.html

Here is a second article about this court decision

http://wolvesofdouglascountywisconsin.com/2014/12/20/recreational-hunting-of-great-lakes-wolves-is-stopped-wolves-are-back-on-the-federal-endangered-species-list-immediately/

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Hunting wolves is out of step with public sentiment. This is a great article on why we need to stop killing wolves.

http://host.madison.com/news/opinion/column/wayne-pacelle-wolf-hunt-out-of-step-with-public-sentiment/article_cf1db4e1-59e8-5000-849a-ca030ee368f9.html

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No Animal Need Be a Lone Wolf: The Simple Solution to Saving Endangered Species. Scientists say introducing new animals to isolated ecological “islands” of wildlife quickly boosts their genetic diversity and chances of survival.

http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/12/12/no-animal-needs-be-lone-wolf-simple-solution-saving-endangered-species

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Large Predators, Large Landscapes, and Coexistence

http://blog.nature.org/science/2014/07/16/conservation-leaders-cristina-eisenberg/

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The recovery of large carnivores in Europe is a great success for nature conservation. At one third of mainland Europe, at least one species of large carnivore is present, according to a new article. It is an excellent example that humans and carnivores can share the same landscape, say researchers.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141219130144.htm?utm_source=feedburner

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Why we humans need predators

https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/wild-things/why-we-need-predators

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Intricate connections in Nature. A rerun of the important message about how wolves change rivers. A beautiful 4 minute story about deep connections within an ecosystem.
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Why Do I Write These Essays?

Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. The movement of life’s energy, which originates in the sun, takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself, or a natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are prepared to protect Nature’s environment that sustains you. And, you create your legacy by encouraging others to do likewise.

 

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Superorganisms : A Web Resource List

Superorganisms and Self Organization – A Resource List

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The wikipedia definition of superorganism

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superorganism

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Mesmerizing examples of animal and human collective behavior.

http://bit.ly/1R5CJW8

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Ask a biologist. Secrets of a superorganism – ant colonies

https://askabiologist.asu.edu/explore/secrets-superorganism

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Seabed superorganism uses electricity to lock up greenhouse gas

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28377-seabed-superorganism-uses-electricity-to-lock-up-greenhouse-gas/

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Humans as Superorganisms: How Microbes, Viruses, Imprinted Genes, and Other Selfish Entities Shape Our Behavior

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1745691615583131

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Humans are contingent superorganisms. Humans are the giraffes of altruism. We’re freaks of nature, able (at our best) to achieve ant-like levels of service to the group. We readily join together to create superorganisms, but unlike the eusocial insects, we do it with blatant disregard for kinship, and we do it temporarily, and contingent upon special circumstances (particularly intergroup conflict, as is found in war, sports, and business).

https://www.edge.org/response-detail/10386

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The Secret Society Of Superorganisms. – Species that form superorganism colonies are highly successful. E.O. Wilson  raises a fundamental question for biologists. “Why do groups arise in the first place?”

http://www.npr.org/2008/11/29/97547749/the-secret-society-of-superorganisms

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Superorganisms – An Internet guide to the social system of superorganisms. From Natural History Magazine

http://www.naturalhistorymag.com/naturenet/10320/superorganisms

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Top 5 Superorganisms – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3HbjAKEFwI

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E.O. Wilson on ‘Superorganisms’ – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhGuMZZT4Fk

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Lord of the Ants. A Nova YouTube video on E.O.Wilson. Narrated by Harrison Ford

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSSCg6HYS68

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Self-Organization

Self-organization is a process where some form of overall order or coordination arises out of the local interactions between smaller component parts of an initially disordered system. The process of self-organization can be spontaneous, is not necessarily controlled by any agent outside of the system, and is leaderless.

Self-organized structures in Nature rely on a continuous input of energy to be maintained.  Biological systems challenge us because they consume energy, and are therefore far from thermal equilibrium. Thus classical thermodynamics, which has been so successful in developing an atomic understanding of physical and chemical properties such as temperature and pressure, does not apply to these systems. Instead of self-assembling into a lowest energy state, such as a crystal, these energy-dissipating components self-organize into highly dynamic structures, through which there us a constant flux of energy and material.

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Boids by Craig Reynolds

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Wikipedia on Self Organization

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Scott Camazine’s lecture slides on self organization in biological systems.

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Starling flights over Termini, Italy — breathtaking !!!

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A video clip from “Swarm”

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Self organization in Biology – A paper that offers insights into how living systems organize themselves.

https://www.mpg.de/967113/BM08SelfOrgbasetext.pdf

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A detailed explanation of how many life systems are organized and maintained without a leader

http://www.freshvista.com/2014/natures-self-organizing-patterns/

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Complexity Science:  Self-Organization

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTR17I_Eb_o

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Lecture notes on self organization that offer great clarity

http://fuchs.uti.at/wp-content/uploads/selforganization.pdf

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Richard Golden; Characteristics of Self-Organizing Systems. A resource for teachers 1997.

https://sciphilos.info/docs_pages/docs_Golden_sos_css.html

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Union is strength

Videos on the power of self organizing systems in Nature.

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What Do Ants Know That We Don’t?
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Fish go with the flow. This paper describes why fish are able to use schooling. Each individual in the school uses its sensory organs to define its physical position by sensing the location, speed, and direction of its nearest neighbors.
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Why Do I Write These Essays?

Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. The movement of life’s energy, which originates in the sun, takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself, or a natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are prepared to protect Nature’s environment that sustains you. And, you create your legacy by encouraging others to do likewise.

 

If, after reading my essays, you find yourself embracing these ideas, I am thrilled in knowing that I’ve played some small part in setting this world view in motion in your mind.

 

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Soundscape Ecology : A Web Resource List

Sounds in Nature and Soundscape Ecology – A Resource List

 

This collection of resources focuses on sounds in Nature and soundscape ecology.  Soundscape ecology is an important growing field of research and conservation practice that uses sound to track how ecosystems change over time. Just like we humans have a need to communicate with each other, animal and bird sounds are the communicating systems by which connectivity between creatures is achieved in Nature. These communications are vital to mating, territory establishment and protection, capturing food, individual and group defense, play, and social contact. Human noise can break these important connections and adversely affect Nature’s ecosystems.

 Here are three blog posts that I have written on the subject of Nature’s soundscapes and the damage that can be caused by humans with their noise:

Nature’s Symphony http://www.freshvista.com/2012/patterns-in-naturenatures-symphony/

The Conservation of Quiet http://www.freshvista.com/2012/patterns-in-naturethe-conservation-of-quiet/

RV Generator Noise Breaks Connections In Nature http://www.freshvista.com/2013/rv-generator-noise-breaks-connections-in-nature/

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http://www.ecology.com/2012/08/24/soundscape-ecology/

What is soundscape ecology?

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Noise pollution alters ecological services

http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2012/03/15/rspb.2012.0230

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A Not So Silent Spring

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/05/a-not-so-silent-spring/525417/

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Blackbirds in Europe are mimicking car alarms, ambulance sirens, and cell phones at jarringly life-like volumes. And they aren’t the only wildlife switching frequencies in order to be heard over the human din. From Conservation Magazine.

http://www.conservationmagazine.org/2009/01/not-so-silent-spring/

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The Voice Of The Natural World. Bernie Kraus is a well known early pioneer in the field of Nature,s sounds and soundscape ecology. By his own count, Bernie has recorded the sounds of more than 15,000 animal species and recorded more than 4,500 hours of their natural ambience. Here is a TED talk by Bernie

https://www.ted.com/talks/bernie_krause_the_voice_of_the_natural_world

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Here is another informative article about Bernie Krause and the science of soundscape ecology.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/sep/03/bernie-krause-natural-world-recordings

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Bernie Kraus’s web site

http://www.wildsanctuary.com/

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Another well know soundscape ecologist is Gordon Hempton. He says:

“Good things come from a quiet place: study, prayer, music, transformation, worship, communion. The words ‘peace’ and ‘quiet’ are all but synonymous, and are often spoken in the same breath. A quiet place is the think tank of the soul, the spawning ground of truth and beauty.

A quiet place outdoors has no physical borders or limits to perception. One can commonly hear for miles and listen even farther. A quiet place affords a sanctuary for the soul, where the difference between right and wrong becomes more readily apparent. It is a place to feel the love that connects all things, large and small, human and not; a place where presence of a tree can be heard. A quiet place is a place to open up all your senses and come alive.”

https://www.guernicamag.com/learning-to-listen/

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Listening to song dogs. Why humans need to respect and conserve quiet in Nature.

http://northernwoodlands.org/editors_blog/article/song-dogs

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Human Racket Affects Plants, Too – From Live Science

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Noise Pollution Threatens Earth’s Ecosystem

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This study show that noise pollution drives birds out of their homes

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From NBC News: noise has the potential to trigger cascading effects that could alter the structure of  ecosystems

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Noise In Nature from Texas Magazine

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Human Noise Drives Wildlife Batty from the Corvalis Advocate

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Humans are too noisy for nature from the Aspen Times

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Manmade Noise Has Impact on Natural Habitat from ABC News

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The US National Park Service has a soundscape inventory and monitoring program at Denali National Park in Alaska.  The sound-level data are used to compare the levels of human-made sounds to the natural ambient levels.

https://www.nps.gov/articles/denali-crp-soundscapes.htm

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An article by the US National Park Service on human sounds at national parks. http://www.npr.org/2016/06/29/483241647/beyond-sightseeing-youll-love-the-sound-of-americas-best-parks

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US National Park Service web site on the effects of human noise in Nature.

http://www.nature.nps.gov/sound/

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Noise vs. Nature: How We’re Upsetting America’s Soundscapes

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/noise-vs-nature-how-were-upsetting-americas-soundscapes-n307216

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Acoustic ecology and ethical listening.

http://www.humansandnature.org/acoustic-ecology-ethical-listening

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From Scripps Institute of Oceanography – Behavioral Acoustic Ecology Lab

“A broad range of invertebrates and vertebrates use sound for communication and sensing of their environment. Each ecosystem contains a unique symphony of sounds, a soundscape, that informs us about its species composition, possibly abundance, and together with information about the physical environment leads to the characterization of the ecology and behavior of the species producing and interpreting sound. Acoustics can be used to investigate how the individual’s behavior may be shaping the ecology of the community or how individuals and populations may be reacting to a changing environment.”

http://baumann.ucsd.edu/

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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.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/soundscape-ecology.html

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Another interesting article on soundscape ecology entitled: “When Birds Squawk, Other Species Seem to Listen”  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/science/decoding-the-cacophony-of-birds-warning-calls.html?emc=eta1&_r=0

 

Why Do I Write These Essays?

Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. The movement of life’s energy, which originates in the sun, takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself, or a natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are prepared to protect Nature’s environment that sustains you. And, you create your legacy by encouraging others to do likewise.

 

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A Nature Video Collection: A Web Resource List

A Collection of Nature Videos : A Web Resource List

 

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David Attenborough’s Powerful Goodbye with an urgent and poignant plea to humanity.

http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/watch-sir-david-attenboroughs-powerful-goodbye-on-planet-earth-2-new-video.39310.html?utm_content=buffer5a46f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Touching The Wild — seeing the world through a wild creature’s eyes. Seeing the character of a wild animal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii4Oke8lb6A

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King penguins – David Attenborough: Life in the Freezer. Filmed at South Georgia Island in the Southern Atlantic. An incredible place. I’ve visited twice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiQzls8YQcw&list=PL50KW6aT4Ugx9IQrG-Z0r–2W46TP1q0g&index=4

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Ocean animals – leopard seals vs. penguins – David Attenborough – BBC wildlife

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvB0lmqbL_Q&list=PL50KW6aT4Ugx9IQrG-Z0r–2W46TP1q0g&index=7

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Southern Ocean – Sights and Sounds. My video composite of some of my wildlife encounters in the Southern Ocean during my travels in the Southern Atlantic Ocean

https://vimeo.com/110668135

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Egrets –  In a cruel struggle of the Darwinian sort, baby egrets see who will survive and who will be sacrificed to the alligators that wait below.

http://www.itsnature.org/videos/wild-videos/egrets/

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Jaguar Attacks Caiman Crocodile. With their aquatic skills – and powerful bite – jaguars are able to prey on the crocodile-like caiman. An extraordinary act of such predation was filmed by a tourist in Brazil’s Pantanal.

http://www.pbs.org/video/2365870849/

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The Sagebrush Sea.  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.

http://www.pbs.org/video/2365494065/

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Check out “Essay by Edward Abbey “I Loved it…I Loved it All”” by Ned Judge on Vimeo.

“Too many of us everywhere now. That’s the kind of world we live in. Crowded, over crowded. I’m not worried about it. Nature will take care of it in her own sweet way, sooner or later.”

Edward Abbey was a founder of the environmental direct action movement. His life work personally influenced me to be more engaged as a man who loves nature. Ed is unfortunately gone, but our environmental grandfather was wise and left behind some lessons and wit in his usual style. If you are not familiar with Ed and his work, this is a great intro that entertains and inspires. If you already know Ed as the grandfather of the southwest desert, then this video will be a nice treat.

http://vimeo.com/49544042

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A great YouTube video on ant colonies. Ant colonies are leaderless, self-organizing, super-organisms. Many groups like fish schools, bird flocks, and animal herds are self organizing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG-QZOTc5_Q&feature=em-subs_digest

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The following videos were produced by nature videographer, Michael Foster, of Bisbee, Arizona. Mike focuses his work on Southwestern, Arizona and Northwestern Mexico.

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Cottonwoods are the largest trees in Arizona. This video, explaining the cottonwood at length is part of an educational series, by the Friends of the San Pedro River. Learn more about how the cottonwood contributes to the ecosystem and protects the San Pedro Riparian Area in this video.T

http://vimeo.com/65847230

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Our River: A Work In Progress

http://vimeo.com/51703496

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Our River of Life, The San Pedro, and why it is so important to preserve.

http://vimeo.com/16718078

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Hydrology of the San Pedro River

http://vimeo.com/39567422

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How Javalina protect their young

http://vimeo.com/86037786

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Ecology of the San Pedro River

http://vimeo.com/71441639

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Beavers Of The San Pedro River

Happy Valentines Day

http://vimeo.com/86710127

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Return of the Beaver to San Pedro River

http://vimeo.com/84733621

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Reintroduction of the Beaver to the San Pedro River of Southeastern Arizona

After a 100 year absence from the San Pedro River of Southeastern Arizona the American Beaver is reintroduced. This video explores the history of the area and how pioneer, mining, military and ranching activities lead to the demise of the beaver presence in the San Pedro River. A thorough investigation of the benefits of the beaver to a riparian area leads to the reintroduction of the beaver in the late 20th century. Lots of excellent footage of beaver dams, dens and habitat. This video is packed with information on social structure, diet and habits of the American Beaver.

http://vimeo.com/16716634

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The Beaver: A keystone Species

This video shows the benefits realized by the reintroduction of the American Beaver to the San Pedro River of Southern Arizona as a keystone species for the improvement of the environment and quality of life for other animals. The video considers the reintroduction of elk and moose in the states of Colorado and New Mexico and how these animals benefit from the presence of the beaver in those areas. Beaver diet and lodges are compared and contrasted in the three states. Video features exceptional footage of many animals and landscapes of the Southwest.

http://vimeo.com/28055044

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Elephant Trees

http://vimeo.com/17510313

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Coati of the San Pedro River

In this video Mike Foster takes us to the world of the rare and elusive coati, once know as the coatimundi. He explains the relationship between the habitat where the coati are found and of Mexico and the tropics where the animal can be found in more abundance. He also discusses the relationship between the coati and its animal relatives as well as the confusion associated with the species and subsequent misnomer of the animal. The video contains delightful and impressive footage of coati in their natural habitat and social environment. Beautiful shots of the San Pedro River Riparian Area, its vegetation and animals. Very informative.

http://vimeo.com/10598306

 

Why Do I Write These Essays?

Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. The movement of life’s energy, which originates in the sun, takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself, or a natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are prepared to protect Nature’s environment that sustains you. And, you create your legacy by encouraging others to do likewise.

 

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The Spiritual Voice of Nature : A Web Resource List

 The Spiritual Voice of Nature – A Web Resource List

 

An idea from Neo-Confucian spirituality that could help us define Nature. A great blog on the “Li” :

organizing principles in Nature .

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Sacred Matter by David Suzuki

http://ethicalpolitics.org/seminars/suzuki.htm

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The Celtic Christians believed that there were mystical spaces, called “thin places,” where the veil between the holy and the human is traversed. A place in which the physical and spiritual worlds are knit together, and if we are so attuned, we can transcend the ordinary for a glimpse of the infinite.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeanpaul-bedard/touching-the-veil-of-thin_b_6256592.html

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Another thought on thin places. They’ve been called the places where the walls are weak. Where another dimension seems nearer than usual. They might be traditionally religious spots, but they needn’t be:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/mar/22/this-column-change-your-life-heaven-earth

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In my worldview, conservation of Nature and reverence for all kinds of life go hand-in-hand. Here is one of my short 2013 blog posts that focuses on reverence for life.

http://www.patternsinnature.org/blog/2013/patterns-in-nature-reverence-for-life/

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Thomas Merton was a Benedictine monk who had a deep spiritual relationship with Nature. I’ve collected some of his beautiful quotes that express this relationship.

http://patternsinnature.org/Book/ThomasMerton.html

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25 Years of Catholic Ecology – More Powerful Than Ever

http://blessedtomorrow.org/blog/25-years-catholic-ecology-more-powerful-ever

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Nature’s Three Voices http://www.patternsinnature.org/pin_essay_04.html

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North American Indians: the spirituality of nature

http://www.pantheism.net/paul/history/native-americans.htm

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6 Ways to Deepen Your Spiritual Relationship to Nature – EcoWatch

http://www.ecowatch.com/6-ways-to-deepen-your-spiritual-relationship-to-nature-1881983638.html

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Spiritual Practices for Nature-Deficit Disorder

http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/practices/features/view/18153/spiritual-practices-for-nature-deficit-disorder

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Nature Connection: Solace and guidance from nature

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/science/20161119/deborah-mcarthur-nature-connection-solace-and-guidance-from-nature

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Henry Beston’s Beautiful 1948 Manifesto for Reclaiming Our Humanity by Breaking the Tyranny of Technology and Relearning to Be Nurtured by Nature.

https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/11/16/henry-beston-northern-farm/

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Guy Tal is a deeply spiritual nature photographer who is a very gifted writer. Take a look at his blog.

http://guytal.com/wordpress/

Below are four of his wonderful essays

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Spirituality Beyond Platitudes – Guy Tal

http://guytal.com/wordpress/2016/06/07/spirituality-beyond-platitudes/

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Contemplation, Meditation, and Mindfulness – Guy Tal

http://guytal.com/wordpress/2016/08/24/contemplation-meditation-mindfulness/

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Restlessness – Guy Tal

http://guytal.com/wordpress/2016/05/26/restlessness/estlessness

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By far, one of my favorite Guy Tal essays is paraphrased here:

The indispensable roles held for me are wilderness, solitude and art. Others like me are content with just a few significant human relationships and for whom life in the midst of humanity is unbearable – people who need such introspective moments as are to be found alone in deserts and mountains and  forests and rivers and anywhere else yet unspoiled by industry, or when immersed in creative work for no other purpose than to nourish and sustain a part of ourselves that will otherwise wither and wilt, and without which our lives will be greatly diminished.

I come to wilderness places not only to be by  myself, but to be myself – whole and separate, with nothing to prove or to explain, and so that I may face my challenges and inspirations without distraction, without being beholden to appearances and traditions, without the noise and clatter and prejudice of the human hives, without the constant tugging of matters trivial and mundane, and without concern or conjecture about what was and what is yet to come.

It may well be that my greater legacy will not be my art but rather yet another story of an improbable wanderer bewitched and transformed by this landscape, lured by the hope of finding meaning and redemption in its soulful wilds. That is enough for one man and one life. Even if it all comes to an end tomorrow, I am grateful for having lived such a life, and for the beauty and pain and people that made it possible and that helped me become who I am.

I have nothing to prove and no concern for any legacy. I am where I need to be and my priorities are sound, and my life is interesting and rewarding and exciting to me, and I am at peace with my choices and my convictions and my shortfalls and my pains.

I no longer visit wild places, I return to them; they are my home and my sanctuary, the source of my strengths and convictions and the wellspring of my inspiration and my support.

— Paraphrased from Guy Tal “Reentry”  guytal.com

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Here are some quotes from another favorite author of mine – Edward Abbey

I hold no preference among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. – Desert Solitaire “Cliffrose and Bayonets”, p. 25 (1968)

The domination of nature leads to the domination of human nature. – Beyond The Wall: Essays from the Outside, 1971

There are no vacant lots in nature. – Desert Solitude, “The First Morning,” p.6, Ballantine Books, NY, NY, 1968

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. – The Journey Home (1991) The Rape of the West p. 183

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit. – Down the River, 148

Nature is indifferent to our love, but never unfaithful

. – A Voice Crying in the Wilderness, Notes from a Secret Journal, 1986, Ch,9 p86

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A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both. — L.P. Jacks

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I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.

The solitary man can remember that all beauty in animals and plants is a silent, enduring form of love and yearning, and he can see the animal, as he sees plants, patiently and willingly uniting and multiplying and growing, not out of physical pleasure, not out of physical pain, but bowing to necessities that are greater than pleasure and pain, and more powerful than will and withstanding.

But everything that may someday be possible for many people, the solitary man can now, already, prepare and build with his own hands, which make fewer mistakes. Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away, you write, and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast. And if what is near you is far away, then your vastness is already among the stars and is very great; be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust.

Don’t ask for any advice from them and don’t expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.

But your solitude will be a support and a home for you, even in the midst of very unfamiliar circumstances, and from it you will find all your paths.

– Rilke Letters to a Young Poet

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Cannon Beach Log — Soul refreshment from the Oregon Coast

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A wonderful video that uses the aesthetic senses to show relationships between patterns in nature.

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No matter who your higher power might be, you will be moved by this video.

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Why Do I Write These Essays?

Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. The movement of life’s energy, which originates in the sun, takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself, or a natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are prepared to protect Nature’s environment that sustains you. And, you create your legacy by encouraging others to do likewise.

 

If, after reading my essays, you find yourself embracing these ideas, I am thrilled in knowing that I’ve played some small part in setting this world view in motion in your mind.

 

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Patterns In Nature : A Web Resource List

 

Patterns In Nature : A Web Resource List

 

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What Is A pattern In Nature: from my own web site

http://www.freshvista.com/2011/what-is-a-pattern-in-nature/

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The Earth’s Most Stunning Fractal Patterns – from Wired Magazine

https://www.wired.com/2010/09/fractal-patterns-in-nature/

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National Geographic’s Dazzling Video of a Glowworm Cave in New Zealand

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/photography/video-glowworm-cave-new-zealand/

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A Beautiful 3 Minute Video Essay on Patterns In Nature

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_CaCie8R4U

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Patterns In Nature and the Mathematics Behind Them — a very nice set of slides on the subject thatr might be useful to environmental educators.

http://itech.fgcu.edu/faculty/pfeng/research/Pattern.pdf

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How To: Photograph Patterns in Nature – Through a camera and your contemplative soul, take the time to look around and study Nature’s intimate details, and you’ll see Her infinite variety of patterns

http://www.popphoto.com/how-to/2011/06/how-to-photograph-patterns-nature-0

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The Hypnotic Effect of Sunflower Patterns

http://www.treehugger.com/slideshows/natural-sciences/nature-blows-my-mind-hypnotic-patterns-sunflowers/

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A Great Lesson Set on Patterns In Nature — for environmental educators

http://www.missmaggie.org/mission4_parts/eng/teaching/pdfs/mathinnature.pdf

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The Fibonacci numbers are Nature’s numbering system. They appear everywhere in Nature, from the leaf arrangement in plants, to the pattern of the florets of a flower, the bracts of a pinecone, or the scales of a pineapple.

http://jwilson.coe.uga.edu/emat6680/parveen/fib_nature.htm

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Beauty:Patterns In Nature — Lesson Sets

http://www.pbs.org/thebotanyofdesire/lesson-plan-beauty.php

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Pattern Formation in Nature from Princeton University

http://www.theshapeofmath.com/princeton/dynsys/pattern

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Nature’s Unifying Patterns

http://toolbox.biomimicry.org/core-concepts/natures-unifying-patterns/

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How can a pattern produce life? The intelligence that emerges from Adrian Bejan’s Constructal Theory has the ability to and adapt to its environment. It explains how complex behavior can emerge from the behavior of networks. We may find answers to these questions and more hidden within the branches of the Constructal Pattern.

http://hplusmagazine.com/2014/03/20/information-becoming-aware-of-itself/

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Visual explorations of the relationship of patterns in flowers and their relationship to other forms seen in the physical and natural world.

Patterns In Nature video #1

Patterns In Nature video #2

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Why Do I Write These Essays?

Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. The movement of life’s energy, which originates in the sun, takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself, or a natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are prepared to protect Nature’s environment that sustains you. And, you create your legacy by encouraging others to do likewise.

 

If, after reading my essays, you find yourself embracing these ideas, I am thrilled in knowing that I’ve played some small part in setting this world view in motion in your mind.

 

Please Comment and Subscribe

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You are strongly encouraged to become one of my 11,000+ followers on Twitter. My Twitter ID is @ballenamar . With Twitter, in addition to receiving daily Tweets that announce my essays, you will see when I retweet something that I read and that I think is important.

 

Biodiversity : A Web Resource List

 

Food Webs and Energy Pyramids: Bedrocks of Biodiversity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oVavgmveyY

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Biodiversity: The Web Of Life. A video

http://www.hrmvideo.com/catalog/biodiversity-the-web-of-life

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Scientist Elizabeth Hadly has been studying biodiversity in Yellowstone National Park for 30 years. Accompanied by biologist Sean Carroll, she demonstrates different ways in which climate change is impacting the park’s ecosystems. Bark beetles are surviving the winter at higher elevations and killing a large number of white-bark pine trees, disrupting the food web that includes squirrels and grizzly bears. Climate change is also causing ponds to dry up, reducing the pond habitat and decimating the local amphibian population. Although the park provides protected environments for animals, it is not immune from global threats like climate change.

http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/liz-hadly-tracks-impact-climate-change-yellowstone

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Biodiversity enhances ecosystem multifunctionality across trophic levels and habitats

http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2015/150424/ncomms7936/full/ncomms7936.html

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The famous scientist, E.O.Wilson, talks about biodiversity from his web site.

http://eowilsonfoundation.org/introduction/

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A short video that does a great job in describing biodiversity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5ELFfbQAXU#t=31

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Wetlands and Biodiversity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnlN-Dpq7Fs#t=76

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What is Biodiversity and Why is it Important?   Biodiversity is the term used to encompass the variety of all living organisms on Earth, including their genetic diversity, species diversity and the diversity of marine, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, together with their associated evolutionary and ecological processes. But as biodiversity is also a human concept, different people bring their own set of values to bear on it. Dr Steve Morton talks about the different values that humans obtain from biodiversity and the role we will need to play in shaping its future

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tgNamjTRkk

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The Loneliest Animals | Critical Biodiversity.   Up to 100 species disappear from the planet each day. In this web-exclusive video, scientists and conservationists discuss the importance of biodiversity. We humans depend on the life around us to provide the conditions we need to survive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7G2rQARCC8&feature=youtu.be

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Biodiversity. Ecosystems and ecological networks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bE-Pydad7U&feature=youtu.be

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Biodiversity: Richness, Evenness, and Importance.  This is intended as an instructional video about the basics of biodiversity. Biodiversity is a measurement of the variety of life. Species biodiversity is determined by looking at both, the number of species, and how common the species are relative to each other. Biodiversity is essential to the well-being of humans. The best thing we can do to promote biodiversity is to preserve and restore wild habitat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JePixuWr2n0&feature=youtu.be

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Why Biodiversity Matters. David Suzuki discusses the complexity of nature’s biodiversity as it relates to city living

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5ssjM2Fjuc&feature=youtu.be

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Humans, Biodiversity, and Habitat Loss.   In the second lecture of the series “Biodiversity in the Age of Humans,” Dr. Elizabeth Hadly of Stanford University reveals how human activities have caused the extinctions of many species in the past and the present. Human population growth is driving habitat destruction and climate change, both direct threats to biodiversity.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1drkFgHbcWY&feature=youtu.be

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Also visit the full lecture series page (Biodiversity In The Age Of Humans) for related videos, and supporting materials for the classroom:

http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/biodiversity-age-humans

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Human activities that threaten biodiversity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RC3Hsk90t8&feature=youtu.be

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What is Biodiversity and Why is it Important?   Biodiversity is the term used to encompass the variety of all living organisms on Earth, including their genetic diversity, species diversity and the diversity of marine, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, together with their associated evolutionary and ecological processes. But as biodiversity is also a human concept, different people bring their own set of values to bear on it. Dr Steve Morton talks about the different values that humans obtain from biodiversity and the role we will need to play in shaping its future

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tgNamjTRkk

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The Loneliest Animals | Critical Biodiversity.   Up to 100 species disappear from the planet each day. In this web-exclusive video, scientists and conservationists discuss the importance of biodiversity. We humans depend on the life around us to provide the conditions we need to survive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7G2rQARCC8&feature=youtu.be

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Taking a bite out of biodiversity. Meat consumption by humans is one of many threats to carnivores and biodiversity.

http://4thenaturesake.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/taking-a-bite-out-of-biodiversity/

Environmental Education : A Web Resource List

Environmental Education : A Web Resource List

 

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One of my favorite Nature writers is  Scott Sampson. At his web site ( http://www.scottsampson.net/   ) . I became acquainted with Scott through his personal blog site and his post called the “The Whirlpool of Life” [  http://www.scottsampson.net/index.php?page=education  ] Scott  describes himself as “a dinosaur paleontologist, science communicator, and passionate advocate for connecting people with nature. He serves as vice president of research and collections and chief curator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and as host and science advisor for the PBS KIDS television series Dinosaur Train. Sampson is also Program Ambassador of Nature Rocks ( naturerocks.org ), a global initiative of The Nature Conservancy aimed at inspiring families to explore nature.” Some of Scott’s essays are provided here:

Wilding the Mind

http://scottsampson.blogspot.mx/2012/05/wilding-mind.html

The Psychology of Sustainability

http://scottsampson.blogspot.mx/2010/10/psychology-of-sustainability.html

The Power of Story

http://scottsampson.blogspot.mx/2012/04/power-of-story.html

Nature : The Insider’s View

http://scottsampson.blogspot.mx/2010/01/nature-insiders-view.html

A Country of Naturalists

http://scottsampson.blogspot.mx/2012_06_01_archive.html

Loving Life

http://scottsampson.blogspot.mx/2011_02_01_archive.html

Discovering Your Journey

http://scottsampson.blogspot.mx/2011/04/discovering-your-journey.html

The Subjectification of Nature

http://scottsampson.blogspot.mx/2010/07/subjectification-of-nature.html

In Defense of Wildness

http://www.scottsampson.blogspot.mx/2012/08/in-defense-of-wildness.html

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Exploring Our Connections to Nature.  In this environmental education lesson module, students will explore how their lives are linked to everything in their communities and ecosystems at varying scales. Through personal and group exploration, students will begin to understand our role in our ecosystem and how the decisions we make directly affect all living things.

http://centerforthelivingcity.org/exploring-our-connections-to-nature-youthcity-speak/

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How systems thinking applies to education

http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/nov92/vol50/num03/How-Systems-Thinking-Applies-to-Education.aspx

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This amazing set of short videos takes science students on a ‘never-before-filmed’ journey exploring animal bodies, behaviors and evolutionary development.

Shape of Life is a series of free short classroom videos that beautifully illustrate the evolution of the animal kingdom on planet earth. Based upon an original PBS Series, Shape of Life, is especially designed for students and teachers who want a first-hand account of how animals adapt and thrive. The series focuses on diversity, biodiversity, adaptability, body structure, design, behaviors, and the innovative scientists who explore these creatures.

http://shapeoflife.org

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A significant number of my readers are educators. Their contribution is vital to the strength of a nation and to the conservation of Nature because the strength of a nation and a society and the preservation of Nature starts with great education opportunities for all. Here are three great videos that focus on education.

“Making sure all our students get a great education, find a career that’s fulfilling and rewarding, and have a chance to live out their dreams … wouldn’t just make us a more successful country — it would also make us a more fair and just one.” — Bill Gates

Here is a TED talk by Bill Gates on education and teachers. [ http://www.ted.com/talks/bill_gates_teachers_need_real_feedback?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2014-12-13&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_content=quote ]

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Outdoor nurseries – the merits of child-centered learning outdoors. A great idea in environmental education

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/dec/09/the-school-in-the-woods-outdoor-education-modern-britain

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Children need nature; nature needs children

http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/columnists/trevor-hancock-children-need-nature-nature-needs-children-1.1868007

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The park ranger or the naturalist may be becoming an endangered species. Very sad because place-based environmental education is a powerful way to bring people back to Nature.

http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/05/national-park-service-key-player-nurturing-tomorrows-park-interpreters-naturalists25066

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Let Kids Run Wild in the Woods

What if everybody picked a flower? Maybe they’d care more about nature.

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/05/kid_play_zones_in_parks_leave_no_trace_inhibits_fun_and_bonding_with_nature.html

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Environmental education projects in the great outdoors are among the best ways to teach skills that cut across curriculum

http://www.districtadministration.com/article/environmental-education-digs-deep

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Mother Nature is one of the best parents a child can have. A wonderful collection of comments by various parents on how Nature can become an important part of a child’s life.

http://registerguard.com/rg/life/healthyfamilies/33440687-306/its-natures-way.html.csp

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Exploring Our Connections To Nature. A lesson set for environmental educators.
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Our grandchildren could grow up knowing less about the planet than we do today. This is not a legacy we want to leave them. Yet we are on the verge of ensuring that this happens.
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Deb McMullen Perryman – an award winning Environmental Education teacher from Elgin, Illinois who oversees the National Biodiversity Teach-In [ http://nationalbiodiversityteachin.com/  ] which is run by her students. This is my second year working with Deb and I was privileged to be one of the speakers. Here is a PBS video of  her story [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6QWApC04LI ]
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Why Do I Write These Essays?

Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. The movement of life’s energy, which originates in the sun, takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself, or a natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are prepared to protect Nature’s environment that sustains you. And, you create your legacy by encouraging others to do likewise.

 

If, after reading my essays, you find yourself embracing these ideas, I am thrilled in knowing that I’ve played some small part in setting this world view in motion in your mind.

 

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