Archive for the ‘Species’ Category

Wolves & our ecosystems

Reading this article tonight is just another example of how removing even one species from an ecosystem shows us that everyone plays a role here on earth. The article here is about one of my favorite animals, the wolf and one of my favorite parts of nature, our trees.

The article is entitled “After Killing all the Wolves in Yellowstone, They Finally Brought Them Back-Here’s What Happened Next” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger.

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Green Librarian

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Coyotes & badgers

I have to say it’s a duo I would never have thought of as working together for a common goal, a meal. According to this article over at the Mother Nature Network entitled “Why coyotes and badgers hunt together: The two predators were recently photographed collaborating in Colorado, a fascinating example of interspecies teamwork” by Russell McLendon they’ve been doing it for a long time. Who knew!?

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Green Librarian

Bioregions

When I came across this article tonight, I was immediately taken back to when I first learned about bioregions. These are areas bounded by natural rather than artificial borders that has characteristic flora and fauna and includes one or more ecosystems.

The article that took me there is entitled “Giant Panda Conservation Also Helps Other Unique Species in China” By John R. Platt over at Scientific American. I think it’s a perfect example of how much each and every species affects those around them. Sometimes it’s also nice to remember what got you where you’re going.

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Green Librarian

 

DIY BioBlitz

Okay, so the last Bioblitz in this region was in 2012, so I swear that I read somewhere that there was going to be one in St. Louis this year but I can’t seem to find that.

So then my next idea came from an article over at the Mother Nature Network entitled “How to Hold Your Own Personal BioBliltz” by Jaymi Heimbuch.

Of course, if we make it out to Amphibian Night this year (we’re on the waiting list as of last week), then that might also count.  Meanwhile, I’ll call tomorrow and check to get an update. I’ll keep you posted.

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Green Librarian

 

 

And then there was one

I realize that species go extinct everyday and that that is part of how we evolve but yet it’s disheartening to hear when another species goes that way.  I’ve often told friends that when you remove one species out of an ecosystem that you disrupt the balance of that ecosystem.

Well, according to this article over at Science Daily, “Ecosystems Change Long Before Species Are Lost“. As someone who has spent most of his life trying to make a difference in helping other species, it makes sense. Not only is the damage long-term, it takes a long time to get there.

Here’s hoping that maybe one day all of humankind will realize that as well because as the article says “Thus, natural ecosystems are likely to be much more fragile then we previously thought.

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Green Librarian

Gimme an E…

Okay, as I wind down “Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms” (and yes I know I just mentioned it the other day), Mr. Fortey is sort of retracing our steps over the number of “mass extinction” this planet of ours and it brings me back to the reality of today. Now while he talks about this sort of matter of factly, one doesn’t need to look around much to find articles on the topc such as these two.

The first one is “One-fifth of creepy spineless animals could disappear forever” by Sarah Laskow over at Grist. There’s also a link at the bottom of the page to the source for this article over at the BBC. Funny thing is, well not really funny, these are some of the same animals that Mr. Fortey mentions in his book.

The other article is entitled “100 Most Threatened Species List Released, All Likely to Disappear Within the Next Two Decades” by Nathan over at Planetsave. Talk about depressing news.

Now, back to your regularly schedule program.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian