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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

We know Audubon,Thoreau, Emerson, Muir and Leopold as some of the great American Naturalists dating back to the 18th Century...........How many of us know Alexander von Humboldt, the man whose contemporaries considered him the most famous man in the world after Napoleon............. Thomas Jefferson called him “one of the greatest ornaments of the age”............... There are more plants, animals, minerals and places named after Humboldt than any other person.............. In California alone, a county, a bay, a college and a state park all bear his name............... He is a founding father of environmentalism, a visionary who predicted man-made climate change as early as 1800.............................At a time when scientists were classifying the world into ever smaller taxonomic units, Humboldt regarded Earth as one great living organism in which everything was connected............. It was a radically new approach, and it makes him a naturalist hero for the 21st century.....Click on link below to read more about Mr. Humboldt and his contributions,d.eXY

Alexander von Humboldt: The man who made nature modern

 In 1804, Humboldt visited the young United States.  In Philadelphia he was treated warmly by the American Philosophical Society, the leading scientific organization in the country.  They also stayed with President Thomas Jefferson in Washington D.C., a small town still under construction.  Humboldt and Jefferson shared a love of science and had similar political philosophies.  Dolly Madison, wife of then Secretary of State James Madison, said of Humboldt: “We have lately had a great treat in the company of a charming Prussian Baron von Humboldt.  All the ladies say they are in love with him….  He is the most polite, modest, well-informed and interesting traveler we have ever met, and is much pleased with America.”

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