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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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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Teddy Roosevelt embodies the type President that we need today and going forward.............As author Michael Canfield describes him in his new book THEODORE ROOSEVELT IN THE FIELD, "Never has there been a President less content to sit still behind a desk".................'Roosevelt was more than just an adventurer—he was also a naturalist and campaigner for conservation".................. "His love of the outdoor world began at an early age and was driven by a need not to simply observe nature but to be actively involved in the outdoors—to be in the field"............This love of the outdoors and the natural world did not label him a "liberal" nor did it conflict with his Republican focused Presidency as it related to fiscal, domestic and foreign affairs...........In fact, Roosevelt was an unparralled conservationist, establishing or enlarging 150 national forests, 51 federal bird reservations, four national game reserves, five national parks and 18 national monuments................Wake up Republicans, the root word of conservation is CONSERVE------and that is exactly what Teddy Roosevelt did.............Time for one of the 14 current Republicans aspiring to become our next President to begin channeling this "Rough Rider"----Teddy Roosevelt, a force of nature---A President that was ROBUST, FORCEFUL, NATURALISTIC, BOMBASTIC, TEETH CLAPPING, ANIMAL SKINNING, KEEN-EYED........And most of all, an AVALANCHE-LIKE PERSONA who was the furthest thing from the POLITICALLY CORRECT B.S. that has been emanating out of D.C. for the past 8 years

Michael R. Canfield discusses Theodore Roosevelt in the Field at Harvard Book Store.

Friday, November 13, 2015 3:00pm 
Harvard Book Store welcomes Harvard University lecturer MICHAEL R. CANFIELD for a discussion of his latest book, Theodore Roosevelt in the Field.
Never has there been a president less content to sit still behind a desk than Theodore Roosevelt. When we picture him, he's on horseback or standing at a cliff’s edge or dressed for safari. And Roosevelt was more than just an adventurer—he was also a naturalist and campaigner for conservation. His love of the outdoor world began at an early age and was driven by a need not to simply observe nature but to be actively involved in the outdoors—to be in the field. As Michael R. Canfield reveals in Theodore Roosevelt in the Field, throughout his life Roosevelt consistently took to the field as a naturalist, hunter, writer, soldier, and conservationist, and it is in the field where his passion for science and nature, his belief in the manly, “strenuous life,” and his drive for empire all came together.

Drawing extensively on Roosevelt’s field notebooks, diaries, and letters, Canfield takes readers into the field on adventures alongside him. From Roosevelt’s early childhood observations of ants to his notes on ornithology as a teenager, Canfield shows how Roosevelt’s quest for knowledge coincided with his interest in the outdoors. We later travel to the Badlands, after the deaths of Roosevelt’s wife and mother, to understand his embrace of the rugged freedom of the ranch lifestyle and the Western wilderness. Finally, Canfield takes us to Africa and South America as we consider Roosevelt’s travels and writings after his presidency. Throughout, we see how the seemingly contradictory aspects of Roosevelt’s biography as a hunter and a naturalist are actually complementary traits of a man eager to directly understand and experience the environment around him. 

As our connection to the natural world seems to be more tenuous, Theodore Roosevelt in the Field offers the chance to reinvigorate our enjoyment of nature alongside one of history’s most bold and restlessly curious figures.
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