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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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Monday, November 28, 2016

When 99% of us hear the name Ted Turner, thoughts immediately go to "eccentric billionaire", founder of Cable Networks TBS and TNT and former husband of Jane Fonda..........Few of us know Ted Turner as a biophiliac, someone who is passionately connected to all life on earth.................Ted is the second largest private landowner in the USA and has placed conservation easements on nearly all of his 2.2 million acres of land in New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, Idaho, among other holdings...........Turner is also owns the largest private herd of bison(51,000 strong) in America.................."In fact Turner believes so emphatically in protecting the environment from further degradation that he views it as no less than, "an effort to ensure the survival of the human species." .............."To that end, he created the Turner Foundation with his 5 children in 1990 and is committed to preventing damage to the natural systems - water, air, and land - on which all life depends"----So you can be a " top 1 percenter", be an innovative businessman and also be a top flight environmental steward...............Message to all my Enviro Organization friends who read this blog---Instead of immediately demonizing President Elect Trump, go set up a meeting with him to discuss your agenda and how it fits hand in glove with MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN..............Trump is a collaborator,,,,,,,,,,,,,,go collaborate..............Pitch him the benefits of how biological diversity and 4% GNP growth are compatible and not mutually exclusive.................Salesmen(your humble Blogger) love to be sold..............Go sell "The Donald",,,,,,,,,,,,He might just surprise all of us if provided a win-win and biodiversity!

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Ted TurnerIf you ask our Founder and Chairman, Ted Turner, what his favorite natural place is - you'll get a response that really hits home.

"It's Planet Earth. The whole place. I've been from the Arctic to the rainforest to the equator to the desert. I've been in over 70 countries. I love this world. I want to see humanity succeed, and learn to live in peace and harmony with the environment and each other." Turner has always been interested in the totality of the planet.
When I was a kid, I read a lot of books about animals in Africa, about butterflies, birds, whales, plants, flowers, trees, everything. The natural world fascinated me.
Ted Turner
In fact Turner believes so emphatically in protecting the environment from further degradation that he views it as no less than, "an effort to ensure the survival of the human species." To that end, the Foundation was created in 1990 and is committed to preventing damage to the natural systems - water, air, and land - on which all life depends.
The Turner Foundation is a family foundation governed by a Board of Trustees, which is made up of Ted Turner and Turner's five children -- Rhett Turner, Laura Turner Seydel, Jennie Turner Garlington, Teddy Turner, and Beau Turner.
Turner Foundation, Inc. has given Ted the opportunity to involve his family and teach them how to become responsible philanthropists and environmentalists. Jennie Turner Garlington, the youngest of the five Turner children describes her experience as "one of the greatest opportunities that any son or daughter can ever hope to have." Garlington's four siblings also share their Dad's passion for environmental causes. "It's allowed me to do some great things," said Beau Turner. "I think Dad thought it was very, very important to start giving money away while he was still around, so he could see what our interest was in all this. And so he could see his children enjoying the giving." Teddy Turner, Ted's oldest son, recalls the first vote the Trustees outvoted Ted on, "we thought it was the end of the world. But he thought it was the greatest thing. I think it was part of the transition he wanted -
Think on your own; do the right thing. Because I'm not always going to be here to tell you what to do.
Ted Turner
When Turner was asked what he wanted the Turner Foundation to do when he's gone, he replied, "I want it to do good, that's all."
The Trustees' passion is not only reflected in their involvement in the Foundation, but also in their personal commitments. Laura Turner Seydel, a strong advocate for environmental and women's issues, is actively involved in a number of environmental organizations and is co-founder of the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Chairman of the Captain Planet Foundation and serves on many national boards. Rhett Turner's Emmy-award winning production company Red Sky Productions has produced documentaries for such organizations as The Carter Center, International Crane Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, Yahoo News, and others. Jennie has nurtured her love of media and the environment into an Emmy-award winning show she produces for PBS called Ecosense for Living. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Turner Endangered Species Fund and on the boards of numerous conservation organizations, Beau is committed to inspiring young people to get outdoors and enjoy nature.  He founded the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center (BTYCC) in Northern Florida which has become a model for outdoor youth centers throughout the state. Teddy is a high school teacher and very active and engaged in education and coastal conservation issues- serving on the Children's Museum of the Low Country and South Carolina Aquarium boards.

Millions of Americans will 
tell you
 they’re biophiliacs
and they’re proud of it. I’m a biophiliac. Chances are pretty good that you are, too!
What’s a biophiliac?
Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward Wilson coined the term to describe, “the connection human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life.”
That means we have a deep need to interact with nature. We do it because it feels good. And lots of studies show it makes us happier and healthier when we connect with our natural world. Did you know that hospital patients with rooms that face trees heal faster than those who don’t?
For me, biophilia means spending time at the ocean. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m an ocean-junkie! Just being next to the sea—smelling the salt air and listening to the waves crashing on the shore—always leaves me instantly relaxed, centered and at peace.
How can YOU connect with nature this week? Here are a few ideas:
  • Sit in your garden
  • Put a plant on your desk
  • Play with your dog
  • Walk in the woods
  • Go to a park for lunch

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