Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Just as we have in a few short years witnessed fungus and virus infections causing a 70% decline in the world's amphibian species and as much as a 90% decline in certain eastern USA Bat species, so are we now seeing a precipitous drop in our snake population via another virulent fungus-------Virulent virus and fungus infections without an easy cure----All precipitated via us human animals causing atmospheric change, introducing chemical environmental pollutants, instigating wholesale habitat modification on our wildlands and introducing invasive species..........The question now in front of us is how do we reverse these plagues that we have brought on our sister species?.........Are we too far down the "rabbit hole" of technological tinkering with our environment to reign in the damage we are doing to the rest of life on our planet?
Posted by Rick Meril at 9:42 PM
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
"In June of this year, Eastern Wolves in Ontario were renamed Algonquin Wolves and their status was changed to threatened by the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario, an arms-length body that classifies species at risk in Ontario"............"The government has since set two years to draft a recovery plan for the Algonquin wolves with input from groups such as the Ontario Farm Association and scientists"............ "In the meantime, the hunting of the wolves is restricted in Algonquin Park and in the areas around Killarney Provincial Park, Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands and the Kawartha Highlands Signature Site"...............And as there always are "loopholes" in Wolf Protections whether they be in the USA or Canada, Farmers can continue to hunt both Algonquin Wolves and Eastern Coyotes outside of these restricted zones"....."Additionally, if landowners in the restricted zones feel that their livestock is threatened, the Wolves and Coyotes can be "blown away" without the farmers paying any type penalty----This truly sucks!---Why does it always seem to be "one step forward and two steps back" whenever recovery plans for carnivores are created?
Posted by Rick Meril at 5:10 PM
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 scenario..............jobs and biodiversity!
Posted by Rick Meril at 10:26 PM
Sunday, November 27, 2016
For those of you interested in when the first humans settled the Americas, you know that for years the accepted theory was that the CLOVIS CULTURE, first documented at Clovis, New Mexico were in North America some 12,000 years ago...........Over the past decade, new findings suggest Asiatic peoples occupied the Americas some 15,000 years ago............The October 2015 discovery of an intact set of Mammoth bones and skull in Chelsea, Michigan reinforces this earlier dating and also provides additional ammunition for the theory that man in large part was the main instrument of destruction of the Ice Age suite of giant mammals across the globe rather than climate change or disease ..............."Mammoth expert Daniel Fisher of the University of Michigan and his doctoral student, Micharel Cherney recently showed that, over the course of 30,000 years leading up to these extinctions, mammoth calves weaned at progressively younger ages"............... "Modern elephant studies show that if the animals are under nutritional stress "from a changing habitat, weaning is generally delayed"............... "On the other hand, hunting pressure like today’s epidemic of poaching in many areas of Africa has the opposite effect, forcing young elephants to wean at a younger age"............ "Cherney argues that his finding that Siberian mammoth calves were weaned at younger and younger ages presents “compelling evidence” that hunting played the key part in extinguishing the great beasts"..........More research will be needed here in North America to bear out these findings but the human extermination theory seems to be taking on more and more weight.
Posted by Rick Meril at 10:46 PM
Saturday, November 26, 2016
For all those who think that our fellow animals that we share this planet with are not thinking, feeling and sentient problem-solvers like ourselves, the below sequence of pictures of a Coyote and Badger teaming up to hunt prairie dogs is a revealing "wake-up" to all of us to temper the major religions historical premise that places man at the center of God's attention............Pope Francis' June 2015 Encyclical on the Environment corrects this faulty narrative..........In the Pope's own words-----"Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another"
Posted by Rick Meril at 6:54 PM