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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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Thursday, January 4, 2018

An interesting article by journalist Richard Conniff arguing that it might be increasingly hard to set aside large protected landscapes for creatures other than ourselves..............He posits that some Environmentalists have given up hope of what biologist E.O.Wilson would like to see happen-----save half of the worlds remaining wild landscapes as bioreserves..............Instead of "Half-Earth, these other enviros feel that we must find ways to keep the land that us human animals occupy as "friendly" as possible for other animals to live on.....................I am all for keeping your property in native plants(whiuch I do) and encouraging "critters" to come and go as they would like...............I am all for highway medians to be planted in wildflowers.................However, these noble efforts are not going to optimize biodiversity.............The "generalists", the creatures that can occupy the small edges will persist on some level on these "land patches"................However, the truly "Wild America" and "Wild World" that many of us hope can still become a reality will only be accomplished on the local level through Land Trust purchases and easements............Federal Governments in developed Countries like the USA are no longer going to create 500 square mile preserves,,,,,,,,,,,,There are too many other "people needs" that the Feds will need to focus on with human populations going from 7 to a projected 9 billion by AD 2100........... ,,,,,It will be up to organizations like the OPEN SPACE INSTITUTE, THE NATURE CONSERVANCY, RESTORE THE NORTH WOODS, YELLOWSTONE TO YUKON, ALGONQUINS TO THE ADIRONDACKS AND HUNDREDS OF OTHER REGIONAL AND LOCAL LAND SAVING ORGANIZATIONS TO PATCH TOGETHER LARGE, INTERCONNECTED LANDSCAPES THAT CAN SUPPORT THE BIGGEST AND THE SMALLEST OF OUR FAUNA AND FLORA


Habitat on the Edges: Making Room for Wildlife in an Urbanized World

Efforts to protect biodiversity are now focusing less on preserving pristine areas and more on finding room for wildlife on the margins of human development. As urban areas keep expanding, it is increasingly the only way to allow species to survive. 


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