Patterns In Nature : What The Monarch Butterfly Can Teach Mankind

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Just Patterns | 0 comments

Patterns In Nature : What The Monarch Butterfly Can Teach Mankind

Those of you who are my regular readers know of the three “voices” (  the aesthetic, the spiritual, and the scientific  ) that I employ to describe Nature as I see Her. These three worldviews express: The awe and wonder we experience when we connect with the natural world. Our interconnectedness with Nature and a reverence for life. Our scientific curiosity. These voices of Nature resonate in harmony within me as I think about the beautiful Monarch Butterfly, its life cycle, and its amazingly complex migration pattern. Our...

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Patterns In Nature : Letting Nature Take Her Course

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Just Patterns | 4 comments

Patterns In Nature : Letting Nature Take Her Course

For those of you who regularly read my blog posts, you know that I am a strong advocate for letting Nature do her own thing with little or no human intervention. I advocate this approach because science has shown that, like the weather, man cannot control Nature. Only when we humans have damaged a species or an ecosystem should we work toward restoration. And then when we have made our best efforts to restore what we have damaged, we need to step back. The reintroduction of the wolf to Yellowstone National Park is a wonderful restoration story...

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Patterns In Nature : When people kill wild animals they now call it "harvesting"

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Just Patterns | 7 comments

Patterns In Nature : When people kill wild animals they now call it "harvesting"

When we begin to see nature as mentor, gratitude tempers greed and the notion of ‘resources’ becomes obscene.” – Wes Jackson One of the key concerns that I have in my work regarding connections in Nature is the failure of many conservationists, conservation organizations, and government “resource managers” to understand that mankind cannot control or manipulate Nature. Without burdening you with a lot of technical jargon,  systems scientists have known for years that systems such as ecosystems are not predictable...

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Patterns In Nature : Battling Climate Change with Beaver Restoration

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Just Patterns | 5 comments

Patterns In Nature : Battling Climate Change with Beaver Restoration

Today I am privileged to present a guest post by one of  my dear readers, Dave . My association with Dave is what I would hope would happen with more of you. I have been richly rewarded by our dialog – both our email chats and video Skype. I urge you to visit Dave’s blog site “Habitat Chat“. Habitat restoration and beavers, the subject of this guest blog post, are two topics that fit very well within the credo of this blog. With that, here is Dave’s offering for us today.   ******* Do you spend time...

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Patterns In Nature : The impact of political corruption on Nature

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Just Patterns | 0 comments

Patterns In Nature : The impact of political corruption on Nature

This essay is the sixth and final post in a series of blog posts on the subject of connections in Nature and how these connections relate to mankind’s existence on this planet. The material in this series is presented as follows: Nature’s Broken Links – Man’s Massive Impact On This Planet Resilience and Restoration – Restoring Nature’s Ecosystems Edges – Connections Between Ecosystems Ecological Corridors – Restoring Nature’s Wildlife Corridors Biosphere Reserves – Reconnecting...

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Patterns In Nature : Reconnecting Nature and People

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Just Patterns | 2 comments

Patterns In Nature : Reconnecting Nature and People

This post is the fifth in a series of blog posts on the subject of connections in Nature; how man is gradually destroying these vital connections that keep him alive; and possible ways to work with Nature to conserve these extremely important connections. The material in this series is presented as follows: Nature’s Broken Links – Man’s Massive Impact On This Planet Resilience and Restoration – Restoring Nature’s Ecosystems  Edges – Connections Between Ecosystems  Ecological Corridors – Restoring...

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Patterns In Nature: Reducing Roadkill By Design

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Just Patterns | 6 comments

Patterns In Nature: Reducing Roadkill By Design

My previous blog post on Nature’s wildlife corridors proved to be a very popular subject. So, I have decided to share a recent article with you that provides a great example of what can be done to create new wildlife corridors when people work together to create connections between wildlife ecosystems. Orion Magazine published this article by Andrew D. Blechan entitled Right of Way  which I provide here in its entirety. Orion provides an informative video that accompanies this piece.     WHEN THE MONTANA Department of...

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Patterns In Nature : Restoring Nature’s Wildlife Corridors

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Just Patterns | 3 comments

Patterns In Nature : Restoring Nature’s Wildlife Corridors

You might as well expect rivers to run backwards as any man born free to be contented penned up. –Chief Joseph This post is the fourth in a series of blog posts on the subject of connections in Nature; how man is gradually destroying these vital connections that keep him alive; and possible ways to work with Nature to conserve these extremely important connections. The material in this series is presented as follows: Nature’s Broken Links – Man’s Massive Impact On This Planet Resilience and Restoration – Restoring...

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Patterns In Nature : Protecting Connections Between Ecosystems

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Just Patterns | 5 comments

Patterns In Nature : Protecting Connections Between Ecosystems

This post is the third in a series of blog posts on the subject of connections in Nature; how man is gradually destroying these vital connections that keep him alive; and possible ways to work with Nature to conserve these extremely important connections. The material in this series is presented as follows: Nature’s Broken Links – Man’s Massive Impact On This Planet Resilience and Restoration – Restoring Nature’s Ecosystems Edges – Connections Between Ecosystems Ecological Corridors – Restoring...

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Patterns In Nature : Restoring Her Ecosystems

Posted by on Nov 8, 2014 in Just Patterns | 8 comments

Patterns In Nature : Restoring Her Ecosystems

This post is the second in a series of blog posts on how man is gradually destroying Nature’s vital interconnections. The series explores possible ways that humanity can work with Nature to conserve these extremely important connections. The six blog posts in this series are: Nature’s Broken Links – Man’s Massive Impact On This Planet. A Strategy For Restoring Nature’s Ecosystems Edges – Connections Between Ecosystems Biosphere Reserves – Reconnecting Nature’s Land Masses Ecological Corridors...

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