Patterns In Nature : The Isle Royale Wolves Are Still A Conservation Paradox

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Just Patterns | 4 comments

Patterns In Nature : The Isle Royale Wolves Are Still A Conservation Paradox

The waning population of Isle Royale wolves are in the news once more.  In 2009, there were 24 wolves left in Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park. By 2013, there were nine. This year (2015), there are only three – two adults and one deformed nine-month-old pup. The big question facing ecologists and the National Park Service is what should be done, if anything?? Unlike wolf populations elsewhere, no one is killing the Isle Royale wolves. Mother Nature is just doing her thing. I related the full story about this wolf...

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Patterns In Nature: Wildlife is for all of us, not just the hunters.

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Just Patterns | 1 comment

Patterns In Nature: Wildlife is for all of us, not just the hunters.

Hunter’s and government officials who claim that hunting and culling are acts of conservation are simply exhibiting their ignorance of the findings of modern science that describe a highly interconnected and complex Nature where Her vital connections can be harmed or broken with a hunter’s gun.  There is absolutely no proof that hunting or culling provides a positive conservation value or enhances an ecosystem. Indeed, the facts speak to the contrary. Hunting and culling break connections in Nature. These practices cannot replace...

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Bird flocks and forests teach us about connections in Nature

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Just Patterns, Popular Posts | 3 comments

Bird flocks and forests teach us about connections in Nature

In the spirit of Aldo Leopold’s “Land Ethic”, Janine Benyus, author of A Biomimicry Primer, admonishes us to “consult life’s genius” by letting Nature be our teacher. Perhaps the most powerful way that Nature teaches us about her interconnected self is through groups. Species are composed of populations of individuals. These individuals are players that establish connections and interactions with each other in Nature to form groups. These groups, which include  bird flocks, animal herds, human crowds, and forests are...

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Nothing In Nature Exists In Isolation

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Just Patterns | 2 comments

Nothing In Nature Exists In Isolation

Nothing exists solely on its own. From the most minuscule atomic particle to the grandest galaxies, the past, the present, and the future of every animate and inanimate being in our universe, including human beings, is defined by its interconnection to everything else. If any of these links are broken, Nature at any scale will change or simply not operate. We human beings are interdependent organisms with a legacy that is represented in both living organisms and non-living natural objects.  Like the rocks, mountains, lions, and ants, we are...

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Patterns In Nature : What The Monarch Butterfly Can Teach Mankind

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Just Patterns, Popular Posts | 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 | 5 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 | 1 comment

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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