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Conservation should be heart of conservatism - Salt Lake Tribune

Conservation should be heart of conservatism - Salt Lake Tribune | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Conservation should be heart of conservatism Salt Lake Tribune Environmental ethicists have been accused of worshiping nature over God, or of substituting religious precepts or sacred tenets with a devotion to environmental doctrine instead, as...
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Northern hawk-owl still in Zwolle

Northern hawk-owl still in Zwolle | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
This video, from 5 December 2013 in Zwolle in the Netherlands, is called Hawk Owl in flight - slow motion. Today, the Zwolle northern hawk-owl is still present. Birder Ton Elzerman reports that thi...
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Miracle for Two!

Miracle for Two! | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
I'm pleased to announce that Thandi, the miraculous poaching survivor, is expecting! Dr. William Fowlds, who has been part of Thandi's life since the poaching attempt on her life said, "I don’t rec...
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Petition | Stop the Annual Seal Slaughter in Canada! | English

Petition | Stop the Annual Seal Slaughter in Canada! | English | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
The annual war on seals in Canada has begun, and over 300.000 animals are slated to be killed for their fur. During this time, sealers routinely hook ... | English
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Can we stop the African lion slaughter?

Can we stop the African lion slaughter? | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
South African lions are being slaughtered for their bones to make sex potions and other bogus remedies. President Zuma could ban the trade if he's shown it is hurting South Africa's image as a tourist destination.
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Adapt or die: Scientists warn that endangered animals are monitored to extinction

Adapt or die: Scientists warn that endangered animals are monitored to extinction | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
  There are more than 70,000 species of animals and plants on our planet. Unfortunately, three out of every ten are under threat. The release last month of the updated Red List, compiled by the Int...
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There is a good ecological alternative to welfare ranching. | Patterns In Nature Blog

There is a good ecological alternative to welfare ranching. | Patterns In Nature Blog | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Welfare ranching is expensive to the taxpayer and harmful to the environment. We must stop subsidizing ranchers and require them to be ecologically responsible.
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My ideas are included in the comments on the Patterns In Nature blog, the source for this scoop.

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Wolves learning from humans, new research

Wolves learning from humans, new research | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
This video says about itself: In the Valley of the Wolves - Nature Full Documentary HD 2013 Nature Documentary: In the Valley of the Wolves Narrated by F. Murray Abraham In 1995, the first gray wol...
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Fences divide lion conservationists

Fences divide lion conservationists | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Traci Watson 19 November 2013
Lion numbers have fallen sharply in recent decades, in large part because of killing by humans.
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Times are grim for the king of the beasts.
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Kyrgyzstan files $304 mln ecology damage suit against Centerra - Reuters

MINING.com Kyrgyzstan files $304 mln ecology damage suit against Centerra Reuters BISHKEK, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan is suing Canada's Centerra Gold for 15 billion soms ($304 million) over what the government says is ecological damage, marking a...
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Valuation of ecological services is improving.  As it matures, such suits could become common.

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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
A fleeing puffin, a hoarding squirrel, a doting hippo - here are this week's finest photos from the natural world
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Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent #3)  by Veronica Roth | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth Hardcover 526 pages Published October 22nd 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books Rating: 4/5 stars Add Allegiant on GOODREADS ~Description~ The faction-based socie...
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Fast Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 82 - Pennant's Red Colobus

Fast Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 82 - Pennant's Red Colobus | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
"I cannot see how there can be any real and full recognition of Kinship as long as men continue either to cheat or to eat their fellow beings." Henry Salt (1851-1939) On a small, highly biodiverse ...
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WARNING GRAPHIC/UPSETTING IMAGES ~ URGENT! IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED! CALLING ALL THOSE THAT CARE ~ PLEASE HELP - PLEASE SHARE ~ WORLD WIDE MARCH NEEDED!

WARNING GRAPHIC/UPSETTING IMAGES ~ URGENT! IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED! CALLING ALL THOSE THAT CARE ~ PLEASE HELP - PLEASE SHARE ~ WORLD WIDE MARCH NEEDED! | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
imass gero Published on 20 Nov 2013 The U.S Navy has now permission to "take" 33,5 millions of whales, dolphins and other marine animals over the next 5 years. These alarming numbers come from Navy...
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Snowy Owl Migrations

Snowy Owl Migrations | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Climate change has had a significant impact on a multitude of global issues ranging from the environment to even politics; the Snowy Owl, Bubo scandiacus, is another organism that is feeling the ef...
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Happy Weekend: Baby Chhouk's New Lease on Life!

Happy Weekend! This video of  baby Chhouk's new boot will melt your heart!
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TIGER-Hopper in Costa Rica - Welcome to the Jungle

Hello my Friends, the Tiger Hopper is the little Tiger-Price of the Hoppers. The king is the LION HOPPER...of course.. The tiger hopper loves to eat our gard...
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For wind power, US extends permit for eagle deaths - KFWB NEWS TALK 980

For wind power, US extends permit for eagle deaths - KFWB NEWS TALK 980 | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Friday it will allow some companies to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty, an effort to spur development and investment in green energy while balancing its...
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Howling Lesson

Howling Lesson | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Howling lesson, a photo by debbie_dicarlo on Flickr. Reminder: deadline is December 17th to add public comments against the slaughter of the Gray Wolf in the USA Oppose the removal of the Gray Wolf...
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7 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer - Copyblogger

7 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer - Copyblogger | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
This Authority Master Class designed to take your writing skills to the next level, with two of the best voices in the business: Robert Bruce and Sonia Simone.
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New Arizona Wildlife Notebook

New Arizona Wildlife Notebook | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
Current checklists and conservation status for Arizona species of amphibians, ants, bats, birds, butterflies and moths, damselflies and dragonflies, fish, grasshoppers, lizards, mammals, snakes, an...
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Island Biogeography

Part I, island biogeography in a World Regional context...click here to watch part II, why island biogeography matters in places that aren't on islands.


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Maegan Connor's curator insight, December 8, 2013 11:35 AM

I find the island biogeography to be really awesome because it's as if the small South Pacific islands are a completely separate world in terms of the creatures that live in the isolated environments.  Growing up, the idea of the Komodo Dragon was terrifying and amazing because lizards are just supposed to be little, ugly reptiles and the existence of one large enough to eat us and named after the beasts in fairytales was fascinating.  In Rhode Island, there isn't much in terms of exotic wildlife but even the species throughtout the rest of the U.S. don't completely compare to the rare creatures on the islands that have adapted to the conditions of living on small pieces of land.

The land bridge is something I don't recall ever hearing of before and the way that it influences the animals' evolution and expansion is fascinating.  I think of it in terms of humans because when immigrants cross seas to go to different countries, they are forced to adapt and they're families evolve differently than they would have in their homeland. The land bridge provided similar challenges for the marsupials and reptiles that are/were located on the secluded islands.

Once again, I also find myself extremely annoyed with man's habit of killing off rare species for the selfish reasons of owning land and not being hunted by the animals whose land they've encroached upon.

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, April 24, 8:04 PM

This video presentation gives a good description of why islands have a varied and different forms of species on the islands.  The isolation gives them a strong hold in their particular environment but this is a double edged sword because they lack predation or stronger comparators so they become very adapted to their place but cannot compete when a stronger adaptor for generalized environment comes to the island.  Like cats that are brought to the isolated island and then proceed to cause mass extinctions.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 10:03 PM

Just because the world island is in island biogeography doesn't mean it is only to be discussed and looked at on islands. There is great importance of exploring this specific part of geography on land that is not solely surrounded by water.