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The plight of wild horses, part one

  By Sharon St Joan   Utah’s wild horses    The word “gather” sounds like such a gentle word, like gathering wildflowers on a spring day. But for wild horses, as in the “Muddy Creek Wild Horse Gather Plan EA,” it’s meaning is anything but gentle. It hides a brutal reality – being herded by helicopter, then being sent off […]

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Concrete Jungles, Habitat For Humanity, Parrots

Originally posted on La Paz Group:
https://youtu.be/KJ6aZUxLCiQ The state’s ecology is a kind of urban legend come true—the old alligator-flushed-down-the-toilet story, with a thousand species. Illustration by Charles Burns When I first read this article about the downstream problems of the pet trade, I was living in India and learning about efforts to reduce the poaching crisis of wild animals being…

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Urgent Action Required to Protect Wolves in the Great Lakes Region

Originally posted on Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin:
The Farm Bill (H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018), scheduled to be brought to the House floor next week that has amendments to delist wolves in the Great Lakes region. Amendment number 85: Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) submitted an amendment to remove ESA protections for gray wolves across the…

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Beavers clean water, new research

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:
https://youtu.be/hGo-Y1bq0S8 This video from the USA says about itself: TITLE: Beaver Ponds As Crucial Habitat for a Sensitive Great Basin Amphibian SPEAKER: Chad Mellison AUTHORS: Kent Mcadoo and Chad Mellison SYMPOSIUM: Restoring and Managing the “Emerald Islands” of the Sagebrush Sea: New Science, Sticks and Stones, and the Eager Beaver [held at the Society for Range Management Annual Meeting in Sparks, Nevada on Jan. 30, 2018] From the University of Exeter in England: Beavers do ‘dam’ good work cleaning water May 9, 2018 Beavers could help clean up polluted rivers and stem the loss of valuable soils from farms, new research shows. The study, undertaken by scientists at the University of Exeter using a captive beaver trial run by the Devon Wildlife Trust, has demonstrated the significant impact the animals have had on reducing the flow of tonnes of soil and nutrients from nearby fields into a local river system. The research, led by hydrologist Professor Richard Brazier, found that the work of a single family of beavers had removed high levels of sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus from the water that flowed through their 2.5 hectare enclosure. The family of beavers, which have lived in [a] fenced site at a secret location in West Devon since 2011, have built 13 dams, slowing the flow of water and creating a series of deep ponds along the course of what was once a small stream.…

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405 thousand year climate cycle discovered related to Earth’s orbit around the sun

Originally posted on Iowa Climate Science Education:
In ancient rocks, scientists see a climate cycle working across deep time. A repeating shift in Earth’s orbit spans hundreds of millions of years From THE EARTH INSTITUTE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY Scientists drilling deep into ancient rocks in the Arizona desert say they have documented a gradual shift in Earth’s orbit that repeats…

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