We here at Wilderless are big fans of famed naturalist Aldo Leopold. Now, thanks to ecologist Stan Temple, a senior fellow at the Aldo Leopold Foundation, we have the opportunity to listen in on a simulated dawn chorus at Leopold’s famed Wisconsin shack. For the audio track and more on the story check out Brandon Keim’s article over at Wired.
Big Map Blog has a BIG MAP featuring the decline of the American Bison, prepared by prominent 19th-Century Zoologist William Hornaday.
Thomas Egen’s book, The Worst Hard Time, is a terrorizing historical narrative of the Dust Bowl years of the 1930’s. I read this horrifying tale some years ago and it has haunted me since. The hardships that were faced by the people on the American Plains is inconceivable. Egen recounts of survivors subsisting on eating road kill and canned tumbleweed to stave off starvation. This book is a must read and a true testament of what can go wrong, so badly wrong, when people act rapaciously toward the land. You will never look out of your car window at those endless miles of seemingly docile American farmland the same again.
“Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us, and training them into a better race to inhabit the land and pass it on. Conservation is a great moral issue, for it involves the patriotic duty of insuring the safety and continuance of the nation.”
“I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness.”
― John Muir, Wilderness Essays
Look closely at the National Park Service arrowhead symbol and you will see the purpose of the National Park System—the protection and understanding of all the objects illustrated there—the trees and bison for plant and wildlife, the mountain and river for landscapes and water resources, and all this inside an arrowhead representing the human history of our nation. The arrowhead is a fitting symbol for our history; it is part of the beginning of the human story of our nation… for more visit www.NPS.gov