By: Michael Peterson
Nine feet is one foot shorter than a basketball hoop. Nine feet is higher than the average residential ceiling height. Nine feet is the length from the tip of one horn to the other of a large Long-horned Bison, one of five species in the Bison genus. The Long-horned Bison is one of three species now extinct, but its extant (still living) relative, the American Bison, is now the national mammal of the United States of America.
How can we transform what typically becomes a lose-lose for the environment as we squabble and turn it into a win-win?
I recently attended the North American Congress for Conservation Biology in Madison, Wisconsin. The focus was “Communicating Science for Conservation Action.” This got me thinking about science communication. I also have a broken wrist, so I’m writing this with dictation software. This also makes me think about communication. So let me tell you a story.
The US Forest Service just reported that there are 66 million dead trees in the six counties that cover the southern Sierra Nevada. Restraint, Resilience, Reponse or Realignment. Has our choice been made for us?
Christopher Adlam and the UC Davis 2016 Conservation Planning class
Does conservation planning now have a curriculum? Does it need a certification system?
Should conservation ecologists learn planning, or planners learn conservation ecology in order to do effective conservation planning? I am not sure about the latter, we tried it on the former.
Where is the nature with which people need to connect? New contributor Kate Tiedeman lays it out for us. --Mark
A ruse of a title that, once again, focuses on the “new conservation” debate, this time with the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in mind.
Who is "The Science"? What does "The Science" do in its spare time? Why do we ask "The Science" so many questions? I don’t know. I have never actually met “The Science” and as far as I know there actually is no entity known as “The Science” to whom I might address a question (or a thank you note, or even send a chain letter, etc.).
Intellectually I know that it is important not to conceptualize nature as separate from urban areas, but realistically I associate escaping into nature with a 4 hour car ride. So, what is all the buzz about re-connecting people to nature in urban environments?
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