Living Alongside Wildlife
The title of this blog, Living Alongside Wildlife, is a reference to a land ethic suggesting human and wildlife populations can coexist if we respect our natural resources. Our goals should include living alongside wildlife in perpetuity, rather than unsustainable exploitation, wanton killing and irreversible destruction of their habitats. For more about conservation and land ethics, check out the work of Aldo Leopold, particularly A Sand County Almanac. These essays were a great influence in formulating my own stances on various environmental issues. When I created this blog I had two primary goals. The first of which was to encourage an appreciation for wildlife that tend to have a bad reputation, primarily amphibians and reptiles. The second goal was to make my research accessible to a general audience. Over time, a third goal manifested itself. Many are generally unfamiliar with the natural history of reptiles; as a result there are a plethora of e-mail forwards containing outlandish stories and photos of these animals. All too often, these e-mails are circulated and accepted as fact. For animals that are already maligned, scary and fabricated stories only serve to perpetuate the myth they are dangerous and malevolent. Perhaps this is no more true than in the case of the giant dead rattlesnakes, wherein a dead rattlesnake is shoved towards the camera and a bogus story is made up about how various townsfolk were saved in the nick of time by the marauding monster. I use this blog to discuss these e-mail forwards, which I\'m often able to debunk based solely on the biology of the organism in question.
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The waters off of NYC are full of whales and sharks. Here, a Humpback whale breaches in front of the NY skyline. Great read on how wildlife hybrids are becoming more common as our natural landscapes change. Sweden mourns the death of its oldest eel. Entire new town planned for construction in Florida Panther habitat. Scientists suggest ending trophy fishing of threatened
Zombie Sharks show harasses sharks for no good reason. Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine is a fake documentary. Shark Week lied to scientists to get them to appear in their fake "documentaries". Megalodon: The monster shark is dead. Sharkageddon may be the worst Shark Week show *ever*. Shark Week is making stuff up again. Ooh, even I made it into this one:
Have you "liked" Living Alongside Wildlife on Facebook yet? Please do so now and invite your friends. Great Read: Caviar's Last Stand: how the international caviar underground ended up in the Ozarks. There's no shortage of bad news about wildlife, but meanwhile have you noticed how much wildlife there is on the East Coast? On that note, the U.S. is busy removing dams, to the benefit
Hi David, I have always loved animals and reptiles especially after going to a science fair where a local herpetologist brought all kinds of interesting snakes and such to show the students... Once moving to Virginia I became scared of copperheads because they can't rattle to warn you of their presence and I am an avid hiker. In living in this state a long time I never ran into any snakes
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