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.
Living Alongside Wildlife's Latest Posts
We mustn't give up on protecting the Florida Panther (letter to the editor). New protections for Nicaraguan Jaguars. Leopards in India prefer to live around human habitats. A hotspot for human-tiger conflict transformed with sticks and teamwork. There is one Wolverine in the state of California. He was just captured on a trail camera. Plan to save the Monarch
Here are a few of my favorite posts from 2014. Did you miss any? January 11th: Why Writing About Exotic Species Got Me Called an Activist Fraud "A few weeks ago I wrote an article that appeared in Slate Magazine about how biologists try to tell the difference between species that are exotic and those that are invasive, using some of the exotic reptiles that have been found in South Florida as
Protected marine areas off-limits to some fishing in New England have helped save what is left in the area. But these areas are under threat. On that note, where have all the Cod gone? Breeding Bluefin Tuna now protected in the Gulf of Mexico. Despite their imperiled status, some chefs just can't quit offering them. For the first time since the 1830s, there are wild Bison east of the
Hi David,I found this snake while surveying for mussels in Five Runs Creek, Conecuh National Forest, Covington County, AL.I’m pretty sure it’s feeding on a speckled madtom (Noturus leptacanthus) but didn’t want to get too close to positively ID and disturb and have him loose his lunch.I guessed it was a midland watersnake from a field guide. What are your thoughts? It was a small snake (
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