Caught Up in the Game- Bird Gangs

February 25, 2009

This article is about the exposure of birds to gang life. It alleges that young, disenfranchised male birds have begun to form street gangs. Many of these youths lack access to many of life’s necessities, and consequently turn to each other for support. These gangs consist of varying numbers of young males who often find themselves in similar situations, lacking the size and status to feed like adults. As a result, many have turned to a life of deviance and crime, gathering in numbers to overwhelm innocent victims. Their behavior is typical in hard times, when resources are few. Often, the gang bangers draw heavily from the influence of rappers such as Blue Jay-Z, Lil’ Crane, and Puffin Daddy.

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Komodo Dragon Attacks Indonesian Park Ranger

February 25, 2009

I found this article in The Boston Globe about a park ranger in Indonesia who was in the rangers hut and a komodo dragon walked up the ladder and mauled the guy. The ranger suffered severe lacerations on his hand and foot but is recovering from the incident. . Komodo dragon attacks on humans are rare. The last attack on a Komodo dargon attack happened in 2007 on an 8 year old boy who was killed.


Computers predict fish populations

February 25, 2009

Dr. Cheung has developed a new computer model that predicts what might happen to several species of fish under different climate scenarios, after all the climate is going to change drastically in 100 years.  Some of his findings include redistribution of fish towards poles, tropics will suffer biggest loss of fish, a lot of species will face extinction.  These models help fishery managements to alter their conservation efforts and policies to cope with the upcoming changes in marine ecosystems.

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Nature

February 25, 2009

 The first chapter was an investigation of where nature came
from, our perception of what nature is and how/when it was
formed.  I thought it was interesting that our understanding of
nature comes for Romantic ‘nature poets’ of the 18th and 19th
century, and that the top British poems are nature poems.
Which seems to be true because poetry installed this sense of
beauty and remarkable attributes to nature, and how nature is
this amazing place.
       There was a lot of jumping around and was lost most of the
time.  Other things I got out of the chapter that I thought
were interesting were “many natural features are products of
human choice”.  I think we talked about this in class that
nature is being perceived as something we create and our parks
are designed a way to keep us happy.  I really liked the idea
that nature is the product of environmental degradation as well.
       The second chapter focused more on the historical records of
Roman antiquity and Greek records about nature.  Some points I
liked in this chapter were how similar, but different, modern
ideas are to Roman and Greek ideas about nature.  They too knew
that there was something wrong with over using the land, like
overlogging and agriculture techniques.  I have taken two Frat
classes and have never talked about this in class.  How could
people back then know these types of consequences without any
influences, since today the conservationists have many sources
to stem their ideologies.  For instance, pg 29 paragraph II,
the interpretation that ancient Europeans believed that the
Earth operates as one organism and the temperature, gases, and
ph are all factors to maintaing all life forms.  If we knew
this back then how did we get ourself into the situation we are
in now, e.g. global warming.
       There were some ridiculous ideas in ancient times too about
nature.  For instance that women are derived from animals.  One
thing that was cool was how Nero would flood the arena and have
Polar bears eat Seals, but seriously how would this happen.  It
seems that our passion for nature stems from Greek but our
exploitation of it stems from Romans.
       Chapter three was trying to investigate how the environment
looked like in the middle ages.  What jumps out at me is how
similar we are to those back then.  We have over hunted many
megafauna animals, elephants and bears.  We have dramatically
effected our climate to increase our population, forests are
getting smaller and sucking up water to meet our growing
demands.  We have integrated hunting regulations, and even set
up national parks to stop hunting.  If we were to get rid of
these laws there would be greater consequences then there were
back then when forest law was abolished.
       Chapter four was short, thank you, but had lots of stuff.  I
liked the fact that the reason we experiment with nature and
want to find out how it works because it is this realm of God,
and maybe if we can figure our nature we can figure out God.
Today, it seems like this is what we study science for, but not
to emphasize God but to say that we are in control of
everything.  Science opened our eyes and showed us that we have
the ability to control or destroy nature.  What we do effects
everything, and yet today we still say that God will come back
to save us when we need it, but come on it’s all on us.
     Chapter five was more interesting than the rest.  I found a couple of things I found to be true.  One thing was that we don’t have to look back as far as Judae0-Christianity to locate the source of our ecological problems, our real problems began way after this.  I too believe that the no mortal man will ever recapture the wonder of the world prior to 1492, because as soon as we landed it has forever been changed.  I thought it was crazy too that they mentioned that the Mexicans would have destroyed their agriculture even if the conquistadors would have never shown up.  This chapter paints a picture that we will never stop our human ways and eventually nature will be gone forever.


Grizzly Man

February 25, 2009

            This is not so much of an article as it is an account of what happened to Timothy Treadwell and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard on October 6, 2003.  Timothy Treadwell was an avid grizzly bear enthusiast who would go so far as to spend a couple weeks in Alaska every year up close and personal with grizzly bears.  It was on his 13th trip that him and his girlfriend were brutally attacked and killed by a bear the night before they were scheduled to leave.  Some interesting facts about this incident was that they were scheduled to leave a week earlier, but stayed in extra week to see their favorite bear which they hadn’t seen yet also Timothy had documented in many instances how he didn’t like the bear that attacked him.  Another interesting fact about the incident is that 6 min of the attack had a complete audio recording of the attack and the last words of the 2 lovers.  Even though the tape has never been released the author of this account has interviewed several people who had actually heard it and pieced it together as best they could.  It’s pretty chilling to read I can’t even imagine what it would be like to hear.  The author also goes into many theories on why the bear attacked and then ate his victims, which is something that grizzly bears rarely do.  On February 4th 2006 the discovery channel pieced together a documentary about Timothy’s life spent in the wilderness.  They also included interviews from friends and family.   Click here for article


Instinct saved boy in cougar attack

February 25, 2009

I found this article about the attack of a cougar on a young boy and his fathers instincts to get rid of it. The boy was able to tuck away from the cougar and not allow it to get to his neck the spot they like to attack. Along with this article there was a TV show about the Vancouver area cougar and how this area has had an extreme amount of attacks in the past. Here is a map to show just how large the problem is.


Nature

February 25, 2009

Chapter 1
• “Nature perhaps the most complex word in the English language”
• Nazis regard war as a society’s natural state.
• While grass seed and blades of grass are a part of nature, they enter the realm of artifice through their collective identify as a lawn.
• The British have been far behind the Americans in environmental research.
• Miners look at a mine as a forbidden place while the people running them consider it a place of recreation for in the summer for their families.
Chapter 2
• The majority of ideas about nature were created during in ancient Greece and Rome.
• Greek gods were named after nature’s features and life within it, and live within the woods or mountains.
• Rights and duties to animals have been discussed in culture since the ancient Greece days.
• Army units in the Roman Empire were often excused from duty to procure animals.
• It talks about how a Nazi concentration camp patroller could go through day to day life seeing torture and death and feel little, but would cry when their bird or dog got ill.
Chapter 3
• The relationship between earth wind water and fire and, flesh blood breath and warmth.
• W. Hoskins talks of the millions of acres of land undisturbed with only an eagle and a raven to circle.
• There are areas of well preserved trees aging 4 to 6 thousand years ago buried showing that the areas were well forested.
• British was once home to lions, leopards, bears, and elk. Later the wolf would also be extinct from the area.
• The bubonic plague came and killed millions. Caused all from the wetter conditions in areas. Making the land less useable and thus reducing living qualities.
Chapter 4
• The industrial revolution is the point when we got the impoverished world we have to day and the nature we have lost.
• God’s perfection of the world as a symbolic and religious nature was changed by the developments of the Renaissance.
• Many medieval minds blame natural disasters on God’s revenge for human sin and pride.
• Galileo gave nature an existence apart of humanity but its meaning and values remain with the human mind.
• Linnaeus attached the 18th Century explosion to the economic nature.
Chapter 5
• Americans companies such as Pebble Beach Company owns rights to certain natural sights.
• Indians in Americas often though to be considerate of the land were really not.
• China is a huge deforester and will continue to do so with large populations and their Buddhist traditions.
• Most of the early settlements in America were land cleared by the native Indians.
• National symbols have become a large part of every nation, burning a US flag or killing a bald eagle can have huge consequences.