Australia uses cat food in fight against cane toads

February 24, 2010

 

            The toxic Cane Toad, which was introduced from Hawaii in 1935 in an attempt to control beetles on sugarcane plantations in Australia. Now has a population in the millions, threatning many native species across Australia. After years of crude methods of extermination including golf and cricket clubbing. Researchers now believe cat food will rid them of these ttoads. They found that cat food left next to ponds in the Northern Territory attracted meat ants, which then attacked baby cane toads emerging from the water. Problem solved!http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/19/australia-cat-food-cane-toad


Transportation

February 24, 2010

Bike on a bus.

One of the main obstacles with my project has been transportation, specifically concerning biking, and boat related activities. They were not too receptive when I asked if I could tote my canoe along, but they are able to transport bikes to the mountain bike trails at alum creek. I am getting a call in a little while to let me know exactly how many they are able to transport at one time. Demand response has to be made at least a day in advance and it only costs $2.00, thats not too shabby. There are also road biking groups that meet in the same area for group rides, I am also looking in to that.

Since they dont transport canoes or kayaks, and most students probably dont pack theirs for school, boat rentals are available at Alum Creek State Park and Delaware State Parks. Details to follow…


Nature Pt. 2

February 24, 2010

Modern View of Nature?

         The second half of this book was a better read than the first half,  By getting away from earlier ideologies of nature, and venturing into more modern attitudes. I also was more prepared this time for the highly detailed style of Coates writing. The first half of the book did not appeal to me, as looking at the old attitudes did not spark any interest. However in the second half, I found there to be more interesting elements and philosophies shown in a more modern context. Due to the vastness of this work, I pinpointed 0ut a  some  interesting quotes/ideas in each of the chapters.

              In Ch. 6,  The description of Thomas Jefferson’s view of wilderness, “Wilderness was the raw material out of which nature was fashioned- nature being the improved, privately owned landscape of farms, gardens and rural estates that occupied the middle ground between industrial urban society and untamed savagery”. (123). I really like this idea  of wilderness and nature. I do believe it does do both terms justice, nature being a man made concoction out of a untouched wilderness.

            In Ch. 7.  I found zoologist Ernst Haeckel’s  idea interesting about human vs animal consciousness. ” Our own, “human nature”…..has no more value for the universe at large than an ant, the fly of a summer’s day….”  (143) This is an interesting point of view, a little radical for me,  but interesting know the less.

           In Ch. 9.  Like the idea of animal vs. animal consciences mentioned in ch. 7 by Haeckel. German thinker, argues that human and animal intelligence differ only in degree. “At the bottom resided dead matter, fated to eternal sleep; just above this were plants in a passive state, followed by the lower animals; then came the more alert consciousness of the higher animals. Humans perched at the apex of self-consciousness, yet remained part of the collective structure”. (181) This idea of structural hierarchy of consciousness , I believe this holds some merit, if you look at apes, and dolphins how they hold a higher level of consciousness than other animals.

Do you believe that human and animal intelligence differ only in degree?

Do you believe that human nature has no more value than a fly or an ant?

 


Wildlife Corridor Design

February 24, 2010

Corridor Design: A web site focused on using mapping and GIS tools for wildlife corridor design. The site offers free downloadable add-on software for ArcGIS – the GIS software we have here at OWU – for modeling and planning wildlife corridor design.  Cool!


Look at that View

February 23, 2010

To give El Cap (background) scale this image was taken from about 1200 feet up.

Title: Environmental Effects of Rock Climbing: People and the Environment

Presenter: Jeremy Franz

Contacts: Ryan Carlson, Jared Spalding, Adam Boyd, and possibly the American Mountain Guide Association

Sources: American Mountain Guide Association, Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition, Carolina Climbing Coalition, and other sources relating to animal speciation in heavily climbed areas

Timeline/Goals

Class after spring break: I would like to have the survey questions written up. I would like to have at least fifteen questions. I would also like to get scholarly resources relating peregrine falcon closers ect.

End of April:

I would like to complete a power point and exercise relating to the project. All research will be complete.

Outline:

I plan to look at the way rock climbing has shaped environmental awareness in our culture an some of the effects it has on the environment. I would like to do this by interviewing experienced and non-experienced rock climbers.  To research the effects on environmental awareness I would like to conduct a survey in order to research how ones views have changed once introduced to rock climbing. I would also like to view how heavily climbed areas have an effect on the environment. I plan to do this by looking at data of speciation rates in the areas in researching. Which may include the Red River Gorge and the Linville Gorge in NC.


Outline

February 23, 2010

My project will not be able to start once the sun melts but im hoping to start it in mid March. I plan to go on a week night, I believe a Thursday would be best for the job because not much ever really happens on Thursday night that will get myself into trouble. I will bring both my roommates, well, I will force my roommates to come with me. It all depends on the weather for me, and then I will work out my findings soon there after.


Solar Cooking

February 23, 2010

This article is about using the suns energy to cook food in a neat contraption using mirrors. There is a lady that cooks every meal like this since the 1980’s. This could also help people in third world countries kill the bacteria in the water they collect. So as long as the sun is out you can cook for free.

Solar Cooker