Friday, 27 April 2012

A Conservation Must-Read

Since bird migration is at a near stand still, I thought I'd take the time to pass on this article which I found very thought provoking, and likely interesting to many of you. It's from Breakthrough Journal and is called "Conservation in the Anthropocene" by Peter Kareiva, Robert Lalasz, and Michelle Marvier.The article basically talks about how the current model of furthering nature conservation - buying and protecting land - is not the best way to preserve species and ecosystems. Rather more could be accomplished if conservationists worked with development, and accepted that we cannot protect all wild spaces. Kind of mitigate the damage that will inevitably happen; but don't want to admit.

Here are some sample quotes from a summary of the article:

 "Kareiva, Marvier, and Lalasz write, "those protected areas will remain islands of 'pristine nature' in a sea of profound human transformations through logging, agriculture, mining, damming, and urbanization." "

"Conservationists need to work with development, not condemn it as leading to the end of nature. In truth, nature's resilience has been overlooked, its fragility "grossly overstated." Areas blasted by nuclear radiation are bio-diverse. Forest cover is rising in the Northern Hemisphere even as it declines globally."

Overall I think the article makes a lot of great points, but I think they over-simplify some things, and make some statements of their own that I don't think are entirely accurate. I'll let you read it and come to your own conclusions...

The article can be found at the link below. There is also a summary on that page if you don't want to read the whole article.

....And just for fun here are some wildlife pics from today.

Wood Frog at the Arthur Langford Nature Reserve (Long Point Basin Land Trust)

Dreamy Duskywing at my place near Long Point

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