From September, 2014

DESEGREGATING WILDERNESS, JOURDAN KEITH

— while the lack of access to wild places is beginning to be recognized as an issue of inequity, the absence of more than just a shadow of wilderness in and around urban places is not. at the signing of the civil rights act, president johnson said, “freedom would be secure only if each generation fought to renew and enlarge its meaning.” i think the same is true for wilderness. read article: desegregating wilderness more: the urban wilderness project

GROWING THREAT TO AMERICAN BIRDS

—””Right now, about a third of all bird species in the US are in decline,” says Steve Holmer of the American Bird Conservancy, one of the 23 organisations that contributed to the State of the Birds report, the most comprehensive review of bird trends and data ever undertaken in the US.” read article: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29116412

EBOLA ZOONOTICS

— “the ebola virus is thought to be carried by wild animals and believed to cross into humans through contact with blood, meat or other infected fluids. these jumps by viruses from animals to humans are known as zoonotic events” read article: ebola map shows people in more african regions risk infection from animals

INVISIBLE AFRICAN AMPHIBIANS

— “the researchers examined data on 733 african amphibians in sub-saharan africa. the found that a total of 400 of the species have too few records to be used in species distribution modeling at continental scales. this included 92 percent of those listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered on the iucn red list” read article: african amphibians invisible under climate-change

WARREN GROVE RANGE SPECIES SANCTUARY

— “military installations such as warren grove include ecosystems in their planning. each year, the government gives the university $100,000 or more to perform studies of plant and animal life on the range. last year, the range was awarded the gen. white natural resources conservation award against strong competition from installations across the u.s. air force. read article: snakes find unlikely habitat at s.j. miltary base