Biodiversity

Things related to the web of life; ecology; wildlife; endangered species

"Don't Hold That Thought"

"A file cabinet at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland holds some of the center’s six million bird-migration observation cards dating back to the late 1800s. The hand-written cards contain data about sightings of birds such as the ruby-throated hummingbird, often spotted in the 1930s when fruit trees bloomed in spring. Now being digitized, data from these cards will be stored on a U.S. Geological Survey database."

Source: Wildlife Professional, 09/18/2009

Plight of the Bumblebee

In recent years, the media has paid a great deal of attention to the loss of European honeybees, the so-called Colony Collapse Disorder. Less well known, but equally troublesome, is the disappearance of bumblebees. As Adam Federman reports in the Autumn edition of Earth Island Journal, bumblebees pollinate about 15 percent of our food crops (valued at $3 billion) and occupy a critical role as native pollinators. Many species are in sharp decline or appear to have gone extinct.

Source: Earth Island Journal, 09/19/2009
October 5, 2009 to October 8, 2009

10th Biennial Conference for Research on the Colorado Plateau

Conservation Issues for Rapidly Changing Western Landscapes

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