CNN multimedia web-story on the sixth mass extinction
We Need Wolves and other top predators
Click below to see the National Geographic Video that demonstrates how all things are connected and learn about the beautiful chain reaction that happened when wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park.
We Love Skunks!
Questionable Animal Breeding Practices
Dominion – Documentary on the cruelty of animal farming.
Dominion uses drones, hidden and handheld cameras to expose the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture, questioning the morality and validity of humankind’s dominion over the animal kingdom. While mainly focusing on animals used for food, it also explores other ways animals are exploited and abused by humans, including clothing, entertainment and research.
Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Sia, Sadie Sink and Kat Von D, and co-produced by Earthlings creator Shaun Monson.
Filmed in Australia.
NPR Story on The Microbes Within
This is a great narrated animation from the National Public Radio website. It’s called Exploring the Invisible Universe That Lives on Us and in Us. Find out what we are REALLY made of. Click HERE.
Click here to listen – www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007753d
Fascinating BBC podcast –
“We have more microbes in our bodies than we have human cells. We fear them as the cause of disease, yet are reliant on them for processes as diverse as water purification, pharmaceuticals, bread-making and brewing. In the future, we may look to them to save the planet from environmental hazards as scientists exploit their ability to clean up pollution. For microbes are the great recyclers on the earth, processing everything – plants, animals and us. Without microbes life would grind to a halt”
The Benefits of Mice
Mice eat plants and the seeds of plants including weeds to survive. They also prey on insects, helping to keep the populations under control.
Mice sustain all carnivores includes snakes, fishers, foxes, coyotes, hawks, owls, skunks, bobcats, bears, and mountain lions.
The Benefits of Gophers
|A typical pocket gopher can move approximately a ton of soil to the surface each year. This enormous achievement reflects the gopher’s important ecological function.Their tunnels are built and extended, then gradually fill up with soil as they are abandoned. The old nests, toilets, and partially filled pantries are buried well below the surface where the buried vegetation and droppings become deep fertilization. The soil thus becomes mellow and porous after being penetrated with burrows. Soil that has been compacted by trampling, grazing, and machinery is particularly benefited by the tunneling process.
In mountainous areas, snowmelt and rainfall are temporarily held in gopher burrows instead of running over the surface, where they are likely to cause soil erosion.
Surface mounds created by gophers also bury vegetation deeper and deeper, increasing soil quality over time. In addition, fresh soil in the mounds provides a fresh seedbed for new plants, which may help to increase the variety of plants on a site.
Many mammals, large birds, and snakes eat gophers and depend on their activities to create suitable living conditions. Salamanders, toads, and other creatures seeking cool, moist conditions take refuge in unoccupied gopher burrows. Lizards use abandoned gopher burrows for quick escape cover.