Breakthrough technology enables 3D mapping of rainforests, tree by tree This is an expanded version of an article that ran on Yale e360 on October 3, 2011: A Revolutionary Technology is Unlocking Secrets of the Forest. High above the Amazon rainforest in Peru, a team of scientists and technicians is conducting an ambitious experiment: a biological survey of a never-before-explored tract of remote and inaccessible cloud forest. They are doing so using an advanced system that enables them to map the three-dimensional physical structure of the forest as well as its chemical and optical properties. The scientists hope to determine not only what species may lie below but also how the ecosystem is responding to last year's drought—the worst ever recorded in the Amazon—as well as help Peru develop a better mechanism for monitoring deforestation and degradation. The system—conceived by Greg Asner, a scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science—has the potential to transform how tropical research is conducted.
Wolves Come Home to Oregon Wolves in Oregon Gray wolves (Canis lupus) were once common in Oregon, occupying most of the state. However, a deliberate effort to eradicate the species was successful by the late 1940s. Western Prairie Habitat Restoration Area Property history At the time of settlement by European immigrants in the mid-1800s, significant portions of western Wisconsin were covered by expanses of open grassland. The land was called "prairie" by early French settlers who could think of no other way to describe it than the word they used for "meadow". This area of Polk and St. Croix counties once had nearly 200,000 acres of tall grass prairie and oak savanna that were dotted with rich wetlands. Brief History As early as 1842 a German Theologian named Otto Thenius proposed the idea that the outcropping of rock known today as "Skull Hill" could possibly be significant in the identification of the site of the crucifixion. That idea lay seemingly dormant for quite some time until General Charles Gordon on sabbatical in the area (1883) began to publish similar ideas. Because of his importance in British society at that time the idea took hold and people began to look seriously at the claims that this could possibly be the site listed in the New Testament as Golgotha (Aramaic) or Calvary (Latin) - the place of the skull. It was the efforts of two ladies in particular, Charlotte Hussey and Louisa Hope, who followed these ideas and began to take them seriously and thought that the place ought to be preserved.
Saving 'Avatar Grove': the battle to preserve old-growth forests in British Columbia This has become Watt's most popular and widely viewed photo to date. It was taken on a foggy February day in a haunting clearcut near the Avatar Grove. It has since been printed in multiple books, magazines, and museums and was recently awarded second place in the International Conservation Photography Awards 'Natural Environment at Risk' category. Canis lupus (Gray Wolf, Arctic Wolf, Common Wolf, Grey Wolf, Mexican Wolf, Plains Wolf, Timber Wolf, Tundra Wolf, Wolf) Justification: Originally, the Grey Wolf was the world's most widely distributed mammal. It has become extinct in much of Western Europe, in Mexico and much of the USA, and their present distribution is more restricted; wolves occur primarily but not exclusively in wilderness and remote areas.
Kayak or Canoe Badger State Rivers By Brian E. ClarkSpecial to TravelWisconsin.com Autumn is Darren Bush's favorite season to canoe and kayak Badger State rivers. : EPA APPROVAL OF SYSTEMIC PESTICIDES THREATENS U.S. FOOD SUPPLY AND AGRICULTURE JOBS BY KILLING BEES Original investigative report on Earth Focus series Premieres on Link TV on Monday, October 22 at 9:30pm PT (12:30am ET) and Thursday, October 25 at 9:00pm ET (6:00pm PT) Now available online at www.linktv.org/killingbees The US food supply and one in twelve American agriculture jobs are directly threatened by the EPA’s decision to approve the use of a controversial pesticide that has led to the catastrophic destruction of millions of honeybees essential to the food production ecosystem, reveals a new investigative TV special Killing Bees: Are Industry and Government Responsible?, produced by Link TV’s environmental news magazine Earth Focus.
White Wolf : New Wolf Species Emerging in America Wolf rebound depends on U.S./Canada plan A Maine conservation group wants to see wolf populations rebound in its state and said there's a good chance there are more wolves in New Brunswick that should be protected, jointly, by the U.S. and Canada. DNA tests released last week confirmed the first known wolf kill in New Brunswick since the late 1870s. John Glowa, president of the Maine Wolf Coalition, believes the animals are trying to re-establish themselves in eastern North America and said over the past 20 years, wolves have been found in Maine, Massachusetts and New York State.
5 Wisconsin Drives with stunning fall scenery Wisconsin is the perfect place to get the kids in the car, hit the road, and revel in the changing leaves. Autumn in Wisconsin is all about the color and getting out to see it. Here are five fall color tours within easy driving distance of the Chippewa Valley that are guaranteed to put you in a front row seat for Mother Nature’s annual show. Not Your Pilgrim's Turkey As we get ready for a great traditional Thanksgiving feast, I often wonder if this meal is really what the pilgrims and Native Americans would have eaten. Most likely our traditions have nothing to do with what really went down. We cannot even be sure that the first Thanksgiving had a turkey, and even if they did, according to a new study, this main dish would be genetically different than the bird present at the first Thanksgiving. "Ancient turkeys weren't your Butterball," said Rob Fleischer, head of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics. "We set out to compare the genetic diversity of the domestic turkeys we eat today with that of the ancestral wild turkey from South Mexico.