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Bee Demise

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by sehkmet Sep 17. 14 Replies

If you like to eat, the plummeting bee population matters.Bees are having a really hard time right now. For about a decade, they've been dying off at an unprecedented rate—up to 30 percent per year,...... in the last few years scientists have…Continue

Tags: climate change, bees

Wildlife Extinction - Psychological Impact

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Thomas Murray Sep 9. 17 Replies

How does wildlife extinct make you feel? It makes me sad that so few bees visit my garden, and that so many species are threatened. I celebrate every time one bee comes around, which is rare.There are now so many creatures on the endangered species…Continue

Tags: emotional health, Anthropocene Extinction

Sea Lion Die-Offs Continue

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 25. 2 Replies

FEATURE-California sea lion crisis lingers; falling births reportedOnly 2,000 dead and dying pups and juveniles beached since January, not because California sea lions…Continue

Tags: Climate Change, California Sea Lion die-off

Has Coral Mass Extinction Begun?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 10. 1 Reply

Dr John "Charlie" Vernon, "Godfather of Coral", warns that we may be seeing coral extinction now. The Great Barrier Reef is in critical danger. An unprecedented global coral bleach is underway. Coral suffers from from hot water, acid, and more…Continue

Tags: possible coral extinction, global coral bleaching

Wolves Improve Rivers

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 9. 0 Replies

When 14 wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone, they changed the birds, bears, rabbits, beavers and even the rivers.Through trophic cascade, the entire ecosystem of the park improved.Continue

Tags: Yellowstone National Park, wolves, trophic cascade, reintroduced predators

Shellfish already dissolving in CA tidepools

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 18. 0 Replies

As climate change acidifies the Pacific, nighttime respiration in tide pools has already made their pH begin dissolving shells."This work highlights that even in today's temperate coastal oceans, calcifying species, such as mussels and coralline…Continue

Tags: dissolving shells, tide pools, Ocean Acidification, Climate Change

Yellowstone Bison Slaughter

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Randall Smith Feb 6. 1 Reply

Your tax dollars will pay to slaughter up to 900 bison from Yellowstone.…Continue

Tags: wildlife slaughter

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Comment by Tony Carroll on January 20, 2013 at 9:42pm

Comment by Steph S. on January 20, 2013 at 12:20pm

Tony - yes, it is so the seeds are spread further (relative abundance) - the article although about another species, answers the question of the plants role of ecology in the forest.

Comment by Steph S. on January 20, 2013 at 12:17pm

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169534702024916
Here is an article discussing the role of the species and their role in the forest.
Abstract

Recent studies have demonstrated the increasingly important role of lianas (woody vines) in forest regeneration, species diversity and ecosystem-level processes, particularly in the tropics. Mechanisms responsible for the maintenance of liana species diversity could yield new insights into the maintenance of overall species diversity. Lianas contribute to forest regeneration and competition, not only by competing directly with trees, but also by differentially affecting tree species and thus changing how trees compete among themselves. In addition, they contribute considerably to ecosystem-level processes, such as whole-forest transpiration and carbon sequestration. As the rate of tropical forest disturbance increases, they are likely to increase in relative abundance throughout the tropics and the importance of lianas to many aspects of forest dynamics will grow.

The ecology of lianas and their role in forests

Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Volume 17, Issue 5, 1 May 2002, Pages 223-230

Comment by Tony Carroll on January 20, 2013 at 12:11pm

I'm thinking easier for all animals to get to, so seeds from the fruit are spread further? The article didn't say.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 20, 2013 at 12:08pm

Growing fruit on the trunk, interesting. I wonder what the adaptive value might be.

Comment by Steph S. on January 20, 2013 at 11:37am

Tony that Brazilian Grape Tree is beautiful. And yes, plants are an important part of wildlife habitat. Oh that albino Beta fish is so beautiful.

So, many thanks!

I hope everyone is having a relaxing day.

Comment by Tony Carroll on January 20, 2013 at 11:21am

I know this isn't exactly wildlife, but I found it fascinating, and wanted to share. Brazilian Grape Tree (also known as Jabuticaba) does not use branches to grow fruits. It grows fruits (and flowers) directly on the trunk.

Fascinating.

Comment by Tony Carroll on January 20, 2013 at 2:07am

Albino Betta.

Comment by Steph S. on January 19, 2013 at 10:37am

Tony I just love the horses and the very cool looking butterfly. It is really awesome that the butterfly is transparent.

Thanks very much.

Comment by Tony Carroll on January 19, 2013 at 10:09am

 

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