Friday, February 11, 2011

Great dearth of knowledge and understanding of Wildlife’s role in our state’s ecology:


I submit that while most folks are aware of wildlife around New York State—deer, beaver, bald eagles, frogs, birds, those pesky squirrels, house flies, and those darn mosquitoes—most of us don’t have a clue as to why we need them.  Prove me wrong. 

Sure, many need to know that our wildlife is there, doing what they do to fill the background, our nature ambience thing.  And, many folks harvest (shoot, fish, and just throw in the dumpster) because it’s fun, and it’s what our ancestors did with dangerous and obnoxious wildlife we wanted to get rid of. 

But what do we know of the true purpose of our fellow creatures in this area?  Besides the enjoyment of their presence and shooting them for sport, what is the purpose of Wildlife in our region.  Could we live without them? 

Sure we’d be sadder, and our hunting business would collapse, but would our environment collapse with them?  Here’s a way for our kids to get engaged on this subject and maybe someone will take on and inform our public that wildlife is integral to the biological machinery that keeps our particular environment going. 

Endangered Species Program | What We Do | Habitat Conservation Plans | Overview "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Endangered Species Coalition, Association of Zoos and Aquariums and Ogden Museum of Southern Art/University of New Orleans announce the launch of the 2011 national Endangered Species Day art contest. The competition offers young people an opportunity to learn about endangered species and express their knowledge and support through artwork. Endangered Species Day, taking place on May 20, 2011, recognizes the conservation programs nationwide aimed at protecting America’s threatened and endangered species. "On May 20, 2011 the Fish and Wildlife Service will observe Endangered Species Day in order to recognize the national conservation effort to protect our nation’s endangered species and their habitats." Northeast Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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