Freedom to Roam: Creating safe pathways for migrating species as natural habitats grow scarce in North America
Above: Elk crossing melting terrain in search of food, photo by Florian Shulz
If animals’ ability to move between habitats is blocked, scientists predict that as many as 25% of species will be extinct by the end of this century.
Things looked pretty grim last week after Schwarzenegger announced his plan to close 220 state parks in California, thereby endangering the habitats of many species of animals and plants. Not to mention that last month New York state announced a 55% cut of public funding to botanical gardens, aquariums and zoos to be enacted next year. Sadly, it’s becoming clear that in the face of this recession the protection of wildlife and biodiversity of our natural landscape has dropped dangerously low on the list of our government officials’ priorities.
In the midst of our concerns over the economy and this mad fund-cutting frenzy, many species indigenous to North America (grizzly bears, pronghorns, lynx, elk, and monarch butterflies, to name a few) are struggling to follow their natural migration patterns. This is due in part to the acceleration of global warming, which is causing their habitats to change dramatically as glaciers melt and temperatures rise. As animals are uprooted in search of a new place to graze, give birth or rear young, they must cross treacherous obstacles such as highways, roads, and urban sprawl, many ending up as roadkill in the process.
To help migrating animals cross these man-made barriers safely, Patagonia has developed a program called Freedom to Roam in an effort “to create, restore and protect wildways or corridors between habitats so animals can survive.” The program has been locating routes of migratory animals and building passageways under highways and freeways as safe alternatives for them to cross through. Since their construction, some passageways have reduced roadkill fatalities as much as 96%. Watch videos of successful crossings here.
The construction of these corridors is not some radical environmentalist’s fantasy; it is a necessary measure to protect our future as a planet, and should be treated with the same urgency as our economy. Wildlife corridors already exist in many other areas of the world, as other cultures recognize that we must help animals adapt their lives to modern civilization if they are to survive through rapid climate change, population growth and urban development:
The Netherlands contains over 600 wildlife underpasses and ecoducts that have been used to protect wild boar, red deer, roe deer and the endangered European badger. In India, a 37-mile-long, six-mile-wide corridor connects important tiger habitats in the Eastern Himalaya and the Western Ghats mountain ranges.
Learn more about wildlife corridors in this short documentary.
Read more about the ideas behind the Freedom to Roam coalition here.
Evan found a box with all of my old Dungeons and Dragons stuff in it, including the dice and pewter characters, and several player sheets and maps we created as kids. Man, was I a dorky kid…
lauren_pressley posted a video:
This was the best video I could get of it. Sometimes a bunch were jumping!!
Since I am thinking in a very Google Wave like mode I thought I’d share another thought related to the tectonic change that platform may inspire. In the days after watching the video of the Wave demo I’ve been finding myself thinking about how much of our online cnversations we are missing. In the Universe the Wave has led us to conversations happen in lots of places, but are instantly available in one central place — the Wave client. What I mean is that I can start a Wave, embed it in a page, and let people contribute from all over the place. The power in what I am understanding this whole thing to look like is that these contributions are not only available in the context of the submission (perhaps a comment on an embedded wave on a blog), but also in the original Wave. What I am pulling from this is that I can, via my Wave client, revisit my social contributions in context without revisiting all the sites. Just this idea has me really spinning.
So if I apply this to the notion of the traditional blogging platform I can see where this could be really important. Here at PSU we promote our Blogs at Penn State as a publishing platform … one that is powering new forms of ePortfolios. Last summer while working with Carla Zembal-Saul we explored and shared the idea that the portfolio is more than a single person’s thinking, but also a place to engage conversations. So if we look at the fact that someone commenting enhances my own artifact, then shouldn’t we think about the comments we leave elsewhere as part of our overall evidence as well?
If I think about it, lots of times I stumble across an old blog post someone created that I’ve commented on at one point and I’ve forgotten. Sometimes I read those comments and think that I should have a way to move that content back into my own space — even if it means I can only review it out of the context of the original post. With all that said, I’ve been thinking about what I’ll call horizontal contributions. In a vertical sense we contribute original posts in our own space and people comment on them. Then if I show up at your blog, I can contribute a comment in that same vertical sense. In a horizontal model I have some sort of tracking that allows me to see not only all my own posts, but also my comments across the entire web. This would give an opportunity to gather these as further evidence of my overall contributions online.
This isn’t Wave specific per se as there are third party commenting engines that do stuff like this — if everyone on the social web used them. I’m not promoting a tool like Disqus for general use, but in an environment like ours we could easily replace our MT commenting engine with a third party one. It would be integrated into the templates so it would be invisible to users. What would need to happen is shibboleth integration, but we’ve done that before. I think it is something we’ll explore … and if we do I’ll be sure to share what we find. What do you think about this thinking? Crazy talk or is there something to it?
Give the Drummer Some's
10 Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
(see Comments, below, for helpful info about downloading)
Twenty-one years after having his prophetic auditory hallucination of William Blake reading "Ah! Sunflower" and "The Sick Rose" in his East Harlem flat, Allen Ginsberg recorded his own version of Blake's "songs" set to a dreamy score (with loving contributions from Peter Orlovsky, Don Cherry, Bob Dorough, Jon Sholle and others).
Today being Ginsberg's 83rd birthday, Mining the Audio Motherlode is celebrating by linking to a download of this 1969 album – along with nine other gems.
Holy Holy Holy!
Allen Ginsberg ~ "William Blake: Songs of Innocence and Experience"
(Blog: Music Musica Musique)
From the album: Laughing Song (mp3)
[Note: Follow link, then click on "Music Links" on the left-hand margin.]
Some Outsize Entertainments
Various ~ "Tiny Topsy & Friends"
[Note: This appeared on the original Twilightzone blog, which got taken down. The Rapidshare link, though, is still active. Click the above link, then scroll down to find two-part download.]
Chevy Chase's Old Band
Chamaeleon Church ~ "Chamaeleon Church"
(Blog: Sir Psych's Psychedelic Shack)
From the album: Blueberry Pie (mp3)
[7 more mind-tongue moisteners, after the jump]
Highlife Kings Play Songs of Love
E.T. Mensah & Sir Victor Olaiya ~ "Highlife Giants of Africa
(Blog: Magic of Juju)
Songs by Eisler, Texts by Brecht
Heiner Goebbels & Alfred 23 Harth ~ "Goebbels Heart"
(Blog: Lucky Psychic Hut)
From the album: Kein Krigsspielzeug Fuer Jonathan (mp3)
Peruvian Maestro Goes to Colombia
Melochita ~ "Con Sabor a Pueblo"
(Blog: Global Grooves)
Keeping Hank's Flame Alight
George & Earl ~ "Going Steady With the Blues"
(Blog: Uncle Gil's Rockin' Archives)
From the album: I'll Keep Your Name on File (mp3) by George McCormick
Baudelaire Done Up Electronical
Ruth White ~ "Flowers of Evil"
(Blog: Different Waters)
[See Mining the Audio Motherlode, Vol. 4 for a vastly different treatment of Baudelaire]
Not a Toy Piano, a Pianist "Toy"
The Three Peppers ~ "1937-1940"
(Blog: Regálme Esta Noche)
From the album: Swing Out, Uncle Wilson (mp3)
Gimme a Head With Hear, Long Beautiful Hair...
Odair Cabeça de Poeta ~ "O Forró Vai Ser Doutor"
(Blog: Pense...Arte Pense...Brasil)
Listen for music from these and other incredible finds on
Give the Drummer Some, Fridays on WFMU, 9 to Noon (ET).
Check out every installment of Mining the Audio Motherlode
Courtesy The New Yorker–click on the pic to enlarge…
This Sharon Tate pictorial, shot by photographer William Helburn, appeared in the December 1967 issue of Esquire. Is this the birth of the appalling communist chic movement? Probably not, but I really don't know.
More semi-risque photos after the jump.....
“The landfill of masks will never happen.”
June 3-- ALLEN GINSBERG
Great Beat poet, pot liberator, counter-cultural icon.
JUNE 3, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Japan: Broken Dolls Memorial. Girls attend Buddhist funeral ceremonies, bury old dolls.
* Impersonate Authority Day.
ALSO ON JUNE 3 IN HISTORY…
1906 — Jazz dancer, actress, stripper Josephine Baker born, St. Louis, Missouri.
1924 — Dystopian allegorist Franz Kafka dies, Kierling, Austria.
1926 — American Beat poet, activist Allen Ginsberg born, Newark, New Jersey.
1968 — Andy Warhol “air conditioned” by Valerie Solanas, author of SCUM Manifesto, New York City.
Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective
This is actually a frame from a video clip I shot on King street using the Canon 5D Mark II and the wide zoom Sigma 12-24 Lens. This was shot before Canon released the Video Manual Exposure firmware. The wide lens make things look more dangerous (at least I'd like to think so!) as you can see in the video posted below. (If you can't see the video check the direct vimeo page for it here)
Could I go on for a while about this? Yes, but I won't. The whole idea of the "Getting Things Done" theme is that you learn about ways to make yourself and your group more likely to get things done. It's not about me telling you how to do it. Take a look at these different ways and think about how they could be applied to how you work.
Sorry about the delay, but the next couple post are already partially done. So, here they come.
Have fun, spread the word and tell me what you think,
Thanks much for the comments from yesterday’s post! Seems there is real interest in the Google Wave platform out there in ed tech land. One thing that is striking me as interesting are the number of comments I’m getting these days via Twitter … what excites me is that people are reading in the moment and are compelled to share a short thought with me.
@colecamplese great commentary cole. Thanks for translating to .edu space! (from @Clifhirtle)
What concerns me is that these are comments that could potentially move the conversation further if left within the context of the blog post. And in that statement I am making the case for what I understand Wave to be — a platflorm that will allow for in stream communication that will filter back into context. This is amazing to me in and of itself. Today I figured out that it will be relatively easy for us to run our own Wave instance … this will (presumably) give us a layer of control that could empower a whole new level of openness and conversation in our classrooms.
The old thinking of commenting where I need you to could be destroyed — and that is an amazingly scary thought. I love it.
The big talk across the edublog space is that it could mean the end of the LMS. I’ll just say it, that’s crazy talk. What it probably means is that we might get a better footing in the LMS contract world and that we’ll have new opportunities to innovate. This platform can do quite a bit for us in the teaching and learning space, but as far as I can tell it probably will not be suited for testing on a real scale and it probably cannot replace the basics of the LMS definition — learner management. We need the LMS to do lots of things, but we also need new tools to support pedagogy that works to engage students. I think Wave will begin to even the playing field so that we have easy to use teaching and learning platforms alongside our real need to manage assessment, participation, and the like. Wave represents a new opportunity.
I am thinking quite a bit about a post by colleague Michael Feldstein … I think it and the comments should be part of any of our push to understand these changes. Its worth a read and a discussion. As always I am happy to hear thoughts!
The Boy and I had a manly man errand this afternoon, taking a load of stuff to the city landfill.
cogdogblog posted a photo:
arf! arf! arf! (left channel)
................ arf! arf! arf! (right channel)
And even more Snark in Stereo Bark!
It's from the cover of my new art project, dog's debate automata.
cogdogblog posted a photo:
Just don't let the other dogs down at the corner know I said so.
cogdogblog posted a photo:
One of my most favorite flowering cacti is the Beavertail -- and this is the first of many blooms I will see judging form the buds.
Oh no, I leave tomorrow for almost 2 weeks, and I might miss them all.
Once upon a time in a magical place called "America" there lived a people that were never, ever sad. Everyone had jobs. Everyone went to church. There were no drugs. You waited to have sex until after you were married. Parents never did inappropriate things with their children. Everyone loved everyone else...unless they were commies.
Then they took prayer out of school and the country went to hell.
That's pretty much the conservative line - things USED to be better so let's do what we did back then.
Here's a good reason not to - domestic violence was such a non-issue they wrote novelty songs about it that charted in the top 10.
One year, I wanted to do a Halloween show that featured not "scary" songs, but songs that actually frightened me. This song was the top of the list. The subject matter (and, yes, I realized the 1948 version of what's acceptable differs from the 2009 version) is bad enough. The song extols the virtue of beating the living hell out of your daughter when she disobeys you. Family values, I guess. What pushes it over the edge into unmitigated nightmarish sadism is the glee and jauntiness the beating engenders. Right off the bat, Arthur Godfrey chuckles disturbingly as the scene is painted with a girl lying on the floor trying to fend of blows. That and the HILARIOUS slapstick suggesting that Arthur Godfrey is not screwing around here. There will be welts and bruises.
It gets worse, though. The instrumental break with it's jokey, circus calliope conjures up the scene in A Clockwork Orange where Alex and his droogs beat and rape their victim while jauntily bellowing Singing In The Rain. Godfrey and his band of droogs square dance around their's as he happily calls out "dosey-doe".
The whole horrible thing winds up in almost Grand Guignol fashion with the participants executing loud, sloppy close harmony while Godfrey (fake) laughs so hard that he can't even sing. I'd be curious to know if there was a version where the girl they beat actually screamed and calmer heads prevailed.
It's almost the perfect song for a man who fired Julius LaRosa without notice on live TV.
I posted this song on my blog a couple of years back and got this comment from a woman in Montana
We had a short email correspondance about the song. "It was that song," she wrote, "that convinced me to get the hell out of Montana. Nobody there had a problem with it."