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Profit and ruin along the Western Ghats 

By Sohaila Abdulahi | August 22, 2015 One of my daughter’s baby books was That’s Good! That’s Bad! by Margery Cuyler. For everything that happened, there was a flip side—good for bad, bad for good. Life is often like that. Sitting here looking out at possibly the planet’s most beautiful view—a monsoon Maharashtra landscape—I’m trying to apply that lens to events in this rural valley. Let’s see if there’s a proper cosmic balance. This area is one of the world’s top …

Identification, Please – The New York Times

… like jet fuel. I feel lost and very far from home. I grew up in a house full of natural-history field guides, everything from Locket and Millidge’s 1951 two-volume guide to British spiders, with its hairy, many-eyed line drawings, to illustrated books on trees, fungi, orchids, fishes and snails. These books were the unquestioned authorities of my childhood. I marveled at the names entomologists had given to moths — the figure of 80, the dingy mocha, the dentated pug — and tried to match …

World Wildlife Day: Why We Need Wild Animals | Paul Rosolie

… over the years to become dogs, our hunting partners and bodyguards, our most effective alarm system in the night. Throughout those early ages, just like today, our world’s fruiting trees and forests were pollinated by bats and birds, squirrels and bees. And from these forests we built houses for shelter, fires to keep us warm, ships that would take us across oceans, books that carried our hard-earned knowledge. As science progresses we continue to draw inspiration from our wild relatives …

Red-cockaded woodpecker recovery success: Thankful for endangered species.

… glyptodonts (which looked a bit like gigantic armadillos) and giant sloths. And in North America, mastodons, tapirs, ground sloths, and more. We even eliminated the sabertooth cat, American cheetah, and American lion. We used to have our own cheetahs and lions. And always, always, we killed off a bunch of birds. The dodo in Mauritius, the moa in New Zealand, the Carolina parakeet in North America. One of the most depressing books ever published is this gorgeous monograph of extinct birds , with …

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