Notes from a rare planet: How are the species that the pilgrims ate doing?

"If April showers bring May flowers, what do MayFlowers bring?"- Pilgrims ~~~~~ Project 366 2008 - November 14, 2008 ~

Eight Wild Animal Species the Pilgrims Ate—and How They Are Today

  • Most of the species that the pilgrims ate seriously declined or went extinct. Deer is the one species that is very populous today.
  • Good management last century has helped wild turkeys, lobsters, Atlantic cod, and waterfowl become more populous after big declines.

New shark sanctuary declared in Indonesia

  • “Raja Ampat is thought to be the most species-rich marine region in the world, yet three-quarters of its shark species face the threat of local extinction. Sharks are apex predators whose presence is crucial to regulate populations of fish lower on the food chain, including many commercially important species.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to terminate climate change

  • “But don’t expect to see Schwarzenegger touring an Al Gore-style scientific slideshow. The governator’s version of environmental leadership hinges on avoiding mention of the words climate change or greenhouse gas emissions, which he thinks are a turn-off for some people. ‘People get stuck and fall in love with their slogans and with their little agendas,’ he said. ‘You’ve got to make it hip. You’ve got to make it sexy to be part of this movement.’”
  • “You’ve also got to steer clear of party politics. Schwarzenegger, a Republican, refuses to see the environment as a solely Democratic preserve. “People get stuck in this political crap when in fact you don’t need to,” he said. “Let’s just leave politics out and find out what we can do together.”"

Hundreds of polar bears were spotted on the west coast of Hudson Bay earlier this week, waiting for ice that is almost a month late forming.

  • “Until the storm hit, record-breaking conditions in the western Arctic this fall had kept the ice at bay. Temperatures up to 14 C above normal in one Arctic region in November prevented the formation of ice which was almost a month behind schedule as of Monday, says Desjardins. He says the ice cover was the lowest since 1971, covering just 1.5 per cent of the sea, compared to the average of 20 per cent by mid-November.”
  • “Polar bears need sea ice to hunt for seals and other marine mammals. And after slim pickings on land in the summer, they are ready to get back on the ice come fall.”

Dog befriends sea lion, chases it four kilometers out to sea

  • “When found by a rescue party, the dog and sea lion were playing happily out beyond the surf.”