Category Archives: Biodiversity

When pigeons become endangered, something is surely amiss

Tweet What could be a more iconic zoological symbol of the transformation of the environment into a thoroughly human construct than the feral pigeon?  To a modern human cliff-dweller in the canyons of the world’s metropoli, this humble creature is … Continue reading

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When Nature calls

Tweet No, not that abominable Jim Carry movie — I mean the real thing.  Well, virtually speaking. Tired of the same old cheesy default ringtones Verizon programmed onto your phone?  The Center for Biological Diversity has established “RareEarthtones“, which provides … Continue reading

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Declining ocean health: It’s the economy, stupid

Tweet I know, I used the same subtitle for another recent post.  But I’m not recycling titles out of laziness — well, not entirely anyway. I do so here to highlight the simple, yet perversely (and perhaps intentionally) misunderstood theme whose … Continue reading

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Alien invasion: It’s the economy, stupid

Tweet That title might well apply to the problem, dominating the news and presidential debates these days, of illegal immigration into the US.  But it appears that the phenomenon applies more broadly, biologically speaking. Invasion by non-native species is a … Continue reading

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Carnival of the Blue 7

Tweet Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, and all the ships at sea: The Natural Patriot is honored to present the 7th monthly episode of the Carnival of the Blue, continuing a hallowed tradition initiated just six short moons ago … Continue reading

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Autumnal reflections on the bounty of Nature

Tweet Right, I promised something about pumpkin pie, or at least some fare less likely to produce indigestion than the end of the world as we know it (although the conversation during the Thanksgiving holiday with the extended family did, … Continue reading

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Taxonomy gets sexy (?)

Tweet When I say the word “taxonomist”, what do you think of (if anything)?  Probably how many clicks it will take to get back to the celebrity candid photo site.  Many people think of an old codger in a frayed cardigan … Continue reading

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Back from the wilds

Tweet It’s been a quiet week here at the Natural Patriot. But I have a good excuse.  As occasionally happens — all too rarely — I managed to break the chains and achieve escape velocity from the office and computer and telephone to … Continue reading

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Sacred places and biodiversity conservation

Tweet Why should we care about biodiversity?   I frequently lecture on biodiversity science and trends, and some of the policy implications of declining biodiversity.  The main theme I develop comes from the major scientific effort in the last decade … Continue reading

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America the Green (some restrictions may apply)

Tweet Forbes magazine has just released its survey of the “greenest state in the land of the free” (to borrow from the old Davy Crockett TV show theme).  Forbes ranked each state in six equally weighted categories: carbon footprint, air … Continue reading

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