The deadly and unexplained white nose syndrome which is killing off thousands of bats in the northeast continues to spread and has now been reported in
There’s a member of the Araneidae family, possibly the male Larinioides cornuta, more commonly known as a big-ass spider, with a lovely web connected to the bricks just outside my bedroom window. The cat watches from the windowsill, hoping to pick up new predator tricks.
The title for this post came from the title of a book by William Stolzenburg which I recently skimmed, subtitled Life, Death, and Ecological Wreckage in a
I strongly recommend everyone read at least the epilogue which in a few pages sums up the most important lessons and questions on the subject. One of the very interesting points is how the bar gets lowered with each human generation—what I see now as a natural area destroyed since my childhood is likely to be the good old days for today’s young. At least for the decreasing percentage of the young who still pay any attention to the natural world.
We know so little yet so casually destroy the strands of the webs. What a better world it might be if forty years ago, instead of worrying about the domino theory in
Naturalist George Schaller is quoted, “I suspect most people in the world could not care less if all large predators vanish. There are a few of us who think they are beautiful, interesting, essential to natural ecological processes, and part of our natural heritage worth preserving, but we are a distinct minority anywhere.”