He started by giving each of us an envelope full of pamphlets and brochures
featuring information on bear country management plans, sagebrush, land
conservation, and other wildlife related materials.
His talk had great delight for me - since I want to become a zoologist.
Kurt told us that, many times, ecosystems are not biologically defined.
Rather, they are artificially defined using man-made features such as
When people draw the boundaries, they leave out some of what they are
watching. You cannot make an island of what you are studying - because
there are things outside the place you are studying that affect the
animals and plants you are studying. No place is truly an island.
I am very glad to hear that animals are now studied for their own ranging
area rather than studying human-defined ecosystems.
We talked about a lot of different animals and ecosystems. Bears and
deer and elk, and what grazing animals can do to the landscape.
Wow, too many animals to manage at once. And how do you keep them all
at a healthy level, what are all the variables that you have to make
sure to manage - or else your animal will end up on the endangered list.
Made me think about my animals on my island in the Footprint Island