NATURAL CONNECTIONS

Returning Sea Otters to the Oregon Coast

Understanding the role of sea otters as a keystone species in marine nearshore environments provides an excellent example of species interconnections. In this post we’ll wade on into the coastal waters of Oregon and take a look at how a healthy kelp forest works to maintain a balance of the marine nearshore ecosystem, the role of the southern sea otter…

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The Drastic Decline of Creepy Crawlies and Winged Wonders

The insects of the world are incredibly numerous, diverse, critical to the web of life, and disappearing in alarming numbers. In my last post I mentioned the concept of shifting baselines syndrome and gave my own observational example of how, when I was much younger, I recalled the numerous bug splats on your car windshield that needed to be cleaned…

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Beaver: the Ultimate Keystone Species

A Bit of History: During the nineteenth century, man’s extermination of any living creature that had fur or feathers was so extreme that some have dubbed the period the “Age of Extermination”. It is estimated that between 60-400 million beaver populated North America prior to the 1500’s. By the 1900’s, there were about 100,000 beavers left. We currently have about…

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