I feel compelled to write down some things because I am listening to the news in the background and it is very frustrating. The newscasters, seemingly as fickle as and as shallow as the bankers of Wall Street and their gambling with other people’s money ways.
I really think the news of North Korea catching an insanity cold is, by far, the news of the day. Reporters are completely lathered up about the presidents supreme court nominee and gay marriage and Burris (Senator from Illinois) and North Korea and it’s nukes are just a sidebar.
Pundits, like extreme right wing radio talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, are actually given credibility as they are part of the news and so on…
I just shake my head and breathe a sigh of relief that I will not be around for the worst of global warming. But the chances are good that my children will. I do not have faith that we will step in to save ourselves from the ravages of global warming.
Gloom and doom you say…probably so. So I will just “cool my jets” and write about some interesting experiances that may be interesting or just may be the waxing of a curmudgeon. Do not expect any hard journalism from me. I am not trained at all in journalism.
-I recall birdwatching in Costa Rica. I was afraid I was going to step on a fer de lance or bushmaster poisonous snake as I walked a mile back from dinner in the jungle dark in which there was no seeing in for me. I left a head lamp in my room in a small cabin. This cabin had no air conditioning but it had a great back porch to bird watch from and it had a shower and fan but I was stunned by the humidity of the area.
-I looked at birds on the famous Costa Rican Ossa Peninsula. A huge highlite for me was to see Scarlet Mcaws feeding on palm nuts in front of my tent. My tent was adjacent to a great looking beach and spectacular rainforest. Jaguar tracks were in a straight line down the beach nearby.
-I had savahna baboons in Africa, twice, try to get into a tent I was in. In Costa Rica I had simular encounters with white faced monkeys in a tent camp.
-Some of the best birdwatching I had was from porches in Central America and Africa (in the East).
-I have seen brown bears (includes grizzlies) in the middle of nowhere, Wyoming and northern British Columbia. Large male bears were subserviant to fiesty female bears half their (male bears) size.
-I remember seeing wolves rendezvouing at an abandoned Tsim Tsam lodge on an island in the northern coast of British Columbia.
-A brown bear charged me because I was in its line of sight for a group of calving elk that the bear was watching and hungry for the elk herd’s calves.The bear “turned on a dime” before I reacted. This happened in Alaska.
-Once, in Alaska, I was sunbathing in the tundra when a large female brownie and her 2 cubs of the year were grazing right for me about forty yards away. They were distracted by their grazing so I scooted watching her all the way and literally slid down a mountain of spiny devil’s club (a type of plant) and thick alders.
-Once while in the Northwest Territories above the Mackensi Barrens I was on a mountaintop and saw ptarmigan flushing low and was told by a biologist that when ptarmigan flushed low like that that a Gyr Falcon or a Perigrine Falcon were hunting ptarmigan as opposed to a wolverine. We were trained well by this particular biologist who told us we would see what we saw.
-Have you ever crawled in a ber den? I have been in the den of a North American black bear, grizzly bear (brown bear) and a polar bear. The grizzly bear den belonged to a 600 pound (large for a Yellowstone area grizzly) who was just down the hill according to his radio collar.
-I still am, and was declared, disabled by the federal government. I caught the subway and walked (could not drive) to a spectacular birding spot near where I lived as a child. I did this several times. Much has changed since then from a birding spot perspective, but it was a great spot and we saw lots of neat birds there that is why I kept going back.
My impression is that global warming will make many of these experiances, fun experiances, things of a past that will not be possible in our future. We cannot follow a green line to a succesful life but someone will have many new experiances to relay in some medium.
I have heard the ultimate of gloom and doom scenarios resulting from our inability to respond to global warming. I have heard that if we act now to mitigate global warming we will save ourselves and some of this earth’s neat biodiversity. I am not sure what will happen to us as a species as global warming rears it’s head.