Hunting, coupled with the extensive deforestation of their habitat for farm ground, severely crippled the wood ducks population. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act allowed for the complete protection of the wood duck and placed limits on hunting the species (Bellrose 1976). Protection from hunters, conservation of remaining habitat, and the development of the wood duck nest box, led to one of the best comeback stories in North American wildlife history. By 1941, 14 states allowed the take of 1 wood duck per hunter, and by the mid 1960s, wood ducks ranked second or third in the bags of hunters from the Mississippi and
Megan LaCasse 12/1/15 Environmental History Term Paper Destructive Clams and the Benefits of Being a Late-comer The Adirondack national park is home to a plethora of different species, landscapes, habitats, and towns. Part of what makes the area unique is the vastness of ecological diversity and natural serenity. However, great bio-diversity coupled with human civilization can lead to even greater problems if left unchecked. During the 1900s lake front populations began to grow exponentially in the towns of Saranac Lake and Lake George. With an ever growing number of humans, the number of invasive species found in the area began to grow as well.
By 1872, the Houston and Central Texas Railroad was compeleted. The additoon of the railline fueled further growth in the area. In 1873, Plano was incorporayed with a population nearing 500 people. The small town flourished over the coming decades. By 1900, the town had more than doubled its size, and by the middle of the 20th century, the city of Plano was flourishing.
1. 90-100 million tons are killed and wiped off the planet each year. Consisting of some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet. Fish are a primary food source to 3.5 billion people worldwide and the depletion of the species is leaving millions of people hungry. Over fishing is a huge problem that needs to be stopped.
Invasive species have been a massive problem in Hawaii since the 17s and 18 hundreds. At first, it wasn’t that big of a deal, but the influx of invasive species grew over time, and it became a dangerous slippery slope. Species that were once alienated poured into Hawaii and destroyed indigenous species that had been native to Hawaii for a very long time. Since then, the Hawaiian people and advocates of removing invasive plants and animals have banded together to help remove these species. There has been a great global effort to remove invasive species in all places, but the hasty spread of them has made it almost impossible to eradicate a lot of them.
In Des Plaines, a man drowned after being attacked by a mute swan. It was reported that the 37 year old was knocked out of his kayak while tending the birds (Nasaw and Geoghegan 2012). Anyone in and around the areas where the swans are nesting are in danger. As the population rises, these interactions with humans are only going to become more
Sharks have the task of killing the wounded, old, and sick fish in schools to keep the stocks of fish healthy and plentiful. Andy Dehart, Discovery Channel Shark Advisor, spoke about the North Carolina shark over fishing problem. The shark populations on the East Coast were extremely over-fished which lead to the over population of sting rays, a main food-stock for sharks. The stingrays in turn decimated the shellfish populations on the East Coast, leading to calm and shellfish shortages. This shows that sharks are necessary for every eco-system and their destruction affects us in more ways then we can imagine.
Red Tide: How it affects Marine Life Red tide in Florida is a reoccurring problem that threatens marine life every year. Red tide in Florida waterways has a negative impact on marine life because it produces toxins that are harmful to marine species. It lessens the amount of oxygen in the water which ultimately leads to the migration and death of many different marine animals. Millions of dollars are poured into red tide research and prevention every year to help predict when and where a red tide is going to form. All the while, millions of dollars are being lost due to a drop in tourism and bans on fishing as red tide wreaks havoc on businesses and marine life.
I know we’re in an Arctic Tundra, but there were WAY too many musk ox to be natural. At this point in time, we have seen about 60 of the things, and they are a main prey item, so either, all the large predators were hunted to extinction by the natives we came here to study, (along with the nature here) or the musk ox was VERY over bred, to the point where if a couple hundred were killed off for food or their hide, it wouldn’t matter because there are way too many! “Why did we think that wasn’t a musk ox?” asked Sunnshine, “ Do these people even exist? !” I know the University wouldn’t send us on a wild goose chase, would they? Would we die out here?
The Viceroy butterflies were facing extinction a little more than 100 years ago due to their inability to protect themselves or hide from their predators; mainly birds. Fortunately, the Viceroy population has increased significantly primarily due to mimicry [Viceroy
It is the worst man-made explosion ever, claiming 2000 lives and injuring another 9000. Last thing I ever saw was Harbour going up in one grand smudge, and gas fuming [through] the air," stated John, a survivor. Another major negative impact of the war was the integration of Conscription. In 1917, Prime minister Sir Robert Borden introduced the Military Service Act, which made enlistment for citizens mandatory. Conscription is a very controversial issue that has since divided English and French Canadians.
The Indigenous worldviews of Inuit’s people are problematic as the rituals of annual seal hunt, which occurs during March and April. Currently seal hunt is practiced in eight countries: Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Namibia and Canada where the worlds most seal hunting takes place. In 2008, 217,800 seals had been killed just in Canada. It is extremely tragic in the sense that the populations of Harp seals in northwest Atlantic have declined approximately 2 million in the late 1960s as a result of Canada’s annual rate. Baby seals are the targets of this hunt because of their white fur.
However, there is one environmental factor that is being destroyed and greatly affects the sustainability of all regions: the bee population. In Kern County, California, Bret Adee is America’s largest beekeeper and maintains over 92,000 beehives. Adee’s bees are in high demand across the nation because of the dying bee population, known as the colony collapse, that risks the sustainability of future generations. The decreasing of the bee population is