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January 18 2013

TERRA 802: Restoring an Icon

The story has been told again and again: In little more than a decade during the late 1800s, hunters all but wiped out one of the continent’s most iconic animals, the American bison. They killed the animals by the tens of thousands for their hides, meat and simply for the thrill of the hunt. By the beginning of the 20th century, a species of huge ecological and cultural value had vanished from the prairie, surviving only in small, captive herds and a remnant population in Yellowstone National Park. In the late 1800s, two Montana ranchers, Michel Pablo and Charles Allard, spent more than 20 years assembling one of the largest collections of purebred bison on the continent. In 1907, after the U.S. government declined to buy the herd, Pablo made a deal with the Canadian government and shipped most of his bison northward to Elk Island National Park. Now, the ancestors of these bison are returning to their ancestral home in northern Montana. The American Prairie Foundation is working on restoring a vast amount of prairie to its natural state. This film follows the process of moving these bison and the challenges encountered along the way.

June 24 2010

TERRA 536: Wildlife at Work: Beaver, Otter and Native Fish on the Verde River

Beavers are some of the great engineers of the wild kingdom. In Arizona, these toothy critters are hard at work along the Verde River, helping to restore this fragile river system to good health. They are creating dams and lodges that improve the habitat for otters, native fish and other species. People benefit as well because a healthy river system means good drinking water for the growing communities downstream.
TERRA 536: Wildlife at Work: Beaver, Otter and Native Fish on the Verde River

Beavers are some of the great engineers of the wild kingdom. In Arizona, these toothy critters are hard at work along the Verde River, helping to restore this fragile river system to good health. They are creating dams and lodges that improve the habitat for otters, native fish and other species. People benefit as well because a healthy river system means good drinking water for the growing communities downstream.

May 01 2010

Aus dem Maschinenraum (6): Die Heuchelei der Netzversteher | Medien - Feuilleton | Constanze Kurz - FAZ.NET - 20100501

[...] Der von [BM] Thomas de Maizière gestartete „Netzpolitische Dialog“ verhieß [...] einen neuen politischen Stil [...] Dass er es sich [...] nicht nehmen ließ, das übliche Grüppchen bezahlter Lobbyisten und BKA-Chef Jörg Ziercke mit an den runden Tisch zu bitten, zeugte [...] von einem vorgefassten Verständnis eines netzpolitischen Diskurses. [...] [Z]u groß ist wohl inzwischen die Gewöhnung daran, dass kommerziellen und Strafverfolgerinteressen der Vorzug gegeben wird. [...] Der Eindruck, dass es bei allem Dialog [...] primär darum ging, sich ein paar Monate politische Ruhe an der Netzfront zu erkaufen, ist wohl nicht ganz falsch. [...] Technische Verständnisdefizite waren der Anlass, zu deren Ausräumung die Netzgemeinde zum Dialog gebeten wurde. [...] Unwissenheit ist keine Ausrede mehr für kurzsichtige, realitätsferne oder gar kontraproduktive Entscheidungen, dazu waren und sind die Angebote, mit technischem und netzkulturellem Sachverstand auszuhelfen, zu vielfältig. [...]
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