Whaling: A live issue over death

May 19, 2002

Whaling: A live issue over death

Whales dolphins and porpoises, the aquatic mammals collectively called cetaceans, number less than 80 species, or fewer than 2 percent of all mammals. They are, however, probably the most talked about and written about of all wild animals — despite being some of the ...

May 19, 2002

How deep does our knowledge go?

The group of animals we call cetaceans represent but two-thirds of the orders of “whales” that have ever existed. Modern whales belong to the orders Mysticeti (baleen whales) and Odontoceti (toothed whales, dolphins and porpoises), however, there used to be a third order, the ...

20 years of writing on the wild side

| May 2, 2002

20 years of writing on the wild side

The biological exuberance of the equatorial region is staggering to behold. Walking through a temperate forest (as one might find in many areas of northern Japan, the northern United States or across much of central Europe), it is commonplace to have a clear view ...

Back when the Badlands were lush

| Apr 18, 2002

Back when the Badlands were lush

Drive west from Calgary and rolling foothills dotted with aspen and white spruce rise steadily toward the mighty ridgeback of the Rockies, which dominate the view in this part of Canada’s Alberta Province. Drive east from Calgary, though, and limitless horizons open up — ...

'Park on a possum' is far easier said than done

| Apr 4, 2002

'Park on a possum' is far easier said than done

Back in 1848, some bright spark had a “good” idea. Let’s import common brush-tailed possums from Australia and fur-farm them in New Zealand, they thought. They followed up on that idea with action — action that New Zealand’s environment has been paying for ever ...

Confused responses cloud vital issues of ecology

| Mar 21, 2002

Confused responses cloud vital issues of ecology

Sept. 11, 2001, a date now etched indelibly in our memories, provided an awfully pertinent lesson in human actions and human responses. Shock, fury, anger; all were reasonable, acceptable emotional responses to horrendous acts of terrorism. By contrast, the attacks subsequently perpetrated on Muslim ...

Denizens of the deep that take your breath away

| Feb 21, 2002

Denizens of the deep that take your breath away

Almost exactly a year ago, I was introduced to scuba diving and the astonishing submarine sights of corals, colorful fish, sea lions, flightless cormorants and even penguins. Despite those pleasures, being under pressure under water just doesn’t seem a tenable state for this particular ...