Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche: Extinctions


Waylon Jennings said, “open spaces are rapidly approaching the weight of the entire human race.”

It is not necessary to be a scientist to recognize how human abundance imposes on people and other species. When does too much of something threaten human existence and other species? Seeing the loss of another species and not being able to save it despite the best efforts allows us to know the fragility of nature’s niches.

We saw how the most abundant bird species declined to extinction in a period of 50 years. We did not understand the ecological requirements of the carrier pigeon and we could not save it. We could not fully analyze your needs and habitat requirements before it disappeared. A segment of the human population saw it as a commodity to use until it disappeared and dismissed it without remorse. Another segment hurts in heart and mind.

There are those who feel the responsibility of sustaining creation and those who feel that all creation is here for unregulated use and consumption for personal desires. The key to that statement is “feel.” It has nothing to do with the scientific evidence to sustain the Earth’s ecosystems for our health. How we feel successful evidence supports science. Compassion and a tender heart are necessary if we hope to embrace science to help us.

The disappearance of a species means little if people do not share a sense of unity and purpose with another life. When parents lose children of malaria, it is not surprising that they wait for the extinction of the disease agent. Many would appreciate the extinction of all mosquitoes, but most mosquito species can not transmit malaria.

Mosquitoes are a nuisance with a tremendous impact on the health of wildlife. They draw blood that weakens animals as big as elk. Despite the apparent negative impacts of mosquitoes, their presence is essential to maintain the life and reproduction of aquatic insects, fish, birds and even people. Scientific evidence supports the need for a wide variety of species to maintain food chains and long-term ecological stability.

Why am I thinking of extinctions? I am a member of the Mitchell’s Satyr and Karner Blue Butterfly working groups with US FWS and MDNR that strive to help those endangered species recover adequately to maintain their populations without human assistance. Both live in our region and are declining.

On September 22, 1979, scientists reported that the large blue butterfly (Maculinae arion) became extinct. The efforts to save him were progressing. Life history research was happening but the species disappeared before the complexities of its nature niche were understood. It is necessary to keep the remains of habitats because we can not learn enough.

We reduce the species by eliminating the habitat. The loss of healthy living space affects the species and our own chances of survival. Human survival, like that of the abundant carrier pigeons, depends on the understanding of ecological requirements. How we feel about our role in nature and to maintain healthy gardens can save us.

Protecting groundwater from discarded chemicals, reducing the excessive release of carbon into the atmosphere by switching from fossil fuels to alternative energy sources, in addition to maintaining patios with native species instead of large expanses of grass, can protect our own natural niche and that of other species. The protection of national monuments protects important species to maintain biodiversity and prevent extinctions.

An estimated 10 to 50 million species on Earth. A million may have been lost since the Great Blue went extinct. The evidence supports that improved human climate change and other improper uses accelerate extinction. Scientific evidence is easily ruled out. How we feel about living beings that maintain a healthy world is important. As our population increases, it becomes increasingly critical to remove large expanses of grass to allow native species to be a place to live. We can manage a healthy future if we feel like it. Science and reason are able to provide the “how” if our feelings show concern. The love and care of life on Earth will lead to accept and use scientific evidence to sustain people, society and a healthy future.