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10 • Rescued from the Dark

Lynn Marie Cuny University of North Texas Press PDF

Rescued from the Dark • 47

Once he was inside the room, the young cat did her best to hide under a small table or crouch behind an empty cardboard box that was lying on the filthy floor. She had no reason to be anything but terrified of this new intruder. Finally, Tim was able to dart her. Once tranquilized, she slowly began to calm down. Now she could be placed in a carrier and safely transported to the Sanctuary.

When she arrived, of course, she did not know where she was. She was anxious and hungry. She had been living in total darkness but was now surrounded not only by light, but scents and sounds as well.

The young cat was curious and acutely aware of the fact that she was in a new world. She was also aware that there were other cougars in this new world. People who breed mountain lions to be sold to the public deprive them of their mother's care when they are only weeks old. After she was taken away from her mother, it is unlikely that she had ever been in the company of other mountain lions. She was about to be introduced to a brand new family.

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The Inheritance of Tools

Scott Russell Sanders Indiana University Press ePub

At just about the hour when my father died, soon after dawn one February morning when ice coated the windows like cataracts, I banged my thumb with a hammer. Naturally I swore at the hammer, the reckless thing, and in the moment of swearing I thought of what my father would say: “If you’d try hitting the nail it would go in a whole lot faster. Don’t you know your thumb’s not as hard as that hammer?” We both were doing carpentry that day, but far apart. He was building cupboards at my brother’s place in Oklahoma; I was at home in Indiana putting up a wall in the basement to make a bedroom for my daughter. By the time my mother called with news of his death—the long-distance wires whittling her voice until it seemed too thin to bear the weight of what she had to say—my thumb was swollen. A week or so later a white scar in the shape of a crescent moon began to show above the cuticle, and month by month it rose across the pink sky of my thumbnail. It took the better part of a year for the scar to disappear, and every time I noticed it I thought of my father.

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10. The Role of Participation in Ecosystem-Based Management: Insight from the Usumacinta Watershed and Terminos Lagoon, Mexico

John W Day Texas A&M University Press ePub

Insight from the Usumacinta Watershed and Terminos Lagoon, Mexico

Bruce Currie-Alder

This volume argues that the future management in the Gulf of Mexico should be directed toward a combination of integrated coastal management with large marine ecosystem management, and the system approach for coastal ecosystem-based management (Yáñez-Arancibia and Day 2004a; Yáñez-Arancibia et al. Chapter 9 of this volume). Such a focus emphasizes ecosystem functioning, and the biophysical processes that give rise to ecological subregions, including the interactions of geomorphology, oceanography, climate, physical chemistry, wildlife, and fisheries. Yet, adopting such an approach risks neglecting the complex ways in which people relate to ecosystems and utilize ecosystem services. In calling for attention to collaborative efforts, the human factor can help to understand how the Gulf ecosystems are changing and enable people to participate in their future stewardship. Indeed, Article 157 of Mexico’s environmental protection law (Ley General del Equilibrio Ecológico y la Protección al Ambiente) states that “government must promote the co-responsible participation of society in . . . environmental policy and natural resources.” Legislation has opened the doors to various initiatives in Mexico that attempt to get people involved in managing ecosystems. Rather than building a system for ecosystem-based management from scratch, existing initiatives can offer insights into how to implement a new generation of efforts to steward the Gulf of Mexico.

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1. Early Memories and Influences

George Lambert Bristol Texas A&M University Press ePub


Early Memories and Influences

I became aware of politics during the latter years of World War II to the chorusing of cicadas and by the light of fireflies at the Texas State College for Women (TSCW) camp on Lake Dallas in Texas. That’s not to say that I had heard nothing of politics before then. Politics had always been there. My family, on both sides, was into politics, taking every side of every issue although they were all for Franklin D. Roosevelt, except for one or two errant Presbyterians on my daddy’s side.

But on those days and nights in the heat of summer, while fish fried and ice cream handles cranked, I listened to people’s chatter—much of it about politics—and it started to sink in. My Granddaddy Donoho’s family went to the college lake camp near Denton to beat the heat, staying close to home because gasoline and tires were rationed. In the surrounding woods I had my first experience with the wonders of the natural world, and in the camp I heard talk of elections. Little did I know that family, politics, and conservation would become the chief paths of my life.

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Rookery Rescue

Lynn Marie Cuny University of North Texas Press PDF

Rookery Rescue

It seems that almost every day we learn that another green space has fallen under the blade. Even though we are disturbed as more trees are killed and more natural habitat destroyed, we watch from a safe distance as this occurs. For the wild animals living in these areas, the experience is quite different.

Late in the summer of 1999, the local newspapers, radio, and television news media reported an incident that took place in south

San Antonio, Texas. There lay a quiet, wooded spot that for many years, hundreds of egrets called home. This home had everything the birds needed: tall, densely foliaged green trees, the nearby river, plenty of insects, and best of all, perfect nest sites. This quiet spot was so perfect that the egrets returned year after year to lay their eggs and rear their young. Sadly, all of that was soon to change.

It seems that an individual who either was not aware of the egrets’ presence or was simply not sympathetic to the birds owned this perfect spot.

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Culinary Aspects

Ron Tatum University of North Texas Press ePub

Culinary Aspects

People always ask me about feed for their horses. They worry about feed as much as they worry about their own diets. I usually tell them to ask their vet or go talk to the old guy at the feed store (any feed store will do), but over the years I’ve gotten enough information to be able to speak to this subject with some authority. I’ve learned that a chicken feed called “scratch” is a remarkable curative for crumbly hooves, that cider vinegar makes miraculous changes in arthritic horses, that horses behave better if the shoer arrives with a box of—God help us—sugar cubes, and that 50 percent of founder cases, a serious foot condition, occur on Christmas day because the owners run out to their ponies and horses with a gaily wrapped coffee can of sweet grain, an unaccustomed treat, which, if eaten in one sitting almost invariably ends in colic or founder, either of which can kill the animal.

I’ve also learned to be careful with my food words when I’m distracted by the job at hand. An example: I was trimming a new customer’s horse and we were talking away in the usual manner when she asked me if I knew how to clean tarweed off the horse’s muzzle and legs. Tarweed is a small bright green weed with little yellow flowers that horses enjoy eating. It puts out a sticky black tar that gets all over the legs and faces of the horses. It’s a real mess. Busy working on a hind foot, I admitted I had no answer for her, but suggested she go talk to the wise old home remedy expert at the feed store. “He’ll probably give you some wacky recipe like kerosene and penis butter,” I inattentively suggested. Horror struck, I murmured, “I mean ‘peanut butter.’ ” I didn’t look up. I didn’t say another word. Neither did she. Without looking at each other the money was exchanged and I left. I’ve never heard from her since.

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1853 Furnessville

Kenneth J. Schoon Quarry Books ePub

Furnessville is an unincorporated community alongside Furnessville Road and US Route 20. The first home was built in 1853 by the Morgan family, just two years after the Michigan Central Railroad came through. Edwin and Louise Furness built a home in 1855 and opened a store in their basement. They joined forces with the Morgans and established the lumbering firm of Morgan, Furness, and Co. The lumber business was an important industry with as many as three sawmills operating at one time. Morgan’s Side Track became the name of what was one of the Calumet Area’s first local railroads, one with wooden rails and “trains” drawn by horses or mules. The Michigan Central established a depot with Edwin Furness serving as the first station agent. In 1861, he became the first “Furnessville” postmaster.

Furnessville took on an English flavor when a number of families including the Brummitts, Paynes, and Teales arrived from Yorkshire. In 1929, the Dunes Relief Highway (Route 20) cut through the middle of this rural community and forced the removal of several nineteenth-century farm houses. Soon, students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago found homes in the area, giving Furnessville the aura of an arts colony. Much of this historic community north of Route 20 is now within the National Lakeshore.

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1. Quicksand!

Donald R. Prothero Indiana University Press ePub

Figure 1.1. The American Museum Mongolian expedition, with its Dodge cars and hundreds of camels, near the Flaming Cliffs of Mongolia. (From Andrews, 1932, Plate LV.)

In 1922, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City sponsored one of the most ambitious scientific expeditions ever attempted. Led by the legendary explorer Roy Chapman Andrews (1884–1960), the expedition traveled to China and Mongolia with a huge caravan of seventy-five camels (each carrying 180 kg or 400 pounds of gasoline and other supplies), three Dodge touring cars and two Fulton trucks, and a large party of scientists, guides, and helpers (Fig. 1.1). The party included not only Andrews, but also paleontologist Walter Granger (1872–1941), a veteran of many fossil-hunting expeditions in the U.S. and elsewhere, who had prior experience hunting fossils in China. There were also two geologists (Charles P. Berkey and Frederick K. Morris) and many other assistants to drive the trucks and cars and camels, cook the food and set up the camp, and act as guides and interpreters.

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12 Exploring Canadian Rivers, 1963

Richard Westwood Utah State University Press ePub

Early in June 1963 Georgie made a trip through Cataract Canyon. There were thirty-seven passengers in all, plus Georgie and her dog, Sambo, who made a number of raft trips with her before the Park Service decided dogs should not be allowed on the river.1

Delphine Mohrline was riding on the little boat when they came to Satan’s Gut. She saw the rapid at close range and began to wonder whether it was not a waterfall instead. The drop looked tremendous. She said:

Over we went into this trough about 12 feet deep—the front side came up to meet the backside, we were all lifted off our seats and slammed back down again, twisting and turning, and wondering if our fingers were going to be able to keep holding on. Art and I knocked heads together, even though we were sitting 4 feet apart in different sections of the boat. He said he had been a steeplejack in earlier years and didn’t think the rapids of the Colorado could offer anything more exciting than that. Wonder if he still holds that opinion.

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2: Effects of Land-use Changes on Biochemical and Microbial Parameters in Soils of the Andaman Islands, India

Brearley, F.Q., Editor CAB International PDF


Effects of Land-use Changes on Biochemical and Microbial Parameters in Soils of the Andaman Islands, India

Raghavan Dinesh,1* Arkalgud Ganeshamurthy2 and Subrata Ghoshal Chaudhuri3


ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research, Calicut, Kerala, India; 2ICAR-Indian

Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India; 3ICAR-National

Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (Regional Centre), Salt Lake City,

Bidhan Nagar, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

2.1  Introduction

Large areas of forest in the tropics are presently undergoing deforestation due to anthropogenic influences such as forest clearance, human settlement and conversion for agriculture (Gibbs et al., 2010; Villoria et al., 2014). It is well known that forest clearance for agriculture, an increasingly prevalent situation in the tropics, removes natural vegetation, reduces biodiversity, and simplifies the landscape and ecosystem structure

(Li et al., 2005; Rosa et al., 2014). The effects of these changes include reductions in productivity because of increasing losses of nutrients and soil; downstream impacts, such as reductions in water quality through increased sedimentation and changes in water yield; and widespread

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6. Using Social Vulnerability Mapping to Enhance Coastal Community Resiliency in Texas

Philip B. Bedient Texas A&M University Press ePub

Walter Gillis Peacock, Shannon Van Zandt, Dustin Henry, Himanshu Grover, and Wesley Highfield

Disasters like Hurricane Ike, as well as severe storms such as Allison, Katrina, and Rita are often referred to as “natural” disasters. Rather than being wholly “natural,” however, these disasters result from the interaction among biophysical systems, human systems, and their built environment. Indeed, the emerging scientific consensus states that the damage incurred, in both human and financial terms, is largely due to human action or, more often, inaction (Mileti 1999). Communities in the United States and much of the world continue to develop and expand into high hazard areas. This contributes to increased hazard exposure and often results in the destruction of environmental resources such as wetlands, often increasing losses. In other words, many of the communities in our nation are becoming ever more vulnerable to “natural” hazards while simultaneously becoming less disaster resilient.

When disaster strikes, its impact is not just a function of its magnitude and where it strikes. Galveston, like most communities, is not homogeneous, but rather contains areas characterized by wealth, leisure, and privilege, as well as neighborhoods plagued by poverty, crime, and unemployment. Development patterns typified by sprawl, concentrated poverty and segregation shape urban environments in ways that isolate vulnerable populations. Severe storms like Ike are not “equal opportunity” events. These events affect different groups in different ways. Very often, the social geography interacts with the physical geography to expose vulnerable populations to greater risk.

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Appendix 2. Metric–English System Unit Equivalents

Timothy E. Fulbright Texas A&M University Press ePub
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CHAPTER FOUR Upper Geyser Basin

T. Scott Bryan University Press of Colorado ePub

The Upper Geyser Basin is the first area described for the simple fact that it is the greatest concentration of geysers anywhere in the world. Nearly 300 of its springs have been known to erupt as geysers, a figure that approaches 30 percent of the world’s total. All of these are found within an area of little more than one square mile. The hot springs are scattered among several nearly contiguous groups (Map 4.1). Most of them lie within a few hundred feet of Firehole River or along Iron Spring Creek, and nowhere is the basin more than half a mile wide.

The Upper Geyser Basin understandably attracted the greatest attention of the early Yellowstone explorers. Many of the names given the geysers and pools here were applied during the 1870s. While it was recognized that all of Yellowstone was worth preserving, it was the Upper Basin above all else that provided the greatest wonders and led to the establishment of the world’s first national park.

Map 4.1. Index map to the Upper Geyser Basin

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Biographical Notes

Virgo, Seán Thistledown Press ePub


BRIAN BRETT was born in Vancouver, and spent his childhood on the road in his father’s truck, learning the Fraser Valley farm region, the native villages, and ocean and lakeside fishing camps. He ruined his knees walking over too many mountains, and has had too many opportunities to witness the destruction of the great raincoast cloud forest and the rich delta of the Fraser River. A poet, novelist, and journalist, the author of eleven books, his latest publication Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life won the 2009 Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize. His natural habitat is limited to the climate region where the wild rhododendron grows. He has spent his adult life advocating the preservation of this ecology. Currently, he lives on an organic farm on Saltspring Island, British Columbia.

Novelist and poet BARRY CALLAGHAN is included in every major Canadian anthology and his fiction and poetry have been translated into seven languages. His works include The Hogg Poems and Drawings (General 1978), The Black Queen Stories (Lester & Orpen Dennys 1982), The Way The Angel Spreads Her Wings (Lester & Orpen Dennys 1989), When Things Get Worst (Little, Brown & Co. 1993), A Kiss Is Still A Kiss (Little, Brown & Co. 1995), Hogg, The Poems And Drawings (Carleton 1997), Barrelhouse Kings: A Memoir (Little, Brown & Co. 1998), and Hogg: The Seven Last Words. He has published translations of French, Serbian, and Latvian poetry, and has been writer-in-residence at the universities of Rome, Venice, and Bologna. He was a war correspondent in the Middle East and Africa in the 1970s, and at the same time began the internationally celebrated quarterly and press, Exile and Exile Editions.

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5 Nights on the Equator

Rick A. Adams University Press of Colorado ePub

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