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Re: “Whistler's BioBlitz talks old-growth logging

Somewhere a couple of decades ago the environmental movement in Whistler and elsewhere went off the rails when we somehow got tricked into speaking the language of the corporations and big business, and having to justify everything in economic and financial terms.

There is only one good reason to preserve an ancient old growth forest: because it is an ancient old growth forest. All of us, except those with the blackest of hearts, know this intuitively.

I never thought I would live long enough to see the utter ruination of so many rich and lovely natural areas. Somehow nothing ever changes despite decades of well intentioned but ultimately empty talk by the same people who profit enormously from the destruction.

The Bioblitz becomes a sad catalogue of all the things we are losing. I am not really bitter about it anymore just sad this is how it all ends.

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Posted by Nonnobissolum on 06/08/2019 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Barred owl invasion

The Barred Owl killed off and displaced the Spotted Owl? Where does this piffle come from? The forest companies?

If you read the scientific literature, the Spotted Owl had its old growth habitat almost completely wiped out by HUMANS. This logging created large open areas perfect for Barred Owl. Over the decades they began colonizing these new areas and thereby extended their range westward. They do not migrate.

Similar situation with mountain caribou in parts of BC we are culling wolves to preserve the last few dozen caribou. Are you going to tell us the wolves killed off the caribou now?

The author should get his facts straight instead of spreading ignorant myths which let humans off the hook for their shortsighted greed and stupidity.

We killed the Spotted Owl.

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Posted by Nonnobissolum on 12/14/2017 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Conserving bears with computer modelling

There is one book you missed then Sylvia: Ecology and Behavior of North American Black Bears, Home Ranges, Habitat, and Social Organization by Powell et al.

In it the authors state: "Territorial behaviors of black bears are poorly documented and even more poorly understood" and then go on to illustrate several examples of apparent territorial behavior in at least one population. Other populations have home ranges which they share and are apparently not territorial.

You may call it a "critical space". Maybe they essentially carry a "portable" territory within their home range which expands and contracts depending on the situation. We make assumptions about why they are defending their space and don't really know much.

I think the CO can be forgiven for using the phrase, most people will understand what he meant.

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Posted by Nonnobissolum on 10/13/2016 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Whistler, by Nature

Hard to disagree with this article but unfortunately for Whistler that ship sailed a long time ago.

There are too many people making too much money for it to change. See also Shifting Baseline Syndrome.

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Posted by Nonnobissolum on 08/05/2016 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Earth Day is every day

Good editorial. The numbers on avian mortality should be put in perspective. I do not endorse killing wildlife but most human activity does directly and indirectly kill birds and other wildlife.

So if one wind farm kills 28,000 birds a year then 1000 wind farms would be 28 million birds killed a year. A drop in the bucket.

In the US researchers estimate free ranging domestic cats kill somewhere between 1.2 and 4 BILLION birds every year. In Canada is it over 200 million. Free ranging domestic cats are BY FAR the biggest human related cause of bird mortality. BY FAR.

So sad humans kill birds with practically everything we do but please carry on generating green energy and keep your cat indoors. I am sure the birds would like that.…

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Posted by Nonnobissolum on 04/25/2016 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Make us proud to be Canadians again

Really good piece. I wonder though if Trudeau's 40 per cent majority is just as bogus as the Cons had.

The 60 per cent who didn't vote for the Cons were almost universally opposed to most of their policies. Many of the Liberal promises are very similar to what NDP and Green voters want (e.g. back at the climate change table, sane pot laws) and are likely to find quite a bit of support among the 60 per cent who didn't vote for the Liberals.

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Posted by Nonnobissolum on 10/22/2015 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor for the week of August 20th

Earth calling Lisa Haeck, come in please!

Here is an op-ed piece from the New York Times from last Sunday:…

This one makes Max's piece look like a love letter to Harper. Are you going to tell us the NY Times is doing an injustice to community journalism? Pull your head out of your ass.

Keep up the good work Max!

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Posted by Nonnobissolum on 08/20/2015 at 9:10 AM

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