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This video is amazing. It illustrates how taking a native species out of an environment causes that environment to tilt and list and go off kilter. Put that species back and balance is restored. When wolves were reintroduced in Yellowstone National Park in 1995, everything changed, included the courses of the rivers.

It reinforces my belief that everything’s connected and everything needs everything else.

This process, of a predator changing the behavior of its prey, which then eases pressure on that prey’s prey, and so on down the line, is called a trophic cascade.

Audio is taken from a talk given at TEDGlobal 2103 by environmentalist George Monbiot .

Check the links to learn more.

Links:
TED Radio Hour: Everything is Connected
(listen to the show here)
Wikipedia: Trophic Cascade
Yellowstone National Park

A nice view of the Aurora Bridge

A nice view of the Aurora Bridge

We’ve got the boat on the hard at the moment at Canal Boatyard in Seattle. While we’ve been pretty busy with boat projects, we did manage to take a walk the other evening on the Burke-Gilman Trail, a bike and cycle path that runs alongside the Lake Washington Ship Canal to Lake Union and on to northern tip of Lake Washington, where it ends. We took it as far as Gas Works Park on Lake Union.

Here are some photos. Read the rest of this entry »

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After yesterday’s gorgeous video, here’s our humble offering: some footage from our CBDT trip. We stopped at Lake Pillsbury to check out the local herd. Greg and I provided commentary and Natalie was behind the camera!