Tag Archives: ecology

A Framework That Makes the Farm Work

Wisconsinite sheep did not have a good year in 2019. Farmers’ losses made the headlines — “ lost in Wood County,” “dozens of sheep slaughtered by wolves.” These deaths were most, if not all, of these farmers’ livestock. While the United States Department of Agriculture compensated these farmers for their losses because grey wolves

Why is California’s coast so cold anyway?

For those of us living in California, one of life’s great tragedies is that the Pacific ocean is both so close to us, and so poor for actual swimming. Just to our west lies miles and miles of beautiful California coast and beaches, but spending more than five minutes in their waters sounds like a recipe for pain and thermal shock, rather than the leisurely fun that summer is supposed to bring.

So why are the California waters so cold, anyway? As always, the answer is a combination of several factors, all of which highlight the intricate complexity of our global ecosystem, and how the effects that we feel locally often originate from hundreds of miles away.

Perhaps the first, most obvious answer for California’s chilly waters lies in the ocean currents that carry water from up north. The dominant current that flows past California is part of the “North Pacific Gyre”, a giant spiraling circle of water that takes up most of the Pacific Ocean.


Drumming with SAVE THE FROGS!

The historical Bay Area is notorious for many things, wine, activism, and music–to name a few. Most Berkleyans will agree that this area is practically overrun with protesters, painters, and artists. While The Black Keys might have rocked Outside Lands last year, the best performance around is Drumming for the Frogs, a group composed of scientist, educators, and musicians, who drum to save endangered amphibians.

Drumming for the Frogs is a movement that is associated with an organization called SAVE THE FROGS!, the first and only public charity that is dedicated to raising the awareness and education of environmental conservation. SAVE THE FROGS! aims to acquaint society with an appreciation for amphibians and develop a public interest in wildlife.