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Sea Lion pups starving

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 17. 0 Replies

Starving sea lion pups on California beachesSince January large numbers of starving sea lion pups have been found on California…Continue

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Herbivores eat eggs and chicks

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 6. 1 Reply

Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds—Wait, Why Do Deer Eat Birds?Herbivores such as deer, sheep and squirrels have been observed eating…Continue

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Monarch Butterfly Population Drops by 90% in Last 20 Years

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Randall Smith Jan 5. 2 Replies

The monarch butterfly population has declined by 90% in the last twenty years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is performing a scientific review to determine whether it should be placed on the endangered species list. Per the article: Over the…Continue

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Large European carnivores are increasing and co-existing with people finds a new study

Started by Steph S. Jan 4. 0 Replies

The brown bear, the Eurasian lynx, the grey wolf and…Continue

Giraffe Population Drops 40% in 15 Years

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Steph S. Jan 4. 1 Reply

According to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation the giraffe population in Africa has dropped from 140,000 to 80,0000 in just 15 years. The decline is due to habitat loss, excessive hunting and poaching. Per the article: ....Unfortunately for…Continue

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Leopard and Baby Impala become Friends in the Wild - Video

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Steph S. Jan 4. 2 Replies

A leopard and a baby impala became friends in the wild and played with each other for an hour. The leopard then went into the bush leaving the baby impala unharmed. However, the baby impala followed and it is unknown what happened after that.…Continue

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North America's Sea Star Plague

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 30, 2014. 1 Reply

Slideshow: Sea Stars Dying in Mysterious PlagueSea stars ... are succumbing to an unknown, gruesome disease. Animals waste…Continue

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War in South Sudan exterminating wildlife

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Nov 21, 2014. 1 Reply

Civil war in the young country of South Sudan has pushed once abundant elephants and other wildlife to the brink.Warring factions in South Sudan have slaughtered, poached and eaten "alarming" numbers of endangered wildlife, devastating one of…Continue

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Forty percent of giraffes slaughtered in last 15 years

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 20, 2014. 0 Replies

Poachers Are Now Slaughtering Africa's GiraffesPopulations have plunged 40 percent as the animals are killed for their meat, often to feed…Continue

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Comment by Steph S. on January 20, 2013 at 11:28pm
Tony thanks for the octopus picture.
I'm enjoying reading all the posts here. Thank you!
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2013 at 10:38pm

Dominic, Oh yes, I am familiar with Tithonia, Mexican sunflower. I had one for several years and it outgrew its space, so I replaced it with a rose. Hamelia patens is now to me ... I have never gardened in Florida. Thanks.

Comment by Dominic Florio on January 20, 2013 at 10:29pm

The first two butterflies are on our native fire bush Hamelia patens and the third plant is known by the common name of Mexican sunflower

(Tithonia.)

I have several plants of both over eight feet tall.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2013 at 10:06pm

Tony, your photos of a grape tree and an octopus dazzle my imagination! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2013 at 10:04pm
Dominic, many of your photos of butterflies sit on plants that look very much like an Asclepias, but I don't think it grows in Florida. I could be wrong.
Asclepias tuberosa L.
http://www.wildflower.org/gallery/species.php?id_plant=ASTU
Comment by Tony Carroll on January 20, 2013 at 9:42pm

Comment by Steph S. on January 20, 2013 at 12:20pm

Tony - yes, it is so the seeds are spread further (relative abundance) - the article although about another species, answers the question of the plants role of ecology in the forest.

Comment by Steph S. on January 20, 2013 at 12:17pm

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169534702024916
Here is an article discussing the role of the species and their role in the forest.
Abstract

Recent studies have demonstrated the increasingly important role of lianas (woody vines) in forest regeneration, species diversity and ecosystem-level processes, particularly in the tropics. Mechanisms responsible for the maintenance of liana species diversity could yield new insights into the maintenance of overall species diversity. Lianas contribute to forest regeneration and competition, not only by competing directly with trees, but also by differentially affecting tree species and thus changing how trees compete among themselves. In addition, they contribute considerably to ecosystem-level processes, such as whole-forest transpiration and carbon sequestration. As the rate of tropical forest disturbance increases, they are likely to increase in relative abundance throughout the tropics and the importance of lianas to many aspects of forest dynamics will grow.

The ecology of lianas and their role in forests

Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Volume 17, Issue 5, 1 May 2002, Pages 223-230

Comment by Tony Carroll on January 20, 2013 at 12:11pm

I'm thinking easier for all animals to get to, so seeds from the fruit are spread further? The article didn't say.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 20, 2013 at 12:08pm

Growing fruit on the trunk, interesting. I wonder what the adaptive value might be.

 

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