The Web of Life

We know much about the interconnectedness of life, thanks to living on a farm. Microbes in the dirt affect how well the grass grows. How the grass grows affects how the animals do. The animal manure fertilizes the grass and feeds the microbes in the soil. If we overgraze the grass, it stresses, not only the grass plants, but too much manure kills the microbes deep within the dirt. It’s all connected. We have to manage it for the health of the whole. Healthy dirt=healthy plants=healthy animals and soon that leads to healthier people.

This video underscores how everything is connected. In 1926, the last gray wolves were eliminated from Yellowstone National Park. For about 50 years, the grazing animal population (deer, antelope, and bison) was largely unchecked by natural predators. This video talks about what happened when the wolves were reintroduced in the 1990s. This reintroduction has changed everything, including the way the rivers have run in the park.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. brightskymom
    Mar 31, 2015 @ 17:37:46

    Thank you for posting this wolf video! We (society in general) can forget about how interconnected everything is. I’m a huge fan of Jim and Jamie Dutcher’s work at http://livingwithwolves.org — they speak of similar things.
    ~Lee

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  2. Rebeca Jones
    Apr 01, 2015 @ 20:41:33

    Fantastic! I love this! 🙂

    Reply

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