Dave Sandersfeld

Dayville, United States

Dave Sandersfeld start his career in 1970 as a US Forest Service “Wilderness Ranger” in the Frank Church/River of No Return...


First Americans were from Europe

First Americans May Have Been European
By Bjorn Carey, LiveScience Staff Writer
posted: 19 February 2006 08:16 pm ET
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ST. LOUIS—The first humans to spread across North America may have been seal hunters from France and Spain.
This runs counter to the long-held belief that the first human entry into the Americas was a crossing of a land-ice bridge that spanned the Bering Strait about 13,500 years ago.
The new thinking was outlined here Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The tools don’t match
Recent studies have suggested that the glaciers that helped form the bridge connecting Siberia and Alaska began receding around 17,000 to 13,000 years ago, leaving very little chance that people walked from one continent to the other.

Enviro-Poetry challenge and purpose!

Note: a “Fen” is a nondescript peat moss bog that purifies water naturally. Common in Northern UK.…

Learning to Love the Fens: An Introduction to Romanticism, Ecology, and Pedagogy
Bridget Keegan, Creighton University
James C. McKusick, University of Montana
. . . what we have loved,
Others will love, and we will teach them how

William Wordsworth, The Prelude, 1850 (14: 448-9)
1. As teachers, we always have designs upon our students, whether it is a set of skills we want them to master, a body of content we believe they should assimilate, or, in some cases, values that we wish to cultivate and nurture in them. It is usually quite simple for us to articulate what those designs are. We wa

Nature Photos needed to bring people back outdoors!

Nature Giving Way to Virtual Reality
By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID – 1 day ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — As people spend more time communing with their televisions and computers, the impact is not just on their health, researchers say. Less time spent outdoors means less contact with nature and, eventually, less interest in conservation and parks.
Camping, fishing and per capita visits to parks are all declining in a shift away from nature-based recreation, researchers report in Monday’s online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“Declining nature participation has crucial implications for current conservation efforts,” wrote co-authors Oliver R. W. Pergams and Patricia A. Zaradic. “We think it probable than any major decline in the value placed on natural areas and experiences will …

A New Land Manager's Dilema?

Unnatural Preservation
FEATURE ARTICLE – February 4, 2008 by M. Martin Smith and Fiona Gow
High Country News…

In the age of global warming, public-land managers face a stark choice: They can let national parks and other wildlands lose their most cherished wildlife. Or they can become gardeners and zookeepers.
Armored in a rain slicker and floppy hat against guano-bombing waterfowl, Russ Bradley pokes about for signs of life on a craggy island paradise just off the California shore. One might expect the search to be easy, given the hundreds of thousands of common murres, ashy storm petrels, Brandt’s cormorants, Leach’s storm petrels, Western gulls, double-crested cormorants, glaucous-winged gulls, black oystercatchers, pigeon guillemots, rhinocerous auklets, tufted puffins, bald ea


Turtle Migrates 12,774 Miles
By Andrea Thompson, LiveScience Staff Writer
posted: 29 January 2008 08:45 am ET
A leatherback turtle was tracked by satellite traveling 12,774 miles (20,558 kilometers) from Indonesia to Oregon, one of the longest recorded migrations of any vertebrate animal, scientists announced in a new report on sea turtle conservation.
Leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) are the largest of all living turtles and are widely distributed throughout the world’s oceans. They have been seen in the waters off Argentina, Tasmania, Alaska and Nova Scotia.
Adult leatherbacks periodically migrate from their temperate foraging grounds to breeding grounds in the tropics.
Scientists at the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) tracked one female nester, who was tagged on Jam…

Nurture people to save wildlife!

The High Price of Wild Meat
January 27, 2008
Reporting by Roddy Scheer…

Hungry refugees in East Africa are turning to chimps for protein.
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A new report from the wildlife trade monitoring group Traffic finds that hunting by hungry East African refugees is decimating populations of chimpanzees, buffaloes and zebra in Tanzania. More than half a million refugees from Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo have taken up residence in camps across Tanzania in recent years, pushing that nation’s ability to protect its wildlife to the limit.

In a 60-page report, Traffic reports that refugees are resorting to hunting wildlife because agencies supplying food are not providing meat. “The scale of wild meat consumption in East African refugee camps has helped conceal the failu

Enviroisms need to focus on world peace and better human world treatments

In Oregon and U.S., green groups are mostly white
Ethnicity – Environmental leadership across the nation has little diversity, which two Portlanders work to change
Sunday, January 27, 2008
The Oregonian
In the mainstream green movement, being any color but white can be a little lonely.
Take it from Marcelo Bonta, who’s half Filipino. He got a job with the Portland office of a wildlife nonprofit, then began going to national environmental conferences.
“I’d see only one or two or three people of color out of 100 to 200 people in the room,” he says. “I felt like I’d stepped back a few decades, if not more, in terms of race and ethnicity.”
Despite decades of hand-wringing by the typically liberal organizations, more than one-third of mainstream green groups and one-fifth of green …

Ode to a Warrior Whale

By Dave Sandersfeld…

Born around Baja, Mexico, where warm waters welcomed a 1000-pound and 15-foot new baby whale.
Magnificent Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus), I wonder how many cycles Spring-Fall) or annual migrations of 12,400 miles (20,000 km) round trip from Baja to Alaska did you make during your life-term? I can only faintly imagine year-round, 24-7 swimming!
How did you sleep or stay awake – out in the Pacific Ocean’s turbulent waves of blue?

I have read you are prone to “Spy-hopping” or coming into coastal inlets to rest from turbulent ocean waves; and like a frog with its eyes protruding out of the water; you use your gray flippers or arm flukes to elevate your head out of the calm seawater to rest.
Did you live long enough to share a life with a soul-mat

Drought could damage U.S. Economy and world's!

Drought Could Force Nuke-Plant Shutdowns
By MITCH WEISS, Associated Press Writer
Thursday, January 24, 2008
(01-24) 07:34 PST LAKE NORMAN, N.C. (AP) —
Nuclear reactors across the Southeast could be forced to throttle back or temporarily shut down later this year because drought is drying up the rivers and lakes that supply power plants with the awesome amounts of cooling water they need to operate.
Utility officials say such shutdowns probably wouldn’t result in blackouts. But they could lead to shockingly higher electric bills for millions of Southerners, because the region’s utilities may be forced to buy expensive replacement power from other energy companies.
Already, there has been one brief, drought-related shutdown, at a reactor in Alabama over the summer.
“Water is the nuclear industr…

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