How would you define Biodiversity and why is maintaining it important?
An idea I bring to the table from a Permaculture perspective: "It is not the number of diverse things in a design that leads to stability, it is the number of beneficial connections between these components." (Mollison, 1988).
I think of it as the opposite of monocultures, those vast fields of all one crop, like corn or soy. Like the quote in Jonny's comment mentions, there are so many beneficial connections between different organisms--from plants, to animals, to pollinators and other insects, to microbes in the soil--that we don't understand them all. Many of the negative consequences of replacing a biodiverse tract of land with a monoculture may be unintended, but that doesn't make them any less devastating.
Hi.. I received the following correspondence and references from Rob LaPorte:
Thank you again for the opportunity to lead the Bothin tour. It was a great group with lots of really good questions and interest in the marsh. If folks look like a deeper dive into the resiliency of Marin’s tidal marshes and the challenge with sea level rise, Peter Baye did a great talk recently and focused a lot on Bothin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQt_wJEUiRY. Please share with EFM folks. Also, if folks would like to continue to be engaged with the project at Bothin Marsh they can sign up for email announcements and also see the latest project updates at www.onetam.org/bothin.
Hi. Friend and Forum 2021 participant, Karisa Bohon, just shared this wonderful article with me. Great to see a school and students so involved to protect the salmon!
Bay Area high school rescues 4,000 endangered salmon from the drought - https://www.sfchronicle.com/california/article/Bay-Area-high-school-rescues-4-000-endangered-16486539.php
A very good article that expands on the ideas from the September 9 webinar:
Some good news about Monarch butterflies!
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