31 Dec '13, 5pm

"The Endangered Species Act is an act of love." via @Orion_Magazine

"The Endangered Species Act is an act of love." via @Orion_Magazine

This is the totemic power of the sage grouse, who joins the ranks of other species who have changed the chemistry and power structure of communities—both human and wild. Consider the spotted owl and salmon in the Pacific Northwest, who saved millions of acres of ancient forests from being felled. Add the timber wolf and the grizzly as species now defining the Greater Yellowstone; the peregrine falcon who showed us the cascading effects of DDT; the black-footed ferret and its role in vibrant grasslands in relationship to prairie dogs; and the willow flycatcher and woundfin minnow who are measures of the health of the Colorado River—and so many more—from the Everglade kite to the monarch butterfly to the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse, hundreds of plants and animals who are having an impact on how we understand the interconnectedness and integrity of fragile ecosystems.

Full article: http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/newsfrom187/entry/...

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