Biodiversity, Extinction, and the Butterfly Effect

May 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is growing alarmingly fast as non-indigenous, exotic and invasive species push native species to an endangered status or worse…extinction. The Alaotra Grebe, a small diving bird native to Madagascar was recently added to the list of extinct species.

It is important as humans that interact with the environment that this loss of biodiversity is not ignored. A sort of butterfly effect occurs when species (plant and animal) become endangered and eventually disappear. Imagine the insects that the recently extinct Alaotra Grebe might have eaten, this served as a population control, but now these particular insects are able to reproduce in great numbers, humans now noticing the problem resort to the use of chemicals in order to control the population, the chemicals are toxic to some rare flowers, the rare flowers serve as a habitat to a unique species of amphibian..etc., etc., etc. That scenario, while fictitious, is not far removed from reality.Go here to read about the recent loss of the Alaotra Grebe.

There are many things we can do individually and as a community to stop the senseless loss of plant and animal species. Conservation Biology begins at home. To find out what you can do to help the Earth and for more on Green Living ideas Click Here and go to The Nature Conservancy website to learn more.

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