Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Dr Rolf Petersons letter to Gov. Granholm

20 December 2010

Dear Governor Granholm:

We urge you to veto or leave unsigned Senate bill 1013 which authorizes a moose hunting season in Michigan and assigns key responsibilities for managing that hunt to an appointed Moose Hunting Advisory Council.  Specifically, the bill establishes a process for managing moose that: (i) fails to assure adequate consideration of scientific concerns, (ii) greatly risks inappropriate influence by political factors and special interests, and (iii) focuses too much on short-term economic benefits of hunting moose without adequate consideration for the ecological or social consequences of moose harvesting.  Because the bill establishes an inappropriate process, this bill establishes a poor precedent for managing other valuable natural resources in the State of Michigan.

Decisions about whether or how to harvest moose in Michigan have not involved adequate scientific review.  It is not obvious that a harvest is consistent with maintaining the health of the moose population.  Specifically, Michigan supports, at best, a few hundred moose in the entire Upper Peninsula, following introduction of 58 animals in 1985-1986.  Growing very slowly, at rates that are lower than expected, the moose population is obviously seriously challenged by ecological conditions.  Wildlife managers are quite concerned about whether moose will survive in Minnesota and portions of Ontario, because they appear to be threatened by increases in white-tailed deer (and associated brainworm, usually fatal to moose) and summer temperatures (which negatively impact moose survival).  For these reasons, the governments of Minnesota and Ontario have approached questions of moose harvesting with a much more deliberative process.  Michigan moose very well may be threatened by the same ecological processes.  Decisions about whether or how to hunt moose in Michigan should be delayed until an independent scientific panel comprised of appropriate experts evaluates the relevant issues.

Moreover, the bill does not provide adequate provisions for monitoring the impact of the harvest on the health or abundance of the moose population.  This is a concern because Michigan moose are very difficult to count (because they are so rare).  This difficulty means that special care must be taken to make sure that the harvest does not cause undetected loss of population viability.  The bill does not make provisions for adequately monitoring the effect of harvest. 

Furthermore, the process of evaluating moose management will be reduced to a narrow economic analysis that recognizes no other values of Michigan moose.  The best insight from the science of wildlife management tells us that decisions about whether or how to harvest moose in Michigan should involve input from a larger number of citizens who value moose for a variety of reasons, beyond their economic value.

Senate Bill 1013, now passed by both House and Senate and awaiting your signature, will undermine public confidence in wildlife management by substituting political influence for sound science. The people and moose of Michigan deserve better.


Rolf O. Peterson
Research Professor and
Robbins Chair of Sustainable Environmental Management
Michigan Technological University

Thomas Allan
Associate Professor of Biology
Lake Superior State University

Mark Axelrod
Dept Fisheries and Wildlife and James Madison College
Michigan State University

Cathy Bach
Professor Emeritus
Eastern Michigan University

Peter Bednekoff
Professor of Biology
Eastern Michigan University

Patrick W. Brown
Department Head and Professor, Biology Department
Northern Michigan University

John G. Bruggink
Professor of Wildlife Biology
Northern Michigan University

Meredith L. Gore
Assistant Professor
Dept of Fisheries and Wildlife
School of Criminal Justice
Michigan State University

Brian Hazlett
Professor Emeritus
University of Michigan

Kay E. Holekamp
University Distinguished Professor of Zoology
Michigan State University

Allen Kurta
Professor of Biology
Eastern Michigan University

Philip Myers
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Curator of Mammals, Museum of Zoology
University of Michigan

Michael P. Nelson
Associate Professor of Environmental Ethics
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Department of Philosophy, Lyman Briggs College
Michigan State University

John H. Roese
Professor, Dept Biology
Lake Superior State University

Brad Swanson
Professor, Dept Biology
Central Michigan University

John A. Vucetich
Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology
Michigan Technological University

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Broken Social Scene

I've been a fan of Broken Social Scene for years, actually got to hear them four or five years ago at the State Theater in Ann Arbor. This song is from a new album, no opinion yet but it's worth a listen.

Broken Social Scene is a group like Poi Dog Pondering in that there band members are constantly changing. The song below is one of my favorites from an earlier album when Fiest was in the band.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Hummers are back -- at least a few are

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                                       April 5, 2010
The Hummers Have Started Returning
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Our Ruby Throated Hummingbirds have made very fast northward progress over the past weekend. Most of the ground they've been able cover was due the strong southerly winds we saw Friday and again on Sunday. All birds, hummingbirds included, move with a tailwind.

Migration is a heroic undertaking in the first place let alone flying into a headwind. Birds are like surfers on the ocean in that they ride waves in the atmosphere just like waves on a body of water.

I've put my feeder out but a word of caution is appropriate. There are very few males this far north at this point. Don't be disappointed if it takes days perhaps weeks before you see a bird at your feeder. The females are two weeks behind the males so if your hummingbird is a late arriving female you might have to wait a month or more.

Don't let slow activity keep you from maintaining your feeder. If the nectar in your feeder has spoiled, hummingbirds quickly ignore that flower since the nectar is bad. Be sure to change your nectar every couple of days even in cool weather and more frequently if your feeder is in the sun and or if the weather gets hot. Don't snatch defeat from the mouth of victory by getting started early and then turning off your hummer when they finally arrive at your feeder.

  Note from the Editor
Occasionally we publish an Extra Edition of Wedel's News. If there is something we learn of that you should know or we think you would appreciate hearing about, you will receive a special copy of the newsletter.
This is one of the extra editions that is especially exciting for all outdoor enthusiasts since appreciation for our feathered friends is something gardeners have in common. Our hummingbirds are back! It's true, they aren't back in full force, but some of them have been spotted in our area so it's time to get our feeders out and to keep watch. We're excited with this news and we thought you'd be excited too. 
 'Til next time...

Gentle day's flower -
The hummingbird competes
With the stillness of the air.
-   Chogyam Trungpa

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Great video and I mean GREAT!

The wisdom of George Carlin - Enjoy the ride. There is no return ticket

Enjoy the ride. There is no return ticket

George Carlin on aging!
(Absolutely Brilliant)
George Carlin's Views on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

'How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key.

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

'How old are you?' 'I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life
! You become21. Even the words sound like a ceremony.YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you'rePUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone...

But! wait!! !
You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30,  PUSH 40, REACH50 and make it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into ! your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; 'I Was JUST 92..'

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. 'I'm 100 and a half!'
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!


1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3.Keep learning.
! Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever, even ham radio. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's  family name is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6... The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love
, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips.. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away
And if you don't send this to at least 8 people - who cares?  But do share this with someone. We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!

Life's journey is not to
arrive at the grave safely
in a well preserved body,
but rather to skid in sideways,

totally worn out, shouting
'..holy sh*t ....what a ride!'