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Harmful Effects Of Deforestation

Deforestation means large scale cutting of forests. The forest lands are converted in to farms, ranches and urban areas through deforestation. Another cause behind deforestation is the cutting of trees for timber and fuel. Deforestation has also been used in war situations to deprive an enemy of cover for its forces and other vital resources. It essentially leads to extinction of vital things and destroys the ecological balance of nature. Thus causing:-

Heavy Soil Erosion – The roots of the trees hold the soil firmly keeping it intact. With large scale deforestation soil erosion and landslides have become a normal phenomenon. During heavy rains and typhoons soil is washed away to lower regions. This increases the risk for landslides which can cause seriously threaten the safety of the people and damage their properties.

Extinction of flora and fauna – Destruction of the forests leads to a tragic loss of biodiversity. Millions of plants and animal species are on the verge of extinction due to deforestation. Countries with tropical forests suffer the greatest causalities due to deforestation.

Relocation of wild life to urban areas – Many wild animals have started relocating to urban areas as a result of massive deforestation. There have been many cases of various wild animals like snakes, bats etc causing accidents in urban areas. Many times wild animals get killed in an effort to capture them. There have been instances of carnivorous predators like lions, tigers and wolfs preying on humans in villages surrounded by forests.

Global warming – The trees absorb the harmful carbon dioxide and release the life sustaining oxygen, thus acting as natural friends of humans. Deforestation increases the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere leading to global warming due to green house effect.

Silting of Rivers and Dams – Deforestation causes large scale deposition of sediments in the rivers. This leads to collection of sediments in the dams, thus reducing their lifespan.

Flooding – Trees absorb water in large quantities during heavy rains. But due to large scale deforestation there are very less tress to retain water. This again leads to heavy floods causing heavy loss of life and property.

Desertification – Deforestation is one of the causes behind the conversion of many fertile tracts of land to deserts. This phenomenon is known as desertification. When mountain forest faces desertion, watersheds are degraded and this leads to the loss of sustained water supplies for lowland communities.

Danger of submersion of coastal areas and glaciers – Due to massive deforestation, the average temperature of the earth has risen in the last century. If this phenomenon continues then the increased temperatures would lead to melting of glaciers. This would lead to a massive rise in the sea levels leading to submersion of coastal areas.

Keeping these dire consequences in mind, an honest effort should be made by the human civilization to conserve forests.

Summary- Deforestation means large scale cutting of forests which leads to extinction of various species, relocation of wildlife animals, global warming etc. Have a look at some of the other implication of this brutal act towards nature.

Author- Bio:- Gaurav Tandon works as freelance editor for a popular online magazine that creates awareness about environment friendly ways to life. In his free time he contributes write ups to other websites, blogs and magazines to spread knowledge about creating harmony in nature. Most of his writings cover Eco-friendly tips like afforestation, soil conservation and preserving natural resources for wildlife management in Richmond Va.

The Urgent Call to Stop Poaching

Killing wildlife and removing their skins and horns to sell, is absolutely unethical; hence we call this matter of offence poaching. Poaching is illegal and we should all work together to stop it. This is a problem in Africa, because wildlife it at its best here. Many animals such as rhinos, elephants and tigers, are killed in the wildlife parks. These animals should be protected because they are endangered due to their declining numbers.

Fighting back

Animals are the most precious part of our lives; they were created so we could take care of them because they are slightly different to us. They make this world and life itself complete. If we let these savages destroy them, then we are also letting them destroy us. Life is of the essence, not only human life, creatures need to be looked after. It’s our responsibility. Images of wildlife being slaughtered for their skins and tasks… it completely shows that poachers are heartless beings.

The other day I almost had an emotional breakdown when there were pictures of rhinos circulating where the poachers robbed their horns and left them to die. Why do they do this? Mainly these poachers believe animal’s horns are a source of sacred healing medicine for severe uncommon illnesses.

Why are they doing this?

Poachers also use the elephants’ tusks as some kind of jewellery and ornaments.  All they need from that massive animal is the ivory, which they will kill without thinking twice about it; it’s so unfair that their insane need leads to the dying of the elephant. Hundreds of elephants have been killed for their tusks. They mainly search for the big good looking tusks and the savannah elephants suffered the most because they had the desired characteristics. When the adults almost became extinct, the poachers started targeting the baby elephants.

It’s still happening

The elephant used to and still is one of the most poached animals; currently the rhino is also suffering severely because of its horn, which is believed to be used for producing mysterious medicine, which cures seizures and other chronic diseases.  It is believed to work as an aphrodisiac. The rhinos’ horn was tested and it was scientifically proven that is doesn’t consist of any materials which can cure these things ridiculous theories. In the end we see that the rhino is suffering from traditional ideas and theory.

In a nutshell, not only the elephant or the rhino are at terror, the big 5 is affected. If these animals eventually become extinct, what do we call it then…?  The big 3…? Wildlife as a whole was created that way without any missing animals. Hence we should guard it jealously from these selfish savages.

Fighting back!

Luckily the game parks have stood together and said “No more”. Currently more rangers are being recruited and trained by professionals to capture these poachers and send out a message that we’re angry and the animals will be avenged.

Gyna Tigere loves animals and hates the fact that poaching occurs in the World, she has done extensive work with members of the Kruger National Park.

Which Animals Have The Best Eyesight?

We might be at the top of the food chain but sometimes we just have to accept that animals have us beaten. The sad (yet amazing) truth is that there are a whole host of animals with perplexing perception far better than our own, and no animal does it better than the bird of prey.

Hawks, eagles and buzzards have an eyesight which is around 3-4 times as powerful as ours and allows them to hunt for rodents from as high up as 15,000 feet (that’s like spotting a 2mm insect from the top of an 18m tree), and maintain that pin-sharp vision while they scoop their prey up at speeds of around 100mph!

Of course, the animal kingdom is home to a spectacular ensemble of adapted eyes, but why exactly is it that these birds are so astounding?

One important factor is that they have much more powerful ciliary muscles (used to control the viewing of objects at varying distances) which can change the shape of the lens very rapidly to accommodate for the heights at which they hunt, and they also have the largest eye size relative to body size in the animal kingdom – an explanation why birds such as owls always look so shocked when we see them in pictures!

Perhaps the most important explanation though is the fact that these birds have four types of colour receptor in their eye, allowing them to see beyond the visible range and into ultraviolet… in fact, the sex of many birds is distinguished primarily through the presence of ultraviolet patches on their feathers! As well as this, their unrivaled receptors allow for the detection of magnetic fields and polarised light used for navigational purposes (…so that’s why we don’t see birds lost up in the clouds when we’re going on holiday!)

Birds such as the Bald Eagle also have a much higher density of receptors in their eyes than we do, allowing them much more effective visual acuity.

The most amazing thing about eyes though is the outstandingly broad scope of variation they have, and that’s what makes them so interesting. Some birds such as the gull and albatross have red or yellow oil drops in their colour receptors to allow for vision in adverse conditions… maybe we’ll be seeing a new line of eye drops heading our way in the future!

Rob writes for DirectSight, a leader in online eyewear.

Interested in Making Wildlife Your Career? Check out These Schools!

The study of wildlife biology is the study of animals and how they interact with their environment. The field itself utilizes a cross section of scientific disciplines, requiring potential wildlife biologists to be knowledgeable in the sciences in order to properly do their job. Students will learn complex scientific ideas, observational techniques, and how to utilize analytical tools to obtain pertinent information from data.

Though degrees are available from the associate degree on, most students will pursue a bachelor’s degree in order to qualify for entry level positions. Individuals interested in affecting policy or on research projects will pursue at least a master’s degree. Careers in wildlife biology often begin prior to graduation with students participating on research programs as interns. Internships provide experience for potential wildlife biologists, and such experience helps determine the willingness of potential employers to hire graduates.

Much of the work involving wildlife biologists revolves around conservation. Students and professionals will be exposed to conservation issues through courses in the environmental studies, and will usually come face to face with such issues for the first time through an internship. The effects of pollutants on the environment, overfishing, and the hunting of endangered species for sport are just some of the multitude of factors a wildlife biologist will observe during conservation programs or research.

In the United States, the largest employer of wildlife biologists is the government. Agencies on the local, state and federal level employ wildlife biologists to conduct research and survey the impact of urbanization, pollution, and other factors on plant and animal life in a given area. Biologists conducting research for national agencies may be responsible for affecting policy at the national level.

Wildlife biology is a growing field, new techniques and methods for gathering information provides a more complex, yet complete picture of how animals interact with their environment. With the increased concerns over dwindling wildlife populations and the destruction of natural habitats, the need for wildlife biologists has grown. The importance of obtaining a strong education and experience is essential for a wildlife biologist. To that end, finding a good school with programs that place equal importance on classroom education and practical experience is necessary to become a wildlife biologist.

The following are institutions noted for their excellence in the field of wildlife biology.

Baker University, Baldwin City Campus – Baldwin City, Kansas
Baker University’s program for wildlife biology is augmented by the three wildlife reserves maintained by the school. The practical experience offered by the school as well as the excellent biology education places Baker among the top schools for wildlife biology. Upon graduation, students of this program will be certified as associates of the Wildlife Society.

Kansas State University – Manhattan, Kansas
Kansas State University offers a specialization in wildlife and conservation biology through its biology program. The school provides practical experience through internships in active research programs at the school. Additional work opportunities are available at the nearby Konza Praire (8,600 acres). Students at KSU are often awarded various prestigious internships with various wildlife conservation and research foundations, institutes, agencies, and organization.

University of Florida – Gainesville, Florida
The wildlife ecology and conservation program at the University of Florida offers bachelors and graduate degree options. Students enrolled in the program will work with Florida’s natural history museums or with fish and wildlife through a 9000 acre reserve. Additional work is done with the United States Geological survey and U.S. Department of Agriculture, providing excellent practical opportunities to go along with a strong educational curriculum.

About the Author:
Kami Lebaredian is a writer for MatchCollege.com, a college and degree web portal that assists students and career professionals in finding the right school. Check out their list of schools offering a wildlife biology degree today!