Animal Zebra

Animal Dreams

"(Sustaining Biodiversity) As shown in the last slide habitat loss is the greatest factor in wildlife extinction and habitat loss is caused by deforestation. When deforestation occurs many species lose their natural homes and food supplies. It happens so rapidly that they do not have time to adapt and species are lost. These areas are industrialized, commercialized, urbanized, and used for agriculture. Deforestation not only causes many plants and animals to become extinct it also causes soil degradation which causes more habitat loss and extinction. Wildlife extinction has a large impact on our world that most people are not aware of. "it will take at least 5 million years for speciation to rebuild the biodiversity we are likely to destroy during this century!" (Sustaining Biodiversity) The instrumental value of some species should be taken into consideration. "Species provide economic value in the form of food crops, fuelwood and lumber, paper, and medicine" (Sustaining Biodiversity). The genetic information in species is also very important to mankind. The information is used to create new crop types, as well as food, medicines, and vaccines. The plants and animals of the earth are also important because of the recreational pleasure they provide us with.

Animal Orphanage

I am speaking of Wildlife Watchers. In 2006, there were 71 million wildlife watchers in the United States, 148,000 of which were in the state of North Dakota. What kind of an economic impact does this group of people have on the nation's economy and on the economy of North Dakota? Before the question of economic impact by wildlife watchers can be answered, there is one other question to answer. What is a wildlife watcher? The answer to this question will seem easy after a little explaining. Wildlife watchers include those people who enjoy just watching wildlife in a natural setting and often these people will even entice the wildlife to a certain area by planting or placing food that the wildlife are attracted to in that area. These wildlife watchers can be any of the people who watch and/or attempt to identify wildlife, such as bird watchers. They are also those people who photograph wildlife as well as anyone who feeds wildlife on a regular basis, even just with a bird feeder in their yard. Also, a person who maintains a minimum of a quarter of an acre of land in its natural state for the benefit of wildlife as its primary purpose is considered a wildlife watcher and anyone who plants vegetation with benefiting wildlife in mind, such as agricultural crops or shrubs, is considered to be a wildlife watcher. Anyone who visits a local park, one that is within a mile of their home, specifically to observe, feed or take pictures of wildlife would also be considered a wildlife watcher. With this many qualifications for being a wildlife watcher it is easy to see why there are so many in the United States. The 71 million wildlife watchers in the United States that were surveyed for this report were all 16 years old and older.