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Carl Safina

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I grew up a city kid in Brooklyn, New York. My parents took me to the Bronx Zoo, American Museum of Natural History, the New York Aquarium, Jones Beach or out on my uncles’ boat. I started raising homing pigeons when I was seven years old, and on a visit to the Catskills I finally saw forests, lakes, and wildlife. We moved to Long Island when I was ten and I did a lot of local fishing and camping. My life changed as I watched my favorite places get bulldozed for houses and more houses. But I’ve also seen nature’s incredible powers of recovery. I studied environmental science, and eventually did a PhD in ecology studying seabirds and fishes. These days I worry that the animals we paint on nursery-room walls—elephants, tigers, apes, sea turtl ...more


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On May 5th the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission met to make pivotal decisions about the management of Atlantic Menhaden – arguably one of the most important fish in the sea.


Two keys decisions were up for discussion:


1.) What to set the Atlantic Menhaden catch limit at. Or, in other words, how many Menhaden should the fishery be allowed to take from the o...

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Life Everlasting by Bernd Heinrich
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Listening to Whales by Alexandra Morton
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When Elephants Weep by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
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Beautiful Minds by Maddalena Bearzi
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The Dolphin in the Mirror by Diana Reiss
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Decade of the Wolf by Douglas W. Smith
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Dolphin Diaries by Denise L. Herzing
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Among the Elephants by Iain Douglas-Hamilton
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“Saving the world requires saving democracy. That requires well-informed citizens. Conservation, environment, poverty, community, education, family, health, economy- these combine to make one quest: liberty and justice for all. Whether one's special emphasis is global warming or child welfare, the cause is the same cause. And justice comes from the same place being human comes from: compassion.”
Carl Safina, The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World

“Ethics that focus on human interactions, morals that focus on humanity's relationship to a Creator, fall short of these things we've learned. They fail to encompass the big take-home message, so far, of a century and a half of biology and ecology: life is- more than anything else- a process; it creates, and depends on, relationships among energy, land, water, air, time and various living things. It's not just about human-to-human interaction; it's not just about spiritual interaction. It's about all interaction. We're bound with the rest of life in a network, a network including not just all living things but the energy and nonliving matter that flows through the living, making and keeping all of us alive as we make it alive. We can keep debating ideologies and sending entreaties toward heaven. But unless we embrace the fuller reality we're in- and reality's implications- we'll face big problems.”
Carl Safina, The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World

“Fishing provides time to think, and reason not to. If you have the virtue of patience, an hour or two of casting alone is plenty of time to review all you’ve learned about the grand themes of life. It’s time enough to realize that every generalization stands opposed by a mosaic of exceptions, and that the biggest truths are few indeed. Meanwhile, you feel the wind shift and the temperature change. You might simply decide to be present, and observe a few facts about the drifting clouds…Fishing in a place is a meditation on the rhythm of a tide, a season, the arc of a year, and the seasons of life... I fish to scratch the surface of those mysteries, for nearness to the beautiful, and to reassure myself the world remains. I fish to wash off some of my grief for the peace we so squander. I fish to dip into that great and awesome pool of power that propels these epic migrations. I fish to feel- and steal- a little of that energy.”
Carl Safina, The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World

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