Aug
03
2010

Keep on puffin: These guys definitely can't help you quit.
Keep on puffin: These guys definitely can't help you quit.Courtesy Andreas Trepte

Climate change. Rising seas. GMOs. Humans have such an incredible impact on Earth's environment that it's clear we're now the dominant force of change on Earth. This situation has even led some scientists to rename this geologic epoch the Anthropocene, or the human epoch. But as we alter, tweak, and pollute more each year, what will it mean for the survival of other species into the future?

According to Dr. Stephen Kress, they can look forward to human stalkers and creepy mechanical scarecrows. Kress began his career in the islands along Maine's coast during the late 60s and early 70s. In response to the loss of bird species diversity on many islands, he decided to start a human-led migration program that would move puffins to some of the islands. Puffins had once been abundant in the area, but their population dwindled due to overhunting and egg harvesting.

Still others accused Kress of trying to play God. “We’d been playing the Devil for about 500 years,” says Tony Diamond, a Canadian seabird researcher who has collaborated with Kress for decades. “It was time to join the other side.”
(same article as above)

Yikes: Something tells me they might have had better luck with this guy.
Yikes: Something tells me they might have had better luck with this guy.Courtesy 関西画像創庫

Amid the skepticism of fellow scientists and the stubbornness of birds, Kress persevered and now boasts growing puffin populations on a few islands. But after several attempts to set natural protections and population controls in place, including a mechanical scarecrow to ward off predators, Kress and assistants continue to monitor and protect the puffins themselves. It's the only way they can maintain the new populations. After all, in a human-dominated environment, we get all the benefits and all the responsibilities--a job some might conclude is for the birds.

We are as gods and have to get good at it.
Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Discipline

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

very cool

posted on Tue, 08/03/2010 - 5:22pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i'm almost ashamed to be called a human!!!!!! very cool though.

posted on Mon, 08/09/2010 - 5:23pm
summer's picture
summer says:

i think animals should be treted the same way as we to

posted on Fri, 08/13/2010 - 1:30pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I believe that animals have feelings and should not be mistreated. However I strongly disagree with Summer. How an animal is treated depends on their speices. I love eating beef and vension, but i refuse to eat cat for supper. I will not allow my dog to use my toilet, nor will the beaver in the neighboring river be a guest at dinner. And i will not tolerate monekys from the zoo as a guest in my house. Animals arent as highly functioned as humans and shouldnt be treated as we are.

posted on Sat, 08/14/2010 - 1:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think animals should be treated the same way as are because thier also living creatures and even though they cant tell us what they think the still have an opinoin! Thts why I think animals should be treated like us!!!

posted on Sat, 08/14/2010 - 2:29pm
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Anonymous says:

animals are not humans. they shaouldnt be treated liek humans i hate it when people dress up their dogs like tehy are humans they are animals they have flees and fur treat them like animals

posted on Sat, 08/14/2010 - 5:47pm
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BRYSON says:

I LOVE ANIAMALS I THINK THEY BE TREATED NICELY

posted on Sun, 08/15/2010 - 11:17am
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Monkey Man says:

Treat animals like humans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Sun, 08/15/2010 - 1:16pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

puffins are a do a ble!!!! gooooooo puffins!!

posted on Fri, 08/20/2010 - 11:57am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I love aniimals

posted on Tue, 10/19/2010 - 1:48pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I Think that we are the one that are invading the homes of wildlife

posted on Fri, 12/17/2010 - 10:39pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

animals are so cool they shud be treted realy well
just like people treat us and not destroy ther habitats
and then they wold tret us realy well.

posted on Fri, 04/27/2012 - 4:01pm

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