Indentifying and Protecting Wildlife Corridors

Discovering Pathways

The land already is connected, fortunately for us, wildlife pathways already exist in NM. The virtue of our low human population and large ranch sizes put us ahead of many states which abound in barriers to wildlife movement. Still, what is needed is our human awareness of the existence of animal pathways, because it is this lack of awareness which contributes to the barriers to wildlife movement.
When people are aware of wildlife and their specific needs for movement through “their” area, then (we have found) that these barriers can be mitigated, removed or redressed in a positive way for wildlife. People have been very open and willing to support and learn about the needs of wildlife movement. People get it, they understand that wildlife have had a hard time in this modern world, with pollution of water, agricultural pesticide, cars, highways, fences, some realize even their own pets, dogs and cats, are displacing and killing wildlife. So people want to help, when they can, where they can.
A big way of helping is simply realizing that the whole Earth provides connectivity of movement for wildlife. From the Oceans to the arctic, from the mountains to the tidal marshes. Even where now there are cities and farms. When you realize that the land is connected continuously to itself, the interruptions, the blockages, the congestion to that continuous flow start to become obvious. Sometimes the methods of maintaining or re-opening this flow also become obvious, like putting your dogs and cats in at night, and sometimes it takes some effort, some study and observation to learn how ( and the best way) to maintain connectivity of wildlife movement.
People enjoy a freedom of movement across the land; with roads, cars, airplanes, motorbike, horse, bicycle, and foot trails creating a dense network across the land. Imagine if wildlife had this same kind of access to where they needed to go! All of this kind of access would not require building and infrastructure as we use for our conveyances, the wildlife pathways are “built in” to the natural system. Its our disruption, fragmentation and altering of this system that we may not have been aware of in regard to animal movement needs. Fortunately for us, the Earth and its fresh waters, its Oceans, and its Atmosphere still exist on a functional level to support life. Biological life on Earth, of which we are a part, is closely tied to Botanical life on Earth. Birds, bees, flowers, trees. Remember? Sometimes its hard to remember in a world made of concrete, glass, and steel, plastic, polyester and styrofoam, but if you dig down, there is food that we can eat in some of those buildings, and there are soft human bodies in those cars and trucks on the freeway, and actual terra firma under all the asphalt. Fresh water courses through it all to each dwelling and workplace, and somehow it is possible for us to live in these artificial environments. But concrete and steel does not sustain life on Earth. What has sustained Biological and Botanical life on Earth has been the relationship plants and animals have with each other and their natural environments.
You have only to look around the globe at the conditions of human life in impoverished countries to see that even though the natural systems have failed, agriculture has failed due to drought, erosion, desertification, war, through all this people can still persist. Aid is sent in, the artificial life support for victims of famine and war. Though people can survive in these desperate conditions, the quality of life is of course greatly diminished. To maintain human quality of life is to maintain natural systems. Sure we have all kinds of tips and tricks to juice up the system, but there still is nothing like the real thing when it comes to healthy natural systems.
But where on Earth is nature still in balance? Even though every natural system has been compromised, diminished, and impacted, there are ways of working with what is still functioning to maintain, re-build and restore that quality of life we would all care to enjoy.
Maintaining and restoring wildlife pathways is but one part of this effort to maintain, sustain and preserve some measure of a quality of life we still have a chance to enjoy.


Comments on: "Discovering Pathways" (1)

  1. Wow this is wonderful to hear. Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge, Peter.
    It is important to have the awareness that wild animal populations can disappear from our lives and let that awareness guide actions, choices.

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