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Predators are Key to Biodiversity Richness

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” – Aldo Leopold, conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast.

Educator Classroom Resource – Leopold Week: Predators Make Ecosystems Richer
This scaffolded analysis of predation is inspired by the work of Aldo Leopold, known to many as the “father of wildlife ecology” and author of Thinking Like a Mountain. In this activity students will explore the crucial role of predators in ecology and conservation.

Honoring Aldo Leopold
Aldo Leopold is a legendary conservationist, ecologist, and writer, most famously of the posthumously published Sand County Almanac, a true must read. Leopold developed and popularized the notion of land ethic which calls for a caring relationship between people and nature. Later writers, like E.O. Wilson, broadened Leopold’s land ethic to include all the species supported by diverse habitats. Leopold, and avid hunter himself, was one of the earliest scientific naturalists to understood and promote the importance of carnivores in maintaining healthy ecosystems, rich in species diversity. Learn more about his work and legacy here.

Read from Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
Check out this blog from Half-Earth’s exploration of great readings in biodiversity. Enjoy an excerpt from Leopold’s Sand County Almanac to be in the presence of a poetic observer and feel what it’s like to really love the land and the life that occupies it.

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