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florida gators... never threatened!

If you ain't a Gator, you should be! Alligators (and endangered crocs) are important indicator species atop their food chains, with sensitivity to pollution and pesticides akin to humans. See ESA blawg. Gator blood could be our pharmaceutical future, too. See ESA musing.

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Follow the truth.

"This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it." -- Thomas Jefferson to William Roscoe, December 27, 1820.

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Thanks, Kevin.

KEVIN S. PETTITT helped found this blawg. A D.C.-based IT consultant specializing in Lotus Notes & Domino, he also maintains Lotus Guru blog.

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The trouble with tourists...

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Sure, ecotourism can be helpful, and brings much-needed dollars into conservation causes.  But tourism and recreation has consequences too, as three news stories recently made clear.  Resident orca populations in Puget Sound are starving as they try to flee the tourist boats, says an article in the Seattle Times.  The size of trophy sport fish caught in the Florida Keys has tragically declined, as shown by a series of photographs in Science Daily.  The Galapagos Islands are threatened by invasive species and a growing number of tourists disturbing the pristine wildlife, reports the UK Telegraph.  

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In the Galapagos Islands, since 1991, tourist numbers rose from 41,000 to 160,000 annually, and local population counts grew 4% annually to over 40,000.  Photo from Squidoo