CONSERVATION BIOLOGY HOMEWORK:

Be prepared to disuss these topics on the Sand Co. Almanac - in class 9/25

Leopold describes vividly his experiences with nature.
Of his sketches January through June, which is the most meaningful to you?
Can you recall natural places that made a strong impression on you? Why?

Is it important to you to know where your food and heat come from? (“February,”)
Why?

Observing the woodcock dance caused the naturalist to alter his behavior. (“April,”) Have you had any experiences with nature that have spoken to you about a need for change?  Do you think a lack of such experiences contributes to people’s inaction? Why or why not?

How does Leopold’s discussion of what constitutes a “conservationist” and his bias for pine trees fit into our discussion about preserving biodiversity? (“November,”)

Leopold worries people no longer truly know where heat or food comes from.
Think about what you had for breakfast. Do you know where it actually came
from? Have you ever been to a farm? Do you heat your home with coal, natural
gas, wood, corn, electricity? How is the electricity generated? Do you agree that there could actually be a “spiritual danger” in not knowing the source of your food and energy? Why or why not?

It is “a good thing to get back to nature. But wherein lies the goodness, and what can be done to encourage its pursuit?”

What did Leopold mean when he described people as ‘motorized ants” swarming the countryside? Was this a complement?

He also noted that people are preoccupied with gadgets…  recent study showed that the number of people hiking and camping in the backcountry is less that 20% of what it was 20 years ago, but the $ people spend on camping equipment has quadrupled.  Is this a good thing? Why or why not? 

Leopold calls for a Land ethic = “there is yet no ethic dealing with man’s relation to land and to the animals and plants which grow upon it.  Land, like Odysseus’ slave-girls, is still property.  The land relation is still strictly economic, entailing privileges but not obligations”
Is this a fair analogy?

He states: “In short a land ethic changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the land-community to plain member an citizen of it” why is this important?

Why did he feel the resource conservation ethic was “lopsided?

How does ecology and evolution fit into Leopold’s ethic? Provide examples where he discusses their roles.

What framework does Leopold provide for Conservation Biology Science?

Does Leopold give you hope?