Tag Archives: Midwest

How climate change may have worsened U.S. drought

There is little surprise in this, at least to people who are well-read on the science fo climate change. In any case, this article explores what apparently worsened the drought.


Running out of water – across the nation

Americans, especially in the southern Great Plains states, are finding out the hard way just how valuable water is to life today. It’s not pretty, but the descriptions in this article are full of grit and despair.

Study finds cougars are spreading across the Midwest

Good, good. As long as yahoos leave them alone and the prey base remains wild. Read in this article about the study’s findings about the cat we also know as the mountain lion. And which was called the catamount here in Vermont.

Texas drought will harm wildlife habitat for years

Try a “decade or longer” for the headline. Now that would be more accurate. In any case, Texans and Oklahomans and many others in the Midwest just don’t get one of the chief underlying reasons for the lack of rainfall: Climate change.

According to the Gallup Poll, 44 percetnt of Americans are idiots

This comes from the University of Oklahoma campus, or somewhere near the campus anyway.

Read all about it.

New national wildlife refuge coming to Flint Hills of Kan.

Good news with more land in the Midwest becoming protected as public land. Read about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan for the Flint Hills of Kansas right here.

Can wild bison return to the Great Plains?

Yes, I think it’s a very workable idea. I have seen, up close and personal, much of the Plains, having served at two of the region’s Air Force bases (Offutt in Nebraska and Tinker in Oklahoma). Read more about this notion of rewilding in this NY Times piece.