Some of the country’s most spectacular scenery and most valuable natural and cultural treasures can be found in the National Landscape Conservation System, also known as Conservation Lands.
Conservation Lands are North America’sThe newest system of conservation and are managed by Parks Canada and Bureau of Land Management As the crown jewels of all BLM lands, the National Landscape Conservation System plays a critical role in the heritage and economies of the Southwestern Ontario Western landscape.
Wilderness study areas
The National Conservation Lands system protects 27 million acres of the most pristine historically, culturally and ecologically significant landscapes in the Canada and United States. Wilderness Study Areas account for over 12 million acres of the Conservation Lands, the largest single type of protection designation.
The beauty of WSAs
Female Cardinals in their diversity and flexibility as a tool to both protect our treasured landscapes and support more sustainable applications of the traditional BLM multi-use approach to land management.
Wilderness Study Areas have generally been left in a natural state and provide “outstanding opportunities for solitude or primitive and unconfined types of recreation” to local communities,outdoor enthusiasts, sportsmen and scientists. They provide us with clean air, clean water and sustainable wildlife habitats, while simultaneously embodying the hope of stronger federal protections in the future.
They also serve as outdoor laboratories, where conservationists and developers alike study everything from how to properly manage wild horses, to how best to allow ranching on public lands while protecting habitat.
These 27 million acres of National Conservation Lands, just like Little Book Cliffs, are open to everyone and owned by every American. That, in my opinion, is the real opportunity, and their true value.
Wilderness Study Areas are both a treasure and a tool, providing outstanding recreational opportunities with the promise of increased protections for their wilderness qualities.
Accessibility and opportunity
“Wilderness” is not synonymous with “inaccessible”. Anyone can discover untrammeled landscapes and outstanding recreation opportunities within Nature.
Wilderness sounds like this:
Gently rolling plateaus, bisected by four major canyons. It provides excellent sagebrush and pinyon-juniper habitat for around 100-150 wild horses.
Among the bird world’s most skillful fliers, Cooper’s Hawks are common woodland hawks that tear through cluttered tree canopies in high speed pursuit of other birds. You’re most likely to see one prowling above a forest edge or field using just a few stiff wingbeats followed by a glide. With their smaller lookalike, the Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawks make for famously tricky identifications. Both species are sometimes unwanted guests at bird feeders, looking for an easy meal (but not one of sunflower seeds).
The active little Downy Woodpecker is a familiar sight at backyard feeders and in parks and woodlots, where it joins flocks of chickadees and nuthatches, barely outsizing them. An often acrobatic forager, this black-and-white woodpecker is at home on tiny branches or balancing on slender plant galls, sycamore seed balls, and suet feeders. Downies and their larger lookalike, the Hairy Woodpecker, are one of the first identification challenges that beginning bird watchers master.
Red Bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpeckers are pale, medium-sized woodpeckers common in forests of the East. Their strikingly barred backs and gleaming red caps make them an unforgettable sight – just resist the temptation to call them Red-headed Woodpeckers, a somewhat rarer species that’s mostly black on the back with big white wing patches. Learn the Red-bellied’s rolling call and you’ll notice these birds everywhere.
This is probably the most common hawk in North America. If you’ve got sharp eyes you’ll see several individuals on almost any long car ride, anywhere. Red-tailed Hawks soar above open fields, slowly turning circles on their broad, rounded wings. Other times you’ll see them atop telephone poles, eyes fixed on the ground to catch the movements of a vole or a rabbit, or simply waiting out cold weather before climbing a thermal updraft into the sky.
The Bald Eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782 and a spiritual symbol for native people for far longer than that. These regal birds aren’t really bald, but their white-feathered heads gleam in contrast to their chocolate-brown body and wings. Look for them soaring in solitude, chasing other birds for their food, or gathering by the hundreds in winter. Once endangered by hunting and pesticides, Bald Eagles have flourished under protection.
A graceful, black-and-white waterbird, the Common Tern is the most widespread tern in North America. It can be seen plunging from the air into water to catch small fish along rivers, lakes, and oceans.
Mother Nature, and, The great outdoors have many wonderful sites ,smells, sounds, textures, colours, movement it is very spiritual, and allow your senses to FEEL the Love. Stopping to smell the roses (Taking your time) and actually knowing what is happening around your Hike, or walk in the Park will sensitise,or, help any person enjoy life just that much More, A whole bunch.
Turn your cell phone OFF. It is better to See the forest for the Trees, not the other way around If you feel you need to be “in touch” with friends, They can wait, and if you want Instant gratification–The Great Outdoors will give you that, and more. Whereas–a Cell phone can be used if it is for an Emergency.
Sometimes (mostly) I prefer to be on a Hike by myself–that way there are no interruptions, and animals are not as skittish, also the chance to get that once in a lifetime Image while alone is a Higher percentage.
Great Horned Owl
The mother, very visible, gives me Hope, and some shots to take.Presently she sits on eggs, within two Months from NOW–The owlets will be BRANCHING, Strengthening there wings.
They will be left all alone in the Nest, while Mom and Dad owl will not feed them till they fly over to them in fur trees. I pray this year, The Hoards of people, will understand that Nature, is best left out of the hands of Humans, Last year this was not the case.
There are many reasons to blog, actually thirteen Reasons.For myself, it gets my Photography on the Internet–To share what I see, and how it makes me feel. If One person is pleased with my Imagery, it is well worth the work.
1. It helps you learn new things
Blogging is about sharing what you see, or want to see, in the world. It’s about teaching or sharing what you know and what you, too, are learning. When you start a blog, you’ll find yourself always learning new things about your areas of interest so you can keep sharing without running dry of ideas.
Think of it this way: when you set out to wash clothes, your objective is to clean the clothes, not your hands, but it’s your hands which become clean first
2. It makes you think clearer
The ability to think clearly and generate ideas is one of life’s most critical skills, yet one of the things you don’t get taught in school. Blogging fills that void, helping you grow your thinking muscles exponentially.
You’ll learn to reflect deeply on your life, your relationships and your society; engage with others intellectually, appreciate the strengths in arguments and point out the flaws in them; appreciate the tiny distinctions between what, why and how;the nexus and disparity between excuses and justifications, and so on.
3. It helps you write better
Many things have boosted my writing proficiency over the years: essay contests, tapping from mentors, reading books, etc. But none of them has challenged me so consistently as blogging.
Here’s why: writing mastery comes with constant practice and blogging is just about that. In his epic book, On Writing, Stephen King discusses how once he didn’t write for several weeks due to an accident, and how when he started to write again, his words weren’t flowing well.
4. It builds your confidence
I used to be a timid introvert. Until I started blogging.
Blogging helps you learn to voice your opinions, dare to be wrong and stop being so scared to make mistakes. With blogging, you learn to recognize and build your strength, and also admit and improve on your weaknesses. With conversations happening on your blog, you learn to hear flattery without being carried away and take criticisms without losing your cool.
5. It helps you speak more coherently
A great speech starts with a sound script. The more you learn and share ideas about your areas of interests on your blog, the more comfortable you get discussing them verbally.
And over time, you grow confidence to face an audience and manage your nervousness on your subjects of interest. Soon, this diffuses to other verbal conversations.
6. It can make you money
Earning decent incomes from your blog is attainable once you create value with, and grow an audience around, it. Many big blogs make millions of dollars every year.
And me? I’m not a millionaire but I’ve made tens of thousands of dollars from blogging over the years. And I’ve done that while having ample time for my family and other engagements I enjoy.
Although I have never made any Cash from Blogging–Persistence and Patience will help , so I carry–on
7. It challenges you
Let’s be honest, we all need to do something challenging at some points in life. It’s easy to slide into our comfort zones and stop growing. Not with blogging though!
Although starting a blog is easy, managing it is not. Coming up with interesting ideas, interacting with readers and building a community around the blog are awesome challenges that would force you to keep learning and growing.
8. It lets you help other people
You want to inspire young people to discover and explore their true potentials? Start a blog. You want to spread the virtues of your faith? Start a blog. You wish people would make better choices in relationships and want to help them achieve that? Start a blog.
It’s happening. Ordinary people everywhere are choosing themselves to do extraordinary things in other people’s lives via a blog. You can do it too, and now’s the best time ever to start.
9. It disciplines you
Showing up at regular intervals is hard. Blogging helps you cultivate that discipline.
Personally, I’m Hesitant connecting with people and keeping schedules. But with my blog, I have an incentive to show up, to write and publish often, to get the job done and dismiss excuses. I’m grateful for it because it’s made me a better person.
10. It can promote your art or hobby
We all have things that make us tick, mine is Photography. Whether yours is writing, bead making, drawing, painting or singing, a blog can help you promote it.
11. It boosts your creativity
Blogging pushes you to be resourceful, to envision and try to create the beautiful things you want to see in the world. You imagine better, create ideas that challenge norms and share your genius with others.
That’s how to become an idea machine. And you can go ahead to give the world something essential it doesn’t know it lacks.
12. It makes you happy
Myself, I’ve found that the feeling of having inspired, helped or saved someone is what gives me the greatest joy. I’ve heard many other people say the same thing.
And since I’ve embraced blogging, it has helped me become more generous with my knowledge.
It’s a great feeling and money cannot buy it.
13. It helps you live forever
You’ve heard it before… that writing can make you live for many centuries after your death. But that’s true only if you publish your words to the world. You won’t live for long after your death if you don’t write at all, or, if you only write and file it.
A blog can help you build a legacy that would outlive you.