Re: NANFA-- Natives should get TV exposure
Fri, 15 Sep 2000 20:57:22 EDT

In a message dated 9/14/00 3:45:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< I am sure we would
be amazed at what would be swimming around in streams 500 years ago. I'm
willing to bet many streams that today are considered warm water streams
would be cool water trout type streams if the forest cover was returned and
siltation reversed to the levels of 500 years ago. I know that 500 years ago
the beaches of the North east USA were covered by walruses and other sea
mammals completely unknown in those areas today and can you imagine the
thousands of seaturtles coming ashore 500 years ago to lay their eggs? I
really like the idea of a realistic recreation of the ecosystem of 500 years
ago. >>

I'm for that too, I think that it would be interseting; especially not only
from the idea of an extirpated animals-type angle (which would be useful on
a regional level for local PBS stations ;I bet you most people in my home
state of Michigan never heard of a paddlefish, which used to exist in and was
extirpated from Michigan), but also from a size perspective for extant
species. Individual members of different species tended to be larger on
average, like 5 ft.long Colorado pikeminnows weren't unusual in the 1800's.
I'm sure that others on the list could think of other examples on how the
ecosystem's changed in 500 years or even 100 years.

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