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    A Burning Issue: The Ecology of Fire

    Ecology of fire is a complex and burning issue.

    The ecology of fire is a fascinating and important subject that we need to clearly understand. Fires are powerful forces of nature that have the ability to destroy, define, and shape ecosystems. While fires can be extremely destructive, and devastating to the environment, they are natural processes that are an essential part of ecology, and are widely used as a land management tool. Fire is a reaction between various components of an ecosystem – a fire needs three basic elements to sustain it: fuel (vegetation or combustible material/liquid/gas), oxygen (air/wind), and an ignition source (spark).

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  • S.O.S. – Save Our Seabirds

    Save the Albatross

    Every year hundreds of thousands of albatrosses and petrels are killed by longline fishing boats. This can be prevented by simple mitigating measures.

  • Impacts of Algal Blooms in Freshwater Ecosystems

    Algal blooms can be detrimental to aquatic life

    Algal blooms frequently occur in coastal ecosystems, and in slow flowing rivers and lakes. The impact on these environments can be quite dramatic, and is often associated with high fish mortality and loss of other aquatic life. Learn more about the causes and consequences of algal blooms in aquatic ecosystems.