It's #SharkAwarenessDay, and our oceans' primary megafaunal predators continue their decline, victims of bycatch, habitat destruction and, perhaps most loathsomely, the Asian "delicacy" of shark fin soup. Here's a piece I wrote on shark conservation, done partly from the perspective of these ancient predators, the leopards and lions of the sea.
In today's Earth Island Journal's online News section I take a look at the sky island of Shenandoah National Park, one of the East's great ecological and recreational treasures. Its founding was fairly brutal, with the forced removal of mountaineers in the 1920s, but as Virginia continues to suffer the expanding sprawl of DC the park serves as a wonderful redoubt of natural beauty between the Valley and Piedmont.
William H. Funk
I'm a freelance writer focusing on natural history, conservation, and environmental law, policy and politics.