Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Friday, June 20, 2008

Media Madness Update

The panel discussion on the emreald ash borer that aired yesterday evening on Chicago Tonight can be here.

Updated update: Apparently the availability of the video feed is time-limited. The link now goes to an unrelated story. I have disabled the link.

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At 22:31, Blogger jojo said...

watched it !!! thanks for the link. found you from pure florida.

we/i have pine bore issues. lost 8 trees this year. 40 in the past 5 years. it really is awful to see them die. :(

At 06:58, Blogger cedrorum said...

That sucks that those are now munching in Chicago. I thought that was a really good interview. It made me realize that you can control live interviews. I think every time I've been quoted in print they get something wrong that I said, or just make up their own stuff. It drives me crazy. At least in a live interview you can correct people if need be. I loved that you called the beetle "pretty", that was great. I was just talking to a colleague yesterday about my concern about outbreaks of southern pine beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis Zimmermann) down here. We are well into a 2nd year of drought, and I've noticed since working in the southeast that that is one of the times when I remember S. pine beetle outbreaks. When pines are stressed from drought. Hopefully I'm wrong. At least they prefer loblolly over longleaf. The problem is many properties still have lob on them as the dominant species.

At 10:33, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw the interview ... Very informative and very interesting!

Thanks for the link!

At 19:56, Blogger Doug Taron said...

jojo- Welcome to the Tapestry. Thanks for dropping by. Unfortunately, this scenario is playing out, with different details, is palying out across the country. At the house were I grew up. my dad just had to have my favorite hemlock tree cut down after it was killed by the wooly adelgid. That's another non-native insect that has gotten started in this country.

Cedrorum- My "pretty" comment has gotten noticed bo others. As for "controlling" an interview, I'm not sure it's really any easier on camera. Part of what you were seeing may be that Carol Marin is a superb reporter who does a really fine interview. This is one of only a handful of really long interviews that I have done, and I'm pleased with the results on this one.

Jyoti- Thanks for the positive feedback.

At 22:36, Blogger Texas Travelers said...


Watched the interview. Many stations do science reporting, without a clue. They had sense enought here to produce good science facts.

Well done,

At 10:42, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, that was a great interview for someone unaware of what's going on EVERYWHERE. DOUG - I agree, well done calling it "pretty"....and going on to tell the "rest of the story". I see this everywhere in the Northwest...Scotchbroom...a horribly invasive "beautiful" brush plant wiping out everything in its path...brought by the British because they could make "brooms" with it to sweep. Fox Squirrels - "prettier" then our natives, so brought by New Englenders and they wipe out native Douglas squirrels. Canadian Thistle--seeds dropped by passing trucks bringing in "other" stuff. HUNDREDS of things like this, and hundreds of "bug" stories from ships, planes. THIS IS Hugely important stuff. Our neighborhood has spent two springs banding together to kill "garlic mustard" another invasive weed choking out native vegetation. THANKS for letting anyone who visits your site become more aware of the cost of Global Realities.

At 18:20, Blogger Ur-spo said...

alas there was no stopping them in Ann Arbor, we lost all our ash trees.

At 20:41, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Troy- Thanks. I've been interviewed by a fair number of complete idiots, so it's really nice to get somebody who does a good, professional job with it.

Mark- Don't foreget purple loosestrife ;). We just finished our garlic mustard season out at the fen.

Spo- Yup, Michigan was the initial source of the outbreak. It really sucks.

At 13:35, Blogger Kathie Brown said...

Doug, excellent interview. I was impressed by the questions asked by the interviewer. I am amazed at how fast this insect is spreading. I can't believe it only showed up here in 20002! Will it eventually spread to the whole country? Every state I have lived in has ash trees. I love European Mt. Ash and I think we have Arizona ash trees here in Arizona. Oh, and now I know what your voice sounds like!

At 20:05, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Kathie- the bug will undoubtedly continue to spread. Nonnative species are arriving and spreading at an alarming rate. About the only good news that I have to offer is that you don't have to worry about this creature attacking mountain ash. They aren't a true ash tree- they're in the rose family.


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