Wednesday, January 11, 2012


The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant, "What good is it?" If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.
Aldo Leopold (11 january 1887 - 1948) ecologist, author, forester

the habitat song performed by amy carlson. amy's version differs slightly from the song's author bill oliver's original version (see read below). but that's the beautiful thing about music - especially folk music - one can adapt the lyrics to fit the circumstances. i couldn't find a vid of mr. habitat performing his own song.

bill oliver's the habitat song


Habitat, Habitat, Have to Have a Habitat
Habitat, Habitat, Have to Have a Habitat
Habitat, Habitat, Have to Have a Habitat
You have to have a Habitat to carry on!

The ocean is a habitat, a very special habitat
It’s where the deepest water’s at
It’s where the biggest mammal’s at
It’s where out future food is at
It keeps the atmosphere intact
The ocean is a habitat we depend on! (Chorus)

The forest is a habitat, a very special habitat
It’s where the tallest trees are at
It’s where a bear can scratch her back
It keeps the ground from rolling back
Renews the oxygen, in fact
The forest is a habitat we depend on! (Chorus)

The river is a habitat, a very special habitat
It’s where the freshest water’s at
For people, fish, and muskrat
But when people dump their trash
Rivers take the biggest rap
The river is a habitat we depend on! (Chorus)

People are different than foxes and rabbits
Effect the whole world with their bad habits
Better to love it while we still have it
Or rat ta-tat-tat, our habitat’s gone! (Chorus)

photo: according to the fine print on the mural this piece of wall art was designed and directed by joe stephenson in july 1998. it is part of a community public art project and was sponsored by the city and a number of other associations, individuals and groups. albuquerque, new mexico october 2011


Lo said...

Oh, if only everyone understood this and lived according to that wisdom!

Great blog.

Kate Hanley said...

I second Lo!

Watson said...

Morning news here...more farmland being paved over for a gigantic mall. People are Nuts. It's good to see some sanity is still around so thanks for this post mouse.

Alan Burnett said...

Yet again, it is such an inventive wall painting. And whilst I am at it : let me third Lo and Kate.

Anonymous said...

Hadn't thought of Aldo Leopold in ages! Thank you for the reminder. And yes, if everyone would just understand this simple concept, the world would be such a better place. Leopold's ethics regarding land and the environment are as current today as when I first came across them in 1970.