Earth Matters / Threatened & Endangered

A Panel Discussion on Biodiversity Loss in the Southwest
Silco Theater / Tuesday 13 November 2012

Please note – the panel ran longer than the allotted one hour so the regularly scheduled version was shortened.  The full length version is posted at the link below.

The impact of humanity on the earth’s diverse flora and fauna has been significant. Scientists estimate that 5 – 20% of species in many groups of organisms have already gone extinct, and we may be losing up to 140,000 species per year. Some of the most vulnerable species in the current global extinction crisis occur in the desert Southwest. Habitat loss, climate change, overexploitation of water resources and non-native species introduction threaten the continued existence of a variety of desert plant and animal species.

Allyson Siwik, GRIP executive director and co-producer of Earth Matters, moderates this panel discussion that explores a variety of perspectives on biodiversity loss in the American Southwest. Panelists are Dr. Jack Carter, botanist and professor emeritus in biology from Colorado College; Mary Frances Dondelinger, artist and author of Modern Icons: The Sacrifice of Endangered Species of the American Southwest; and Michael Robinson, conservation advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity and author of Predatory Bureaucracy: The Extermination of Wolves and the Transformation of the West.

For more information on biodiversity conservation, visit the Center for Biological Diversity at

Mary Frances Dondelinger’s work can be viewed at

More info on Dr Jack Carter at

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