Turner Falls in Franklin County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Saving all the pieces
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find that it is latched to everything else in the Universe.”
Biological diversity, or biodiversity, makes life on Earth possible. The soil where our food grows, the air we breathe, the flight of a hummingbird and the graceful bloom of a Blue Flag Iris---all of these are interconnected like the pieces of a puzzle.
Plants are the basis of all life. Imagine the picture on the right with NO plants…How would the animals survive without the plants? The water beetle feeds on water plants and the frog eats the beetle. When the frog dies, it sinks to the bottom of the pond and becomes food for the crayfish, which then becomes food for the raccoon. Without plants, the water beetle would not survive, so neither the frog, crayfish and raccoon. If only one part of the diversity of plant life is lost, we would lose so much more than one piece of the puzzle. Can you identify the other connections in this picture?
The quality of our lives depends on protecting clean water, clean air and a diversity of plant and animal life for ourselves, our children and future generations.
“The last word in ignorance is to say of an animal or plant. What good is it? –To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.
Erected 1997 by New England Wildlife Society.
Location. 42° 36.583′ N, 72° 33.333′ W. Marker is in Turner Falls, Massachusetts, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Avenue A and 1st Street on Avenue A. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Great Falls Discovery Center. Marker is in this post office area: Turners Falls MA 01376, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Waterfowl Migration (within shouting distance of this marker); Songbirds (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain William Turner (approx. 0.4 miles away); Factory Hollow (approx. half a mile away); Leavitt-Hovey House 1797 (approx. 2.7 miles away); Town of Greenfield (approx. 2.8 miles away); Capt. William Turner (approx. 2.9 miles away); The View from the French King Bridge (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Turner Falls.
Categories. • Environment • Horticulture & Forestry •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 8, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.