Elephant week: Elephants are scared of bees

I love this photo because you can see the beehive fence, and Wabongo’s hedges look like an elephant in the background, hehe To celebrate Earth Day (or maybe just because I feel like it), I’m going to have a full week of elephants!  I had the opportunity to interact with them pretty closely when I […]

Links to share – Conservation Edition

Welp, this is bad news: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/mar/10/earths-oceans-are-warming-13-faster-than-thought-and-accelerating?CMP=fb_gu Super tuskers are elephants whose tusks weigh more than 50 kg each (or touch the ground), they are getting preeeettty rare because ivory is worth between 1,500 and 2,000$ per kilo. We just lost another one in Tsavo not long ago: https://www.yahoo.com/news/poachers-kill-rare-giant-elephant-kenya-152539665.html Another story about hunting a super tusker: […]

UPDATED: Can we talk about this Cheerios thing?

A very interesting thing has happened this week*! Cheerios, a cereal maker if you weren’t familiar, has started a new “conservation” initiative to “save the bees”! My liberal usage of quotation marks demonstrates how mixed my feelings are on this effort. I find it fascinating. Of course, it has generated a huge controversy in my […]

Updates on Monarch populations

The state of the eastern population of monarch butterflies is very sad.  Recent reports show that the populations are crashing, and reached an all time low over our last winter. There is good news too, however.  The western populations of the monarch butterfly (which have a much smaller migration), are hanging in there.  Their populations […]

The Great Emu War

Australia (or ‘Straya as me pals call it) has fought many brutal wars against the ravages of invasive species.  I’ve posted before about the Cane Toad and Salvation Jane/Paterson’s Curse.  There are many more tragic stories about introduced species causing damage in this ancient and beautiful land. But it was only today that I read […]

The sad story of the Monarch

On Friday, the New York Times published an article titled, “The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear.”  It’s an OpEd piece, so maybe it can be forgiven, but I feel that it is misleading in several ways. The fundamental problem that the article addresses does exist…monarch populations are crashing.  The the ultimate and proximate causes are […]

What is this…a hotel for bees?!

Why, yes…yes it is.  Among the things that I get irrationally excited about, we can now include: bee hotels.  I lost two hours yesterday photographing bees at this place.  I’ll post more shots tomorrow.  Today, I just wanted to introduce you to the idea of a bee hotel! The vast majority of bee species (of […]