Links to share: conservation edition

I cannot overemphasize how serious the damage to the Great Barrier Reef is. This is truly one of the greatest ecological catastrophes of our time: http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/4/18/15272634/catastrophic-coral-bleaching-great-barrier-reef-map I hate the de-extinction paradigm…it’s too tempting to think we could bring back the species we destroyed and therefore right the wrongs we’ve committed. But the species we’d be […]

Save the Elephants!

Even though I’m a total bug nerd, I had the opportunity to be part of something that felt big and important when I was in Kenya (believe me, I think bee conservation is big and important too, but it’s not the pressing issue in Kenya). Classic conservation programs surround charismatic megafauna like elephants and pandas, […]

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 […]