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 […]

Abaco Parrots

You probably already know how much I like parrots.  The Abaco Parrot is a subspecies (ssp. bahamensis) of the Cuban Amazon Parrot (Amazona leucocephala), which in itself is Near Threatened according to the IUCN. There are two extant populations of this subspecies: one on the Abaco islands and one on Great Inagua. The Abaco Parrot […]