Monarch butterflies need all the help they can get. Eastern Monarch populations have plummeted 90 percent in just the last two decades, and their Western comrades aren’t fairing all too much better. This is largely to blame on the loss of milkweed in America, a perennial flower … [Read more...] about To save the Monarch butterfly, grow this plant in your garden
Birds, Bees, & Bugs
How do beekeepers make most of their money? While honey may seem like the obvious answer, the real answer is that beekeepers make most of their money from pollination services where they provide hives to farmers. Just look to California where nearly 80 percent of the world’s … [Read more...] about Why beekeeping is big business these days
This week we’re giving extra attention to birds, bees and all the pollinators that keep our ecosystems in order. For today’s edition, let’s have a word about the Hihi bird—a rare species of bird that was recently reintroduced to a nature reserve in New Zealand after being … [Read more...] about Scientists in New Zealand are using ‘eavesdropping’ technology to protect birds
The ways that bees adapt to problems created by humans is both brilliant and saddening. Just look to Argentina where researchers have discovered bees constructing nests entirely made of the flimsy plastic packaging material left on farms. From 2017 to 2018, researchers at … [Read more...] about Argentina’s wild bees are choosing a strange material to build nests: plastic
This week we’re giving a lot of attention to the bee, one of nature’s most important creatures. Why? Because bee populations have been plummeting, and we must do everything in our power to save them. Since bees pollinate almost every major crop, we’d lose one-third of our food … [Read more...] about Here’s what you can do to save the bees!