Saturday, March 31, 2012

No Bees = No Food

Another link in the chain has been discovered in the mystery surrounding the seemingly world-wide collapse of beehive colonies. A particular type of pesticide that was developed to be less damaging to humans and mammals apparently affects the bees so they are unable to return back to the beehive, reducing populations and making them extra susceptible to stresses that can collapse the whole colony.

CNN has an article discussing the latest studies. Once again it's come to light that pesticides may save crops from one threat, but we are creating new problems in return...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring must be coming!

A sign of spring today - I saw evidence of a large bird being at our bird feeder when I took the girls out to play today. About 10 minutes later I heard the unmistakable "gobble gobble" of a ring-necked pheasant in the woods. So they've come out of the deep woods - and visited the feeder, yay! :) I loved seeing their babies a couple of years ago. And later on, a nuthatch showed up, so he's traveling through as well. Spring can't be that far off!