Common Pesticide Makes Honey Bees Picky Eaters

A new study offers further evidence about the dangerous effects of pesticides on honey bees. Biologists at the University of California at San Diego have found that a commonly used crop pesticide makes honey bees picky eaters and also makes them reduce the number of waggle dances they perform. Waggle dances are how the bees communicate the location of a food source; bees exposed to the pesticide performed four to ten times fewer dances.

Indeed, as Daren Eiri, a graduate student and the first author of the study in the Journal of Experimental Biology, says, some bees simply stopped performing waggle dances altogether after exposure to pesticides.

The chemical in question is imidacloprid, which is a type of neonicotinoid — which has been linked to bees’ deaths. Imidacloprid has come under increasing scrutiny in the US and is banned for use in some crops in some parts of Europe. James Nieh, a professor of biology at UC San Diego who also authored the study, notes in Science Daily that, in 2006, imidacloprid was the sixth most commonly used pesticide in California. Besides being used in agriculture, it is also used in home gradens.

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A single step…, Our battle is not against the many, but the few:…

Our battle is not against the many, but the few: those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. This includes failing shelter directors, uncaring bureaucrats, and the large, national organizations which defend them. It is time to educate the media and the public that there is a better way.

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Ode to a Mockingbird

Ode to a Mockingbird
I love to hear the Mockingbird that sits up in my tree
I wonder why he sings so much, or if he sings to me.
He sits up on a branch so high, so he can fly away,
But I know that he likes it there, and that he wants to stay!

I love to hear the Mockingbird that sits up in my tree
If I could reach the limb he’s on, I’d put him on my knee.
I’d tell him what a joy he is, to listen to each day
And that I’d like to understand, just what he has to say.

I love to hear the Mockingbird that sits up in my tree
I wish he had a friend sometime, so happy he would be.
I guess that I could be his friend, for he does comfort me,
On lonely nights and rainy days, because I cannot see.
Rita Hestand Author

Facts About Marijuana: High Dogs Give 420 Crash Course (PHOTOS)

Happy 4/20! Curious about marijuana? These dogs, while not actually under the influence of marijuana (as far as we know), are here to give you some key facts about the drug.

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Two Years After the Disaster

National Wildlife Federation has released a report and we are in the “critical care” unit of a hospital. The State of the Gulf is not good and we have been devastated, and it could be years if not decades before it will ever be the same. Before and after video of Barataria Bay and Pelican Island is still oozing with oil. Large scale Gulf Restoration should be undertaken.