Birds & Bees

It’s not what you think.

No, really, it isn’t what you might be thinking.

We’re really going to talk about birds & bees.

You know, the winged creatures most prevalent during spring & summer. The ones who (for the most part) have the natural ability to fly. The ones we desperately need in all ecosystems, but are in serious danger. Those birds & bees.

In order to protect these vulnerable creatures, we much first realize & assert human advancement is not more important than the state of the environment. When the environment suffers, we all suffer. Birds & bees provide essential (& free) agricultural services to humans everyday. Despite our dependence on them, humans continue the habitat destruction that is pushing extinction closer & closer.

Birds

One in eight bird species are threatened with global extinction, and once widespread creatures such as the puffin, snowy owl and turtle dove are plummeting towards oblivion, according to the definitive study of global bird populations.

The State of the World’s Birds, a five-year compendium of population data from the best-studied group of animals on the planet, reveals a biodiversity crisis driven by the expansion and intensification of agriculture.

In all, 74% of 1,469 globally threatened birds are affected primarily by farming. Logging, invasive species and hunting are the other main threats (source)

Bees

Bees are extraordinary creatures that exist in all types of climates around the world, from forests in Europe to deserts in Africa, and even in the Arctic Circle. Unlike honeybees and their hives, wild bees in the U.S. live in many different places: under the ground, in holes, and in trees.

For much of the past ten years, beekeepers, primarily in the United States and Europe, have been reporting annual hive losses of 30 percent or higher, substantially more than is considered normal or sustainable. In fact, one in four wild bee species in the U.S. is at risk of extinction.

Worldwide bee populations are in decline, including the honey bee and many of our wild native bees. One example: The yellow-banded bumble bee was the most abundant bumble bee in northern Wisconsin in the mid-1990s, then within ten years it made up less than 1% of the state’s bumble bee population. In Oregon, Franklin’s bumble bee has likely gone extinct during the same period (source)

The Earth is a magically wonderful place. From the depths of the ocean to the heights of the sky, there is life everywhere & that life is threatened more & more everyday. Pollution can, will & does corrupt any & every part of an ecosystem. Though humans place ourselves atop the food chain, we’re just as vulnerable as every other animal on Earth.