[NetBehaviour] Fwd: Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'
netwurker at gmail.com
Mon Feb 11 04:56:23 CET 2019
Terrible news. Just one of the reasons why these days I live a life devoted
in equal parts to permaculture and creativity: the permaculture setup here
is specifically for insect/bird/reptile populations as much as its a
functional setup for human food production. It requires no pesticides or
herbicides, and crops grown here are selected in part for their bee and
pollinator appeal [rosemary, sage, borage, oregano, big variety of vegies,
have water gardens to hydrate insects that have avenues for escape if
insects fall in the water, 5 bays housing homemade compost helps, a crazy
number of fruit trees, flowers etc]. And although I do live rurally, I'm
also 2 blocks away from the main street of town, so it's doable anywhere.
If anyone on this list wants advice, tips, or any other help or info
related to getting started developing an insect-friendly garden [can be as
small as a balcony garden], let me know. I'm more than happy to help on
topics ranging from soil health and maintenance [where it all starts] to
plant selection/water use/conservation etc.
On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 10:44 AM Paul Hertz via NetBehaviour <
netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:
> In Chicago, we've been wondering where the lightning bugs have gone. When
> I was a child in Ohio in the 1950s we used to drive out into the country to
> see clouds of them lifting off the fields as the last glimmers of the
> summer sun faded. When we moved to Chicago 30 years ago our son caught them
> in the backyard, in the middle of the city. I don't know if my
> granddaughters will grow up chasing after them, there seem to be so few
> that come out now.
> -- Paul
> On Sun, Feb 10, 2019 at 5:27 PM Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com> wrote:
>> There have been a number of studies on this. And in the U.S. - when we
>> drive across country - the same. No insects. The last 'grouping' I saw
>> maybe ten years ago - grasshoppers escaping a wildfire near Copperton,
>> On Sun, 10 Feb 2019, Edward Picot via NetBehaviour wrote:
>> > Scary stuff from today's Guardian, for those of you who haven't seen
>> > .
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