[NetBehaviour] Fwd: Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'

Helen Varley Jamieson helen at creative-catalyst.com
Mon Feb 11 10:01:59 CET 2019


that is very inspiring, mez! when i'm living in new zealand i have a
small inner city garden which with a little work is very productive & a
nice place for many insects & birds, but in germany i'm limited to the
balcony. i've had an "insect hotel" on it for a couple of years but no
insects have shown any interest in it yet. we do get bees, mostly bumble
bees, & various other insects but really not very many at all. i grow
many herbs including those you mention, flowers & some vegies, but if
you have any good tips for helping insect life on a balcony, please tell!

a great resource - new zealand specific but with a lot that's relevant
to elsewhere - is the nz organic magazine, https://organicnz.org.nz/.
i'm biased because my sister is the editor, but really it's a fantastic
magazine & is not only about organics but also about soil & wider
environmental issues from industiral farming to helpful information for
home gardeners wanting to be more organic & insect friendly. you can
subscribe to a digital issue or get the hardcopy delivered anywhere in
the world.

it's a dire situation but all of these small things we do ourselves do
make a difference!

h : )

On 11.02.19 04:56, Mez Breeze via NetBehaviour wrote:
> 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.
>
> With Warmth,
> Mez
>
>
> On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 10:44 AM Paul Hertz via NetBehaviour
> <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org
> <mailto: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
>     <mailto: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 was
>         maybe ten years ago - grasshoppers escaping a wildfire near
>         Copperton,
>         Utah...
>
>         On Sun, 10 Feb 2019, Edward Picot via NetBehaviour wrote:
>
>         > Scary stuff from today's Guardian, for those of you who
>         haven't seen it:
>         >
>         https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/10/plummeting-insect-numbers-threaten-collapse-of-nature
>
>         > .
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