This is some serious news!!! Bee attractive plants that gardeners use to promote Bee procreation, have been tested and found to contain neonicotinoids! In Canada! The seeds of these plants are treated the same way as farmers crops - they are soaked in the pesticide so that as it grows, the pesticide is contained within each cell of the plant. It is more effective than spraying and reduces labour hours, however at what price? These neonics are the same that have polluted the water supply throughout the states, and has been banned from use in animal fodder and animal and plant refugee conservation sites. About 50% of the bee-friendly plants have enough of the pesticide to kill bee's outright, and 40% have two varieties of the neonics! Samples were taken from London, Ontario, Montreal and Vancouver, all with similarly disturbing results. How are we as consumers able to encourage growth in the bee population if the plants we buy to do just that, are actually detrimental to their numbers?
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Here is my National Geographic Expedition Granted video is up and live.
National Geographic selects up to 10 finalists and then they open it up for public voting. 15 more words
A blog post written by myself for Conservation Careers. Well worth a read for any prospective volunteers.
It is sometimes helpful to remember that volunteering is not only doing good for other people/ living things, it can also provide many benefits to the volunteer!
We have a new name! Our trainee program, which was originally called Wild Futures has now been given the shiny new name of Wildlife Skills. The change is due to a name clash with a monkey sanctuary, so to avoid any confusion or upset it was thought best for us to have a new name to distinguish us. 473 more words
A new study released by Friends of the Earth Canada shows that over 60 per cent of “bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at garden centers have been pre-treated with neonicotinoids (neonics) pesticides shown to harm and kill bees. 694 more words