A week of rain from today.
Cabin fever is setting in but with a break from the rain yesterday gave me a walk with the camera to photograph the flowering trees along side Coopers Creek.
The down size to being indoors most of the time is listening to Radio and the news. So many contradictions, from politics to the environment.
Beekeepers are sounding the alarm about the latest developments in genetically modified pollinators. By Bernhard Warner
he spring of 2008 was brutal for Europe’s honeybees. In late April and early May, during the corn-planting season, dismayed beekeepers in Germany’s upper Rhine valley looked on as whole colonies perished. Millions of bees died. France, the Netherlands and Italy reported big losses, but in Germany the incident took on the urgency of a national crisis. “It was a disaster,” recalled Walter Haefeker, German president of the European Professional Beekeepers Association. “The government had to set up containers along the autobahn where beekeepers could dump their hives.”
An investigation in July of that year concluded that the bees in Germany died of mass poisoning by the pesticide clothianidin, which can be 10,000 times more potent than DDT. In the months leading up to the bee crisis, clothianidin, developed by Bayer Crop Science from a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids, had been used up and down the Rhine following an outbreak of corn rootworm. The pesticide is designed to attack the nervous system of crop-munching pests, but studies have shown it can be harmful to insects such as the European honeybee. It muddles the bees’ super-acute sense of direction and upsets their feeding habits, while it can also alter the queen’s reproductive anatomy and sterilise males. As contaminated beehives piled up, Bayer paid €2m (£1.76m) into a compensation fund for beekeepers in the affected area, but offered no admission of guilt.
Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 20th of October, from 9 am to 1 pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate, not far from the Surf Club. Please wear boots, long sleeve shirt and long pants, a hat, gloves and bring water, and some morning tea. Tools and first aid kit will be provided.
We will be doing the walk through from the north to the south to cut Tea-tree saplings (Leptospermum laevigatum) and remove any Bitou seedlings. We will keep our eyes out for Glory Lily – it is unusual but there were some plants evident even in winter. We will make a note of sightings, sounds, and evidence of birds and other animals. Who is using this habitat?
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday.
BSCFL is a project of Mullum Seed
Mullumbimby Sustainability Education and Enterprise Development Incorporated
Nadia de Souza Pietramale
0478 272 300
Outside the new humpy, this satisfied carpet snake seemed to be basking in the rain. I wondered what it had swallowed, a brush turkey perhaps or one of the 3 little joeys who have found freedom outside of their mother’s pouches.
Unusual for October as heavy rain falls. last Wednesday saw the temperature rise to 33 degrees here which was followed by Thursday at 20. The garden is in climate turmoil. Photos from previous Octobers show a completed different garden with vegetables well established. This year slow and rushing to flower and seed as if the plants are just trying to keep up with the fluctuating temperatures’.
A PHOTO of a mother koala and her joey taking refuge in a Brisbane gym has shown the harsh reality of tree clearing in Australia.
Members of the gym were surprised when two furry friends made their way around the room before finally clinging to a bench press machine.
While the image of one of our most iconic animals and her mini me is cute at first glance, what it reveals is a much sadder truth.
WWF Australia said the photo highlighted habitat loss and its impact on our native animals.
From the Mercury.