In the beginning of things men were animals and animals men. ~ Algonquin saying

"For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons." ~ The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Massive number of bumblebees due near Target store

In the Portland, Oregon area:
Massive number of bumblebees due near Target store: t least 25,000 bumblebees were found dead on Monday under linden trees at the Target store in Wilsonville.

“They were literally falling out of the trees,” says Rich Hatfield, who first documented the massive bee kill. Hatfield is a conservation biologist with the Portland-based Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a world leader in bee conservation research and protection efforts.

“To our knowledge,” Hatfield says, “this is one of the largest documented bumblebee deaths in the Western U.S. It was heartbreaking to watch.”

Xerces has suggested two potential causes of the bee death. One is acute pesticide poisoning of the linden trees. There is also a concern that the trees are a poisonous European species.

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