For years we’ve been hearing story after story about the importance of conserving honeybees – specifically the European Honeybee, Apis mellifera. Then on 26 January 2018, Science magazine published “Conserving honey bees does not help wildlife” by Jonas Geldmann and Juan P. González-Varo, in which the authors reported that “managed honey bees can harm wild pollinator species.”
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In 2014, the city of Flint, by then under the direct control of the state of Michigan since 2011, in an effort to save money while a new pipeline was under construction, had its water supply switched from that of a treated reservoir to water from the Flint River. Due to a pH difference – the river water being more acidic – the lead solder in the old pipes began to leach out into the water flowing into homes, schools, and businesses throughout the city.
I can’t say that reading Professor Jenks’ book will improve your Cougar or Not skills, but it will present you with a wealth of information regarding the dynamics of the diet, nutrition, diseases, behavior, genetics, prey base, and a number of other important topics pertaining to these much misunderstood and increasingly imperiled animals.
Up late one night reading Carol Grant Gould’s enchanting “The Remarkable Life of William Beebe; Explorer And Naturalist,” I happened upon the story of Beebe meeting Henry Gaylord Wilshire, the somewhat eccentric socialist millionaire for whom Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles is named (because he owned the property upon which much of it was constructed).