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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:08 am 
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Maybe people don't want free bees but that doesn't mean there hasn't been a significant decline in bee populations, mostly due to overuse of pesticides (poison).

I thought the decline was due to some virus spreading into beehives?

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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:20 am 
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well it is complicated, the virus has done tons of damage, but also a problem mainly driven by man, moving bees around the planet, infecting clean colonies with diseased bees.

Personally I feel pesticides are a way bigger problem with way bigger negative consequence and damage to the environment. They are poison plain and simple and will ALWAYS damage more than intended. Many beneficial natural pest fighters are also killed and the cooperation between plants and animals disturbed, weakening both of their natural defenses and making both more vulnerable to pathogens and other bad guys.

Kind of like beware of strangers bearing gifts. Antibiotics are great when needed (They saved my foot 30 years ago when I had a bad staff infection) but also widely overused. I have had them prescribed after simple mouth surgery, just to be safe, but no way was I going to take them until I know I need them. When you kill an infection with antibiotics you also kill a lot of beneficial organisms living on and in you, and it takes time for your body to rebuild those healthy relationships. In the meantime you may become more vulnerable to certain other illnesses.

Anyhow I am interested in this kind of stuff and find it fascinating. A good book that takes a look at how nature works at the gut level is called "The Hidden Half of Nature" a collaborative work by David Montgomery and Anne Bickle.

Ok I'll get off my soapbox now..


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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:49 pm 
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Way to shut down a thread, skien. ;)

I saw a bluebird today. I was riding horsetrail (MTB) and he flew from post to post on ahead of me for a few.

Lots of ducks this Spring. Good ones. Woodys and canvasbacks and cinnamon teal and canadian geese but who are all thinning out as time passes. Also a brief visit by white pelicans. The ibises have split already.


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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:34 am 
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I was in the harbor last night and tried to get a shot at a blonde haired, blue eyed, double breasted mattress thrasher.
Damn, they are elusive

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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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Photoho wrote:
I was in the harbor last night and tried to get a shot at a blonde haired, blue eyed, double breasted mattress thrasher.
Damn, they are elusive

You n Bob have 1 more day for a March Miracle.
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now it's snowing.
I think it's time to go to tits and tats and look at the talent

Trying for that miracle?

Spring is in the air.


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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 8:46 pm 
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Somebody say Geese? Few days ago... (sounds included)
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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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Where was that ST?

The best place to view Canadian Geese is the McDonald's picnic tables in South Lake Tahoe. No joke.

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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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cheapski - It was around Mi-Wuk Village...west side of Sonora Pass.
Had to go somewhere quiet for rest (forest).

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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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Bizarre Encounters with clueless people.... :(
http://www.eastidahonews.com/2016/05/ye ... their-car/

Here's another one for your Sunday morning read
http://www.krtv.com/story/31915893/visi ... park-video

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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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Cluelessness abounds..
http://www.wired.com/2016/05/devils-hol ... tch-break/


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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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On Yellowstone's Facebook page they confirmed that clueless tourists trying to help put a bison calf in the backseat of their car to take it to the rangers. The park personnel tried to reintroduce the calf to the herd but after it continued to seek out people and cars it was euthanized.


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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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A man appeared in court after a ranger found him roasting a bald eagle over a fire. At trial, he explained that he was fishing when the eagle snatched his fish. In anger, he threw a rock to knock his fish loose, but accidently killed the eagle. He said that his father taught him not to waste resources and that we eat what we kill, so that's what he was doing when the ranger found him. The judge thought this was plausible, so he released the man under the promise that he would not ever try to hurt another protected species. He agreed and the judge dropped the charges. After the trial, the judge was curious and asked, "What does eagle taste like"? The man responded, "Sort of a cross between California condor and spotted owl".


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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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Malolo - I got a kick out of that ^^. A buddy I used to work with his friend got arrested for killing a Grizzly with a ball peen hammer whilst changing his tire on the side of the road in Montana... Judgey let him off. This was like 30 years ago...

My heart skipped a bit this weekend... While hiking with my dog. She leaped up, snapped and missed one those Tarantula Hawk wasps by an inch; if not less.... :sweat:
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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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Like Marmots live?
http://162.252.89.115/viewer/live/index.html?lang=en
I'll throw in some weather for up there as well..
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/getobe ... banner=off

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 Post subject: Re: Bizarre Encounters With Nature Pt. II
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I`ve had 2 of these tarantula hawks at my place in OC. One was dead and i have him in a jar. I was thinking to bring him to the bug nerds because i didn`t know what the hell it was. Then Malolo`s post. OK this is a bad ass not to mess with. And then a couple days ago there is another one in my back yard scurying around. Can i expect tarantulas next?


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