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The Impact on Humans if Bees Become Extinct

Endangered Bees

Many bee species have been dying out in recent years, with honeybees suffering the most dramatic decline. The loss of bees has been attributed to pesticides and other toxic chemicals, mite infestations, infections, and possibly even cell phone radiation. Monoculture (growing single crops) is also a problem because bees are less healthy when they consume only one type of food. Bees are critical to the sustainability of our food supply. Loss of the pollination services that bees provide would wipe out around 80% of our food plants. If we lost the bees completely, we’d lose the majority of our fruits,… read more

Teaching Kids About Migratory Birds

Teaching Kids About Migratory Birds

Kids love to learn about wildlife, and offering experiences that revolve around the outdoors provides motivation to learn more about the natural world. The actions of migratory birds offer an interesting study of how animals interact with the environment. Investigating hummingbirds can provide attention-grabbing lessons about these roaming creatures. There are around 340 different types of hummingbirds which can be found in the Western Hemisphere, throughout the North and South Americas. Most are tropic residing, with some having a preference for spending their summers in North America, and colder days in tropical climates. Hummingbirds use up enormous amounts of energy,… read more

The Link Between Education and Biodiversity

Hippos

The BBC TV series, Planet Earth, explores the plight of diverse endangered species around the globe. From the Amazon river dolphins and Ethiopia’s Walia ibex, to the much-loved polar bear and assorted amphibians of Central America – one thing consistently endangers these and other species, not to mention the habitats these creatures call home. What is the uniting threat? Alas, it is human beings and the way we choose to behave in relationship with (or some world argue, disconnection from) the natural world. When communicating the threats to and impacts of biodiversity loss (the extinction of life-forms on Earth, whether… read more

Deadly Trinkets

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In the days when buffalo still roamed the plains freely, they were viewed as sacred by the Native Americans. Though they hunted the buffalo, they thanked them for providing them with clothing and nourishment, and a sense of respect prevailed over their harvests. While there is no need for such harvests in developed countries, especially with the constant threat posed to a majority of animal species, hunting still takes place on a large scale. With animals often hunted not for the survival of human predators, but to be used as trophies and a means of commercial trade. Many times these… read more