The birds and the bees…

We recently talked about how the bees on our planet are very slowly, but surely, dying off?

This subject has been highlighted many times over by scientists, but it seems not a lot of people are paying much attention to it…meanwhile, the bees continue to die.

Rather than go on and on about the technicalities of the thing, I think one little sentence will surmise what bees mean to life on earth:

“Bees pollinate a third of the food we eat….in short, no bees, no food, period”

So what can we do about it?

I put this question to a group of friends the other day, when we just happened to be gathered at the Everything Cafe (E Pender/Columbia).

The consensus was that the problem be tackled on a local basis. Especially important are derelict or unused places in downtown core city areas. I know for sure that there are many such places, some tiny, some large, in and around the Vancouver downtown area, which, with a little co-operation from the city authorities, be turned into havens for bees and butterflies.

I noticed such areas last time I was walking around the railway Street area, just past Alexander/Dunlevy in the downtown eastside (DTE). That place has many old and derelict buildings which have little areas of grass or turf either behind or in front, that could easily be dug up and planted with wildflowers and other plants that attract insects.

And this can be done anywhere in the world, wherever you are.

So in the downtown Vancouver area, we have formed ourselves a little co-operative, and are looking for as many more members as possible, the more the better, so that when we say something later on, the authorities will have no choice but to at least listen to what the local residents are saying.

If you wish to join us, please leave a comment here and I will email you back with our next meet-up….remember, FREE coffees are on us!

What about the birds?


We see millions of birds everyday.

We see them in the garden, we see them in the air, in the trees, in the wild places.

But…have we ever thought what happens to them when they get old and die?

Where do they go when they die? I’ve never seen dead birds, aside of those killed on the roads or by cats etc.

Where do all the dead birds go to die…..?

Killing of wolves in the USA…

I read somewhere, don’t know where, but on the internet for sure, that some people from a government-backed organisation in the USA are planning to kill whole packs of wolves.

As you can imagine, it’s not an easy task on foot, so some bright spark suggested they do it from the air, from a small plane I suppose.

Ok, no matter how it’s done, it’s still a massacre of innocents, in my view.

Sure, the wolves may have taken a few sheep or cattle here and there, but whose fault is that? Who is rapidly expanding and taking over lands once roamed by wolves? Who had decimated the wolves’ food sources such as rabbits etc?

Answer? Me and you.

By increasing our land holdings, we have gradually but surely reduced drastically, the areas in which wolves, and other wild animals used to roam once. So in that situation, what choice do the animals have but to take any domesticated animals they can for food, given that their naturally available prey has been cleared by us.

And just because wild animals have started taking our own animals for food, is not a reason to go killing the, no siree…no way.

On my hikes, I’ve come very close wolves, sometimes just feet away, and never, ever have I been attacked or stalked by these majestic animals. Let’s not forget–these are the ancestors of our own lap dogs and are highly intelligent.

They don’t deserve to die like this.

Tell me what you think by leaving a comment here, please…I wanna see what everyone else thinks about this.