Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Before Bees Bee Gone...

In the last couple of days, my twitter feed has been spitting out various article links on the sudden dip in the bee population (honey bees and bumble bees), declining numbers, etc... I am shocked as to why has the alarm been triggered now!? The disappearance of bees due to CCD and other factors has been well known to scientist and researchers and others for a few years now.

In fact, I remember watching an episode of Nature (on PBS - Public Broadcasting Service in the US) that was titled Silence of the Bees. It's been 3 years since the documentary first aired on PBS. It is rather shocking that people are reacting in this manner only now. From the couple of articles I read, apparently the cause of the decline is unknown, however, if I remember correctly, a lot of the CCD and disappearance of the bees has been a result of increasing destruction of trees, natural habitat of bees and the construction of a concrete jungle. The bees seem to get disoriented and cannot find their way back.

In Gujarati there is a saying the literal translation of which in English means "Why wait until the fire to breakout in order to go dig a well to get the water"...

Humans have been exploiting the natural resources for as long as we can remember. The tiger, the lynx, polar bear, and now bees...  :(

If you are interested, check out the PBS website, they have even put up the entire episode on this link:
However, I strongly recommend/urge that you take some time out and watch this documentary.

The way I look at it, it still isn't too late to begin saving what's left of our planet Earth... we can take small steps by simply being involved in our local/neighboring community and take initiatives to fix one thing at a time.

Leaving you with some pictures (that I have clicked) of flowers and their pollinators and our benefactors!

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