Birds of the Lake Erie Region by Carolyn V. Platt, Gary Meszaros

By Carolyn V. Platt, Gary Meszaros

This most up-to-date collaboration of Carolyn V. Platt and Gary Meszaros is a superbly photographed e-book that explores Lake Erie and its results at the birds that make this area their domestic. Birds of the Lake Erie area observes a 12 months of climate adjustments and avian migrations—from the wintertime convergence of geese and different waterbirds at the lake's final ice-free parts to the buzz of the raptor and shorebird migrations within the fall. specialist or beginner, birders and nature fanatics should be moved by way of Platt's get together of those birds and their habitat and by means of Meszaros's outstanding images of the fragile fantastic thing about those beautiful creatures.

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Apis mellifera mellifera, also known as the European dark bee or nigra, has no problems with damper climates and copes well with the cold, even during long winters—one of the reasons that Jaggi believes them to be good high-altitude bees. After winter they need a little bit longer to reach peak production, a drawback that has made Bees were meant to bring them unpopular among beekeepers interested in performance. Nigra bees are also a bit smaller than home lots of honey, to other strains, but this is not reflected by reduced allow intrusions into their transport capacities.

The product is genetically modified corn, also called Bt corn, which no pest survives eating. The toxin is embedded in the plant. But, ask the beekeepers, what is the effect on our bees when corn mutates into a potent insect killer? Such questions are irrelevant, say its producers. They categorically deny that Bt corn is a threat to bees. Professor Hans-Heinrich Kaatz from Jena University published a study on behalf of the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) to check the company’s claim of harmlessness.

You see what happened when they crossed the European and the African bees—suddenly we had killer bees. If something like that happens here, then there will be fun. By then I’ll no longer be keeping bees, I’ll have met my Maker,” says Jaggi, pointing to some spectacular white clouds above the Geisshorn, a mountain in the Bernese Alps. ” Currently, he tackles the smaller problems himself. When he discovered that some of his bee offspring had gray abdominal rings, he concluded that his queen must have mated with carnica drones from the neighboring valley.

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