Wildflower meadow at Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge, Monroe, Louisiana.

Wildflower meadow at Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge, Monroe, Louisiana.

Sausages in buns will be on sale this Saturday at Monroe Brookshires on Highway 165, Monroe Louisiana from 10 am to 5 pm. This is a fund-raiser in aid of wild flower plantation at Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge, Monroe, Louisiana. Volunteers hope to contribute money to pay for additional plantings that will nurture pollinating insects. It will cost about $6800 to plant over 11 acres of the reserve with locally sourced premium wild flowers for the pollinators. These wild flowers are excellent for landscape and macro photography too!

Less Bug-squash is Cause for Concern

Summer is always richer in insect life than other times of year, but scientists are worrying that insect biomass is falling, with all the knock-on effects that you might expect.

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/05/where-have-all-insects-gone

Petition asking Rakuten to stop selling ivory from african wildlife 

Poaching for ivory drives the slaughter of as many as 30,000 elephants yearly. However, Japan’s largest online retailer, Rakuten, still allows the sale of legal ivory on its platform. African Wildlife Foundation says these sales mean elephants will continue being poached for profit because ivory laundering is so difficult to control. Please ask Rakuten to stop ivory trading.

Can chocolate help save an ecosystem?

Large monocultural plantations and cattle ranches have reduced biodiversity in Guatemala, but small scale operations producing the traditional crop, Cacao, offer a more environmentally friendly land-use . This article focuses on Guatemalan chocolate.  “As climate change impacts Guatemala with changing variability in intensity and frequency of precipitation patterns, the primary threats are floods and landslides. This makes land usage an even more urgent concern. Luckily, the reintroduction of cocoa production can address both economic and environmental problems simultaneously.” For more  see https://undp-adaptation.exposure.co/chocolate-is-my-business.