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The final new piece I was asked to do for The Institute for Bird Populations’ 2020 Annual Report is this one, an assemblage of species from Klamath National Forest! This is one of my favorite illustrations I’ve ever done. Featured species include yellow-faced bumble bees, a female Spotted Towhee, a California sister butterfly, greenleaf manzanita, and ponderosa pine.

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I learned my lesson in 5th grade not to freak oit with bees but like bruhhh i was so scared


In January i was walking to school and there was a bee on my scarf the amount of terror i felt when a lady pointed it out oml i love bees but plz dun touch me

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yknow, if people were able to tame bees with like flowers. and like dogs, when someone hits the tamer or when the tamer hits someone, or when someone hits the bees they all just zoom and attack that one person and maybe cause some affect of some kind idk

do yknow how powerful Tubbo would be

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I’ve got a bunch of dead bees (ethically sourced, found deceased) that I pinned and posed and I’m not sure what to do with them.

Shall I make them into a tiny hanging mobeele mobile?

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Autumn and beehives

Fall season has made its entrance with full force, like a football player sliding in to tackle - as if to underscore that, in such uncertain times, there’s no joking around with nature. She moves ahead unpredictably and unstoppably.

Why do we humans then keep on thinking that we could steer and shape the course of events as we please, to our exclusive benefit and regardless of the harmful consequences that our actions may cause?

Three of our bee families have been exterminated. One hundred thousand dead bees, poisoned by the flower buds impregnated with herbicide that some reckless neighbour spreaded around, to this day believing that poisoning the „bad herbs“ (and with them the soil, the vineyards and the air) would help to maintain his grounds „neat and tidy“ without too much trouble. He didn’t recognize that the death he was spreading would affect way more than just some weed. By going on like this, he’d poison the whole ecosystem, with all the resources and living beings that are part of it: plants, animals…and humans.

There will be more work at Stella di Lemmen at the end of this winter: we’ll increase the number of beehives and nurture the bees to the best of our abilities.

The grief we experienced will make us even more determinated to protect and grow our tiny but strong community!


Autunno e alveari

La stagione autunnale quest'anno ha fatto il suo ingresso di prepotenza, come un calciatore a gamba tesa - quasi a sottolineare, in questo momento storico così incerto, che con la natura non si scherza. I suoi modi di procedere sono imprevedibili e incontrastabili.

Perché quindi noi umani non rinunciamo mai al pensiero di poter indirizzare, plasmare il corso degli eventi, fantasiosamente, a nostro piacimento e unico vantaggio, incuranti delle conseguenze deleterie che il nostro agire possa determinare?

Tre delle nostre famiglie di api sono state falcidiate. Centomila api morte, avvelenate dalle infiorescenze cosparse di diserbante da qualche nostro incauto vicino che ancor'oggi pare pensare che avvelenare le “male erbe” (e con loro il suolo, la vigna e l’aria) serva ad ottenere il terreno “bello pulito” con poca fatica. Non si rende conto che la morte che sparge riguardi ben più che qualche erbaccia. Così finisce per avvelenare l'intero ecosistema, con tutte le risorse e gli esseri che ne fanno parte: vegetali, animali…e umani.

Ci sarà più lavoro a Stella di Lemmen alla fine del prossimo inverno, aumenteremo il numero di alveari e ci cureremo delle nostre api al massimo delle nostre capacità.

Il lutto sofferto ci aiuterà ad essere più determinati nel nostro lavoro per proteggere ed aumentare la nostra minuscola, grande comunità.

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