The Bees and the Birds

United States, Vermont, 1962, Springtime. Walking through the forests, all seemed to be in order, except for one startling peculiarity: the air was still. No birds flew amongst the trees and without them, their songs were gone as well. This unnerving detail was not localised to Vermont. Birds were vanishing from ecosystems all across North […]

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Are bees wildlife?

Why don’t we see bees like another nuisance insect that stings like a vulgar scolopendra or worse, a mosquito? Somewhere deep down, humans have computed that these originally coloured flying darts are more than “just” insects. Bees are one of the most well spread out species families in the kingdom of life. Where there are […]

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No Plan B for Berlin Bees

Can you think of a species which bakes its own food, dances with mates, fight wars against each other, and offer their queens flowery stuff (to make babies)? You’ve guessed it, bees. Not what you expected? Well, bees have been around for 100,000,000 years. That’s 99,800,000 more years than humans have walked the Earth. Recently […]

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Born and Raised in Madagascar

Madagascar is considered to be one of the, if not the most, precious reservoir of life on our planet. Some 90% of its fauna and flora is endemic to the island, meaning these species are only found in Madagascar. Its lilies have cancer-curing properties, and its deep tropical forest (and the savannah-like mainland, and mountainous regions) […]

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Top 5 Reasons Why Biodiversity is as Important as Carbon Dioxide

We have noticed a marked rise in the attitude that consists in declaring “it’s too late anyway, let’s get some popcorn and watch the world end”. We’re not exactly sure whether that came from electing a reality TV president, or from Hollywood creating too many catastrophic movies, but it’s an approach that has been doing […]

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The Curious Case of Lemur Conservation

As primates, lemurs are some of our closest living relatives and yet, for many people, they are something of a mystery, with their eyes a bit too large to be normal, and a cartoon character letting everybody know they like to move it in a kid’s movie. Plan A and Net Positive Impact are raising the funds […]

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For a new relationship with Wilderness

There was a time, not-so-very-distant-at-all, when wilderness management corresponded to “the art of producing sustained populations of wild vertebrates for man’s convenience, pleasure, and use” (Alexander, 1962). Wildlife conservation so far has indeed been more about human satisfaction than natural balance. A healthy wildlife population is one of the pillars of humanity and nature as we understand it. […]

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