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Why we need Biodiversity in our gardens

I have never thought about how our gardening choices affect our eco system as in dept as the article in the link below discusses. It makes so much sense once someone explains it and connects the dots for you.Then the big picture comes more clearly into focus.Especially because I live out in the country and not in the suburbs.

I have seen a news story recently asking people in Sweden to go to the Natures protections organisation (Naturskyddsföreningen) home pages to find templets for bird houses. They explained about information on cleaning the nest every couple of years to allow space for the next breeding pair. They reminded people to feed the birds during our harsh winter and late into the spring untill the baby chicks leave their nest. What I did not understand from this news report was how serious of a decline the numbers truly are today.

We have 3 bird feeders in our yard. We have bought a new one every year to keep up with birds, because every year we have more and more birds that come here to feed. This past winter we had the largest numbers ever but even the largest variety of birds that we have ever seen. I was truly unaware that our feathery friends numbers we in such decline.

Hubby has been discussing his interest in starting bee keeping the last 3 years. We like many other people have heard that bees are dying mysteriously but these news reports don’t seem to stress how serious of a decline their numbers really are today. Sweden is offering free courses in our area to help get people started in bee keeping. Hubby has been wanting to look into it. The price of honey has been on the rise in our area.We haven’t been able to find a local person to buy honey.

It is not like we are not informed on these subjects. Now that I have been reading about these sujects on the net. I find that these subject on the mainstream media are down playing the gravity of the true situation. I recommend that this article because I think it is well written and indebt on the biodiversity of our world and how even our backyard gardening can impact our world. The fact that birds are migratory animals we are all impacted by one anothers actions.

http://www.americanforests.org/magazine/article/backyard-biodiversity/

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