I went to the extinction Rebellion in Brisbane to see what it is all about. Do they worry about what I worry about?
They were chanting stuff. That is probably pretty good.
But what I care about is specific!
I care about saving the trees Let’s’ save the pollinators
Birds – last year I had 6 Pied Butcherbirds this year I only have 2.
Last year I had 19 Noisy miners in a flock that lived around my house and I couldn’t hear the TV when they were in the trees outside the lounge room.
This year I have only 9. I throw food on the roof when I hear them fighting and whistle to call them.
Last year I had plenty of bees this year I have mainly native bees. I am going to plant some Borage that usually brings in heaps of bees. I love Blue banded bees the best. I has some Cassia bicapsularis growing in the backyard so I am watering it.
Blue banded bees love Cassia.
The bats in Brisbane are food banking and jealously guarding what little they can find and food banking it so they can eat every day.
Many years ago there were thousands of bats.
In the last few years there were hundreds of bats.
Now we can count them in the 10’s. Some nights I only see 4. I go out and wait and count.
Last night I saw 10 bats in one fruiting Cocos palm. Up the road is a Silky Oak and they gather there in desperate hunger. Endlessly circling looking for a meal and being chased away by the desperate birds.
They are all so desperate and it is so sad.
Want to save the planet?
Plant more trees, Stop with the chemicals. Feed the insects , stop killing things. Be brave not afraid.
If there are NO bats birds or bees do we get jobs in the future as hand pollinators because we killed all the good guys?
Turn off those terrible Insect Zappers or Killers that you hang on your verandah “to keep the pests at bay”.
If you are lucky enough to have grubs or larvae and don’t kill them you may get a butterfly. If you see a butterfly, expect to get some grubs or insect larvae. Rejoice, you have a win. One butterfly may lead to four butterflies if you see two together of the same specie dancing through your garden.
Last year I saw 4 species of butterfly for the whole summer. The heavy use of chemicals such as neonicotinoids kills off their breddin capacity and gets in the food chain and touches all levels of the food chain. They don’t want to have sex so they don’t breed and this contaminates the pollen of the plant and kills all the larvae in the nests or builds up in the animals that eat the grubs.
Over time this just compounds in the environment and then we have the silent nights or recent days.
I go outside and I can’t hear anything! o night noises from the insects.
I am watering and feeding my lawn so I can grow lawn grub for the birds, I provide water for them and food. I read the other day about the grass emits a chemical to attract the native wasp that lays it’s eggs in the larvae of the Lawn Grub and that is what attracts them.
Please throw out all your chemicals and learn that perfection for now is losing. Sharing is caring that ‘s how it is in nature. Share your food and share your garden and lets make nature bountiful again.