|bee hives at the St. Paul campus|
Photo by J. Harrington
As I was growing up, I knew there were honey bees, bumble bees, yellowjackets, other wasps and hornets. Clearly, I was poorly educated about pollinators. The nice thing about education is that it's like planting a tree: the best time for it was 40 years ago, the second best time is today. Without pollinators, many of the plants we enjoy seeing, smelling and eating wouldn't be available to us. Personally, as beautiful as I find this world from time to time, I doubt I'll ever fell it couldn't use even more beauty. Can any of us really have enough beauty in our lives?
|whitetail doe, a browser grazing on tall grass|
Photo by J. Harrington
I know my morning was really improved as I watched a whitetail doe tiptoe (tiphoof?) her way down the path on the hill and start foraging on the stems and seedheads of the grasses growing around the wet, low spot behind the house. I had always thought that whitetails were browsers. They are, but from what I saw this morning, whitetails are primarily, but not exclusively, browsers. Today's deer watching improved even more later when a fawn arrived to help mom figure out what's best to eat. The fawn's idea is still that mother's milk beats everything else.
[UPDATE: "So on the evening of June 21, beginning at 7 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 3rd Av. S., Mpls., poets and writers will read aloud, musicians will perform, representatives from environmental groups will discuss their work and climate change, and copies of “News of the Universe” will be given away."]
When you knowthat vore means eat,you will knowthat insectivores feedon grasshoppers, moths, and butterflies,mosquitoes, bees, and plain-old flies.When you knowthat carni means meat,you will knowthat carnivores eatsnakes and lizards, deer and lamb,carrion, birds, fish, and ham.When you knowthat herb means plant,you will knowthat herbivores CAN'Teat anything that moves on a foot,just foods that spring up from a root.When you knowthat omni means all,you will knowthat omnivores callEverythingthey can suck or chew—
sometimes even me or you—food.
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