Date: 7/25/20 5:27 am From: Jane Hills <jhbird...> Subject: [NHBirds] Pawtuckaway - no bugs?
Earlier this morning I decided to give myself and my car some exercise, so I ventured out to spend a while at Pawtuckaway State Park. The foliage was thick and the birds quiet, so my list (below) is short. But I'm wondering if anyone else has noticed the near-absence of bugs over the past few years? When I began birding about 30-35 years ago, going to Pawtuckaway meant a bug net and loads of bug spray, and even then it was hard to see through the swarm. This morning there were only a few bugs and no spray or net was needed. I read about a study in Europe indicating that we are killing a lot of bugs with our pesticides, so the numbers there were way down. This is another case of what's good/comfortable for the birder isn't necessarily good for the birds! It's concerning.
"We are all environmentalists now, but we are not all planetists. An environmentalist realizes that nature has its pleasures and deserves respect. A planetist puts the earth ahead of the earthlings." --William Safire