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  •  Same in Virginia and the general insect decline (7+ / 0-)

    is apparently hitting both birds and bats hard.

    On summer evenings when I'd sit in the grass by the Washington Monument to listen to one of the bands and full dark came the lights would be attracting clouds of insects, many moths, and the sky would begin filling with nighthawks. In the last years the lights have few insects and the nighthawks are largely gone from the city. Part of the nighthawk decline locally is a change in roofs so that roof nesting is now rare according to a survey on breeding birds of Maryland and D.C, but the decline in insects is even more obvious. Street and other lamps that only a few years ago attracted night insects attract few now.

    By the way, after the monument grounds were reconstructed with barriers and other changes the summer evening concerts by the military bands at Sylvan Theater have also mostly vanished. The historic old pavilion is also on the way out, but perhaps for the better if plans to restore tree canopy come about with native, insect friendly trees.

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    by pelagicray on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 06:13:53 AM PST

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    •  Cheer up. (9+ / 0-)

      Last year our spring in the English West Country was so cold and rainy, and there were so many floods, that the farmers were unable to plant their spring rape crop. Turns out we had the best butterfly and bee season I've seen since 2006, when they started using neonic coated seeds. If the US banned Roundup and coated seeds for one season, the Monarchs would probably recover…as if the big ag business would let that happen.
      Tell me again why hating Monsanto, Sygenta, Bayer et al. is a sign of paranoia.

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      by northsylvania on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 07:17:37 AM PST

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    •  It's been years since I've seen a nighthawk (1+ / 0-)
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      And they used to be extremely common.  Chimney swifts also seem to be in pretty steep decline.

      Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

      by leevank on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 09:28:54 AM PST

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