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In Residence: Jim Olson – inside the architect’s treetop house

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Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is a 47,000-acre Atlantic coast recreation area primarily on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Its landscape is marked by woodland,…

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Almendro Tree of Life – The Secrets of Nature

The Almendro Tree must be the most impressive of all the jungle giants in Costa Rica’s rainforest. From root to top, this unique tree offers habitats, shelter and nourishment to an incredible number of creatures. Whenever an Almendro goes down, almost the entire community goes down with it, demonstrating the fragility of interdependent systems. A dramatic example of this principle is the Great Green Macaw. Wherever the tree disappears, the parrot no longer is found.

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BEE

Nearly 85 percent of the world’s flowering plants depend upon pollinators to reproduce. Bees – honey bees, bumblebees and solitary bees – play a vital role in bringing life and beauty to our world and food to our tables.

Threats to bees include varroa destructor mite, nosema fungus, deformed wing virus, acute bee paralysis virus, slow bee paralysis virus, chronic bee paralysis virus, colony collapse disorder, loss of natural forage, habitat loss and fragmentation, loss of nest and breeding sites, intensive agriculture, neonicotinoid insecticides, and climate change.

Help bees – many websites give practical advice including:
Xerces Society: xerces.org/bringbackthepollinators/
Royal Horticultural Society: rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=648

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